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Fantastic TV. Absolute Bargain.,
This review is from: Samsung UE42F5000AKXXU 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Slim LED TV (2013 model) (Electronics)
After using a 37" Samsung for 5 years without a problem we decided to upgrade to a bigger screen with the full 1080 HD Freeview. At this price there was nothing else to compete and following the already excellent reviews we decided to take the plunge.
This set in its box will go across the back seat of a Fiesta so don't worry about carriage. The actual set is only a couple of inches wider than our old 37" because the bezel is only 1cm wide. It's also very light and must be half the weight of our old LCD set. The base is 24x55cm. I comes with a 2-pin power lead and a remote with batteries.
Set up is a doddle without any need to refer to the manual. By the way the manual is on the tv itself via a menu and you only get a brief paper version but really you don't need it for regular set ups. Some reviews said the stand was tricky to install. What? If you can put Lego together you can put the stand on. Lie the tv face down and raise the bottom bit with a couple of fat books to attach the stand. Fit base plate to round bit with 4 screws and round bit to tv with 4 screws. Easy.
It found all the channels quickly and perfectly first time and we only have a small set top type aerial in the loft and we are 10 miles from the transmitter. HD pictures are simply stunning. I find myself watching anything just to marvel at the clarity. As an example on Strictly Come Dancing you can see every jewel and every line of stitching in the costumes (and every line in Craigs face). Pictures are bright and vibrant with no shimmer or flicker. There are numerous adjustments you can make to picture and sound but I have just left it at factory settings except I have turned the tint on the red down by 10 as some reds were getting overloaded. I have also turned on Tru-surround as this is better in my opinion. I normally spend a lot of time getting the picture tuned but with this set I have not had to. Viewing angles are very wide and the screen is not shiny to cause reflections.
For anyone in the UK who has never used FreeviewHD there are only 4 HD channels available at present and these are found on 101-104 so BBC1 is on 101 and C4 is on 104 etc. More HD channels are coming in 2014.
Standard Freeview scales up to the higher resolution very well although the HD channels will spoil you and you will notice the lack of resolution on the normal channels. Sound is perfectly acceptable for normal use although anyone into their movies will want a proper surround sound kit. I couldn't even tell you where the speakers are on this set as they are well hidden! The remote is small with big buttons and easy to use with one hand.
Now for a slight negative for anyone who likes to connect a pc to their set. You can only get sound from the pc to the set via HDMI. Amazingly there is no audio in jack for a computer. The only way to get pc audio is through HDMI so you either need to get an adapter for your computers VGA/DVI socket or have a pc that has HDMI output. Having said that I would strongly recommend that you connect your pc via DVI/HDMI and not with the blue VGA socket. The picture is just so much better and audio through HDMI is extremely sharp. It is important that you select on the remote - source/arrow to your required input/tools/rename and select pc-DVI (or whichever from the list) to get the computer to show then set the computers resolution to 1920/1080. It makes a superb computer monitor and BBC iPlayer live streaming at full screen is like watching standard Freeview (as long as you have got fast broadband of course).
I have not tested the set with any other external equipment.
So for the money there is simply no other tv in my opinion that comes close to this 42" F5000. You won't regret it.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2013 19:20:39 BDT
P Holden says:
I agree with your points and would like to confirm, because there seems to be some confusion about whether this set has FreeviewHD or not. The box doesn't help- on my UE42F5000, there is no mention of freeview at all let alone freeviewHD. However NY UE42F5000 absolutely does have freeviewHD. Just wanted to clarify that for people considering the 42" version.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 21:10:54 BDT
R. Roberts says:
I agree about the box and assume it's because they use it in various countries so don't have to print different boxes.
Posted on 17 May 2014 17:51:10 BDT
What Tiler says:
Thankyou for your helpful review and especially for mentioning that the screen is not the reflective type which I find an absolute pain. You read so much information on these teles from all manner of sources and that one important fact always seems to be left out.
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