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Samsung UE40D7000 review

John Archer




  • Recommended by TR

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Samsung UE40D7000-head on
  • Samsung UE40D7000-head on
  • Samsung UE40D7000-angle
  • Samsung UE40D7000-bezel
  • Samsung UE40D7000 - Feature Table
  • 40inch 3D LED Television - FULL 1080HD - FREEVIEW HD - SMART TV


Our Score:



  • Sensational design
  • Superb 2D and 3D picture quality
  • Revolutionary multimedia functionality


  • Marginal backlight inconsistency
  • Minor crosstalk during very bright 3D scenes
  • Limited viewing angle

Key Features

  • 40in TV using edge LED lighting
  • Active 3D technology with pair of glasses included
  • 'Bezel-free' design
  • Smart TV online functionality
  • Extensive multimedia support, inc DLNA
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £1,349.00

While it’s easy to get carried away by the 46in, 50in and even bigger 3D TVs that come our way in the course of our reviewing duties, it’s a simple fact that for most UK households, the 40-42in screen size is the biggest size they’ll contemplate. Which is why we anticipate that more than a few people will be interested in whether Samsung’s 40in feature-laden UE40D7000 delivers the goods...

Aesthetically it gets off to a near-perfect start, taking the idea that ‘less is more’ to a whole new level. For the UE40D7000 is pretty much just a screen, with practically no bezel. Barely a cm of frame sits round the screen - and even this puny bezel is transparent over much of its width, making it look even less obtrusive. Every year Samsung somehow comes up with a genuinely innovative design, it seems, but with this bezel-free effort it’s truly outdone itself. In fact, the design almost defies belief considering that the TV is driven by edge LED lighting. After all, for edge LED lighting to work, you need an edge, right?!

Samsung UE40D7000-angle

As with all edge-LED LCD TVs, the UE40D7000’s profile is impressively slender. Not quite as slender as last year’s Samsung models, perhaps, but this seems a more than fair trade for this year’s reduction in bezel width. After all, we don’t know about you, but we tend to watch our TVs from the front, not the back...

When it comes to connections, the UE40D7000 is every inch a premium model. Highlights include four HDMIs, three USBs, a D-Sub PC port, and a LAN port - though the set also carries built-in Wi-Fi if you’re geared up to use it.

As you can tell from this extensive suite of jacks, the UE40D7000 isn’t about to skimp on the sort of multimedia functionality that’s become such a big deal this year. The USBs, for instance, are able to play the vast majority of photo, music and video file formats, or else they can be used for adding a USB HDD ready for recording programmes from the built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners.

As for the LAN/Wi-Fi capabilities, they’re for either streaming stuff from a networked PC or accessing Samsung’s new Smart TV service. We’ve covered this online engine in depth a couple of times now - see, for instance, our review of the UE55D8000. So it doesn’t seem worth going into it in full again here. We will, however, cover the essential bits briefly for people who can’t be bothered to click to the other review.


April 20, 2011, 2:03 am

ooohhh, I'm proper tempted right now..


April 20, 2011, 2:33 pm

Good, accurate review! I've had one of these for about three weeks now and love it. Just watched Tron in 3D on it and the effect is nice, I didn't notice any flickering from the glasses, no headaches etc and image quality was great!
The SD upscaling is good on the whole (my sky+ box is still running through the scart socket) and sound is surprisingly good.
I'd recommend this to anyone.


April 20, 2011, 2:40 pm

Agree with this review wholeheartedly, however, the pictures used are all wrong, they are of the D8000 series. The D7000 series has a gloss black frame just inside the clear part not an aluminium one.


April 23, 2011, 5:11 pm

Am I being think or have you really not listed a price for this?

Also, what's with having to log in every time to comment? Seriously annoying.


June 5, 2011, 3:50 pm

bought the 46" for £1285,took all of an hour to set up.including attaching the wall bracket/single 1.4 hdmi cable,absolutely FANTASTIC.
far better than the LG 650T.With 7.1 surround system,NOTHING better.
Only one pair of glasses in box,awaiting 4 more from ebay £35 each for the rechargeable type......local shop wanted £89 EACH........

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