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Samsung LE40C650 review

John Archer

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Samsung LE40C650 front angle

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Minimal motion blur
  • Great black levels for a CCFL LCD set

Cons

  • Not as slim as LED sets
  • Inconsistent backlight
  • Almost no bass

Key Features

  • Built-in Freeview HD tuner
  • Samsung Internet@TV platform
  • 100Hz Motion Plus processing
  • CCFL LCD panel
  • 4 HDMI v1.4 ports
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £589.99

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A few weeks back we looked at Samsung’s 32in LE32C580 and found ourselves feeling slightly disappointed. The set just didn’t seem to have advanced from last year’s equivalent Samsung models, and maybe even seemed to have slipped back a touch.

We wrapped that review up by wondering if the new step-up C650 series would suffer the same fate. And today we’re able to find out, courtesy of the 40in LE40C650.

Samsung LE40C650 front angle

As with the C580 model, the LE40C650 is attractive without being quite as aggressively inventive and stylish as some previous Samsung efforts. The best bits are the application of a transparent outer trim around the glossy, almost glass-like black bezel; the transparent neck to the desktop stand; and the infusion of a touch of red, especially into the little arc that drops down from the centre section of the TV’s bottom edge.

It’s impossible, though, not to feel slightly disappointed by the chunky rear end sported by the CCFL LCD LE40C650 when considered against the impossibly svelte profiles of Samsung’s edge LED models. That said, the extra bulk becomes much easier to swallow when you fix in your mind the fact that the LE40C650 costs under £630 - a fraction of the price of the edge LED models.

The LE40C650’s connectivity is impressive. Four HDMIs are on hand for your HD sources, for instance, plus there’s extensive multimedia support from two USB ports, a D-Sub PC input, and an Ethernet jack.

Samsung LE40C650 back

The Ethernet jack’s first call of duty is as a necessary accessory to the LE40C650’s built-in Freeview HD tuner. But happily it goes much further than that, adding both DLNA PC access and - in a significant improvement over the C580 model - a means of getting Samsung’s Internet@TV platform.

This platform scored highly in our recent article comparing the current online TV systems, and its content continues to impress. Particularly outstanding is its provision of the BBC iPlayer, which remains a rarity among ringfenced online TV systems (though Sony also launched the service this very week). Other main providers of note are LoveFilm.com, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and YouTube, plus there’s a striking number of small Widget Apps and games.

The interface for the growing amount of online content is starting to look and feel rather cumbersome and dated, it has to be said, but it’s functional.

It’s worth adding here that you don’t have to use the Ethernet to access Internet@TV, for you can also cough up for an optional extra Wi-Fi dongle that slots into one of the USB ports. These ports can also be used for playing back a good variety of photo, music and video file formats, including DivX, XviD and .WMVs.

ronesh amin

September 16, 2010, 1:20 pm

"The Ethernet jack’s first call of duty is as a necessary accessory to the LE40C650’s built-in Freeview HD tuner"





Why is it mandatory to provide an ethernet port for Freewview HD. Is that for a feature already announced or for future developments?

Metalex

September 16, 2010, 6:01 pm

I see you've started mentioning input lag again, but it's just exactly that - a mention - nothing more. A measurement of the lag in milliseconds would be ten times more helpful to gamers - surely you have the hardware to be able to test this.





For those interested in the input lag, another site measured it at 45ms in Game Mode and 95ms in other modes.

ishmeister

September 17, 2010, 4:34 pm

I read on avforums that there is panel lottery with this TV so that if you buy one you're not guaranteed to get the best panel. I assume that Samsung would have provided the best panel for reviewers. Can you comment on this?

GoldenGuy

September 18, 2010, 5:23 am

Been a while waiting for this one guys.





@ishmeister





On the panel lottery : I've yet to find someone who actually has the superior S-PVA panel from Samsung on the 46 inch version. If you want it, it seems your best shot is sadly to scale down to this 40 inch model reviewed here.





@Metalex


And interesting that they're quick to belittle the C580 when one of its biggest selling points is that the input lag is significantly cut down while still offering decent picture processing, so as to be a solid buy for gamers at an affordable price.

sponks

September 18, 2010, 6:15 am

I picked up the Aussie version of this TV a few weeks back (the LA40C650) and am very happy with everything. There are a few things worth mentioning on top of your review for those looking to pick one up. These are for the Aussie version, but I doubt there would be a difference.





For the gaming lag issue I have read that game mode definately does help reduce lag. The way you do this is to rename the input to "Game" from the selection list. I have read that to futher reduce the lag if you set the input to "PC-DVI" it will even further reduce lag, but it does effect the quality of the image onscreen moreso than "Game". I haven't played with this myself yet.





Instead of purchasing the wireless adapter I use a wireless game bridge which also works great. It works by having a wireless arial and a ethernet port. You plug the TV into the ethernet port and the bridge passes it through so it becomes wireless. The bridge is obviously configured to be on your wireless network already with the security keys etc already put in while connected to a PC.





One minor annoyance I have is the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) is where it will pause the TV while scrolling down channels from time to time for a few seconds. The LE model may not have this issue though.





Great TV all round.

MattMe

November 28, 2010, 6:43 pm

I'm looking at buying a 37" TV set soon, and I've read about the inconsistencies between different set sizes. Unfortunately, most review on TR are 40" varients, and I'm concerned that the smaller size screens won't live up to the high marks given to the larger sets.


Does anyone have any idea or experience about the 37" version of this Samsung set?

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