Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
Samsung UE40ES5500 best buy review
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Summary: As I would expect from Samsung, excellent quality TV. Minor downside for me was the Lovefilm app that is currently not supported
A really good mid to high end 40 inch screen LED HD television. It seems to have gleaned the best of Samsungs technical wizardry, manufacturing quality and looks at a much lower cost. Picture quality in high definition is excellent, standard is what you would expect, sound is very good and the smart TV again would meet most requirements. There is no 3D capability, however if that is not what you are after, the UE40ES5500 is probably the TV for you.
Modern slim look
Like all the Samsung TV’s reviewed and this is no exception, the UE40ES5500 is premium looks wise competing easily with the £1000 plus TV’s. It has an exceptionally thin black and glass bezel (about 10mm) around the screen, elegant black stand and is very lightweight; basically it looks all screen and little mouldings. Only slight draw back compared to more expensive models is that the stand offers no swivel capabilities.
Excellent Picture Quality in HD
The UE40ES5500 has a 40” screen size, 1920 x 1080 picture pixel resolution and a high 100 Hz clear motion rate. In high definition (HD) mode the clarity, colour accuracy and contrast performance are amazing; there was virtually no noise visible. In standard definition viewing is obviously not as good as HD, but reasonable, with only a bit of colour patchiness, a good litmus test is the view of the lines on a football pitch which appeared smooth and non-jagged. Another minor criticism we had was the narrowness of the angles for viewing, colours appeared less vibrant outside 60/70 degrees.
Our team found the UE40ES5500 to be the best on market for gaming responsiveness. It has an exceptionally low lag time from gaming consoles.
Again, the UE40ES5500 offers nearly all the same capabilities as Samsungs more pricier rivals, minor exception includes the fact that standard connection is through a built-in wired Ethernet connection, though a USB Wi-Fi connector is available. The TV offers connection to all the mainstream apps (20 plus, including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Picasa, Youtube etc.) and web searching ability. It even has its own Facebook and Twitter app so you can watch TV at the same time as getting social feeds. Useful for families with children is the ‘approved sites’ setting for the internet which restricts access to a list you can create, protected by a pin number. The TV has an integrated Freeview HD tuner and a choice of which transmitters to connect to locally for the best image. An unusual feature of this TV is the ability to record and store films, TV programmes to a USB memory stick and external hard drive.
Reviewers found that the text input using the remote control was cumbersome and preferred to use a mouse and keyboard connected via a USB port (of which there are two offered for connecting other devices).
Good Sound Quality
Surprisingly good sound for such a slim line TV, even on a high volume setting.
Easiest set up on the market
In reviews this television was found to be the easiest to set up. It took our team less than 10 minutes from start to finish and instructions were very straightforward, also automatically setting up all digital channels.
Low energy, low price to run
On the energy saving mode the television uses just 39.7w which is excellent and 0.15w on standby, costing approximately £16 a year to run.
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