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I've owned this TV for little over a year, and I am loving it. I had an LG before this one, and I thought that was awesome, but this is miles better.
While I think that LG is still a brilliant manufacturer, I have to say that Samsung do it better.
LOOKS: Black, sleek and stunning. Samsung products have always looked the part. I did tell myself not to buy another gloss black product, because of finger prints, and dust shows up easily, but this TV looked so nice, I decided to ignore me. Nice and thin for it's size, it has a stand that rotates and a red bar across the bottom, that doesn't seem to have any purpose other than to add a bit of colour.
SOUND: I have read that some people have found the sound to be a bit underpowered. With me, this isn't the case. I often have to have it around the 5 mark, just to keep it quiet (if anyone is in bed, say). Around the 10 mark is loud enough to hear it just fine. No issues here.
CONNECTIVITY: You get 3 HDMI ports which is good, as I have 3 HDMI devices. You also get component input, composite input, optical audio out, stereo audio out, and a PC input using a standard VGA connector. You also get a PCMCIA type slot, though I haven't researched what this is for yet, and a USB port for firmware flashing via a flash drive. The next model up, the LE-40B550, also featured video playback through USB drives. This TV does not support this. The only bad point is it only has a single SCART port. Again, I only one SCART device, but it would have been nice to have at least 2.
PICTURE: I love the picture quality on this TV. I've no complaints whatsoever. It's very crisp and sharp. I haven't seen any blurring or bleeding of any sort. People have also slammed the TV because of it's awful gaming picture quality. Well, again, I have no complaints. I've been using an Xbox 360 through HDMI since I got it, and I just love the quality. No problems anywhere. The Wii via SCART is also very good. It's not as sharp as HDMI, and the lines and edges appear soft, but still easily better than what people are making out. I'm also using a Freesat HD box via HDMI. Although the regular channels look nice, the HD channels looks excellent. Obviously, if you're using anything other than HDMI, you may not notice a difference.
FEATURES/SETTINGS: The TV does have a range of settings. These include the standard Brightness, Contrast and Colour controls, as well as being able to alter various other settings, such as the backlight brightness, colour tint, colour tone, screen size (16:9/4:3 etc). Audio options include Mode (Standard, Movie, Music), an Equalizer and SRS TruSound HD.
So, overall, this a brilliant TV. It looks nice, great picture and sound quality, loads of connections, decent amount of features. And can be bought quite cheap compared to most 40" TVs. I was able to pick mine for £480, where it usually costs about £520. So that was good.
It's good for both bedrooms and living rooms. It's not too big and it's not too small. And it's wall mountable, so you can save even more space!
I'm not quite sure what unknown force it is that seems to be causing manufacturers everywhere to coat every new electrical appliance in glossy, black plastic, but I'm not complaining. Especially not about this TV. The Samsung LE-40B530 is slim, packed with features, and high definition, and there's virtually nothing to complain about. Let's start with the picture quality.
Absolutely no complaints here. The image appears crisp, without any sort of blurring or color bleeding. The only time the screen became unwatchable was when moving right round to the side. This TV is high definition, so the picture is crystal clear, and sharp to boot. Definitely a major win here.
With forty inches of screen real estate, this isn't going to disappoint anyone. The TV itself is comfortable large, and unlike some of the 50-60 inch monsters, you won't be clearing objects away from a wall to find a place to fit this TV; it sits quite nicely in a corner. The large screen should appeal to everyone, and a decent number of people can huddle round it and still remain within the comfortable 178 degree viewing area.
This TV comes with all sorts of extra little features, but the main ones are obviously the inputs for external devices. Got a laptop with HDMI-out? Grab a cheap cable and plug one end into this TV, and the other into your laptop. Voila, forty inches of desktop. The HDMI in/out also allows you to plug in other assorted device, including some specialised smart phones. The Samsung also comes with a VGA input too, just in case your computer isn't HD ready. I did notice the lack of a DVI port, though.
Clocking in at a comfortable £479.99, this television is definitely worth considering when looking for a reasonable up market, stylish TV. Everything comes together in a nice, glossy package, and there will certainly be no buyers regret after splashing out on this.
This really is a great television its compact, slim, and it really looks great, it goes well in my living room and looks the part. the glass which is infront of the actually Television screen is a great addition to the product as you cant get any marks on the actual screen (this is what messed up my last television). the picture is very sharp and if u have HD sky, or freesat you will really see the difference. it has 3 HDMI ports, 1 scart port it also has a port so you can plug your laptop or PC into it which is brilliant. it turns on fast and is very reactive when your using the remote control, and 1 more very clever thing which is has is a sensor on the front which changes the brightness of the television automatically to suit the current lighting you have. it is one of the best televisions on the market and i would recommend anyone buying it.
After having a 30inch smaller LCD Samsung TV I have always been thinking of upgrading to something bigger. Recently one of my friends had bought a new TV and happened to be this Samsung which i am writing this review about.
I never like buying things before I have tried them out or at least seen them in real life so after going around his house seeing and checking this TV out I was pretty pleased.
Picture quality is pretty epic since you get Full HD at 1080p and at 40inches that really does pay off and show.
Samsung has also given this television a 178° viewing angle so if your sat at an angle to the TV it does not go darker or harder to see, the same if you have this mounted on a wall and have to look up at it.
I really do love the contrast around the screen with the black front plate against the screen and the white bar at the bottom of the screen adding even more to the experience.
I was worried about linking up my old DVD players ect up to this and weather it would have scart cable sockets but after having a peek at the back panel seeing it has a scart socket and also 3 HDMI ports so you can link bluray players in, gaming consoles ect.
I also like with the television you can link it with a computer and tried that out at my friends house and it really does work really well. After setting the right resolution on the computer you can almost use the screen as a computer monitor.
If you are thinking of putting this into a home cinema or you are just a person who wants the sound to be as good as the picture quality, don't rely on the sound that comes with the television. It's always best to buy a home cinema or make one for a fraction of the price, buy an amplifier for around £50 and the speakers will set you back around £150 but after having spent that on the TV you will get the epic sound experience with the televion quality.
If you have around £700 to spend you can get this and the sound experience. £700 is not bad though compared to some plasmas and LCD TVs that cost in the region of £1000 or even £2000!
My friend said his model of this Samsung has never failed him and neither has mine so far, it was very easy to use and also very quick plug-in installation if you are just using the TV without a computer.
The features are very handy like the rca ports on the back if you want to link a home cinema in and all the HDMI ports and scart socket.
However these televisions will be a thing of the past soon because LG are making new televisions with amazing quality even better than full HD that are an ultra thin 2mm and will have no frame. It is up to you though weather to dosh out £700 on this or wait and dosh out a bit more when the new LG televisions come out.
Irecently upgraded from a samsung 32 inch lcd an found this tv, the picture is amazing just like the real thing well worth the money and looks really nice with the red glass surrounding and great sound quality if you like your entertainment, i also highly recommend samsung as it is a well established manafacture and this tv also works really well with your game consols i also advise you buy a good quality blue ray player with surround kit its just like bringing a cinema to your home, i also have the led samsung and this tv is just as the same quality as that and at a better price make sure you hunt around as you can get really good bargains online.