Pros Great picture, blacks are deep and dark, colors are vibrant
Good sound quality for a flat screen
Works great Netflix/Hulu
Very narrow bezel, surprisingly thin
Cons Lack of swivel base
No S-Video port
Summary I purchased this as an upgrade to an older 32" LCD TV in the bedroom. I originally wanted a 42" TV but could not find one in the $400 range that was from a reputable manufacturer. I also have a 55" Samsung in the family room and have been very happy with the picture quality and performance of that TV. It also has built in WIFI for updates and apps which is an added bonus.
Since I have the TV wall mounted I wanted an LED tv to keep the bulk and weight down. Also since we would be viewing this from 10 feet away I wanted a screen that was big enough to see easily and 32" was just a little to small. This 40" screen is perfect for my application and comes in almost 10lbs lighter then the 32" it replaced. Now although this is an LED tv, it is deeper then other LED models. It is my understanding that this has to do with the placement of the LED lights behind the screen opposed to on the sides of the screen. Not an issue for my application but others might want to take that into consideration.
Out of the box the picture was terrible. You NEED to adjust the settings to get it looking great. Once you get things right it looks fantastic, truly stellar. The blacks are deep and dark, colors are vibrant and with an HD 1080 or 720 connection it is all you want a modern HD tv to look like, crisp and clear. Viewing it in a totally dark room I can say the blacks are truly black with very little if any light leak.
Surprisingly good sound quality for a flat screen. Not great by any means but better then others I've had. I found that setting the sound to enhance voices made a huge difference. The volume increments are very subtle. On my old TV level 10 was suitable at night to not wake my wife is she was sleeping. This TV you need to have on level 30 to hear clearly. 30 is actually not very loud on this unit, just mentally takes a little getting used to. There is also a noticeable nice bass tone to everything. Not room shaking or anything, but it's not the tin-ey tone I am used to on similar TV's. I'd say that compared to other TV's of this size and type that the sound quality is superior. For family room use you would probably want to get a sound bar or similar,especially if you have kids.
After using the Netflix app more then expected I found one night that the Media Hub was reporting a network error upon loading. Although WIFI was working and I had a strong internet connection I could not launch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc. Some research online pointed out that in order to use any app the TV must first talk with Samsung's network servers. This sounds fine (although odd) however the servers have a tendency to fail often. When this happens you are unable to use most of the apps on the tv, particularly the streaming apps. Additionally the error message is very cryptic and suggests you check your WIFI and Internet connection (which I did several times), alas that wasn't the problem, it was Samsung's servers that were down. Keep this in mind if this will be your method of viewing online content. It completely ruined a planed Netflix night for me. Why you would need to "check in" with Samsung to use Netflix is beyond me, but it seems with this setup it is necessary. Because of this we will definitely be getting another AppleTV/Roku for the bedroom.
One of the TV's selling point is Internet apps. I have experience with this on one of my blue ray players. I also have 2 Apple Tv devices. I can say the apps are excruciatingly slow to load. Moving between menus is painfully slow. To really take advantage of this you need some sort of keyboard as the remote is not the best interface when trying to type things in. I will give a few app reviews of the items that I would use the most.
After setup which thankfully was quick, it works great. Shows take a little longer to load then on the AppleTV but acceptable. The interface for Netflix is lacking a lot, certainly not as robust as on the AppleTV but acceptable for my limited use (being this is in the bedroom). The picture quality was as great, no complaints.
Well, I didn't expect much. I have experience with seeing the web on tv and have never been impressed. This was slightly better then I expected, However.. Trying to surf the web using the remote was a painful frustrating experience. I wanted to pull up a few sites to see what it was like. The sites looked good, no issues there, just the interface is terrible. I don't blame Samsung for this, aside from including a keyboard there is not much they can do. This is the biggest issue with web surfing via TV. I think Samsung deserves credit for giving it a great effort but if your looking for a "Web TV" this is not it, and honestly I would recommend getting a tablet for that. There are some great tablets for under $200 (Google Nexus) that will give you a far better internet experience.
There are apps for Twitter, Facebook and just about anything you can think of. Again, a TV is really not meant to be a computer replacement or even a tablet alternative. It's a great bonus feature that can come in handy but DO NOT buy this TV for those features thinking it will be amazing (in theory yes, reality no so much). You will be much happier (and save yourself lots of frustrating time) with a nice tablet.
