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Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV review

John Archer




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Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • Samsung LE40B651 40in LCD TV
  • LE-40B650 102 cm 40" LCD TV (DVB-T - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p - Surround, Dolby)


Our Score:


Given that Samsung has now become the UK's number one TV brand without sacrificing a hard-won reputation for innovation, it's fair to say that the arrival on our test benches of the first TV from a new Samsung range feels like some sort of 'event'.

So it momentarily feels a bit disappointing to discover that the first set we've been sent from Samsung's latest telly range is actually only a mid-range model, rather than something 'statementy' and flagship-waving.

But then given the state of all our finances right now, it's distinctly possible that the £1,100 LE40B651 will prove Samsung's mass market proposition; certainly last year's roughly equivalent mid-level 6-series proved to be the range that most captured the public's attention. So let's stop bitching about a few missing high-end bits and pieces and set about (hopefully) embracing what's actually popular!

The LE40B651's design is impressive and a tiny bit disappointing all at the same time. Impressive because the 'Crystal' design's subtly triangular shape and semi-translucent 'honeycomb' feature both look stunning; disappointing because it just doesn't look quite as distinctive as last year's red-tinged Touch of Colour design.

Still, while I personally loved the stronger Touch of Colour effect, I accept that it seemed to attract as many haters as lovers, so I can't blame Samsung for thinking more subtly this time round.

The LE40B651's connectivity is very good. Three rear HDMIs and one mounted on the side get things off to a rollicking start, but I was also seriously chuffed to spot among the rest of the connections not one, but two USB ports, and a DLNA-certified LAN port.

The USB ports serve two purposes: as a means for playing directly JPEG, MP3 and movie files stored on USB sticks or even USB HDDs; and as a means of connecting an optional wireless connectivity USB dongle.

Similarly, the DLNA port can be used to play back multimedia files from a connected PC or DLNA-enabled mobile phone, or for a hard-wired connection to the Internet.

Although my mentions of Internet connectivity may have sounded rather matter of fact back there, the reality is, of course, that Internet connectivity is looking set to be one of the 'hot potatoes' of the TV world this year - and few if any TVs have more of a statement to make in this area than the LE40B651.

Val Isi

March 17, 2009, 4:33 pm

This review was too wordy and long. Ten words where one would do. The review will test the most patient of readers. It would be nice if Trusted Reviewers could focus and issue sharp and concise reviews once in while.


March 17, 2009, 4:36 pm

@Val Isi - we get requests for our reviews to be longer as well. In our experience between 2 and 4 pages in general tends to be right for most.


March 17, 2009, 4:48 pm

I found the length fine. I think if TR did shorter reviews, you'd just get people complaining that the reviews weren't long, and in-depth, enough - you can't win :)


March 17, 2009, 4:50 pm

On the subject of TV's - any chance of a set from the new Sony w5500 series being reviewed? I notice TR is light on Sony TV reviews - is there a reason for this?

Chris 15

March 18, 2009, 12:55 am

In my opinion the review was a bit short, and a lot of interesting details were actually missing: You mentioned the good looking menus - how nice it could be to see a couple of pictures of them; how does the USB video stream work: or if You play BluRay rips/MKVs from USB do they produce the same quality as an original BluRay movie does? How is the free view? Most of the informations given in the article can be more or less obvious from the tech-specs and feature list. I understand that many of us would read shorter reviews, but this Site seems to have the proper backround to go into details...


March 18, 2009, 3:49 am

@Chris - This page may sate your curiosity about the Samsung's menu's. Hope I'm allowed to link to it:


Chris 15

March 18, 2009, 11:16 am

@Pbryanw - OH! That is very kinf of You. Thank You for the the link... :)

(...And thanks for the moderator leting it to be 'linked'...)


Val Isi

March 19, 2009, 12:38 pm

Is the model number Samsung LE40B650 or LE40B651. I have not been able to locate LE40B651 on sale anywhere in the UK. 650 is widely available.


March 28, 2009, 2:39 am

The 650 is edged with grey or silver. The 651 is edged with dark red. Same insides, slightly different outsides. It may be that the 651 is only available in certain stores like Currys?

