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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall an excellent TV, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Samsung UE40D6530 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 400Hz LED SMART Internet TV with Freeview HD - Silver (Electronics)
For the price this TV excels in most areas. I'll try to summarize the best and the worst aspects (or flaws) of each major part of the TV. It's a long review so I can give as much info (or opinion) as possible.

The TV has a narrow black bezel edging around the screen's perimeter with a glass like edging to the bezel itself, a silver stand/base with a clear glass support stem and a very discrete Samsung logo on the bottom bezel edge. I would say the TV is stylish but classy at the same time. This TV is also incredibly thin, you'll be amazed. No complaints on the design.

Picture Quality
The picture clarity in HD is quite frankly incredible - on both the built in HD Freeview tuner (which works well) and from an external source such as Sky HD. My Samsung replaces a 3 year old Toshiba 1080p and I can tell you the improvement in HD picture quality (compared against my old Tosh) is very noticeable. The pictures almost jump out of the screen and have incredible detail. The blacks are much blacker, and not washed out grey like my old Toshiba, but I would say that sometimes dark scenes, in movies for example, can be a little too dark and lack detail which I cannot seem to improve. Not a major complaint more of a minor quibble. Standard definition picture quality is adequate, nothing to write home about, but it's certainly good enough. I guess going from such incredible HD images to SD images is always going to be a disappointment.

The motion plus feature of the TV is incredible. This feature basically smooths the appearance of the video and makes the detail in moving images clearer and more detailed. Both my wife and I were amazed how everything looks more 'real'. I've got to say Motion Plus takes some getting used to because it really does change the appearance of movies so that they seem different. Takes away from the character of movies perhaps - but probably more a case of motion plus takes some getting used to. Motion Plus can be disabled if preferred.

Other minor complaints about the picture quality. There seems to be minor back light leakage around the edge of the screen and very slight white clouding. It's only noticeable when the screen is completely dark, otherwise for any lighter images you don't see this back light leakage at all.

What can I say. 3D works, and for me I have no complaints. It's good to be aware of a minor issue though. The active shutter 3D glasses (not included) can create a strobing effect when watching 3D TV in a bright room - whether that light source is from your house lighting or from sunlight from a window. My TV is next to the window so trying to watch 3D TV in the bright early evening sun had to be abandoned. The strobing effect was too much. Once the sun's glare died down, later in the evening, then it wasn't so much of a problem.

The sound is OK. It's not bad, it's not the greatest. The bass is a bit thin. My Toshiba probably sounded better but I expect because the Samsung is so thin, and with the speakers behind the TV screen, then this probably affects the sound quality. There are sound modes to choose from: Movie, Music, Clear Voice, Amplify but none of them truly excel. In standard sound mode though there is the ability to change the base, treble etc but these adjustments appear as frequencies in an on-screen equalizer so it's a case of adjust to taste if you don't want to adopt one of the aforementioned default sound modes. There is also SRS surround sound.

Smart TV (including Samsung Apps and Web Browser)
This is where the TV starts not to impress so much. Smart TV (or the Smart Hub) is basically a user interface from where you can access all of the internet enabled services of your TV alongside the more typical TV features such as the TV guide, favourite channels etc all in the one place. A nice interface in itself but some of the features are a bit 'hit or miss'. The Samsung Apps such as BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Facebook, Youtube, BBC News all work great. However that's it really - there's little else you'd want to make use of, so the good worthwhile apps are very thin on the ground. Hopefully more apps will be added in the future - it'd be nice to have ITV Player and 4OD but it's a case of wait and see. There are a couple of movie streaming services in addition to Lovefilm, as well as Skype and Twitter but I haven't used this apps so won't comment on these.

The Web Browser is awful. I mean really awful. I've got a 10Mbps connection but it's quite clear to see the web browser struggles - in that it's slow to draw graphical images, especially web-pages with graphical backgrounds. Not only that but text entry is via the use of an on-screen mobile phone type keypad - so basically you have 3-4 alphabetic characters per on-screen keypad button. It's slow and attempting to select the third or fourth character of a keypad on-screen button is a bit of a hit and miss process, and can be sometimes frustrating. Not only that but the on-screen 'mouse like pointer' is difficult to navigate around the screen and the alternative to highlight hyperlinks with a super-thin blue box, which is difficult to see and slow to control, isn't much better. I'd say the web browser isn't fit for purpose on the whole. Some tips however. Make google your home page and when typing in URLs (web addresses) use google to do the textual auto-completion - you'll get my meaning when you try this. Do not use the web browser's direct URL entry - it will frustrate you. And then bookmark all of your favourite websites and hope you never need to use the on-screen key pad text entry again. The web browser would get 1 out of 5 stars in my opinion.

By the way the inbuilt Wi-fi works really well.

I'm not talking Samsung app games but games consoles (PS3, 360) that you might want to connect to this TV. This TV has a game mode because all of those extra video processing features such as Motion Plus etc add what is termed 'input lag'. Input lag is the time it takes for the video signal to travel from the HDMI port through the TV's innards to the TV screen itself. The longer this delay the more of a problem it is to gamers. Game mode turns off the video processing features of the TV (motion plus etc) to reduce this lag/delay. Now with game mode disabled there is terrible input lag on this TV. Console games are essentially near to unplayable. With game mode enabled the input lag is dramatically reduced and games play normally again. However, the measured input lag of this TV has been reported to be somewhere around 50-70ms in gaming mode which some say is still too high for avid gamers - gamers that might be sensitive to these delays. For me personally at first I thought I could sense the input lag in game mode, but it really doesn't seem to have affected my performance in BFBC2, Black Ops, Killzone 3 and Halo Reach multiplayer. If there is any input lag in game mode in my opinion it's not really noticeable and if it is noticeable it's minuscule. Of course in game mode disabling the various video processing features of the TV does affect picture quality (which even the manual mentions) but for me there isn't a particularly big impact.

This TV is not perfect but it excels in some important areas such as high-definition picture quality, design (style) and the Samsung Apps (of the few available). And for everything else: gaming, web-browser, 3D etc there are some compromises to take into consideration - but by no means is there anything particularly bad in this TV - well, except for that web browser. I hope you found my review useful, if a little long.
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Initial post: 14 Aug 2011 13:01:51 BDT
Great review, thanks.

Have you tried Black Ops on 3D ?

If so, what is it like please ?

Posted on 14 Aug 2011 13:07:34 BDT
Great review, thanks.

Have you tried Black Ops on 3D ?

If so, what is it like please ?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2011 17:38:10 BDT
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Posted on 16 Aug 2011 23:47:52 BDT
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Posted on 16 Aug 2011 23:48:22 BDT
Ken says:
To get round your problem with lack of detail in dark scenes goto the Advanced settings in the Picture menu and adjust the shadow detail to +2.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 19:06:44 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 19:31:53 BDT
Ken says:
I wasn't happy at first either, the thing that annoyed me most was the slight delay between a dark scene coming up on screen and the picture dimming, but once adjusted I was more than happy.

Posted on 2 Sep 2011 11:45:56 BDT
Chia says:
this is probably going to sound silly but I am considering buying one of these:- but do you have to watch everything in 3D? Does it try to convert all 2D to 3D when watching/playback or is there a setting that allows it the viewing to remain in 2D and only 3D is viewed if it is transmitted or via playback ?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2011 11:59:20 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2011 15:23:06 BDT
Chia says:
Thank you very much
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