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Samsung UE32EH5000 review

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Samsung UE32EH5000

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Good all-round picture quality
  • Thin bezel design
  • Ridiculously great value

Cons

  • The rear end sticks out a long way
  • Limited viewing angle
  • No D-Sub input or DLNA/Network functionality

Key Features

  • 32in LCD with edge LED lighting
  • multimedia playback via USB
  • Full HD native resolution
  • A Class energy efficiency
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £299.00

Introduction

Unlike a certain other Korean brand, Samsung doesn’t seem shy this year about letting us check out its cheap TV models as well as its high-end efforts. The Samsung UE32EH5000 is a case in point, as its stripped-down feature list, relatively small 32in size and remarkably low £299 price tag instantly reveal it to be very much one of Samsung’s most mass-market - maybe even second-room - propositions.

But while this might mean we don’t have to spend long stretches of this review delving into such premium tricks as online features, alternative control systems and 3D picture quality, the 32EH5000 could still potentially be a good TV. Basically, if it delivers good pictures and sound for its money, that will be more than enough itself to put a smile on the faces of not only us, but potentially a very large group of cash-strapped TV punters.

Samsung UE32EH5000

Big Bottom Design

The use of the letters ‘EH’ rather than ‘ES’ in the 32EH5000’s name reveals that it’s not one of Samsung’s ‘super slim’ models. However, from the front, at least, it still looks fairly trim, thanks to a bezel that’s only a couple of centimetres across. The bezel’s glossy black finish is attractive enough too, and there’s a gentle arc effect on the bottom edge that’s also easy on the eye.

The Samsung 32EH5000's rear does admittedly stick out a bit - OK, a lot - further than Samsung’s higher-end TVs. But as we so often point out, unless you’re a bit odd you’ll spend considerably more time looking at the front of your TV than its rear, or even its side.

The 32EH5000’s back does disappoint in one way, though, and that’s with its connections. For starters, they include only two HDMIs when we’d like even a fairly cheap TV now to have three. There’s also only one USB for playing back photo, video and music files, and no built-in Wi-Fi. Nor is there a D-Sub PC port for analogue connection of a computer. You can’t record to the USB from the built-in tuners either.

Samsung UE32EH5000

In one bit of good news, though, one of the tuners is a Freeview HD affair, backed up by the required LAN port. It’s just a pity this LAN port does not permit you to either go online for any of Samsung’s ‘Smart TV’ services, or to access content on networked PCs. But then what did you expect of a £300 32in TV? A built-in PC and butler?!

Plenty of picture tweaks

Searching through the 32EH5000’s onscreen menus in search of features, we were pleased to find a Backlight adjustment as well as brightness and contrast tweaks, while an advanced settings submenu includes such surprisingly subtle controls as different settings for the TV’s dynamic contrast system; a black tone booster; a flesh tone adjustment that treats skin tones in isolation; a white balance adjustment that lets you adjust the offset and gain of the RGB elements; and a small amount of gamma flexibility.

xero

October 28, 2012, 7:51 pm

very bad tv.
Terrible viewing angle with disgusting color shift, dead pixels, bluish black, jerky motion(useless fake 100hz), terrible standard definition, excessive blur with movement, very bad shimmering lines, comical chassis and remote control build quality and of course.... panel lottery.
The good: good blue black , low input lag, no flashlights.

cliche

October 29, 2012, 11:09 pm

Thanks for the heads up. Was considering the TV, now maybe not

Sri

November 11, 2012, 12:54 am

Thats not an edge LED, if I am not wrong - only the ES are.
The EH series are direct LED ones though they dont have as many LED clusters as high end devices

Raymond Evans

December 16, 2012, 3:17 pm

Well I was so impressed with this TV, price and quality of picture I bought two, one for ourselves and one for the parents. What was a surprise was the quality of sound. Normally these slim line tvs have a very tinny sound...I had to buy a sound bar for my last one,a Phillips. This one does not nned a sound bar!. Yes it is thicker than some of the more modern ones...but that allows a better loud speaker and it makes all the difference. Viewing angles? the damn thing is light enough to swivel and it can be seen from any reasonable viewpoint. Colours are vivid and I have yet tofind a dead pixel on either.

jase

January 5, 2013, 3:12 pm

I'm confused about the Freeview HD. You say you need a LAN conector, but what does this need to plug into. Also I just been onto John Lewis to enquire & they say it's not HD & that on the Samsung manual it say's there's no LAN port. Any more info?? Great site by the way

Nigel Barker

January 20, 2013, 10:24 am

I too was initially misled by the John Lewis website as the headline description is just Freeview & I nearly discounted this model. However the detailed specifications on the JL website have the details correct :-Digital tunerFreeview HD"
http://www.johnlewis.com/23154...

Max Fincher

July 27, 2013, 11:45 am

Can I use a dongle to access the Internet on this TV? If so, does anyone know which dongle will work best? thanks, Max

Jose Miguel Gomes

October 25, 2013, 8:01 pm

I have this TV. What are the best settings for gaming and movies?

Windy

November 1, 2013, 2:25 pm

So far the piclture is very good for this level of TV. However, I can't find the flesh tone adjustment in the menu. Would like instructions on what menu item this is listed under.

bartender

November 8, 2013, 6:38 pm

did anyone connect it to a pc?i've tried to connect it and wont work

Geoff Richards

November 9, 2013, 1:49 pm

How did you try to connect to your PC? I can't think of any reason why this wouldn't work. Did you change the input to HDMI1?

mark

December 8, 2013, 1:25 am

Does this tv support ARC (Audio Return Channel)

I_know_me

July 22, 2014, 2:34 pm

The reason the back end sticks out so much is because it is a 'Direct-lit' TV. Direct-lit is similar to back-lit accept it uses less LED's behind the screen to cut costs. If you have less LED's behind the screen they then have to be placed further back so that they can illuminate the entire screen. Hence why the back end is bigger than normal. It's like holding a torch close to a wall. Hold it close to the wall and it won't light up much of the wall. But hold it further back and it lights up more wall. =)

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