Product Type: Samsung 3D LCD TV
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A good value 3DTV with great picture quality
Member Name: colinbmw
Advantages: Excellent Picture Quality
Disadvantages: Sound not brilliant, Sticks out from the wall a bit
First and foremost, this is a good television. The picture quality is very high, it handles DVD and Blueray, and HD television with a sharpness that you can appreciate. I do have issues with this television, but do not for a minute regret my purchase and at least at the time, represented the best product in my price range.
General issues if you are thinking of getting this television:
The screen is shiny, which can lead to annoying reflection. My television is at a right angle to some French doors and on particularly sunny days I have to close the curtains because of the glare on the screen's shiny surface. I wouldn't buy this television if it was going to be located somewhere with a window or bright light behind it.
For a modern flat-screen television, there is a lot of space taken up at the back, so it sticks out from the wall. From the edge of the screen to furthest back piece of the television is 3 inches, which isn't too much, but not good if you want the sleek, hung like a picture look.
This is small for a 3D television, which I don't personally mind but there are those who insist you must get close to 50inches to appreciate 3D. I suspect if you are really going to get into 3D one of the larger/more recent TVs on the market may be for you.
I have a Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player, and the 3D effect is very good. You can set the television to produce 3D pictures with non-3D formats, such as DVDs. I have done this a few times, it does work to a degree in that it tends to show foreground vs. background rather than a full range of depth, although you loose a lot of background detail in this mode.
When you are using this product as just a television, it occasionally miss-sets the aspect ratio (how wide-vs.tall the picture is) as you switch channels. You can re-set this in the menu system, but unless I am watching a film with an unusual aspect ratio I don't find the effect distracting.
This television uses the 2100 model 3D glasses, and ships with a single pair included. Unfortunately this particular model has not come down in price although the models that work with later models have.
Annoyingly, Samsung did not include a wireless receiver in the television itself, and set a high price for its proprietary USB wifi antenna (looking like a standard USB pen drive). Fortunatly Hama produces a compatible WiFi device, which cost me £20, and maintains good signal with a router at the opposite end of my small, modern house.
The SmartTV application is easy to use, though the selection of applications is a bit disappointing (I suspect there is much more on offer in US markets). I use lovefilm instant, which streams very well on this television. Unfortunately there is no option to use Netflix, as there is no plan to add the application to this television, although newer Samsung TVs are supposed to have that capability.
The only totally negative point I have about this television is that the sound quality is no where near as good as the rest of the products features. I plan to get a sound bar for this television when I have the spare cash
Summary: Overall, an excellent television, especially with 3D and net connection for the price
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