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Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV review

John Archer



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Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV
  • UE40D8000 102 cm 40" 3D LCD TV (Direct LED - DVB-T MPEG4, DVB-C MPEG4, DVB-S2 - HDTV 1080p - 178° / 178° - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p - Dolby Digital Plus, Surround, DTS - 800 Hz)


Our Score:


Samsung pulled off the considerable coup of launching the very first 3D-capable TV in the UK: the huge and mostly magnificent, edge-LED 55in UE55C8000. However, since then we’ve had Panasonic’s plasma technology join the 3D fray too, with the 50in P50VT20. So with LG and Sony 3D TVs also waiting in the wings, now would seem a good time to revisit Samsung’s 3D groundbreaker in the shape of the more mainstream 46in UE46C8000.

As with its bigger brother, the UE46C8000 really is beautiful. As in, ‘possibly the prettiest TV ever’ beautiful. The metallic silver bezel looks resplendent as it glints in the lights of our test room, and the screen’s sub-30mm slenderness is the stuff of technology design legend.

It backs these looks up, moreover, with a fearsome set of features and specifications beyond the 3D headliner. Its connections, for instance, include four HDMIs, two USBs, an Ethernet jack, and a D-Sub PC port. What’s more, in order to make the UE46C8000 easier to hang on the wall, these connections have been mounted at right angles to the screen, for side entry - a really thoughtful idea Samsung has followed through despite the fact that the screen’s thinness has necessitated the introduction of included down-sizing adaptors for a number of the connections.

All four HDMIs are built to the 3D-friendly v1.4 standards, as we would expect, while the USBs and Ethernet ports both warrant more attention on account of their multipurpose natures. The USBs can be used to record high quality video - including HD - from the TV’s digital tuners to most varieties of USB HDD, as well as more predictably playing back a wide variety of video, music and photo multimedia files, and making the TV Wi-Fi via a (sadly optional) dongle.

The Ethernet port can jack into a DLNA-enabled PC, access future Freeview HD interactive services, and get you online with Samsung’s Internet@TV service.

At the time of writing, Internet@TV includes YouTube, rovi TV listings, Twitter, the Picasa online photo album site, Skype (provided you add an external camera), plus a series of interesting but ultimately mostly forgettable third party ‘Widget’ applications, most notably from AccuWeather, USA Today, the History Channel, and Getty Images.

There are even a few games on there, though anyone who’s spent any time on an Xbox or PS3 will find these games laughably unfulfilling.

Samsung’s online efforts feel slightly behind those of Sony and Philips at the moment, but they can be constantly updated, and Samsung isn’t generally a brand that likes to feel like it’s behind anyone, so we suspect plenty of extra services will join the service in the coming months. Also, we should add that the UE46C8000 comes with AllShare software, allowing it to hook up with your mobile phone or other portable devices for further multimedia options.


July 1, 2010, 4:48 pm

A friend had one of these (bought from CostCo for I think 1600 odd) for about week before taking it back.

Design wise fine, but picture quality, or more specifically backlight quality was appaling.

The non-uniform grey smear that was supposed to be perfectly black picture! So bad that it was visible even in bright scenes. Edge LED is design over function, and it sucks. The TV doesn't need to be so thin you can bend it over one knee!


July 1, 2010, 6:38 pm

Every review of these new Samsungs has, to a greater or lesser degree, mentioned crosstalk problems with 3D and backlighting issues in general. They have also featured strongly in forum comments. It's a pity, because design-wise these are beautiful sets. The Panasonics turn in better performance (personal note: 3D is of no interest for me) but the sets themselves are ugly. Here's hoping the new Philips 9705 series will turn up trumps. Any chance of TR getting hold of some of the top end LG's?

Gaurav Sharma

July 2, 2010, 12:39 am

how does image quality compare to previous generation samsung and sony LED sets such as the B8000 and X4500?


July 2, 2010, 12:50 am

I've seen these on the shop floor and don't like them. Silver feels very dated to me, like the old CRT widescreen days from the Wheel of Fortune prizes.

Nicholas Phan

July 2, 2010, 3:46 pm

i think in terms of the design of the current crop of TVs, the Sony's Black Monolithic design cannot be beat

the HX903 looks promising... will wait for trustedreviews to review that


July 2, 2010, 10:12 pm

It would be extremely helpful if you did a review of the Samsung PS50C7000. Just going by the spec list it's seem better than the panasonic VT model but is also several hundred pounds cheaper. Do you think the Samsung plasmas suffer from this crosstalk problem?


July 15, 2010, 3:10 am

I would also like to see a review of Samsungs PS50C7000.

I viewed one in a store yesterday and it had minor cross talk issues.

I also read a comment in a What HI Fi forum saying that some new Samsung Tv's

had faulty processors.

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