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Not prefect but still brilliant,
This review is from: Samsung 40-inch 3D Smart TV UE40ES6710 Full HD 1080p Widescreen with Built-in Wi-Fi (Electronics)
We bought one of these to replace on old faithful 720p Sony LCD. Didn't get it from Amazon though - it was in a package with 2 pairs of 3d Glasses from a Well Known Retailer.
- Slim, lightweight and looks smart. The old TV weighed a ton but this is much lighter. That said, the back chassis is still metal (not all plastic like my cheap HP computer monitor).
- Easy to put the stand on - 8 screws.
- Pretty straightforward to connect stuff up - Sky HD box and PS3 via HDMI in our case. We also hooked up the Wii using a supplied SCART to Component converter, which TBH was a bit of a pig to plug in to the TV.
- Switch on and step through the set up - dead easy. Pleased to note it supports wireless N networks. WIFI is built in, no separate dongle required.
- And the picture out of the box is great! Really vibrant, clear and appealing with HD content. Its even good enough to show up quality differences in different HD programs or (when watching snooker for example) different camera feeds.
- The picture is endlessly tweakable. I read a bunch of stuff about switching off motion plus and smoothing etc but overall (call me a luddite) but I slightly prefer the picture with Motion Plus on. You can set this to a custom level and just enable a hint of smoothing.
- Blu Ray movies...wow! Really excellent picture. I set the PS3 to automatically switch to 24FPS for movies and the dreaded movie judder was finally gone! Hooray!
- SD content is upscaled well enough, and *good* SD content looks very very good.
- Sky HD only goes up to 720p. We tried comparing 720p to 1080i. 1080i was slightly preferred.
- Built in speakers are pretty good considering the TV is so thin.
- The Hub (internet) apps are OK I guess, not really what I'd use a TV for. Dabbled with similar stuff on a PS3 but we prefer the full experience on a computer.
- First off, I don't rate 3D at all, and it doesn't agree with my eyes much. Just saying.
- Put on the specs, switched them on and they pair to the TV by Bluetooth. After that we set the TV to "2D>3D" conversion mode.
- 3D was not bad on some programs, even though the colours get a bit muted. Bit of a gimmick IMO.
- There is a little backlight bleed on very dark content. Not enough to spoil our viewing experience but if that sort of thing bothers you, be aware.
- The online manual is not a lot of use, unless you already understand colour spaces, gamma and so on. I just fiddled a bit till it looked right to me.
- Remote control is not exactly a paragon of good design. There is a Samsung Remote iPhone app but that's pretty basic.
- Native 3D content.
- Playing games.
- Hooking up a HDD and playing movies directly.
- Freeview tuning/viewing.
- External sound system connectivity.
All in all its a solid performing, highly functional and lovely-to-watch TV.
Update after some use:
- Negative: The stand simply screws to the TV, it isn't adjustable in any way. Unfortunately the TV does not look quite level, which isn't great! Its been easy to sort it out by slipping something small under one foot but shouldn't have to.
- Positive: The TV detects connected HDMI devices and the remote has a HDMI button that jumps you right to each HDMI input. So there is no need to hunt through the list of inputs if flipping between a couple of HDMI devices.
- Positive: The manual waffles on about Samsung's Allshare media software for streaming, but you don't need it. As long as you are running a DLNA server on your network (such as Windows Media Sharing or in my case TVMMobili on a Mac), the Samsung Allshare thing will pick it up and stream it. Because the TV supports Wireless N you can hopefully stream HD wirelessly to the TV. There is also an Ethernet port on the TV.
- Positive: I hooked up and external USB Drive (TV supports FAT/NTFS but not MacOS filesystems). The Drive holds about 100 movies in MPG, MP4, AVI and MKV formats. The TV plays every one, no problem at all. Again this is in the Allshare app.
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Initial post: 11 Oct 2012 21:26:11 BDT
P. Bullar says:
Samsung app no longer works on Ipod touch with new Ios 6!
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2013 16:27:31 BDT
That's Apple's ruse to get you to buy the Apple TV?
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