If you’ve found yourself staring adoringly at Samsung’s extraordinarily designed 2010 edge-LED LCD TV range, only to then find yourself staring despairingly at your dwindling bank balance, then today’s review should be of interest. For what we have on our test benches right now is easily the most affordable route we’ve seen into Samsung’s latest edge-LED world.
There are two reasons why the UE32C6000 is so cheap. First, it’s relatively small at just 32in across. But second, the 6000 bit of its name reveals that it sits in the lower half of Samsung’s four-strong LED series, below the 9000, 8000, and - yes, you guessed it - 7000 series. Which immediately raises some pretty big questions over what features Samsung has stripped off it.
Before we get to that, though, a big two thumbs up is due to the UE32C6000’s design. We’d half expected such a relatively cheap model to be chunky and plasticky, but no. It looks adorably futuristic thanks to Samsung’s trademark svelteness, protruding less than 30mm when free of its stand. Perhaps even better considering you spend more time looking at its front than its butt is its lovely high gloss black bezel offset by a cool transparent outer trim and a remarkably solid and beautifully engineered brushed aluminium stand.
Samsung is setting the TV design pace yet again, even on a mass market TV like the UE32C6000.
Turning our attention to the UE32C6000’s connections, the fact that this set isn’t quite as skinny as Samsung’s high-end edge-LED models means you don’t have to use as many ‘shrinking’ adaptors. You can plug RF jack and Ethernet cables in directly for instance. Though not surprisingly you still have to use a provided adaptor if you’re still using anything with a Scart output.
Connections are plentiful despite the 32C6000’s relatively lowly status in Samsung’s LED range, including four HDMIs, a LAN socket, a D-Sub PC port, and a couple of USBs. As we’d hope, moreover, the LAN port is there to support a built-in Freeview HD tuner, while the USBs can play a decent variety of multimedia files.
The USB and LAN ports do, however, introduce the first signs of feature trimming on the 32C6000. For while the Ethernet allows you to connect to computers on your home network, there’s no access to Samsung’s generally excellent Internet@TV online platform. And while the USBs allow you to make the TV Wi-Fi ready via an optional dongle, you can’t use them to record video to USB storage drives.
Still, while we might miss these features, none of them could ever be truly expected on a sub-£500 edge-LED 32in TV. Plus the TV is hardly short of features elsewhere.