Samsung LE40C650 review

Digital-savvy LCD TV with Freeview HD and great pictures

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The LE40C650's haul of four HDMI inputs should be plenty for most users; three are provided on the rear of the TV, with a side-panel containing the fourth. That side-panel also includes two USB 2.0 inputs, a composite video input and ports for stereo analogue audio.

The rear panel is home to a couple of RGB Scarts, a set of component video inputs, a VGA PC input, an RF aerial input and an Ethernet LAN port. Sound is taken care of by analogue stereo audio inputs, a headphone jack and an optical digital audio output.

If you're in a Freeview HD area (find out at www.freeview.co.uk), the LE40C650 can supply the three high definition channels – BBC HD, ITV 1 HD and either 4HD (England) or S4C Cirlan (Wales). If you're not, this set is also equipped with both a standard digital terrestrial tuner and an analogue version. Digital TV comes with an eight-day EPG.

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Elsewhere, the LE40C650's main features centre on digital media. Its Media Play software is a joined-up interface that presents options to use digital photo, music and video files from a USB stick/hard drive (or both) or from a PC on the same broadband home network.

The USB option sees the LE40C650 read both DivX and even DivX HD video files from a USB device, though of most interest will be Samsung's beefed-up Internet@TV service.

New for 2010 are 'apps' for Lovefilm and Twitter, though the promised app for the BBC iPlayer is nowhere to be seen – yet. Samsung confirmed to us that it will appear on the home screen very soon.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family650
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.70 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption134 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand659.30 mm
Width with Stand976.20 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height614.9 mm
Width976.2 mm
Depth80.4 mm
ColourRose Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series650
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelLE40C650
Product NameLE40C650 LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLE40C650L1WXXC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung 650 lets you escape reality with its unbelievably vivid LCD display. The HyperReal engine enriches the sharpness and clarity, while the Wide Colour Enhancer and Ultra Clear Panel creates truly breathtaking images.

Package Contents
  • LE40C650 LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Controller
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.30 kg