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Samsung UE40D6530 review

John Archer



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Samsung UE40D6530
  • Samsung UE40D6530
  • Samsung UE40D6530
  • Samsung UE40D6530
  • UE40D6530 40 3D LED TV (1920x1080, 400Hz, Freeview HD, HDTV, LED Backlight, 3D)


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Stunning design
  • Frequently spectacular pictures
  • Brilliant multimedia features inc built-in wi-fi


  • Some backlight inconsistencies
  • Minor crosstalk during bright scenes
  • No 3D glasses included for free

Key Features

  • 40in edge LED LCD TV
  • active 3D playback supported
  • 12mm bezel width
  • Smart TV functionality inc Skype
  • ‘400 Clear Motion Rate’ processing
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £764.50

If you had to define ‘shelf appeal’ in TV terms, you could probably just point at a Samsung UE40D6530. For as well as blowing away the competition aesthetically - bar, perhaps, Samsung’s own D7000 and D8000 ranges - the UE40D6530 is strikingly affordable for a 40in full HD 3D TV. You’d normally be lucky if its £749 asking price bought you a bog-standard 2D 40in LED TV, never mind one that’s 3D ready and equipped with a full ‘Smart TV’ system.

In other words, the UE40D6530 is one of those TVs that seems at first glance too good to be true. So we guess the main job of this review will be to ask ‘so what’s the catch?’

Those champion looks we referred to earlier really are sublime. For a start, the glossy dark bezel is stunningly slender: just 12mm across from the screen to its outer edge. As well as enabling the set to fit into the sort of space where only a 37in or 32in TV would normally go, the tiny bezel really makes you focus more on what you really want to see: the TV’s pictures.

Samsung UE40D6530

The TV’s rear is gorgeously slim too - under 30mm, in fact, if wall mounted. While slim, though, unlike some of Samsung’s 2010 TVs, the UE40D6530 isn’t so slender that it can’t accommodate key jacks like the aerial feed and an Ethernet cable without using ‘downsizing’ adaptors. This makes it less of a hassle to set up - as well as more cost effective for Samsung, no doubt.

The UE40D6530’s bounty of connections are all accessed from the side or below, enhancing the TV’s wall-hanging potential, and include four v1.4 HDMIs, three USBs, a component video input, a D-Sub PC port, a Scart (this is one where you DO still need a provided adaptor) and a LAN port. Most people won’t bother with the LAN, though, for the good reason that the UE40D6530 carries built-in wi-fi without the need for one of those aggravating USB wi-fi dongle thingies still favoured by most networkable TVs.

The USBs can, as usual, handle the vast majority of key photo, music and video formats, or they can be used for recording from the integrated Freeview HD tuner to compatible USB HDDs. As for the LAN/wi-fi connections, these can either ‘talk’ to your DLNA-enabled PC via Samsung’s AllShare interface, or take you online with Samsung’s Smart TV service.

This is a full version of Smart TV, moreover, complete with an open Web browser and Skype (via an optional webcam accessory), as well as access to the dozens of apps and video streaming services that now form Samsung’s Smart TV ‘empire’. Note that neither the Web browser nor Skype are available on the step-down 6100 LED series.

As noted in other reviews of Samsung’s 2011 Smart TVs, by no means all the apps available on the service are useful or even interesting. But then the same is true of the apps for Smartphones, and that hasn’t stopped them becoming a runaway success!

A Scotland

July 7, 2011, 5:47 pm

I have been looking at the 55D6530 as a possible purchase for some time now but have been put off by the amount of people who are returning their sets for backlight inconsistency, banding and clouding. It seems to me that if you can see banding and clouding in a picture such as to notice it several times during a film the TV is not fit for purpose and should be returned. What I cannot understand is how it could possibly score an 8 out of 10. In the case of the D7000 and D8000 models the forum feedback is overwhelmingly that it suffers from exactly the same problems and yet these sets were scored 9 out of 10 by TR.

Also isn't the "video" effect a deliberate processing feature of the Samsungs which is impossible to switch off except by using the Game mode preset? Blue rays movies (other than Pixar) look awful as a result of this processing and I think this should be addressed in your review.

Any assurances from TR on these issues would be welcomed as I am wondering whether I can continue to rely upon it for recommending TVs and I am soon to be in the market for one. Sorry for the moan but I have been an avid fan of the website for some time and thought you may prefer the opportunity to deal with a bit of feedback rather than have users simply switch off and disappear.


