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?!
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.