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I recently purchased a Samsung UE22F5400 TV for my bedroom, as our old one suddenly stopped working. I wanted a quick replacement as I often use my bedroom TV at night when I feel like watching TV under the covers, especially during these winter nights. I was looking around fora good deal on this specific TV as it was the only 22 inch TV that also had Smart features and a full internet browser on the market. I came across one on the Richer Sounds website for £219.99 including delivery and a incredible Free 5 year Guarantee included. Amazon are also selling this TV at a slightly lower price of £214 but with only 1 year guarantee included.
Currys & Argos are both selling the Samsung 22 inch TV for £222, Dabs are selling the same TV for £216. However due to the added free 5 year guarantee I decided to get it from Richer Sounds, just for that added peace of mind.
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Television picture quality:
* Direct-lit TV Screen.
* Smart TV.
* Full HD 1080p display resolution.
* Screen size: 22in (54cm).
* Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
* Motion rate 100Hz.
* 1 SCART socket, 2 USB ports and 2 HDMI sockets.
* Component video socket.
* Optical connection.
* Headphone socket.
* Wi-Fi enabled.
* Ethernet connection.
* DLNA compatibility.
* Mobile high-definition link.
* Open browser.
* Dolby Digital Plus sound system.
* 2 x 5 watts RMS power output.
* Freeview HD digital tuner.
* Saorview digital tuner (Saorview can only be received in the Republic of Ireland).
* 8 day electronic programme guide (EPG).
* CI+ slot.
* Sleep timer.
* Child lock.
* Size of TV H23.3, W52.2, D5cm.
* Weight of TV 3.4kg (unpackaged).
* Size of TV with stand: H37.7, W52.2, D17cm.
* Weight of TV with stand: 3.7kg.
* Suitable for wall mounting 100 x 100 bracket.
Energy efficiency information:
* Energy efficiency rating: A.
* On mode power consumption 22.5 watts.
* Off mode power consumption 17 watts.
* Annual power consumption 33kWh.
* Standby power consumption 0.3 watt.
* This product contains lead.
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The TV has a 22 inch widescreen LCD screen which also has a LED backlight. It has 2x HDMI Ports located on the back right side of the TV, as well as 2x USB slots positioned just underneath. Slightly further across there is also a an aerial socket, a scart socket, a common interface slot, an IR out slot, a headphone socket and the power cable slot. The TV also has Component AV In slots, a Digital audio out component socket, and a LAN cable slot. The power button is located at the back of the TV on the bottom right corner. The Samsung has a black coloured glossy finish, and a Samsung logo printed on the front lower frame of the TV. The TV comes with a chrome bar stand which curves out towards the back of the TV unit. The TV is nice and thin and is what you would expect a LCD TV to look like in-terms of thickness.
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The IR Extension Cable
The TV came with a power cable, a remote control with batteries included, a user manual, and a IR Extension cable. I had no idea what an IR extension cable was before I got the TV, but apparently once connected to the TV via the IR Out slot it allows you to control cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and other external devices using the single remote supplied with the Samsung TV. It is a very clever idea, however I have not tried this function yet, as I don't have many external devices connected to our TV, however if this was used as our main TV then it would be great as we have a number of external devices such as a Blu-ray player to connect & control.
Assembling The TV Stand & Connecting Components.
The TV stand first needs to be assembled and fixed on the base of the TV, I am not a DIY person however I still managed to do it all by myself without any issues. Simply slot in the left and right upright bars into the two slots located on the base of the TV and then screw in the 4 supplied screws using a standard screw driver. Once the stand was fitted I then placed the TV onto our dressing table and connected the power lead, a HDMI cable, the aerial and the headphones (as I was testing it at night). The headphone socket is a little stiff, so I had to really push hard for it to finally go in fully which is a little bit annoying, as it something that I will be needing to do often. All component slots are clearly labelled, so even a non technical person like me could work out what goes where without looking at the manual. The headphone socket has a small picture of a pair of headphones, so I had squint my eyes a bit to find the headphone slot.
Setting Up TV Features.