July 7, 2011, 6:32 pm

Interested to know how this compares to the D7000 particularly as a 2D only TV (since I have zero interest in a 3D TV other than the fact that all manufacturers best 2D sets also have 3D built in these days). Given the fact that there's about a £400 price difference - is the D7000 worth £400 more than this? £1100 - £1200 is a big jump up from £750!


July 8, 2011, 2:11 am

The video effect you describe is just a result of (what i consider to be) a motionplus bug. Clear or Blur Reduction 10 and Judder Reduction 0 normally correctly decrease motion blurring without introducing the video effect, except during 24/25p on TV or blu-ray. Ok you can turn it off for your blu-ray input but it's annoying having to do it constantly for TV.

The Game mode preset is the one that turns off the undefeatable image smoothing, something that I found there was quite a lot of. Game mode loses 10-point white balance, judder-free 24p and motionplus too.

Mine is away being "fixed" for bad uniformity/bleed but I don't hold out much hope. Also the undefeatable smoothing (I think this is the case on ALL Samsungs from 2010 and 2011) is a deal breaker for me, so I will be getting a refund and looking elsewhere.


July 8, 2011, 2:23 am

The bezel is tiny enough on the D6530 for me not to be bothered in spending more for the D7 or 8000.

The '800Hz' of the D7/8000 is also something that I wasn't interested in as it's produced by interpolating frames and the 400Hz on the D6530 was producing very clear movement for me.


July 8, 2011, 5:48 pm

Disagree with review. Returned 2 D7000 models due to horrific bleeding on both sets, which made blacks appear grey.

Since settled on this set, and very happy. Clouding is there but only apparent on corners. General Pq makes up for thus weakness.

Also not fussed about 3D, after initial buzz, I haven't bothered with 3D for ages. 2D picture is on par with D7000, so IMHO the D6530 represents better value for money that the 7&8 series.


July 8, 2011, 6:49 pm

I do get the feeling that the D6530 is the sweet spot in value for money if you want a great premium 2D set from Samsung. Just can't see anything to justify the massive price jump between this and the D7000/D8000


July 8, 2011, 8:41 pm

@gdawg304: Just can't see anything to justify the massive price jump between this and the D7000/D8000

Been looking at the D8000, one area I think it beats this is on how it looks. The 8000 Series just look amazing. Yes, I must admit the price jump does seem high though.


July 9, 2011, 3:19 am

On Amazon, it says that until July 31, when you buy this TV you get a free package including two pairs of 3D glasses and a Megamind 3D Blu-ray disc and also 50% off a 3d blu ray player. What do you think?


Don Kanonjii

July 9, 2011, 2:19 pm

What i am finding very difficult with using Trusted Reviews as a source for TV reviews and recomendations is the glaring omission of measured input lag on the different inputs/modes. Eg: x ms input lag when gaming over HDMI but only X via VGA or something. Given that of late SO MANY TV's have such high input lag that they are practically useless for anyone who is even remotely serious about gaming. Some measure at a whopping 95ms...that's almost a whole second before your button press is registered on the screen. AV Forums and hdtvtest always test for input lag, I am dissapoint to find it rarely (if ever) mentioned in TR TV reviews. Even if it was litterally a quick paragraph stating the input lags on different inputs that would really help a lot of people.


July 10, 2011, 3:09 am

It's a personal taste thing but I actually prefer the look of the D7000 to the D8000, and apart from the casing they're technically identical (apart from the 8000 being £100 more expensive). Don't think it's worth a £500 premium though over the D6530. I'm more interested to know how the 7/8 is better performance-wise as I'd be watching the screen not the bezel. (although it's nice if it looks good...unlike last year's Panasonics!)


July 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

Er... there are 1,000 ms in one second, so 95 ms is less than a tenth of a second, not "almost a whole second". Though I agree that a 95 ms lag isn't ideal, especially for racing games etc.


October 15, 2011, 4:57 am

In the review of the D6530 the pictures show a black stand - but in fact the stand is brushed aluminum. This mistake is also made on several retailer sites.


January 13, 2012, 4:43 am

Does anyone know if there is a difference between this model and the D6510, other then the stand? (Ie a actual difference between the tv's itself, not ascetically )

cheers .. this tv hit £649 during the sales, sigh what a deal that would have been.

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