The USB ports allow you to playback a wide variety of photo, music and video file formats, and additionally let you make the TV Wi-Fi capable if you fork out extra cash - £40-£50 - for Samsung’s optional Wi-Fi USB dongle. Please note that also, like Samsung’s premium edge LED 3D TVs, you can record from the Freeview tuner to USB HDDs.
The Ethernet port is part of the Freeview HD spec. But Samsung doesn’t restrict its use to future Freeview HD interactive services. For the jack can also stream files from a DLNA PC, or pipe you into Samsung’s Internet@TV online service.
Internet@TV has undergone some pretty major improvements recently, with the addition of both LoveFilm and the BBC iPlayer. This brings it much closer to Sony’s still class-leading Bravia Internet Video online TV platform.
The 46C750’s apparent desire to connect with as many other devices as possible is wrapped up by its AllShare feature, designed to enable communication and data/alert sharing with compatible mobile phones, portable media players and so on.
The LE46C750 goes much further than we would have expected, too, with its picture adjustments. Our personal favourite of these is the system provided for adjusting the strength and judder/blur emphasis of the TV’s motion compensation processing. But we also got mileage out of a (rather basic) colour management tool, a gamma adjustment, and various sharpness and contrast boosters. We would urge caution with at least the sharpness and contrast boosters, though, for simply thoughtlessly shoving them to their highest setting will actually damage the picture rather than improve it.
The only bum note in the LE46C750’s feature make-up, really, is the fact that it doesn’t ship with any of Samsung’s 3D glasses as standard. You can get one pair if you register the TV online as part of a current promotion, but any more will need to be bought separately for £80-£100 a pop. This fact clearly reduces the TV’s extreme value, though even if you have to buy three extra sets of glasses, the all-in price still comfortably undercuts its 3D rivals.
Let’s kick off the performance section of this review by focussing on the LE46C750’s 3D performance first.
Actually our use of the word 'focussing' back there was a tad unfortunate. For actually the LE46C750‘s 3D picture joins that of its LED Samsung siblings in suffering quite noticeably with crosstalk noise. There’s clear evidence of the tell-tale double ghosting of some objects in the mid to far distance, and as usual this reduces the perception of clarity with the 3D picture, as well as making 3D viewing more tiring as your eyes try to refocus the ghosted images back together.
To be fair, the issue isn’t significantly worse than it was on Samsung’s C8000 model - but it’s definitely more obvious and common than it is with Panasonic’s plasmas. Though of course, those plasmas start at roughly twice as much as the LE46C750.
In other ways, the LE46C750’s 3D efforts are surprisingly impressive. For instance, the TV really punches up the brightness and colour saturations, so that even through the inevitable dulling effects of Samsung’s active shutter glasses the picture still looks rich and vibrant. In this respect it’s actually slightly better than Panasonic’s rather brightness-challenged 3D efforts.