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Samsung LE-40A457C1D - 40" LCD TV - widescreen - 720p - HD ready

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      13.11.2013 02:24
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      An average TV, nothing special, if the price is cheap then may be worth getting.

      My family have had this TV in their living room for the last 2 years and has been used as our main TV connected to a Sky box.

      ----------------- Specifications -------------------

      Recently I tried looking for the specifications for the TV but actually had a hard time finding them, so to save everyone else the time, here they are as listed on Ebay;

      --- Key Features ---
      Type: Flat-Panel
      Display Technology: LCD
      Screen Size: 40"
      Definition: HDTV-Ready
      Screen Format: 14:9 Enhanced, 16:9, 16:9 Enhanced
      Resolution: 720p (HD)
      Display Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
      3D Technology: 3D Not Supported
      Smart TV Features: Not Supported

      --- Technical Features ---
      Response Time: 8 ms
      Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
      Viewing Angle: 178°
      Built-in Tuner: DVB
      Supported Resolutions: 1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
      Brightness: 450 cd/m²
      HDCP Support: With HDCP Support
      Supported File Formats: MPEG1

      --- Connectivity ---
      Front Input Connectors: Composite x 1, S-Video x 1
      Rear Input Connectors: 1 x D-Sub (RGB PC), 1 x RS-232C, 21-pin SCART x 1, Component x 1, Component x 3, Optical, RF x 1
      Rear Output Connectors: Audio (RCA) x 1, Optical Digital, RS-232C x 1
      Connectors: Component, Composite, D-Sub (RGB PC), Headphone Jack, RF, RS-232C, S-Video

      --- Audio Features ---
      Number Of Speakers: 2
      Speaker Power: 2 x 10 Watt
      Audio Type: Virtual Surround
      Audio Leveler: With Audio Leveler
      MTS Stereo: SAP / MTS Stereo

      --- Dimensions ---
      Height: 63.58 cm
      Width: 98.98 cm
      Depth: 9.7 cm
      Weight: 17.38 Kg

      --- Miscellaneous ---
      Channel Labels: With Channel Labels
      Parental Control: With Parental Control
      Sleep Timer: With Sleep Timer
      Room Type: Commercial Space, Large Hall, Living Room
      Remote Control Type (originally supplied by manufacturer): Standard
      Energy Star Compliant: Non-Energy Star Compliant
      Features: Virtual Surrond



      --------------------- Interface / Ease of Use --------------------------------
      Most of the Samsung TVs I have used before seem to have the same user interface, when you click the menu button on the remote the menu screen appears, where you can easily navigate to Picture, Sound, Settings etc.. It is very simple and quite self explanatory. At first you might want to check the menu so you know how to select each setting however for me trial and error worked well and I'd figured the buttons on the remote out within a few minutes.
      The remote that comes with the TV is pretty standard; all the buttons are clear and quite big with spaces in between each, making it easy to use for old people or the visually impaired. At the bottom of the remote there are buttons for record, fast forward, rewind etc. but I've never needed them for anything, I'm guessing you can tune your remote in to a DVD player or similar to control it however remote's such as Sky combine everything much simpler now so personally I'd use one of their remote's, depending on which TV service you get that is.


      ------------------- Speed / Response --------------------------------------
      This isn't something I usually think about when buying a TV but actually I think it is very important. Firstly I should add that there is no on / off switch on the TV, you can only put it to standby or switch it off at the wall; from standby, it takes about 5 seconds to come on, though this doesn't sound like much, when you're missing your favourite programme it feels like forever!
      Navigation using the TV menu is quite slow with a short pause between selecting each option, however not really a big problem as once you've set it up once you won't really need to go to the menu again.
      Switching from channel to channel isn't the fastest thing either, but if you have a Sky box (or alternative) connected then it's down to the speed of that, so with our Sky box it's fine. We never seemed to be able to get signal with Freeview through the TV (despite an external Freeview box working) which I'm kind of glad for as the Freeview settings built in took ages to load and go through.


      ------------------- Stand ------------------------------------
      The TV is mounted to a stand that can turn a few degrees either way, It can't turn very far but it's enough to be of use. Apparently the TV can also be wall mounted so I'm assuming the stand can be taken off, but I haven't checked to see how easy this is.


      -------------------- Look --------------------------
      The material is glossy plastic, it looks really nice but it shows the dust really easily and gets covered with fingerprints! There are no buttons or markings on the front other than 'SAMSUNG', so it looks reasonably neat and free from clutter. The edges are quite wide compared to newer TVs coming out, as in the display stops over an inch before the edge of the TV, but it sort of adds depth to it I feel and I prefer this over the TVs in shops now which are basically just one big screen.


      ------------------- Size -------------------------
      The display is 40 inch but it looks slightly bigger than this due to the extra 'space' at each end. 40 inch is big enough for most people, just right for a living room, maybe slightly big for a bedroom, but just about fits in most places. Anything over 40 inch and you'd need a very large room otherwise it'd look out of place. Although it is quite narrow (flat panel) you will need extra space behind it if you want to turn it on its stand, so if you want it flat against a wall then you'd have to leave a gap behind or cope with it always facing straight forward.


      ------------------ Sound ---------------------------
      As with most TVs nowadays, they are built for picture, not sound. The sound is acceptable but if you want to watch the football with friends or listen to music through it then you'd need to get some speakers for it.


      ----------------------------- Overall ------------------------------
      The TV coped well with our constant use from the whole family, however after about 1 and a half years the left side of the screen started going funny; after searching online it appears that this happens to many Samsung TVs and there is no easy fix, resulting in us having to get rid of ours. Although this was an okay TV and we didn't have any major problems with it, under 2 years is not an acceptable lifetime and I would be very hesitant to getting another Samsung TV.

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