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Samsung UE46F6500 review

John Archer




  • Recommended by TR

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Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500
  • Samsung UE46F6500


Our Score:



  • All-round picture quality
  • Good value
  • Excellent video streaming support


  • Smart TV interface can be confusing initially
  • Picture a little aggressive with most presets
  • Average audio

Key Features

  • 46-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Active 3D playback (2 pairs of glasses included)
  • Smart TV platform with extensive online video support
  • multimedia playback via USB and DLNA
  • Learning and recommendations system
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £730.00

What is the Samsung UE46F6500?

The UE46F6500 is a 46-inch LCD TV from roughly the middle of Samsung’s huge 2013 range. As such it comes with active 3D playback, expansive Smart TV functionality, a slim-frame design, and an edge LED picture engine driven by a mid-level 400 ‘Clear Motion Rate’ (400Hz-like) motion handling system.

Samsung UE46F6500: Design and Features

From the front the UE46F6500 looks almost as glamorous as Samsung’s flagship models, with its incredibly slim (barely 1cm) glossy black bezel, metallic edging and gleaming silver cross-style stand. Get a bit closer and you notice that its rear sticks out a bit further than those of Samsung’s higher-end models, and you’ll also see that the set’s build quality is more plasticky. But it’s still an attractive set overall, especially when you take its reasonably aggressive £730 price tag into account.

Samsung UE46F6500

The UE46F6500’s connectivity is good enough, thanks to highlights of four v1.4 HDMIs, three USBs, and both LAN and built-in Wi-Fi network options.

The USBs and network options both support (via DLNA PCs in the network connections’ case) playback of an extensive collection of photo, video and music multimedia file formats, and the network options additionally let you access Samsung’s 2013 Smart TV platform.

In many ways this is the most well-rounded, well-populated and genuinely useful Smart TV platform in the TV world, boasting such highlights as a peerlessly extensive collection of video streaming platforms (including – currently uniquely – all four of the UK’s most important catch up TV services), a recommendations system that learns your viewing habits and recommends upcoming content it thinks you’ll like, and both gesture and voice control systems to back up the two remotes (one with a touchpad) you get with the TV.

There are issues with getting to grips with some aspects of the UE46F6500’s almost over-slick Smart interface, and Samsung could do with creating a more focussed smart device app strategy for its TVs. But Samsung’s Smart TV pros comfortably outweigh the negatives overall. For a full investigation of the UE46F6500’s Smart TV features, check out our Samsung Smart TV review.

The UE46F6500 delivers both integrated terrestrial and satellite HD tuners, and its pictures are created from one of Samsung’s VA-type active 3D-capable LCD panels. It uses edge LED lighting with no local dimming – though the lack of local dimming isn’t necessarily a problem, since numerous other Samsung TVs this year have delivered excellent contrast performances without local dimming, while some rival brands that do use local dimming have applied it uncomfortably clumsily.

Samsung UE46F6500

Finally, the set achieves a 400Hz-like effect via a combination of a 100Hz panel, a scanning backlight and frame interpolation; the smart features are driven by a dual-core processing system (not the quad core system found on Samsung’s F7000 and F8000 models); and the set’s active 3D capabilities are backed up by the provision of two pairs of active shutter glasses.

Samsung UE46F6500: Set Up

The initial installation process for the UE46F6500 is more complicated and long-winded than most, chiefly because of the need for you to set up a dedicated Samsung account. This makes sense to some extent, as it enables you to ‘aggregate’ other apps around one personal account. But we suspect most people will find it an unnecessary complication, at least until Samsung’s future smart systems start to make more use of the account.

Also adding to your initial set up headaches are the amount of time you need to spend with tutorials if you want to be able to get anything like the best use out of Samsung’s gesture and voice control options.

Samsung UE46F6500

You also need to spend time when you first fire up the UE46F6500 tweaking its picture settings. For its out of the box settings tend to be too aggressive where contrast, backlight or both settings are concerned. This helps pictures look pretty explosive as a first impression, but it doesn’t deliver the best all-round picture quality the panel at the UE46F6500 is capable of – especially if you’re trying to get the best picture for watching films in a darkened room.

Quick tips for optimising picture quality are to reduce the backlight setting to its 7 or 8 level, and set the contrast to between 80 and 85. This will deliver the richest, most even black colour from the panel without crushing out too much shadow detail.

Also recommended for HD viewing is the deactivation off all the noise reduction systems, and we’d suggest a cautious approach to Samsung’s Motion Plus motion processing, either not using it at all or else using it either just on its relatively low-powered clear setting, or on its Custom setting with judder and blur reduction both set to around their three level.


September 19, 2013, 12:59 pm

Considering the Recommended award you might want to consider changing the post's comment Another Blinding Samsung TV...Yawn! very likely that would make people probably gloss over the review.


September 19, 2013, 4:57 pm

The Youtube app stopped functioning after one month ..... and work very slowly every thing ... so looking for an apple TV to get the smart functions ....


September 20, 2013, 8:44 am

Or perhaps change it to "another blindingly good Samsung TV" - I like the sentiment that Samsung are on a roll at the moment and are a good bet, but my immediate thoughts were of retina searing ;-)


September 20, 2013, 8:49 pm

Any chance you could post the actual best tv settings? Have had this tv for 2 months now and I just cannot get a good picture.


Anirudh Singhal

October 6, 2013, 9:53 am

The TV come with it share of problems which Samsung is unable to rectify :
1> Play a RIP file from a USB and the Lip Sync problem sets in
2> Same Lip Sync problem on BBC player and i player
3> Today tried to upgrade to 1112.2 and after 55 % the update failed.....

What i think in race to launch so many products at one go samsung is compromising on Quality and a search over the above problems will reveal that samsung is not able to solve any of these ....


November 24, 2013, 9:49 pm

I am looking for a new TV, my options for the moment are:
Samsung PS60E6500 Plasma
Samsung PS60F5500 Plasma
Samsung UE55F6500 LCD

Which should I choose?
The Tv's all get great test results so I'll give some more information for what purpose the tv is mostly used.
It will play HD content from my PC in a Living room with little light. I'll be sitting at about 4 meters away from it.


April 18, 2014, 8:59 am



April 18, 2014, 9:27 am

This tv has dvb-t2 tuner?


April 19, 2014, 5:03 pm

I bought this TV in November 2013 and I give it 7 out of 10. Furthermore if you watch football often you should stay away from it (score of 4 out of 10). This TV has a serious vertical banding/clouding issue which becomes very apparent when the camera pans left and right (e.g. in football). It is just OK for watching anything else.


May 3, 2014, 4:41 pm

I agree. Same issues here. Very annoying. Besides the vertical banding and clouding issues, panning is a bit choppy.

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