Samsung UE46D8000 Review

Sections

Pros

  • Stunning design
  • Exceptional brightness and colour
  • Extensive multimedia features

Cons

  • Needs care with set up
  • crosstalk with 3D
  • Minor backlight bleed even after calibration

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £1499.99
  • 46in edge LED TV
  • Active 3D playback
  • Smart TV functionality
  • USB video recording and multimedia playback
  • Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners

If we were in the business of dishing out awards purely for looks,
Samsung’s D8000 range of LCD TVs would have a whole series of glittering
trophies in its cabinet. Or sat next to its toilet, depending on the
how important it might deem such awards to be.

The UE46D8000 sat
on our test benches today is for our money the single most attractive
46in TV we’ve seen. There are more ‘out there’ designs from the likes of
Loewe and Bang & Olufsen, but the way the UE46D8000 manages to
deliver its considerable screen acreage from a bezel so narrow that it’s
barely there is guaranteed to inspire telly envy in all who behold it.

After
all, as well as allowing the UE46D8000 to fit in a smaller space and
making it a less daunting a presence than your average 46in TV, the
minuscule metallic bezel also practically screams ‘cutting edge tech’ at
you. Which means that it achieves the extraordinary feat of being
irresistible to tech haters and gadget lovers alike.
Samsung UE46D8000
It’s
not just its design that makes the UE46D8000 Samsung’s flagship 46in
LCD TV, though. It’s also managed to squeeze more features into its
impossibly tiny frame than you would have thought possible.

Its
connections, for instance, include four 3D-friendly v1.4 HDMIs, a LAN
port, built-in Wi-Fi, and no less than three USBs. What’s more, since
wi-fi is built in, you don’t need to ‘waste’ one of the USB ports with
an external USB wi-fi dongle.

What you probably will want to use
the USB ports for is both playing back multimedia files – including a
variety of video formats – from USB drives, and recording from the
built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners to USB HDDs.

The
LAN/Wi-Fi options open up a whole world of extra entertainment. For
starters, you can use them to access files stored on a networked
DLNA-ready PC. Or you can use them to go online in the company of
Samsung’s superb Smart TV service.

Samsung UE46D8000


We’ve covered this service extensively in other recent Samsung reviews,
so there doesn’t seem much point doing it again here. All that’s worth
reiterating is that the platform currently leads the way in terms of
both its interface and the sheer wealth of content available. Video
services include – among many other things – LoveFilm, the BBC iPlayer,
and Samsung’s own ‘vault’ of downstream-able 3D sources, plus you get
Skype, Facebook and Twitter for social networking.

Our only
complaint would be that Samsung seems to be adopting a quantity over
quality approach to its lower-level apps, presenting you with such a
bewildering swathe of largely rubbish games and infotainment fluff that
many people probably won’t have the time or inclination to sort the
wheat from the chaff.

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