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Samsung UE37D5000 review

Super-slim TV with edge LED backlighting, but no Freeview HD

Samsung ue37d5000

Firmly in Samsung's Series 5 TVs for 2011 and already discounted to below the £500 mark, value seeps from every pore of this 37-inch Edge ED set. Who cares about 3D, Smart TV or Freeview HD?

We liked

Its great value pictures are studded with blacks, contrast, natural but punchy colours, and some anti-blur tech that, for the most part, works well. Its media capabilities and classy Freeview EPG impress and although a slight annoyance to some, the lack of Freeview HD means a better value set for those who either aren't interested in hi-def, or who have a Virgin HD/TiVo or Sky HD box.

We disliked

The lack of a DVB-T2 tuner for fetching Freeview HD channels does seem a shame, as does the absence of Samsung's Smart Hub platform and associated apps – with BBC iPlayer being the biggest draw. The set's incapable of streaming MKV files over a network despite being able to play them from a USB drive, while audio is simply terrible.

Final verdict

A great value LED backlit LCD TV that deserves to sell in droves. Freeview HD, 3D, Smart Hub apps and decent audio are missing, but this 37-incher has enough about it to be the ideal living room TV; good looks, a slim profile, and versatile picture quality – and it's capable of delivering extraordinary pictures from Blu-ray.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5000
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANNo
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)12.54 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand598.50 mm
Width with Stand883.90 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionNo
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height531.1 mm
Width883.9 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourCharcoal Black
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE37D5000
Product NameUE37D5000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE37D5000PWXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Supreme connectivity enables you to enjoy all your digital content and interactions in one place. AllShare lets you connect your TV wirelessly to all your compatible digital devices, unlocking the music, movies and photos stored there. AllShare PC software is also available for download and ensures that your PC content can be searched, streamed and played back on your TV. High Definition Multimedia Interface inputs allow you to directly connect up to four devices, providing you with much more to watch and share. For a theatre-like movie viewing experience, Cinema Black automatically adjusts the letterbox-effect lighting. And for super-convenience, the Anynet concentrates the functions of all your separate remotes into a single, stylish controller.

Package Contents
  • UE37D5000 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.26 kg