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Samsung UE32EH5000 review

John Archer

By John Archer
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Samsung UE32EH5000

Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

Review Price £299.00

It’s not entirely unheard of for other budget TVs to deliver a decent approximation of black colours. But usually the best budget black efforts only come at the expense of huge amounts of brightness, resulting in some heavy loss of shadow detail. The 32EH5000, though, retains a very decent amount of shadow detail in dark parts of its pictures, proving that its black level response is down to the quality of its panel and lighting technology rather than a basic willingness to take excessive brightness out of pictures during dark scenes.

Standard Definition

While the 32EH5000 is predictably at its best with HD, it’s also perfectly watchable with standard definition. SD images don’t look as soft or noisy as might have been expected, and motion blurring doesn’t increase much either. There’s a slight drop off in colour naturalism, but it’s not a big deal, and is certainly nowhere near as damaging as it customarily is at the budget price level.

Samsung UE32EH5000

The 32EH5000’s pictures certainly aren’t wholly immune to its budget price. Skin tones look a bit mannequin-like, for instance, thanks to an apparent lack of subtlety in rendering marginally different skin shades.

Also potentially problematic to some people is the 32EH5000’s very limited viewing angle, which finds contrast and colour saturations both reducing quickly if you have to view from more than 30-35 degrees off axis.

Does more than it needs to

Just to be absolutely clear, meanwhile, you can do better in almost all picture areas - as well as likely getting Smart TV features - if you spend more money. But this is kind of beside the point when you’re talking about a £300 32in TV. All you can reasonably hope for with this sort of price-focussed product is that the 32EH5000 is better than other budget sets and comfortably outperforms its price - two targets it hits remarkably well.

A 32in TV as cheap as the 32EH5000 clearly has potential as a gaming monitor, despite its lack of a D-Sub PC port. So we were very pleased to record an average input lag figure of just 25ms. This is one of the lowest around right now, and should mean you can safely game on the screen without your performance being significantly affected.

Samsung UE32EH5000

The 32EH5000’s audio talents aren’t quite as far above expectations as its video ones, but they’re still more than acceptable for the set’s money. The biggest weakness is that there really isn’t much bass, leaving action scenes sounding a bit thin and trebly. The mid-range is quite clean and broad, though, helping voices remain clear even under duress, and trebles are well-rounded enough to typically avoid harshness.

Verdict

Despite its lack of Smart TV and DLNA features, it’s pretty difficult to see how you could reasonably expect the 32EH5000 to be much better than it is, for the simple reason that its picture quality is leagues ahead of what such a puny amount of money would usually get you.

Samsung might have found itself up against stiff competition at the top end of its range this year from the likes of Panasonic and especially Sony. But if the 32EH5000 is anything to go by, Samsung is still the brand to beat when it comes to the mass market part of the TV world.

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Scores In Detail

Design
7/10
Features
7/10
Image Quality
8/10
Sound Quality
7/10
Value
10/10

Our Score

9/10

User Score

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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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