Product Type: Samsung 3D LCD TV
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This is an awesome TV
Member Name: BlueStreak
Advantages: Looks, picture and sound quality, connectivity, small for a 40" TV
Disadvantages: Only 1 SCART socket, this model doesn't support videio playback through USB
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!
Summary: You can't go wrong with this TV. It's excellent. And it's a Samsung.
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