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Good value, smart graphics, poor sound
on 6 July 2012
This is an excellent value TV for the bedroom. The EPG is especially neat as one can browse the channels while continuing to watch and listen to live TV because the picture appears in a small box in the corner. Most manufacturers don't offer this facility and it is not usually mentioned in reviews and technical details. The on-screen graphics and text are beautifully designed and easy to read, not blocky primary colours like so many other brands. Also not mentioned in the description is that it does come with a scart input as well as HDMI. The remote buttons are many different shapes and sizes which makes operating them in the dark or without taking your eyes off the screen very easy once you learn your way around it. The picture in picture (PiP) feature is handy but only works with HDMI input (not with SCART). For once, the printed instruction manual is written in reasonably good English, and there is a comprehensive on-screen help manual too.
Minus points: Flesh tones were bright orange on setup; there are plenty of picture adjustment features, but it took me some time to experimentally find my way through to getting a good picture. The base is fixed, but there is an optical viewing angle feature which optimises the picture for viewing up to 10 degrees above or below the screen. Annoyingly, this TV doesn't automatically detect HDMI input - you have to switch over manually using the remote, though it will auto-detect scart input. It's worth taking the time to explore the set-up options, for example you can turn off the Samsung splash screen appearing at startup, but this is undocumented. Subtitles are fiddly to switch on and off, requiring several button presses. Not surprisingly for such a small tv, the sound is rather tinny. You can plug in headphones (or speakers) for better sound, but the socket is in a tiny space between the scart and aerial plugs, and the plug had to be pushed in very hard and has a habit of popping out, so it loses a star for poor sound capability.