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Samsung UE46D7000 review

John Archer

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Samsung UE46D7000
  • Samsung UE46D7000
  • Samsung UE46D7000
  • Samsung UE46D7000
  • Samsung UE46D7000
  • UE46D7000LU 46" 3D LED TV (1920x1080, 800Hz, Freeview/Freesat, HDTV, LED Backlight, 3D)

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

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

Cons

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

Key Features

  • 46in TV using edge LED lighting
  • Active 3D technology - one pair of glasses included
  • 'Bezel-free' design
  • Smart TV online functionality
  • Extensive multimedia support, incl. DLNA
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £1,697.00

Having kicked off its 2011 TV range with the exuberantly huge 55in UE55D8000, Samsung today continues its aggressive assault on your living room with a rather more practical offering.

For as well as being nearly 10in smaller, the 46in UE46D7000 is much cheaper - a whole £800 cheaper, in fact. So provided its step down in Samsung’s range from the D8000 series doesn’t introduce too many compromises, it could be a really tempting option.

Even a cursory comparison of the 46D7000 and 55D8000’s spec sheets immediately delivers some mighty fine news. For there doesn’t appear to be any difference at all in terms of features or specifications. In other words, unlike last year’s C8000 and C7000 ranges, which were substantially different, the only difference this year is an aesthetic one.

This finds the 46D7000 sporting a marginally less attractive see-through bezel infused with a hint of red in place of the sumptuous metallic bezel found on the 55D8000. But crucially, the 46D7000’s bezel is still almost unbelievably slim. And actually, its see-through nature means that in dark rooms, at least, the set looks arguably even more ‘bezel-free’ than the 55D8000.

As well as raising a genuine sense of wonder about how Samsung has managed to make an edge-lit TV that doesn’t have any edges, the extraordinary slimness of the 46D7000’s screen frame also helps it fit into spaces that might normally only take a 40-42in TV.

So far as the TV manufacturers are concerned, 2011 is the year of the Smart TV. And since Samsung has always been at the forefront of introducing multimedia and online features to its TVs, it’s no surprise to find the 46D7000 setting a startlingly high bar for the rest of the Smart TV fraternity to follow.

First, there’s the 46D7000’s connectivity. For as well as the headline four HDMIs for digital HD video connectivity, the set carries a LAN jack for DLNA PC or online router connection; no less than three USBs capable of either playing back the vast majority of video, music and JPEG file formats or recording video from the set’s Freeview AND Freesat HD tuners; a D-Sub PC port; and, best of all, built-in Wi-Fi. No need for add-on Wi-Fi USB dongles here.

With so many inputs and sources to handle, the 46D7000 obviously has the potential to be rather fiddly to use. In fact, we’ve found ourselves increasingly dissatisfied with almost all the operating systems employed by TVs in recent times, simply because they’re all starting to creak under the weight of all the extra content options now coming through. Which is why we’re loving the 46D7000’s Smart Hub...

GoldenGuy

March 22, 2011, 2:43 pm

Compelling product if it's all that you say it is John. Typically excellent picture quality, atypically decent audio, minimal crosstalk, comfortable glasses, great UI, and nice to see built-in Wi-Fi quickly becoming a standard over inelegant, stingy dongle solutions. Not bad for the money.

But if I'm looking at that weird raspberry and custard illustration correctly, am I right in thinking that this TV essentially has three bezels?!

TheOpsMgr

March 22, 2011, 3:55 pm

@John - you mention £800 cheaper than the 55" in the intro but £100 in the conclusion (compared to ???)

GoldenGuy

March 22, 2011, 6:42 pm

@ sthair

Maybe the £100 comparison is in relation to a 46" equivalent in that premium series.

Enigma

March 22, 2011, 7:12 pm

Well done Sams.

TRULY great to see minimalist bezel/'frame' round the screen but it needs to be unobtrusive.

Good to see 8/10 for sound but REALLY it is time TVs 42" and in particular larger ones now came as standard with a soundbar - more so for 3D TVs.

Ripsnorter

March 22, 2011, 10:52 pm

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the stand? I really don't like Samsung's "chicken foot" look but don't want to wall hang my TV either.

breathe

March 23, 2011, 2:53 pm

What other sizes are these 7000 and 8000 series Samsungs available in? I'm looking at a 40" probably (maybe 42" if the minimal bezel allows me to get a bigger screen) but dont want to have to drop down the product range and miss out on features to do so.

I also wish companies would offer TV without speakers. I have surround and never bother with built in stuff on this size TV

Robbo

March 24, 2011, 1:28 pm

Yes, both the D7000 & D8000 will be available as 40" models. D7000 is my early favourite, just awaiting a 40" review before I purchase. I also want to read the review of the lesser spec, and cheaper D6100 when that's released.

breathe

March 24, 2011, 5:22 pm

Cheers Robbo! Sounds like you're in the same situation as me, liking the D7000 and looking at a 40"

Clockwerk

March 31, 2011, 1:21 pm

Does this model have defeatable dynamic contrast? This was noted in reviews of the previous generation and I wonder if Samsung have taken note.

derick

August 23, 2011, 11:12 pm

There is a difference between the D8000 and D7000, however it is only activated in the US. The D8000 has a hardware/chip based control over leds, simulating back-led performance. For us europeans, there are only minor details that separate them, design, mostly.lcdbrand.com

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