Samsung UE40C7000 review

Samsung's first 3D TV under the microscope

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Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

The 3D concept is obviously going to be of most interest for potential buyers.

We all know roughly how it works; the TV image is split into two, shot from slightly different angles; the glasses separate the images into left and right eye, and the brain combines them to give an illusion of depth. If you only have one eye, it's not going to work for you.

The TV's 3D functions support resolutions of 1280x720p at 50/60Hz, 1920x1080i at 50/60Hz, and 1920x1080p at 24/30/50/60Hz. In PC input mode, resolution is set to 1920x1080.

There are various functions to adjust the 3D effect, including a Depth parameter, and L/R Picture Correction.

Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

So we sat and watched a Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D Blu-ray disc. Samsung will be bundling this with some hardware options – in the UK this seems unlikely to be with the TV or the BD player, it'll more likely ship with a glasses pack.

Either way, it's a strong title to aim at the family market, but it doesn't go over the top with its 3D effects; most of them are quite subtle, with only the odd in-your-face effect.

It's hard to explain stereoscopic 3D if you've never seen it; it certainly adds a sense of depth to the image, but it's more like a pop-up book than Star Wars hologram; in other words, you tend to see objects in the foreground, while the background is, er, in the background.

Then occasionally something will leap out of the depth plane and appear to be in front of the screen.

The question is how solid the effect appears; if there's any blur around the edges of objects, the effect is spoiled.

Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

As for the 2D-to-3D conversion, we were just amazed that it worked at all.

Of course, the frame-delay technique it uses to generate the 3D effects gives unpredictable results; we got some good effects with footage of skaters on an ice rink, but with an image of newsreaders at a desk, their heads appeared to be in the foreground and their bodies in the background; most disconcerting.

We can't imagine it adding much enjoyment to Eastenders.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption90 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand648.40 mm
Width with Stand957.40 mm
Depth with Stand267.70 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Multimedia Home PlatformYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height578.7 mm
Width957.4 mm
Depth26.5 mm
ColourMystic Brown
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Teletext
Product ModelUE40C7000
Product NameUE40C7000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung 7000 is ready to blow your mind. The 3D experience, which is reinventing the world of entertainment, is enhanced by amazing extras such as Internet TV (with access to LoveFilm, iPlayer, Facebook and Twitter), AllShare wireless content viewing, and a screen less than 3cm thick. Experience the future in home entertainment.

Package Contents
  • UE40C7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
Weight (Approximate)13.20 kg