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So much more than a TV,
This review is from: Samsung 40-inch 3D Smart LED Slim TV UE40ES6800 Full HD 1080p Widescreen with Dual Core Processor (Electronics)
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It takes a lot for technology to impress me - it is the everyday functionality, the genuine usefulness, which impresses me, not the knowledge that the chips are five times faster than yesterday's or that the screen was polished by elves using moondust.
As a result much that is new is disappointing, and I am often a late adopter.
So when I was asked to test drive the Samsung S6800 I was not expecting much - it is, after all, just a TV, and I have owned a TV, in various different forms, for over thirty years.
And yet, crikey!
Probably the easiest five stars I have given this year. Here is why:
- Picture: unbelievably clear; sometimes it is like looking through a window; initially it was a little disconcerting, but after a few weeks I simply refuse to go back to a lower quality image
- Physical design: thinner than you would think possible, and despite having a 40-inch screen it avoids dominating the room
- PVR: the functionality for a PVR is built-in; just buy a USB external hard drive, plug it in and you are good to go, with scheduled record, series record and all that stuff. I bought a 1Tb Western Digital drive and now have many hundreds of hours of capacity
- Apps: there is a growing list of useful apps; I use BBC iplayer, ITV player, Lovefilm and YouTube, but there are plenty more for other interests
- Blu-Ray integration: I bought a cheap Samsung BD player and the TV recognises its sibling and I can use the TV remote to control both
- Bit torrents: this TV can play every video format I have thrown at it; the picture quality when playing low resolution downloads is supernaturally good - I have no idea how they do it
- USB slots: as well as using the USB slots for a PVR hard disk, or bit torrents, you can, for example, plug in an iPhone and the TV will offer you the chance to view the photos on it, plug in an Android and you can see everything, such as videos and podcasts
- 3D: and yes, this is a 3D TV; we don't bother with it much, but have enjoyed a couple of 3D blu-ray movies, and the quality is excellent
- 3D conversion: another freaky feature is the conversion of regular 2D broadcasts into 3D; again, no idea how they do it, but it really works
All in all, this is a quite remarkable TV. There is other functionality I have even tested yet, such as directly beaming content from a Samsung smartphone to the TV, or viewing digital photos, or playing MP3's or playing with several different picture modes (the default picture is amazing so I haven't felt the need to experiment.)
With so many features, every household will use it differently. Samsung are clearly trying to make the TV that every home should have and they have come pretty close to it already. Heaven knows what they will come up with next, but this is technology how it should be - a genuine leap forward but easy to use and with something for everyone in the family.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2013 19:10:31 GMT
T. Jones says:
Hi, you mention bit torrent file playability - did you need to convert bit torrent file to play or does this unit play these files without conversion?
Posted on 21 Jun 2013 06:29:35 BDT
Hello Tom....I wonder if you can help. I have a Samsung UE40D6530 bought September 2011. I have no problem in viewing BBC iplayer but although I have clicked on ITV Player and 4 On Demand Apps for downloading when I try to watch something on these after watching the adverts and the programme begins the tv switches itself off, then on to the last tv channel I was watching
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