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This 26" Samsung TV is a unit hat I have owned for almost two years and I am in no hurry to replace it! I believe that the original RRP for this unit was £479.95 however this pricing was 3 years ago. The unit is no longer in production and you can pick them up second hand on Ebay for between £150 and £200.
The actual Television is well designed following the curved designs used by Samsung for the last few years; the highly glossy finish gives a semi mirrored effect which looks great although it does have a tendency to collect A LOT of dust.
Connectivity on this product is great for a smaller TV, 2 x HDMI, 1 x Component, 2 x Scart as well as the standard audio and optical outputs. Another great advantage is the built in Freeview tuner which offers over a ten fold amount of channels compared to analogue.
The 720P HD screen here is very good, blacks are deep and colours are very vivid thanks to the 5000:1 contrast ratio. The 8ms response rate and 60Hz Refresh has resulted in me never encountering flicker with this unit which is, in my opinion, a necessity if you are going to be connecting any games consoles or computers; also this shows you really don't need the 200-400hz rates on some of the more up-to-date expensive models! The sound for this type of television is very good. Bass is deep and audio is clear and sounds very natural.
Overall I would recommend this television for a secondary TV in your household and for a smaller gaming monitor. If you can find a second hand unit for under £200 I would definitely recommend considering this product among even the newer products.
ou get what you pay for with this model tv, Samsung have quickly become one of the go to manufacturers for all kinds of futuristic, sleek looking gadgets and doo-dads, this tv is an excellent example of why they've gained this reputation.
My primary use for this set is for gaming, the hdmi slot allows for your PS3 or XBox 360 to easily link up and start putting out a hd image, which, when seen for the first time, is simply jaw dropping, technology has surely advanced in the last decade, this clearly being the next step.
The TV comes with a pretty extensive built in menu, allowing the user to change many aspects of the image, brightness, contrast, saturation etc, basically in the unlikely event of you being unhappy with your picture, there's probably something you can change about it.
Sound is definitely enough to keep you happy, but in some cases, possibly the dvd or other medias fault, the sound does seem to seem a bit quiet, occasionally i've found myself cranking the volume to 100 and still struggle to hear, which is odd, worth noting that sound during any game i've ever played on it has been beyond amazing.
My favorite thing about this TV is the design I think, I'm not entirely sure what it is, but when seeing one of these, up against the competition, they just seem perfect, it could be the roundness of the edges, the shiny finish, simple interface, one button on the front, a number of clear plastic on the side, it just looks as stylish as something can get.
Extras include picture in picture, watch tv whilst gaming, or hook up your PC and multi task, a nice 'Game Mode' modifies the contrasts for the best image in gaming. Also if that's not enough the built in Freeview box allows for a decent number of extra channels.
Overall, I can't recommend this set enough, it might be more expensive than others of it's size but with good reason, the reliability and capabilities of this tv are all to the highest standard.
Over the past few years, Samsung has built a fine reputation making great LCD tvs. In the past 2 years they have combined great picture quality and sound quality with stunning looks. The 26 inch size means you could use it within most rooms; your main living room, second family room, bedroom, or even as a kitchen tv.
I will start off with the looks. This new model from Samsung really does look great. The silver line below the black shiny casing is now becoming a trademark among the Samsung LCD tvs, and looks fantastic. Underneath the screen lies a big round power button, that looks rather lovely. Altogether this TV looks very stylish.
The picture quality is above the average here. The colours look great on this HD ready set and the contrast is excellent. The fluid motions mean that this TV like many other LCDs is probably better for watching football and other sports than a plasma screen. This TV will not be as good for watching movies as a plasma though, but will match one for normal TV shows.
The sound quality is very good and keeps up with the standards set before with previous TVs from Samsung. Unfortunately though the TV does not reach volume levels that are that loud. So if you intend to use this for many movies I suggest you invest in a surround sound set to pair up with it, which will improve the sound quality heavily.
Included inside this TV is a digital freeview tuner, which gives many more channels with out needing an extra box to go with it. The quality of the tuner is great unlike some other freeview boxes and picks up all the channels with perfect quality. Having a freeview box included here means that during the digital switchover nothing will go wrong.
The TV comes with a stand, that looks great with the TV. But I suggest that you invest a little bit extra (around £30-40 as this is not a large TV) on a wall mount, as this really does look fantastic and also successfully saves space. Because of the integrated freeview box you will not need any more than two wires, one for the tuner and one for the power, these can easily be inserted through the walls to a plug socket with the help of a professional in 2 hours or so.
I really do think that the Samsung LE-26R7BD is a great TV that can be used in any room you desire around the house. And at £420 it's not bad value either. I am giving it 5 stars, brilliant.