The Samsung UE46EH5300 screen is, as we’d expect of any 46in TV these days, a full HD affair. More surprising is the display’s use of edge LED lighting rather than the standard CCFL lighting we’d frankly been expecting to find from the moment we clocked the set’s chunky rear end. The picture engine, meanwhile, is relatively low level by Samsung’s standards, offering a fairly straightforward 100Hz system together with Samsung’s Wide Colour Enhancer Plus system and digital noise reduction.
Not surprisingly given that it sits in the lower half of Samsung’s current range, the UE46EH5300 does not support 3D playback.
Unleashed on a few of our favourite Blu-rays, the Samsung UE46H5300 gives an overall good but certainly not perfect account of itself. Starting with the good news, it looks great with bright scenes. Brightness levels from the screen are high, yet they’re also controlled, avoiding the tendency for the brightest areas to ‘flare out’ like they can on some budget TVs.
Also good is the general colour response. Skin tones look impressive straight out of the box (even without touching a provided skin tone adjustment), despite richer content such as onscreen graphics or animated films also looking vibrant and bold. The underlying colour temperature is well suited to video content too, avoiding the PC flavour that infiltrates video viewing on many relatively affordable flat TVs.
It was interesting to see, too, that the chunky Samsung UE46EH5300 displays a more neutral tone with black colours than you tend to get with Samsung’s ultra-thin TVs. By which we mean that you don’t get the slight infusion of blue that sneaks into the ultra-thin models unless you reduce their backlight output to as low as 4-6 (out of 20).
Similarly the extra rear and edge size of the UE46EH5300 helps it avoid almost completely the backlight consistency issues during dark scenes that plague the ES7000 and ES8000 models (unless, again, you ramp the backlight settings on these high-end TVs way down from any of their preset levels). What this means is that even with the backlight set quite high, to around its 14 level, the UE46EH5300’s images appear to be very evenly illuminated, with no patches of extra clouding to distract you.