Samsung UE32D5000 review

This 32-inch LED TV delivers superb pictures at an affordable price

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Samsung ue32d5000

Samsung has placed all the connections facing sideways on the rear of the UE32D5000, which again helps when wall mounting.

There's a surprisingly generous selection of sockets too, given the price and amount of space available on the rear – you get no less than four HDMI inputs, component/composite video input (through the supplied minijack adapter cable), 15-pin D-Sub PC input with separate audio input and an RGB Scart input, which again requires an adapter cable due to the slimness of the screen.

You'll also find optical digital audio and headphone outputs, a common interface slot for adding Pay TV channels and two USB ports.

The UE32D5000 doesn't feature built-in Wi-Fi, so if you want a wireless web connection you'll need to fork out for Samsung's optional dongle and connect it to one of those USB ports. If not, there's always the Ethernet port to fall back on.

Wi-Fi is just one of the high-profile features missing from the UE32D5000's spec sheet. Another is Smart Hub, Samsung's latest internet content portal, which is a pity given the excellent range of video, music and social networking sites it provides, but forgivable given the price tag.

But we're in a much less charitable mood over the lack of a Freeview HD tuner, which we thought would be pretty much standard on all flatpanel sets by now. We can't imagine why anyone would want to buy a full HD LED set that's limited to bog-standard standard-definition Freeview, even at this price. Even if you're a Sky HD viewer, it's still good to know your set has built-in HD channels should you ever need them.

And anyone hoping to delve into the third dimension is out of luck. There's no support for 3D, given that the HDMI inputs are all v1.3, but not many budget buyers would expect to get 3D compatibility at this knock-down price.

Anyway, it's not all bad news. The UE32D5000 supports DLNA media streaming, which means you can access music, movies and photos stored on PCs or mobile devices hooked up to your home network. This is undoubtedly a clever feature and the ability to stream videos will be a godsend if you have gigabytes' worth of movies and photos sitting dormant on PC hard-drives.

But as an aside, we do question how useful music streaming is on a TV, given the notoriously bad sound quality offered by most flatpanel sets. You can also play media from USB storage devices and external HDDs, with a list of supported formats that includes DivX HD, MP3, WMA, AVI, WMV and JPEG. The UE32D5000 doesn't support external HDD recording though.

As for picture tech, the UE32D5000 is driven by Samsung's Hyper Real Engine, backed up by Clear Motion 100Hz processing to help clean up that old LCD bugbear of motion blur using a combination of the UE32D5000 chipset, panel and backlight. Meanwhile, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus aims to reveal even the subtlest tones.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD 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 Interfaces1
Product Family5000
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand530.40 mm
Width with Stand762 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height462 mm
Width762 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourCharcoal Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE32D5000
Product NameUE32D5000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE32D5000PWXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE32D5000 LED-LCD TV
  • Instructions
  • Power Cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)7.13 kg