I must say, I love the looks of this TV. It has a very narrow bezel, surprisingly thin. There is no obnoxious labeling and the branding is subtle. There are no protruding buttons so when mounted on a wall it looks more like a picture frame then a TV. Very clean minimalist look. It is light weight (about 30lbs) and just looks fantastic. Plenty of ports on back and they are easy to read and use. Extremely happy about this. Pictures just don't do it justice, it's a beautiful unit. It comes with a very nice sturdy stand that requires a few screws to install (it comes with all the hardware for that).
I am thrilled about this purchase. The size is perfect for my application. The picture quality is stellar and the sound is very good for built in speakers. The apps are a great add-on but I would not buy the TV for that. I do like that the TV is able to upgrade it's firmware via the internet, so any bug fixes or software upgrades are actually possible. I may buy another AppleTV for this unit just because of the interface and ability to stream from my iTunes library but that is a personal choice as Netflix and Hulu work great once you get them to load using the TV's Apps. Overall I highly recommend getting this TV for those who need a great 40" screen.
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I hope this review is helpful.
Pros Outstanding picture. Found and set up OTA channels with no problem. OTA operation was easy and HD picture quality was better than satellite system.
Cons Hulu streaming videos would not play without constant pauses for reloading. Netflix would not load at all and the app could not be reinstalled because of the editing restrictions. Increased my internet service to 33mbps and still had the problem.
Summary I returned the TV and got a new one. (same model; don't ask.) The new TV works perfect and hulu, netflix, crackle and youtube all funtion as they should. I should have checked the reviews first.
Samsung blamed the problem on my internet provider, Hulu, and Netflix. All three of these companies bend over backwards to help me and I appreciated it. After talking an hour with Samsung there was some indication that there might be a problem with the TV, although they would not come right out and say that. Their inability to analyze the problem and admit that it was there fault caused a lot of work for lots of other people. The problems we experienced and actions that we took to correct them, were far more involved than I have room to explain. As a TV this unit worked fine. As a SMART TV this unit is pretty bad. The Smart Hub programming stinks and the editing restrictions are far too limited. The fact that they do the updates when you start the hub is annoying. When you exit the hub, closed captioning shuts off. You have to turn your TV off and back on to recover closed captioning. A small thing but annoying after a while. Don't buy this TV is another similar unit is available.
Pros I will admit this TV is half smart, the picture and audio quality are great when streaming Netflix. The apps (very limited for us Canadians) work well but really this is limited to Skype, Youtube and Netflix.
Cons - Browser is slow and hard to use with virtual keyboard
- Webcams are not compatible except Samsungs own, but then they don't attach well
- Limited apps for us Canadians
- If not connected to cable then see snow screen everywhere
Summary I have been watching TV online for 10 years now on a PC. We have no cable, set top box or anything. With Smart TVs I thought I was getting a large LED TV that could stream video just like my PC, but without the PC and small monitor. I was wrong, very wrong. However I am prepared to change this not very satisfied review if the below fixes are done (which I know are easily done through software upgrades).
Most of us stream other content via the browser and the browser is very poor. It is hard to use even though keyboards now can operate it, but unfortunately the virtual keyboard keeps "annoyingly" appearing on the screen. The streaming quality of video is very poor, sometimes missing sound (e.g. Youtube), it sometimes crashes and because this isn't Firefox, Chrome etc. and not on a PC some content you can't stream (e.g. CTV through Silverlight).
Skype works well all round BUT the only webcams compatible are Samsung ones, so add >$140 to your budget if you need one. Additionally, the one we bought doesn't fit on the back of the TV so we had to buy a mini tripod to stand it up next to the TV.
Because we don't subscribe to cable etc. when we turn the TV on we get the snow effect. This annoyingly appears in the Smart Hub screen (where the apps are etc.) as a small icon showing what is on TV. We don't have TV, this is a Smart TV accessing the internet, so why have this as a permanent option?
1. Far better browser so can stream video through it at a high quality
2. Ability to turn off TV view from Smart Hub screen
3. More apps e.g. Drop Box, Canadian TV networks e.g. CTV, CBC etc.
4. Remove virtual keyboard when using keyboard so works just like on a PC
5. For future customers, make compatible with any webcam AND design Samsung webcams so can fit on ALL Samsung TVs.
6. Quick browser so can browse the internet just like a PC
Fix all these I will seriously consider moving review from 2 to a 5.
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