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Best TVs 2015: Best 32, 40, 50 and 60-inch TVs


Samsung UE40H5500

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Samsung UE40H5500

Originally reviewed by John Archer 19 November 2014

Key features:

  • 40-inch LCD TV with LED lighting
  • Full HD resolution
  • Comprehensive Smart TV system
For the price, the Samsung UE40H5500 is an incredible telly. Featuring a slim, glossy bezel and a well-finished angular stand, it’s a good looking TV, and comes with three HDMI slots, two USBs and a tuner input that feeds a Freeview HD tuner. It runs Samsung’s content-rich 2014 Smart TV engine, which offers all the main UK TV catch-up apps, as well as Netflix and Amazon’s subscription streaming services.

Picture quality is terrific, and wouldn’t shame a machine costing twice the money. The UE40H5500 has a 40-inch, Full HD edge-lit VA LCD panel with lots of calibration options. After a bit of tweaking, you can get seriously deep blacks and balanced, natural colours, and it’s also responsive enough for gaming. The only downside is that shadow detail can be lost while you pursue those black levels.

Audio performance isn’t quite as stellar, but is adequate. The downwards-facing speakers sound muffled when pressed hard, leading to a noticeable lack of clarity. This means that voices can sound rather thick and ‘hummy’, too.

Price: £330

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