Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Mr Review0
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Summary: Pros: Great pictures, good 3D, excellent sound, masses of features Cons: Freezing problem in HD, poor remote control
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A good all rounder, the Samsung UE40ES6800U provides both excellent picture and sound quality, a stylish look and feel and a very accessible and usable smart hub for sharing music, photos and video. At a glance it has 1080 pixels on full HD, a 40” LED screen, built in Wi-Fi, Freesat and Freeview and an excellent active shutter 3D facility.
A sleek design statement
A silver television is a nice contrast to a lot of the black televisions that are the market and with a slim line bezel for maximum screen show, uber thin depth and claw like stand; it would look good in any boutique hotel or trendy loft apartment.
Impressive picture quality
One of the best televisions for picture quality that we have tested to date, even in standard definition the view was very realistic, good skin tones, depth of field, colour hues natural and extensive. Samsung have developed their micro dimming technology to provide a more realistic picture quality that enhances colour and detail. In high definition the view was excellent, offering a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels on full HD and with a 40” screen with little TV edge (thin bezel) it is very immersive viewing. A minor flaw that emerged in detailed testing related to HD movies shown at 24 frames/second, which seemed to freeze the picture occasionally, a minor but nonetheless slightly frustrating niggle we had.
The television provides an excellent 3D system. Two pairs of 3D specs are included, comfortable, although not the best on the market. They do however contain electronic shutters to make sure that both right and left eyes get the right stereoscopic views.
Like picture quality sound was excellent too. Samsung provides a SRS Theatre Sound HD sound enhancement technology (whatever that means?!), but techy jargon aside it had a strong bass with a good depth and it can be loud without too much sound deterioration (although not sure what the neighbours would say!). One of the best sounding televisions on the market.
New enhanced smart hub
The Samsung has built-in Wi-Fi technology and a dual core processor that our testers found very responsive. The Smart hub allows you to share music, photos, films and photos to your TV from your PC, MAC or Smartphone with its AllShare Play. It has its own web browser and the apps are very easy to access and the folder structure is logical and usable. Social media is well catered for, with the ability to check social feeds whilst watching TV. Other apps include BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Skype, Netflix and a wide range of mainstream music, radio and news websites. There are 3HDMI ports integrated into the TV. A criticism some of the reviewers had on this TV was the remote control, which seems easy to press the wrong button.
Freesat and Freeview
The television has a Freesat HD tuner and a Freeview HD tuner, and also the ability to pick up non Freesat channels. The Now and Next is a little annoying, because it takes up a lot of screen space, however it lets you see what’s happening on other channels or later on the same channel. The only other criticism is that you can’t pause and instantly rewind a programme and it won’t let you record one whilst viewing another
A middle of the road television in terms of energy saving. It uses 73.7w with optimal settings, 58 with factory defaults and goes down to 50w with energy saving settings, although brightness drops a bit on this. Power use on standby is one of the lowest (0.06w).
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