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The new Samsung UE40C5100 40" LED TV can be summed up in one word "awesome"! I know what your thinking and let me explain why this "awesome" device is soo "freakin awesome!" Sorry guys it happens to me all the time while describing my new TV I just can't help it, an overwhelming feeling of joy comes over me and I blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.
First off this TV is of the LED type. Basically there are 3 types of televisions these days, Plasma, LCD, and the newest which is LED. LED's are crisper in picture quality, take up less space, and don't require as much power as the other two but they cost a little more as you would expect from a newer technology.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
When I first opened the box to reveal my TV the first thing I noticed was how "incredibly thin" it was. Samsung says the with is only 27mm, that comes out to only a little over 1 inch guys! The look of the TV is of a glossy contemporary design. I like the look because it makes it seem of high quality and it also easily matches the decor of any room. In the box there is a back plate that attaches to a glass stand then the TV can be easily mounted on top of that. The TV is light but I would still recommend on having another person to help you position the TV to go on top of the glass stand.
The TV features 4 HDMI slots, 2 USB ports, optical audio, ethernet port, a headphone jack, and an aerial socket to complete what Samsung calls "Wireless setup". With this feature setting up the TV was a piece of cake as it programmed in lots of "FREEVIEW" channels and it easily found my home network. This TV is really a lot more than just your average TV, its more like a wireless entertainment system because you are able to stream all your local media through it. From anything like music, video, pictures, or any type of Internet media its all possible. The picture quality is superb and with its wide 178 degree viewing angle no image is lost no matter where you view it from. With fine tuning of the settings you can even get the picture quality even clearer thanks to Samsungs "Hyper Real Engine". And if that werent enough Samsung also has its unique "Eco Sensor" technology to easily accomodate the room. So when its dark in the room the TV will automatically brighten and vice versa when its light in the room. The speakers on this unit are suprisingly adequate considering how thin the TV is. I would recommend hooking the television to an external reciever and using the recievers speakers for sound because the internal speakers have to be small considering how small the TV is and I would guess it wouldn't take a lot to blow them. But if your just watching your favorite tv show or news show the internal speakers will do.
That pretty much sums it up. So if your one of the people thats looking to buy a new television set I would recommend going with this one because of all the cool features I just mentioned but if you decide not too, definitely consider at least going with an "LED" type because it might cost a little more but in the long term you save on electricity and you also get an overall better picture quality.
SAMSUNG TECHNICAL TERMS reference "http://www.amazon.de/Samsung-UE40C5100
"FREEVIEW" -Method of getting free channels to the Tv through the Aerial socket.
"HYPER REAL ENGINE" - Enabled by Super 3C Realization, the picture is as unrivalled as it is unbelievable. This way, you're never just watching a movie, you're living it. Every moment will ring truer, go deeper, feel stronger, look richer.
"ECO SENSOR" - Samsungs technology that measures the intensity of the room's light and automatically calibrates the brightness of the image on the screen