Having recently checked out new plasma and LED TVs from the premium end of Samsung's current, expansive TV range, we thought it was time we turned our attention to its premium LCD offering - as modelled for us today in supremely attractive fashion by the 46in LE46A756.
Although we accept there are those among you who just can't stomach the ‘touch of red' design effect sported by Samsung's A656 and A756 TVs, the LE46A756 is actually the fifth TV I've seen with the tinge of red in the bezel, and I personally still lap it up as much as I did the first time I clapped eyes on it. Especially when you add in the ultra polished, glossy feel given to the whole TV by the glass layer sitting on top of the screen frame.
I'm also inclined to lap up the 46A756's connections, particularly their inclusion of four HDMIs, a USB port, and an Ethernet socket. Regular readers will know that these latter two jacks are especially significant on the 46A756 because they provide the means for the TV to access the Internet. Or at least, a Yahoo-sourced corner of the Internet that's been designed to provide ‘live' content to Samsung's Internet TVs.
The Ethernet jack is pretty self-explanatory in this regard, simply enabling you to hardwire the TV into your router or broadband ‘pipe'. The USB, meanwhile, can allow you to jack the TV into your network wirelessly, courtesy of an optional (£20) ‘Linkstick' dongle.
My painful experiences with getting other Samsung online TVs working properly meant that this time I actually didn't have to spend too long getting the LE46A756 talking to the remote Yahoo server - though I still had to turn my router's PING protection off temporarily. However, I'd recommend that anyone trying to get this TV online wirelessly for the first time should set at least a frustrating hour aside - unless you happen to be particularly IT-literate.
The rewards for your online efforts are arguably a bit more limited than you might expect, in that you certainly don't get full Internet access. Essentially you're just given access to news tickers, fuller news stories, stocks and shares updates and weather reports. But you can at least choose your weather report by region, and set favourite lists for stocks and shares. Plus this is probably just the start for this feature, with other features likely - hopefully! - set to appear in the future.
It's worth adding before we move onto other matters that the LE46A756's USB and Ethernet jacks are also notable for being able to play JPEG, MP3, and various film multimedia files from USB storage devices or even a connected PC. In fact, the Ethernet is DLNA-certified, for full access to your PC multimedia files via the TV's remote.