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Samsung UE32EH5000 review

John Archer

By John Archer

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Samsung UE32EH5000

Summary

Our Score:

9

There are also two separate noise filters, and a small selection of picture presets. Though as usual with Samsung TVs at the moment, these presets aren’t especially helpful, as they all push contrast and backlight output too hard, causing noise and a few colour problems.

After toning things down a bit, though, our tests found Sky HD news feeds and a variety of daytime shows from the onboard BBC and ITV HD channels all looking startlingly good for a £300 32in TV.

Impressive colours

Colours are much more vibrant and appear to enjoy a wider tonal range than you usually get for so little money. Plus they enjoy fairly natural tones aside from a skintone issue we’ll get to later.

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The HD images also look crisper than is common for the budget TV market, especially as while motion certainly isn’t completely free of LCD’s common blurring/resolution loss issues, it’s certainly far better than the mushy mess commonly seen at the 32EH5000’s money.

Pictures are decently bright too, avoiding another common cheap TV failing and thus becoming a perfectly acceptable second-room option for light environments like conservatories and kitchens.

High Contrast

The single most pleasant surprise where these first HD impressions are concerned, though, is the apparent contrast of the 32EH5000’s pictures. For alongside the rich colours already noted the screen delivers extremely punchy whites alongside what look at this stage at least like really respectable black levels.

We added the ‘at this stage’ qualifier back there because experience has shown that the sort of predominantly bright content that makes up most daytime TV viewing can give a ‘false reading’ where black level response is concerned. In particular, it’s very hard indeed to see potential backlight consistency flaws until you switch to the much more dark-dominated scenes contained in many films.

Samsung UE32EH5000

So let’s make that switch now... And actually, the 32EH5000 doesn’t fall down nearly as badly as we’d have expected. The biggest relief while watching almost completely dark footage is that the screen doesn’t suffer badly at all with backlight clouding. There’s a faint patch of extra brightness towards the bottom left corner, but this is hardly ever obvious enough to be in any way distracting. Especially if you’ve taken the TV’s backlight and contrast levels down to 11 (or less) and around 85 respectively.

Surprisingly deep black levels

Making the backlight uniformity all the more impressive is the fact that the 32EH5000 can produce a vastly superior black level response to most if not all other new TVs at its price level. Sure, there’s a shade of greyness over parts of the picture that would ideally look perfectly black. But this grey is nothing like as strong as the ‘mist’ that spoils so many budget TV pictures, leaving you able to feel much more involved with dark scenes - especially as the depth of black levels achieved helps dark colours look more natural, too.

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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