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Samsung UE46ES6800 - 3D Performance and Conclusion

John Archer

By John Archer



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One last point to cover about the Samsung UE46ES6800’s HD pictures is their motion handling. This is solid, with minimal judder if you use the provided motion processing tools - tools that can deliver their smoothing tricks without making the image look processed provided you stick with the Clear setting.

There is evidence of resolution loss over moving objects, though, even with the Motion Plus system in action. Careful tinkering with the judder and blur reduction options can yield benefits, allowing you to combat the resolution loss without making the picture look unnatural and over-processed. But motion certainly doesn’t seem quite as convincing as it does on either Samsung’s 8000 series or the recently reviewed Sony 46HX853.

3D under the microscope

Turning to 3D, the UE46ES6800 is a mixed bag. On the one hand, Samsung’s uncanny knack for retaining more brightness and colour richness than most active sets despite the inevitable dimming effect of active 3D glasses remains intact. There’s bags of detail in its 3D images too, with no sense of any line structure or sharpness loss that you get with passive 3D technology. Flickering didn’t trouble us either, at least when viewing in a reasonably darkened room.

Samsung UE46ES6800

There are two problems with 3D, though. First, the backlight inconsistencies noted earlier are more marked during 3D viewing, partly because the panel has to be driven brighter, and partly because the appearance of these ‘2D’ clouding areas over a 3D image makes them stand out more.


The other 3D issue is crosstalk. Samsung’s 8000 sets have almost got rid of crosstalk this year, but we frequently spotted it on the UE46ES6800 - especially, though not exclusively, where bright objects appear against dark backgrounds. It’s nothing like as bad as the crosstalk horror show witnessed on, say, last year’s 7 series models from Sony. But it can distract at times, as well as reducing the sense of sharpness in the image.

The final picture point to consider on the UE46ES6800 is standard definition. And happily the set makes a pretty good fist of it, adding extra detail without emphasising noise, over-stressing edges or losing colour accuracy. Standard definition pictures look a bit softer than they do on Samsung’s flagship sets, perhaps, but not to a really annoying degree.

Samsung UE46ES6800

Sonically the UE46ES6800 is one of Samsung’s better efforts. The volume the set can hit before things start to distort are good, the soundstage is propelled a decent distance from the TV’s surround, and there’s even a fair dynamic range, with a spot of (albeit slightly boxy) bass at one end and some lively treble handling at the other.

Samsung has long been keen to associate itself with games consoles in its marketing, so it’s just as well that our final measurement for this test, input lag, came in at only around 34ms - low enough not to dent your gaming skills in any serious way. Please note, though, that to get this level of input lag you need to hunt down the TV’s Game mode, bizarrely tucked away in the General submenu of the TV’s System menu.


The Samsung 46ES68000 is a very credible mid-range LED TV, especially once you take its affordable price into consideration. It’s not, though, a perfect one, especially if you’re interested in its 3D capabilities.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 8
  • 3D Quality 7
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 8

David Horn

May 15, 2012, 2:06 pm

When they come in, are you able to calibrate the TVs before reviewing them?

Only I had the previous generation to this and to say "skin tones look a touch less life-like" is like saying that Hitler enjoyed foreign holidays.


May 15, 2012, 4:06 pm

I like the look of this, but am trying to decide between the model below it (6300?), last years 46D6530 (looks stunning in the shop) and potentially this.

Really I want to keep the price well below the £1000 mark though as it's only for the bedroom.


May 16, 2012, 5:31 pm

Here at JL in Canary Wharf (ok it's really just the biggest Waitrose you've ever seen officially) they have the ES5500 and the 6800 side by side.

Design wise (for anyone interested) they are practically identical (front the front). The 5500 doesn't appear to have 3D (woohoo!), but the picture still looks very good. Therefore easy for people like me to make a £600 saving (and that's on the 40" model).

The only big downside is that the rear of the 5500 is not optimised for wall mounting. So for those wanting to do this it may not be suitable.


June 10, 2012, 12:29 am

TR - You have mentioned that this has a D-Sub port on it. Yet the spec on the samsung website says it doesn't.

Surely your not making up reviews as something like that isnt some minor mistake, its not like your reviewing 20 diff TV's a day to make that kind of omission.

Please clarify as im ready to buy this on the back of it having a D-Sub as you have advertised, otherwise I will be getting the 6300.


August 28, 2012, 6:03 pm

Can anyone heeeelllllllppppppppp !

I am torn between the LG42LM670T which I can get for £699, or the Samsung UE40ES6900 which I can get for £849 with keyboard and soundbar.

I've read bad reviews about the LG, and haven't found any reviews for the Samsung.

Any help appreciated


October 29, 2012, 8:28 pm

Can anyone help with how to set up the Smart TV thingy? Do I need the Samsung USB tuner or will my Air Ties 5452 WiFi modem router do the job- if so, how to set up?? Cables or wi-fi? All too nerdy for me.

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