Samsung UE32EH5000 review

Basically brilliant pictures

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As you might have guessed from our Introduction page, the Samsung 32EH5000's picture quality is its single biggest strength, for numerous reasons.

The biggest surprise given the TV's cheapness is the authority with which it reproduces dark scenes. Favourite dark movie moments such as Chapter 12 on the Blu-ray of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 appear on the Samsung 32EH5000 with black tones that look much richer than is customary at the budget end of the TV market.

There's clearly less disruption from the sort of grey overtones we would normally see with budget TVs.

What's particularly good about this is the fact that the strong black level performance seems to owe more to the innate design of the panel at the Samsung 32EH5000's heart than it does to any over-aggressive dynamic backlight control system. The proof for this assertion can be seen in the better-than-expected levels of shadow detail information the Samsung 32EH5000 reproduces in dark parts of the picture.

Samsung UE32EH5000 review

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It's a great relief, too, to find that dark scenes are only marginally troubled by that bugbear of so many edge LED TVs, backlight clouding. There's a faint patch of extra brightness in one corner while watching very dark material, but it's not in your face enough to count as a severe distraction.

And if you're watching with any amount of ambient light in your room, then even this gentle inconsistency will likely fade out of view.

It's not unusual for relatively small budget TVs such as the Samsung 32EH5000 to be pretty limited in brightness. But while Samsung's television isn't as aggressive with its colours and brightness as sets further up the brand's range, it's still punchy enough to grab your attention even if the TV is placed in a particularly bright environment.

The Samsung 32EH5000's contrast strengths relative to the vast majority of the similarly cheap opposition knock on into its colour performance, where the realistic black colours on show provide the perfect platform for Samsung's TV to deliver a colour palette as natural as it can be punchy, even when showing relatively dark material.

Samsung UE32EH5000 review

Colour handling benefits, too, from some reasonably subtle banding-free colour blends by budget TV standards.

Feeding the Samsung 32EH5000 a selection of action sequences shows it to be a much better handler of motion than your average budget TV too. It's only a 50Hz set with minimal motion processing to its name, but nonetheless it manages to keep moving objects looking reasonably well detailed, and doesn't slide into the horrible laggy, smeary look you get on some budget LCD TVs.

This helps HD pictures attain a generally decently detailed, crisp look that fully justifies the inclusion of the Freeview HD tuner, and makes the TV a potentially decent option for gamers too.

Potential that's enhanced by the 30ms of input lag we measured on the Samsung 32EH5000's HDMI inputs. This figure is one of the lowest we've measured recently, and shouldn't be high enough to significantly damage your gaming skills, even when playing twitch-speed games such as Call of Duty online.

Samsung UE32EH5000 review

While we would, of course, always recommend that you stick with HD on the Samsung 32EH5000 wherever possible, on those rare occasions when you simply have to turn to standard definition, it's reassuring to know that again Samsung's budget maestro has got your back.

It manages to add at least a bit of sharpness to standard definition material without adding substantially to or exaggerating any noise that might be present in the source.

There are reasons to spend more money on a different TV if you care to look for them. Colours shift to a slightly more muted and basic palette in standard def mode, for instance. Also you can certainly get deeper black levels, even clearer motion, wider viewing angles (before contrast and colour dramatically reduce) and generally sharper HD images from the best TVs around.

But this situation is no more than you'd expect. After all, if the affordable Samsung 32EH5000 was as good as all the more expensive TVs out there, then the rest of the TV industry might as well just shut up shop and go home.

Samsung UE32EH5000 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5000
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetNo
Wireless LANNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)6.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption39 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedNo
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand498.20 mm
Width with Stand738.30 mm
Depth with Stand191.70 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)No
Number of USB Ports1
3D ConversionNo
Energy Consumption per Year57 kWh
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 50
Height444.9 mm
Width738.3 mm
Depth93.2 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Power Off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE32EH5000K
Product Name32" EH5000 Series 5 Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE32EH5000KXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bring home a TV with a better picture, better connectivity and better protection. The Samsung EH5000 Series 5 LED TV delivers spectacular Full HD viewing and HDMI connectivity, so you can enjoy all your favourite entertainment in ultra-realistic high definition. You can also connect to USB storage to access movies, music and photos. Thanks to Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, which boosts picture quality with an advanced algorithm, you'll see more vivid and detailed images than ever. Even environmental conditions won't spoil your enjoyment, thanks to protection from lightning, power surges and humidity.

Package Contents
  • 32" EH5000 Series 5 Full HD LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.70 kg