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...