We decided we needed a bigger TV when we bought a new house with a huge lounge. My 22" TV was lost in the corner and was past its best so we decided to splash out on a nice new TV. We decided on a 32" sized LCD TV as they were at a reasonable price and we didn't want a huge TV.
We had a bit of a checklist regarding the spec of TV we wanted, nothing too OTT. Just 32", built in Freeview, HD ready and enough HDMI and Scart slots. The Samsung model was ideal and new out at that time.
I set the TV up myself and found it very easy and straight forward, as mentioned, there are more than enough sockets for all your players. It has a nice layout as well so all your wires and connecters have enough space and arnt bulging over each other!
It is an LCD 32" screen. Built in Freeview and HD ready as we needed and it has 3 HDMI sockets (1 at the back and 2 at the side) and 1 Scart socket.
This was more than enough to hook our Sky+ Box, DVD player and Video Player.
The TV design is sleek and modern. It has a nice black frame that's just the right depth and a curvy base. This base comes free is you need to wall mount the TV and at roughly 12kg it is nice a light if you do.
We have had the TV 4years now and just had one problem where we needed to buy a new power cable as the original one had a fault and the TV would click off randomly. This cost us about £25.00 off EBay for a second hand one, (the cable broke just after the warranty ran out) but it has done the trick.
We have had no problems at all and having just upgraded to Sky+ HD the HD picture is great. Everything looks so real and the images are sharp. The sound quality is second to none and with surround sound excels itself! The TV guide is easy to use and navigate, it is clear and organised!
It's a great TV overall, we recommended the TV to our brother and father in law and they both purchased the same model in the 37" size and have been more than pleased with them as well!
About a month ago, or chunky CRT TV started playing up. The people on the screen all had green faces, and the background was all in pretty rainbow colours! After a bit of research on the net, I found out that this unusual effect had been caused by magnetic fields, and that the screen simply needed "degaussing". Unfortunately, the electromagenetic coil that I would need to perform the proceedure, was probably worth more than the TV itelf, and with no guarantee it would work anyway, I sent the hubby off to Currys to buy us a new TV.
Now this was a bit risky. Usually, when I send him to buy something, he returns with something completely different, plus lots of extra bits and bobs that I didn't need either, so I was a bit dubious about how he would do with something as important as a TV. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised when he returned with a rather lovely looking Samsung TV that cost him less than £300. The TV itself looked like it was worth much more, with its sleek minimalist design and high gloss finish. Suffice to say, I was very happy, and hoped that once set up, the TV would perform as well as it looked.
As soon as we got the TV out of the box though, we hit a snag. Fixing the base to the Tv was a nightmare. The base had 3 screws that were supposed to fix it securely to the TV, but no matter how hard we fastened the screws, the base was really wobbly. After reading up on the product, I found that a lot of reviews of this Tv mentioned the same issue, and someone helpfully suggested screwing the screws directly into the bottom of the Tv without the base, so break the plastic seals on the holes. Then, remove the screws and fix the base on as usual. This advice really worked, and the base was fine after that, although you could try buying longer screws, or just mounting it on the wall instead!
The base was the biggest of our problems though, and fortunately, tuning the Tv in was a lot smoother. the TV is "plug and play", which means that it should be up and running as soon as it is plugged in. The remote that comes with the Tv has a "source" button at the top which you can use to navigate an on screen menu to identify your signal source. If you use the aerial, just select the TV option on the menu, and the TV will tune to Freeview. In our case, we have our channels through cable, which is plugged into the scart socket at the back of the TV. To acces these channels, we simply select the EXT option instead of Tv. I was surprised that there was only one scart port at the back of the TV, as we usually utilise two; one for the cable and one for the games consoles, but I found it easy just to plug the playstation and Wii into the AV port at the side of the TV, and a lot easier to set up and put away. For this, you just select the AV option on the on screen menu.
The only problem I did have with tuning was an old Nintendo console that the kids like to play on, which has an aerial lead in the back. I had to manually tune it into the TV, which took a while, but I got there in the end! For older consoles like these, you can get an AV adaptor from Amazon, so plug it straight into the AV port instead.
The TV also has a USB port, which is nice, as it means I can plug my digital camera directly into the TV and view my photos on the big screen.
The picture quality is really good and sharp, and the TV is HD ready, although I do not recieve HD through my cable operator, so am not able to comment on that aspect of the TV. The makers of the TV claim that this TV has the most lifelike colours on screen of any TV, due to the "wide colour enhancer" technology they use. I am perfectly happy with the quality of the picture through the regular scart cable though, so I imagine that the HD would be superb and will be looking into that soon and updating my review when I do. There are several on screen controls that make the picture sharper or brighter, which you can customise to your preference. The 32" screen is just the ideal size for my personal preference, and not too bold or imposing.
Likewise, the sound quality is very good, but the volume contol only needs to be placed on a low setting, as the TV would be very loud indeed at full volume. It does get louder when the games consoles are plugged in, for some reason. Agin, the sound can be toggled between mono, stereo and dual options.
Although the TV is primarily controlled by remote, and there appear to be no buttons on the TV itself, you can make out some slightly raised icons on the bottom right hand side of the screen. You simply hover your finger over them to change the volume, channel, source, or to turn the TV into standby mode. Very futuristic! There seems to be no way to turn the TV power off completely, other than switching it off at the plug. The Tv also has an "Anynet" function, which means that you can control all connected Samsung devices with a single remote.
With this being our first flatscreen TV, I was worried about the kids knocking it over, but so far it has prove pretty stable and has not succumbed to the many knocks it gets on a daily basis. It does get covered in fingerprints, but the TV came with a soft cloth that you simply dampen and wipe over the screen. I tend to clean the base and sides with a duster and a bit of polish.
I am really happy with the TV, but am knocking of a star for the terrible base that is a nighmare to fix the the TV. Sort it out Samsung, you have a great quality TV here that is let down by a poor plastic base.