I've been trying to get this TV off Samsung for absolutely sodding ages - but they've simply refused to play ball. Which is weird, since Samsung is actually rather more efficient than most when it comes to supplying review products. In fact, Samsung's apparent reluctance seemed so weird that I started convincing myself there must be something wrong with the LE37R87BD they didn't want me to discover. And my tragic obsession eventually reached the point where I just had to source a 37R87BD from a third party I know, rather than just leave it alone.
So now that I've had the chance to spend some quality time with it, have I found some dark, dirty secret lurking within its 37in body? Er, no. Actually there's nothing wrong with at all.
For starters, just look at its price. Under £500 for a 37in LCD TV from one of the TV world's biggest brands looks like a heck of a bargain from where I'm standing.
Also, if you could judge a book by its cover, the 37R87BD would be the best TV in the world. Its sleek black finish, subtly curvaceous lines and minimalist stance make it for my money the single prettiest 37in LCD TV around right now - at least without spending megabucks on stuff from premium brands like Loewe and B&O.
As my opening to this review implied, the LE37R87BD is not the newest 37in TV on the market. But it still shames many more recent - and more expensive - rivals by providing a very healthy three HDMIs alongside the usual component video input, PC jack, S-Video, SCARTs and so on. Plus there's a digital audio output for shipping on digital audio tracks received via the HDMIs.
The HDMIs are not, it should be said, built to the new v1.3a specification, meaning the TV is not compatible with the Deep Colour enhanced picture quality format now appearing on a couple of upcoming HD camcorders. And nor, more alarmingly, are the HDMIs able to receive 1080p/24fps feeds of the sort now receivable from the majority of Blu-ray players.
But you know, I really don't think either of these ‘shortcomings' are remotely deal breakers on a TV as cheap as the 37R87BD. After all, neither of them automatically mean that the 37R87BD can't produce tasty picture quality. Especially since in many other ways the set is surprisingly well featured.