David Walker

April 3, 2009, 5:17 pm

I am interested in the 32" version of this set. Would you expect the comment made for the 40" to apply to other sizes as well.

Michael Sherratt

April 11, 2009, 4:01 pm

Hi there I've ordered the LE40B651T 3 from Dixons. Is this the same model as what is featured? Just curious as im getting confused with the model code "T" & "3" afterwards and I can only find support for the LE40B651T3W model on the Samsung Website.

So are they all the same model if they are LE40B651?

I must sound like a newbie sorry.


April 11, 2009, 9:38 pm

@ Michael Sherratt, no the review is wrong. The TV that has been reviewed isn't the B651, it was the B653! There are 4 variations: The B650 a Grey 'U' shape, the B651 a Red 'U' Shape, a B652 a Grey 'V' Shape and the B653 a Red 'V' as pictured in this review. This can be verified by looking at the Samsung France website. The B651 is exclusive to Dixons and the B652 is exclusive to Comet.


April 11, 2009, 10:06 pm

This is the B651 on Samsung's site http://www.samsung.com/fr/c...

T3 refers to the case varation. B650 = T2, B651 = T3, B652 = T4, B653 = T5. Even if it's omitted, all B651's are T3.

Michael Sherratt

April 11, 2009, 11:30 pm

Seb Thanks for your help.

Google doesnt let me translate the page but do you know any differences between the B653 featured in this review and the B651? Any major differences?


April 12, 2009, 7:36 am

I believe the differences are purely cosmetic. There aren't actually any UK retailers who sell the B653. Apart from Dixons and Comet they all seem to be selling the B650. Also the photos on here give the impression the controls on the front light up, they don't. This is a high res photo of the B651 you've just ordered http://support-sena.samsung...


April 12, 2009, 7:44 am

The've also got the same issue in the video review. This time it's the B652 reviewed, not the B651.

Michael Sherratt

April 12, 2009, 3:47 pm

Again Seb thanks for your advice its helped a lot to clarify.


April 16, 2009, 3:23 pm

You're quite right, after further investigation it would seem the TV featured in the video is in fact the B652, which has no touch of colour. The TV in the written review, meanwhile, is the B653. All are essentially cosmetic variations on the same TV, though.


April 17, 2009, 1:01 am

Just bought the T3 variant from Dixons for 809 GBP delivered... use coupon code 25OFF at checkout.

Gavin C

April 22, 2009, 4:07 am

Any views on game lag.....this seems to never get a mention although most hd usage would incorporate this (few hd channels and few blu ray cataolgues held by most)

Also is there a 37inch on this model

jack 3

May 9, 2009, 8:11 am

hi...question to John Archer as a reviewer of samsung le40b651 and panasonic th46pz81:after maratonic search to buy tv(plasma or lcd not decided yet )which of this two tv is better value for money and specialy if we consider picture quality (le40b650 £789...th46pz81 £899(prc direct))?


May 15, 2009, 6:07 pm

Hi, i just wanted to play an MKV movie on this tv and didn`t work. So be aware of this if you want to play something like this on your tv. Any ideas ?


May 26, 2009, 5:08 am

I like these video reviews, please make more of them.

Chris Czelecki

June 8, 2009, 7:46 pm

Hi, Well after weeks of stressful research (Im very fussy) I decided to Opt for this Tv.

I paid just under a grand for the 40" with a samsung Blu ray player and a rather gorgeous stand.

It blows my mind everytime i turn it on. Even your standard freeview pictures are head and shoulders above my previous Tv.

I am legend running at 1080p with 24hz enabled looks like im watching everything unfold through a window. I am so, so impressed with this Tv.

My mate bought last years series 8 and without a doubt im getting a much sharper, smoother picture. The sound is a bit of a letdown so i read, But i cant tell as i havent had a Tv with amazing sound. And its spot on for the environment im in. But im hopefully im gonna get surround sound anyway to get a bit more bass out of it.

All in all im proper impressed


July 18, 2009, 8:27 pm

Having just sold my older 32" Samsung I'm looking to upgrade to either this set or perhaps pay the extra and get the UE40B8000. Perhaps I'll wait for a while, can anyone suggest which?

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