The 32C6000‘s pictures also show one or two weaknesses, though – all revolving around the TV’s delivery of dark scenes.
First, we detected a trace of backlight inconsistency from time to time, whereby the corners of dark images look slightly lighter than the rest – especially if the picture contains a bright central element surrounded by darkness. This diminishes considerably, thankfully, if you use the Natural picture preset rather than the Dynamic one, or you reduce the backlight and brightness levels manually. But it still occasionally distracted us from what we were watching, despite our best efforts.
The other main issue with dark scenes is that they lack shadow detail, leaving the darkest corners looking rather hollow and slightly forced.
A lesser issue – in the sense that it’s so common to LCD TVs – is the way the backlight inconsistencies grow and contrast reduces if you have to watch the TV from any angle greater than 35-40 degrees.
Sonically the 32C6000 is decent enough for such a slim 32in TV. This may seem to be damning the TV with faint praise given how uninspiring ultra-slim TV audio generally is, but the 32C6000 does genuinely sound middling to good with basic TV fare. And while it suffers a lack of bass with action sequences, it doesn’t break down completely like Samsung’s previous generation of slim TVs did.
As well as setting the bar in design terms, the 32C6000 is a very decent all-round performer, making both its edge LED lighting and solid picture processing pay. If you fancy Samsung’s Internet@TV service then you might want to go for one of Samsung’s online-capable CCFL LCD TVs instead; the excellent 32C650 can be had for as little as £440 if you shop around online. But if you just can’t resist those sultry edge LED looks, then you can get the 32C6000 safe in the knowledge that its beauty isn’t just skin deep.