Product Type: Samsung 3D LCD TV
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Member Name: R8IT
Date: 31/08/11, updated on 31/08/11 (58 review reads)
Advantages: Picture quality, features, internet TV,
Disadvantages: Game motion lag (if important to you)
The TV has a great build quality it has a glass look perspex framed screen which has a slight rose tint to it and this sits on a sturdy glass stand which allows the TV to swivel left and right. The back of the TV unlike most TV's is metal giving it more of an expensive look. I believe two additional models of the TV come with different tint on the Perspex - but its hardly noticeable unless the wall behind the set is white.
Tv size - This has the 40 inch screen, height with the stand of 66cm, and width of 98cm and a depth of 8cm.
Ports on the set include:
HDMI: x 4 (Side: 1, Back: 3)
USB x 2 (Side)
Component In (Y / Pb / Pr)
Composite In (AV): 1 (side)
Digital Audio Out (Optical)
DVI Audio In (Mini Jack)
CI Slot (side)
Scart x 2
PC Audio In (Mini Jack)
PC In (D-Sub)
The TV has a vast amount of settings more than any other TV Ive seen,this allows you to set the TV up the way you want, but to be honest only a few minor changes are needed from the factory setting s to get a good setup. The TV plays various formats, from a USB stick which is great and certainly not as fussy over formats as other Tv's or DVD players are, so easy enough to watch any downloaded content. Internet TV is also very easy to set up - especially via an Ethernet cable which is probably the best way to connect it up. You can download additional Samsung apps and it comes with BBC iplayer which works without problems and streams BBC iplayer HD on a 3mbs broadband connection fine. Other apps include youtube, facebook and twitter, film apps, games etc, but currently no 4 or 5 on demand which would be a bonus.
Picture quality is superb almost as good as some LED sets, I viewed the TV side by side with a range of other TVs in a popular electrical retailer and it was easily the best image with very strong blacks and colour depth. HD images are very good and so definitely worth using the TV to its full capacity. Sound quality is also great and some preset sound settings give good options, I have the TV set at level 6 which seems to be only 5% of the volume dial that pops up on screen, so no issues with volume. Touch sensitive controls are located on the bottom right of TV the only downside is they don't light up so can be difficult to see what they are. This generally isn't an issue as most people use the remote or an alternative remote like sky to control the set. The TV remote is backlit (the feature can be turned off and on).
I paid £475 for the TV whilst on an offer but the price has risen as less availability, but its easily worth £700. The TV itself never turns off completely and goes into standby with a very low power consumption, if this is a real issue you could always purchase one of those special power sockets that turns the power off completely. The TV does have energy saving features and a light sensor which automatically detects the room brightness and adjusts the TV accordingly.
A few complaints regarding motion lag when playing games, I don't use the set for this but the TV does have a game mode to reduce the lag time, I guess it depends what important in a set. To me picture quality and features are higher on my list of requirements.
It has freeview HD - not a feature I use as I have Sky but important none the less.
Summary: An extremely good TV with outstanding picture quality
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