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Samsung LE46C750 review

An astonishingly affordable 3D TV with accomplished all-round performance

Given how affordable it is for a bigscreen 3D TV, it's surprising that Samsung hasn't made more of a song and dance about the LE46C750. Nonetheless, it's a set that warrants an audience.

It cuts a pleasant dash in your room, despite being unusually chunky by today's standards, it's really well stocked with helpful features and picture tweaks and it delivers what is in many ways, a very good picture. Even the sound isn't bad, and that's a real surprise for a Samsung TV.

The only catch is a predictable one based on our experience of other 3D LCD TVs so far: crosstalk ghosting noise with 3D material. The set's effective viewing angle is also quite narrow if that's a factor you need to consider with your room layout.

We liked

Although the 46C750 isn't a design triumph on the scale of Samsung's latest LED-driven LCD TVs, it's still undoubtedly attractive. It ticks all of our connection boxes too, except, perhaps, for not having any Wi-Fi built in.

Picture adjustment is pleasingly flexible; while it can all be a bit bewildering initially, even a technophobe should be able to get some really positive results after some gentle experimentation.

Its multimedia support is also impressive, especially the Internet@TV online platform.

Of course, though, the 46C750's single biggest attraction is the fact that it can play the latest 3D formats - in full HD form with Blu-ray - while costing peanuts relative to other big-screen 3D models we've seen. Its 3D pictures are unusually bright and colourful, 2D pictures are mostly good too, and the sound is acceptable.

We disliked

Some people might find the 46C750's unusually big rear end a bit of a turn off, but it doesn't bother us much.

What does bother us, though, is the appearance of crosstalk ghosting noise when watching 3D footage. This consistently distracts from 3D material, as well as making 3D viewing a more tiring experience than it should be.

Our other issue is that the TV's viewing angle seems even more limited than is usual for an LCD TV.

Verdict

The LE 46C750 introduces full HD 3D to the masses, undercutting other similarly sized rivals by hundreds of pounds. As such, it might well become many people's first experience of 3D, which is both great and a bit of a shame at the same time.

For while it is unusually good at retaining brightness and rich colours with its three-dimensional pictures, it also suffers from crosstalk, ensuring that you aren't necessarily seeing 3D it at its very best.

The set's an accomplished 2D set too, though, and comes packing a potent multimedia punch, including Samsung's excellent Internet@TV platform.

Overall, then, if you can't afford to step up to Panasonic's 3D-loving £2,200 50in P50VT20 plasma TV, the 46C750 is an appealing and startlingly cheap alternative.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family750
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption210 W
Standby Power Consumption90 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand742.70 mm
Width with Stand119.10 mm
Depth with Stand304.70 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height679.4 mm
Width1119.1 mm
Depth80.3 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product Series750
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelLE-46C750
Product NameLE46C750 3D 46" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLE46C750R2KXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

With the new Samsung 3D 750 LCD, escaping reality has never been as effective. Experience Samsung's great features, such as Internet@TV (with access to LoveFilm, iPlayer, Facebook and Twitter), with the added bonus of the third dimension, which all comes in an unbelievably Ultra Slim screen. Images literally jump of the screen and transform your TV world.

Package Contents
  • LE46C750 3D LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17.60 kg