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Samsung LE32C580 review

Freeview HD and four HDMI inputs for a paltry £400

Our Verdict

For

  • Punchy, bright picture
  • Four HDMIs and Freeview HD
  • Plentiful features for the price

Against

  • Average black levels
  • Occasionally iffy movement
  • Harsh audio

With all the bluster surrounding LED and more recently 3D sets, it's easy to forget about conventional, workday boxes for watching telly on.

Samsung's LE32C580 might be a conventionally backlit CCFL 32-inch LCD, but it has a couple of hi-def surprises under its unassuming hood.

In keeping with one of the many aesthetic trends currently vying for your attention, the apparently black frame is tinged with a deep red and has a clear border extending a few millimetres above and to the sides of the main panel.

It sits on a solid looking stand, although the swivel on the sample we saw was so loose that gravity tugging on an HDMI cable was all it took to tug the display slightly off-axis.

The low price and relative heft of the chassis tells you immediately that a cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFl) backlight lurks therein. The general effect is pleasant, if hardly arresting, though that's no bad thing in something destined for the corner of a front room.

As regards this set's place in Samsung's oeuvre, it sits on a kind of third tier behind the firm's 3D-capable top-end tellies and the ultra-thin LED models. Within its own sphere of more-or-less conventional, mass-market LCDs, it rubs shoulders with the slightly less exciting LE32B552, which foregoes the Hyper Real processing that drives the 580, on one side, and the elegant, web-enabled LE32C650 on the other.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family580
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)12.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand557.50 mm
Width with Stand793.70 mm
Depth with Stand239 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height494.3 mm
Width793.7 mm
Depth78 mm
ColourRose Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product Series580
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelLE-32C580
Product NameLE32C580 32" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLE32C580J1KXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung's cutting edge LCD technology allows you to bring together all your important moments on one screen. Whether it's an old family film or a classic movie on Freeview HD, the Samsung 580 LCD, with wireless AllShare and 4 HDMI, brings it all to life in perfect colour and clarity.

Package Contents
  • LE32C580 LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Controller
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)9.40 kg