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Samsung LE32C580 review

John Archer



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Samsung LE32C580
  • Samsung LE32C580
  • Samsung LE32C580
  • Samsung LE32C580
  • Samsung LE32C580
  • Samsung LE32C580
  • LE32C580 32" LCD TV (1920x1080, 50Hz, Freeview HD, HDTV)


Our Score:



  • Affordable
  • Bright pictures
  • Well saturated colours


  • Motion problems
  • Mediocre black levels
  • Average picture quality

Key Features

  • Four v1.3 HDMIs
  • Ethernet port
  • Two USB inputs
  • D-Sub PC input
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £369.99

Our inevitable interest in all things 3D has meant that so far we’ve focussed our reviewing attentions on the higher reaches of Samsung’s new TV range. But it’s arguably at the lower reaches where Samsung has struck so much gold in recent years, consistently delivering levels of features and performance that have embarrassed most if not all of its similarly priced competition. So while the strikingly affordable LE32C580 might not have 3D or a pencil-thin design, we’re still excited to have it sitting pretty on our test benches.

Well, maybe ‘sitting pretty’ was a bit of an overstatement. The 32in LE32C580 is certainly attractive enough with its glossy bezel, transparent outer ‘wings’ and subtle infusion of a deep red colour into the bottom edge, but it doesn’t strike us as quite such a stand-out design classic as some of Samsung’s previous affordable TVs. Though to be fair, this has arguably more to do with other brands drastically improving their TV designs than Samsung losing its design way.

Turning our attentions to the set’s rear, we find a fairly normal depth in place of the almost terrifying thinness of Samsung’s edge-LED range, as well as a fairly likeable set of connections. You get four v1.3 HDMIs, for instance - one down the side, three on the rear. There’s also an Ethernet port, a D-Sub PC input, and not one but two USB inputs, which the TV can use to either play JPEG, MP3 and video files, or for making the TV Wi-Fi via an optional extra wireless USB dongle.

Before this talk of Ethernet ports and Wi-Fi dongles starts you dreaming of going online with your bargain new Samsung TV though, it’s time for a rude awakening. For the LE32C580 doesn’t actually let you access Samsung’s Internet@TV online platform. Unfortunate, certainly, but hardly surprising on a £400 TV.

So what can you do with the Ethernet port and optional Wi-Fi dongle? Well, you can update the TV’s firmware, or access stuff on a DLNA PC through your local area network. This latter multimedia touch is actually not a bad discovery at all on such an affordable TV.

The Ethernet port is also required on the LE32C580 because it has a Freeview HD tuner - something else we wouldn’t necessarily have predicted finding on a sub-£400 32in TV. And so the Ethernet port will enable the TV to add the BBC iPlayer to its feature list once the service is ready to roll out - as well as, potentially, other services.

We’re not done with the multimedia stuff either. For the TV is also equipped with AllShare, a software platform that allows the TV to connect with compatible Samsung mobile phones or devices through a network. This way you can have your TV tell you when new calls and text messages come in; access schedules set on your phones; and play any media files you might have stored on your phone or portable device.


July 27, 2010, 2:19 pm

I notice comments on DLNA support creeping in to more of your reviews of TVs, blu-ray players etc. Any chance of a feature on the state of play of DLNA sometime soon? While it sounds like a great idea in theory the implementation varies - I also believe the media and containers supported are limited - I guess basically my question is - is it worth paying extra for or would you be better of with something like an AC Ryan streaming media player?

Backlighting: I assume this isn't LED backlit despite the "LE" model number otherwise you would have said so but it would be nice if you were explicit this - and while we're on the subject when are you going to start putting power consumption figures in your specs? - some of us muesli eating tree huggers want to know this stuff.

Nathan 2

July 27, 2010, 2:34 pm

How does this compare with the B550 you rated so highly last year? I started looking into which TV to buy only this week and saw your review but in searching for the B550 found the major retailers now sell the C530/C580 instead and presumed it was the latest model (the B550 review was from 11 months ago)

Is this a step backwards in terms of the B550 though or like you say.. are you just judging it harsher as the competition advances?


July 27, 2010, 4:41 pm


It's weird. I expected there to be a directly numbered '50' successor to the B550 too, but it doesn't look like there isn't. Like you said it's either the C530 or C580. (For anyone interested) the distinctions listed on Samsung's spec sheets are : 3 HDMIs vs. 4, 1 USB vs. 2, and no mention of Freeview HD on the C530.

Don Kanonjii

July 27, 2010, 4:49 pm

I too would be interested to know how this fares against the B550. Would be appreciated if you could advise.


July 27, 2010, 5:49 pm

Are you sure the C650 is 200Hz? A lot of the other sites seem to point it out being 100Hz which would fit the general trend of : 5 Series, 50Hz; 6 Series, 100Hz; Highest end range, 200Hz.

The C650 is the review I'm most interested in (I'm personally most tempted toward 46") as there's a scarcity of reviews on the moderately featured standard LCDs. All the coverage is going to flashy, pricey thin LED and 3D models. Plus it's hard to find these things in the flesh, out on the showroom floor - again LCDs are easy to find at the 32 inch level, but for larger TVs everyone tries to upsell customers to LED, 3D and Plasma, when a lot of us don't have the pocket for it. Hopefully you'll get this in soon.

Some of us will also be looking for what type of panel they send out to you too as this is one of the hardest things to confirm either online, in store or even on the phone to Samsung themselves, and there's no evidence that Samsung have given up on their panel lottery racket.


kwg uk

August 4, 2010, 2:00 pm

This is only the 2nd review of the latest 32" tv`s that I have found. I hope there will be alot more - maybe the Samsung 32" 6 series will fair better

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