Samsung le32c580

The LE32C580 is a value-oriented set and dispenses with top-end niceties such as LED backlighting or 3D compatibility.

Samsung has, however, managed to crowbar 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into that 32-inch screen and they are put to the best possible use by a built-in Freeview HD tuner.

Other, distinctly more ho-hum entries on the spec sheet include the Korean manufacturer's very own Anynet+ system, which sounds excitingly internetty, but is in fact just a means of bringing all your Samsung-made, HDMI-equipped devices under the control of a single remote.

Similarly, the seductively styled Connect Share Movie is not, as you might conceivably imagine, a portal to some limitless cyber movie archive, but is nothing much more mindblowing than a USB port into which you can squirt movie or photo files for playback.

Rather more interesting, in a largely pointless sort of way, is the AllShare software that connects the TV to compatible Samsung phones or other similar devices, enabling your set to alert you to incoming calls or texts, as well as performing various other multimedia functions.

Connections

A glance across the rear panel is rewarded with four HDMI inputs, which is about one more than you'll probably be expecting at this price, as well as just about everything else you could possibly need, including component video, an optical digital audio output for sending signals from the digital tuner to external amplification and an Ethernet port.

Slightly confusingly, the latter does not mean internet access in the strictest sense; it enables you to view the web on your TV via a DLNA PC on your local network as opposed to having the wherewithal (widgets) to navigate the net by simply sticking a broadband cable in the back.

This is a shame, as Samsung's Internet@TV system is one of the better technologies of its type currently to be found doing the rounds in rather more salubrious strata.

Still, just having the port is an unexpected bonus at this price and it does enable firmware updates to be downloaded to your set and makes room for (among other, similar things) BBC's iPlayer service when it becomes available.

Samsung's contribution to arresting global warming, meanwhile, is signalled by a Planet First badge that, behind the grindingly insincere choice of slogan and vague, delivering-better-green-experiences waffle on the company websites, guarantees, among other things, a halogen-free product and promises a smaller carbon footprint.