Once assembled and all components slotted in, I then inserted the supplied batteries into our remote and I was ready to go. I pressed the power button the remote, which is a large red power symbol button located on the top left of the remote. Once powered on, the TV displays a Smart TV welcome screen and then has a step by step guide on setting up the TV for use. It asks you to select region, and then provide your postcode. It then prompts for you to choose either the inbuilt wifi feature to automatically detect internet signal for Smart features and internet browser or alternatively use an LAN connection. I chose the wireless setup, as I think its excellent to have an inbuilt wifi receiver in the TV and saves so much faffing around with wires etc, especially if the router is all the way downstairs. Less wires also mean less mess, which is always a plus.
Wireless Set-up & Freeview Set-Up
The wireless setup takes literally seconds, and then freeview tuning begins. The freeview tuning does all the channel searching automatically, so I basically just sat back and let the TV do all the technical stuff! The tuning process took around 5 minutes, which in my opinion was very fast indeed and managed to find all the freeview channels easily.
The Smart TV Hub
Once the freeview was set up, the TV was ready to use. It took me straight to the smart hub which is basically an online interactive area that holds many different internet applications such as Lovefilm, Netflix, demand 5 player, BBC- I player, 4 Demand, Facebook app, Youtube app, etc This list goes on! There are so many different apps to enjoy it is quite exciting. If you want to install more apps then you simply choose the Samsung app section on the smart hub menu and then it takes you the Samsung store which has a number of both free and paid apps to choose from.
The navigation is very simple and is done via the cursor keys on the remote control. The selection button is done by the centre button which has a small box and inward arrow printed on it.
The Internet Browser
The TV comes with a full internet browser, so it is basically like having an inbuilt PC on your TV, it is truly amazing. I can go on any site I want, there are no restrictions, and it also seems to (so far) support flash video playback online so you can view all your favourite videos from the web in the comfort of your lounge or in my case bed!. Navigating around on the internet browser is also done with the remote control and is very easy to do, simply using the directional keys to move the on screen arrow pointer and the select button to select links etc. A slight downside is the cursor does move around the browser screen at a slow speed, so it takes a while to browse through websites, however there is an option to increase the cursor speed in the settings menus.
The web browser has a PIP feature that allows you to browse the web while watching your favourite show at the same time, it does this by displaying the TV program that is currently showing into a small box on the bottom right corner. The box isn't too small that you cant view the PIP screen, instead it is just the right size to enable good view of the browser and the TV programme at the same time. The speed of the web browser and the loading smart features is lightening fast, which is due to the in build Dual Core Processor. This is basically a type of processor that you would find in all computers to enable speedy loading and easy multitasking. This makes it so much more than a TV, and for the price I basically got a TV and PC in one. The browser has a ad blocker, a pop up blocker, bookmarks and enables home pages to be set.
The Picture Quality
The screen is full HD therefore displaying pictures of up to 1080p resolution. The quality is excellent; the pictures are displayed in crystal clear quality. This makes watching movies and playing video games even more enjoyable, and increases my gaming and cinematic experience significantly. The sound is also of good quality, I mostly use my headphones while watching TV as mostly watch this TV at night. With the headphones out, the sound is very clear and can be heard more than easily even at medium volume. With the headphones in, I only need the volume set towards the lower ranges. The freeview channels are shown in HD quality and the signal is great, meaning I can watch all my favourite channels in HD quality without any crackles or screen disturbances.
Switching Between Sources
Switching between HDMI sockets and sources is very easy, just simply press the source button on the remote and then the arrow keys to select from the sources available. It also has an all share feature and screen mirroring feature, which enables you to wirelessly connect your Samsung Smartphone or tablet so you can view anything from these devices on the TV screen. It is an excellent feature, however as I have an iPhone I yet to figure out how to link this with the Samsung TV mirroring feature, but I am pretty sure that it would only work with Samsung devices.
The remote has a long and thin design, and is easy to hold and grip onto. All buttons are clearly labelled, for example the smart hub button has a the Samsung Smart logo and 'Smart hub' written underneath it.
Other Great Features
This TV has many more features such as a recording function that allows you to record programmes onto an external USB hard drive, it also has a recommendation feature that displays shows depending on viewing trends and selections. It has a schedule guide which allows you to alert you when a specific TV show is on, as well as a full freeview guide showing you what is on TV.
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Overall I couldn't be happier with our purchase, the TV excels in all areas. It is easy to set-up has speedy menu and online navigation, fully wifi, Full HD and has everything I need in one unit, including a full internet web browser. The price is excellent for what you get, therefore I rate this a full 5/5 stars.