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Samsung LE40C650 review

Digital-savvy LCD TV with Freeview HD and great pictures

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The LE40C650's lowly position in Samsung's range is misleading and proof of just how far flat TVs have come in recent times; this is a very fine flatscreen indeed.

We liked:

The inclusion of support for DivX HD files – and Media Player software for USB playback – is impressive, as is this set's fast EPG for Freeview HD.

Colours and hi-def sharpness also impress, as does the giddy sense of depth and smooth movement created by the 100Hz engine.

We disliked:

The absence of an app for BBC iPlayer renders Internet@TV nothing more than a sideshow for now, while it's also a shame that AllShare doesn't work with a Mac.

We're also rather disappointed that the set doesn't come with a Wi-Fi dongle as standard. Picture-wise, the LE40C650 could do with more attention to contrast, though that's nit picking. More of an issue is the flicker introduced by the 100Hz scanning.

Verdict:

We're still not convinced consumers use internet video platforms – and even USB playback – very often, and Samsung's effort is certainly not yet a must-have.

The Freeview HD tuner didn't prove as sensitive as others we've tested, but in all other respects is an excellent presentation, enjoying fast and good-looking software that will assuage anyone coming from Sky or Virgin.

The flicker apparent when 100Hz is switched on is a worry, and though it's always noticeable it's worth persevering with while watching Blu-rays because of the involving picture it creates. There's little in the way of blur or judder and standard-definition pictures are treated well; an all-round quality performance makes the LE40C650 hard to resist.

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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