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We were shopping for TV's when we found out we'd be moving into our first place together, both of us are massive gamers so wanted to make the upgrade to HD. Wandering around our local Comet store we noticed this gem of a TV sat near the back with a big sticker stating it was the last in store, being a display model we managed to wangle £50 off the TV as we knew it must have been on pretty much 24/7 whilst it was on display in store. With the £50 discount it meant the TV cost us just £400 which to us was an absolute bargain for the size of the thing.
The Geeky Bit:
40" LCD Screen
Built In Freeview
2 x Scart Ports
3 x HDMI Ports
The TV is pretty bulky compared to other TV's, it's not the slimmest of TV's and the frame around the actual screen is quite thick so it makes the TV look larger than what it is. The screen size is 40" which is large in itself but add to that the couple of inches around that for the frame of the TV and the thickness out the back, it's a little on the heavy side, for me anyway. The TV comes with a built in swivel stand, enabling you to turn the TV to the left or right slightly to get the viewing angle right. Unfortunately the stand is a little wobbly, therefore I wouldn't trust it to be turned back and forth that much, I hardly move mine as the TV makes a god awful racket like it's in pain when it's being swivelled on the stand. It only turns slightly from left to right, don't expect the TV to spin all the way round or anything.
The good bit for us is that the TV has lots of HDMI Ports which means we can have our Xbox and Playstation 3 plugged into the TV at the same time. It also has component lead ports, and scart ports for your other appliances like DVD player, Sky TV or if you don't have HDMI cables for your games consoles. The TV also has built in Free View, but I've never used this as we have Sky TV however I'm sure it's simple to set up just like the TV itself.
The picture quality is brilliant, compared to the old tube TV's, and gaming is especially stunning through the HDMI Port, even though the picture is only 720p it's still a hell of a lot better than previous TV's I've owned. Gone are the bitty, grainy pictures and in is the smooth bright quality of HD. You can customise your picture settings for various things, custom, standard, music, film or speech, each of which will change your picture to suit the purpose. We have ours set on standard since the start, as I prefer my picture bright and colourful, even for movies, if you switch the setting to film itself it will darken the screen somewhat and make the sound more bassy.
It only started playing up around 8 months later, when I noticed a shadow forming on the left hand side of the screen. I only really noticed it when the picture on the TV itself was dark, if the picture was bright it just made things look a little dull but wasn't that noticeable. The shadow wears off after a while, unless I'm just used to it now so never notice it anymore ha-ha! We tried to get the TV fixed through our insurance with Comet for the TV but the engineer ended up writing the TV off and we were given credit to get a new one as this model has now been discontinued. Comet were meant to send a courier to pick up the TV but never came so we ended up keeping it and it's now pride and place, shadow and all, in my bedroom.
Unfortunately the TV also has some new additions to its faults but again they're only minor, when we turn the TV on some coloured lines appear on the right hand side of the screen, the colours vary but they fade after a few minutes. These faults would probably make other people throw the TV in the bin, but it seems such a waste, and I'm determined to keep the TV until it literally blows up. We basically have 2 TV's for the price of 1 at the moment as they didn't pick the Samsung up.
It's a great TV that I'm still using even with the minor faults it has, it has great picture and sound quality and was a bargain price. Unfortunately the model has been discontinued but I'd definitely purchase Samsung again. Our new TV is an LG but we bought that one as it was 2 inches bigger for the same price as this one.