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Samsung UE46ES8000 - Features and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



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Samsung UE46ES8000


Our Score:


At this point we realise that we’ve done this Samsung UE46ES8000 review back to front, focusing on picture quality ahead of features. But it seemed daft to interrupt the flow of things after starting out discussing the picture presets.

In any case, we’ve covered the features of the Samsung UE46ES8000 already in some depth within our review of the Samsung UE55ES8000, along with our exploration of the new voice, touchpad remote and gesture control systems the Korean brand has introduced for its top-tier 2012 TVs.

So keeping things brief here, the UE46ES8000’s four big feature leaps for 2012 go like this: a dual-core processor for enhanced picture processing and enhanced Smart TV functionality; a higher-resolution Smart TV interface; new Smart TV content including Netflix and a trio of new ‘zones’ based around fitness, kid’s entertainment and a closed family/friend photo and message sharing network; and a new Smart Control system that combines gesture and voice controls with both a normal remote and an included alternative remote equipped with a touchpad for web-friendly cursor control.

Samsung UE46ES8000

During our assessment of the UE55ES8000 and the separate feature on the new control system, we concluded that while we broadly loved the voice controls and touchpad remote, we didn’t get on with the gesture controls at all. However, having revisited Samsung’s control suite on the UE46ES8000, it’s become clear that the brand has improved the gesture control system from the UE55ES8000 we tested. The system responds more quickly and accurately to hand gestures, and crucially it’s now much better at distinguishing between hand and head movements, so that it never triggered accidentally even once during our tests.

It also occurred to us for the first time that the gesture control system could come in very handy should you be unable to find your remote control, or you can’t be bothered to go and get it from the other side of the room. For in essence, the gesture control system allows you to control the TV without needing a physical remote at all - a genuinely revolutionary step that we can imagine proving at least occasionally very useful in normal life (rather than test lab) conditions.

Samsung UE46ES8000

Problems remain with the gesture control system. It’s still fiddly to move your hand accurately enough to get in position to select small text links on Web pages. And more guidance while setting the feature up would be greatly appreciated. But the latest iteration of the gesture control system is certainly an improvement, and as such is now something that can be genuinely handy (pun intended) on occasion.


The Samsung UE46ES8000 is at heart a quite brilliant TV. It does its best to hide its potential behind some unhelpful - to say the least - picture presets, but provided you spend just a couple of minutes to work round those, it’s capable of giving you some stellar pictures in both 2D and 3D mode.

It also sets new standards with both its Smart Control systems and its latest Smart TV online system, and happens to be one of the most attractive TVs ever too. In short, once you’ve learned to work round its little idiosyncracies, it’s a TV that’s extremely easy to fall in love with.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 9
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 10
  • Features 10
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 8


April 5, 2012, 12:34 am

Thanks for the review, but did you forget to test the input lag?


April 5, 2012, 2:24 am

Great review of a TV I'm really interested in. As a gamer I must ask: do you by any chance have measured input lag on this set?


April 5, 2012, 6:58 am

Input lag for gaming?
You should always include that in a TV review.


April 6, 2012, 5:06 am

Alongside the other posters asking about the input lag specs I'd also like to know where TR found the set going for £1,488? I can find it at no lower than £1895.


April 20, 2012, 12:47 pm

I have the 40" model, Which setting did you alter the back light and contrast settings on? I am watching the STANDARD option.
Does this TV have 400 hz refresh rate as mine always only shows 50i?
Finally, when anyone is wearing a stripped top the picture goes mad and badly blurs when the person moves. What setting do I need to adjust to correct this?


May 2, 2012, 8:11 am

There is no way this TV deserves a 9!

I have been through 4 of these models. All 4 have had pretty much the same issues. The main issue is the 240hz on this model sucks! My last years D8000 has a way better picture than all 4 of these models I have had. I see some amazing reviews from others that bought this TV that rate it Excellent so thats why I didn't give up but I can't keep returning TV's.

I would be happy if this TV had the same picture as my D8000 does at least! It should have an even better picture from what Samsung was going around saying at CES this year. Im not too concerned about the motion/gesture controls, I just want an amazing picture!

Right now, In order to get a decent pic, I have to keep the backlight on 5 and my brightness on 30 otherwise, the picture looks washed out and has horrible black levels, but there are like artifacts all over and i still get judder even with the motion control turned on "Smooth" This TV really sucks compared to last year!

I hope you guys see what I see. I can't imagine I recived 4 defective TV's in a row.

I recommend everyone stay away from this TV right now!

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