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Pictures are also boosted by Samsung’s ‘Wide Colour Enhancer’, which uses a combination of processing and enhanced phosphors to deliver a wider colour gamut than a ‘normal’ LCD screen, as well as what Samsung claims to be around four times as many potential colour gradations.
Then there’s Samsung’s Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe), a picture processing tool designed to boost motion, colours and detailing while also reducing noise levels. And last but not least you get an intriguing new picture tool called Movie Plus. This apparently calculates and then adds extra frames of picture information to counter the loss of resolution over moving objects that customarily causes LCD technology so many problems.
Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t work very well. Activating the feature from the 32R87BD’s attractive, well-organised onscreen menus causes two things to happen. First, moving objects do seem to cross the screen more smoothly and retain slightly more resolution. But second, their edges sometimes flicker and shimmer, which can at times be more distracting than the problem Movie Plus was designed to counter! This is a pity, since without Movie Plus the 32R87BD does suffer with slightly more blurring of motion than some of its best rivals.
Considerable compensation for the 32R87BD’s motion problems, however, comes from the fact that in just about every other way its pictures are considerably better than you’ve any right to dream they could be for under £500.
Colours, for instance, are sensationally vibrant, delivering the full splendour of your customised dream machines in the Xbox 360’s Forza Motorsport 2, and all the neon delights of Shanghai at night in the HD DVD of Mission: Impossible III. But as well as the rich saturations, there’s also more subtlety in colour blends and tones than we’re accustomed to seeing from Samsung, which gives pictures a greater sense of solidity and naturalism.