Samsung UE40C7000 review

Samsung's first 3D TV under the microscope

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Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

For a first 3D TV, this is an interesting product. The question remains whether 3D will catch on in terms of the amount of media and broadcasts which use it, or whether it will become a niche format for kids' cartoons, sports TV and gaming.

To make the most of 3D will cost you £100 per set of glasses, plus the cost of a 3D Blu-ray player (around £300), plus the costs of the 3D Blu-ray discs (which might be around £50 each).

We liked:

This is a well-specified set with a host of user parameters, USB and internet functions, and the potential to expand.

The Freeview HD compatibility, and PVR, internet and wireless functions make this more than a TV; it's the centre of a home entertainment hub, and well specified for the digital, multimedia future.

We disliked:

Connections can be rather fiddly, as the supplied adaptors have to be used for several sockets; but as this is probably a one-time job it's not too much of a worry.

The 3D functions adds a price premium to the set, the necessary glasses, the desirable Blu-ray player and the essential 3D media, which might prove to be a fad - and that's assuming that you find the 3D effect entertaining enough to bother with.

Ultimately, we believe that the 3D functions will work better with a larger set. If you are keen on 3D, a larger set may be desirable.

Verdict:

In conclusion, this is a fine set with state-of-the-art LED backlighting technology, it has Internet capabilities, Freeview HD built-in and the options of PVR and wireless functions.

It's beautifully light and slim, and has a fancy remote control handset which will look good on your coffee table. If it's in your price-bracket, even if the 3D glasses end up gathering dust on a shelf, we don't reckon you'll be sorry you bought this Samsung.

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This review was written in conjunction with Home Cinema Choice magazine:

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For more coverage of this groundbreaking set, look out for the in-depth review in Home Cinema Choice issue 180, on sale March 11.

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
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
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
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40C7000
Product NameUE40C7000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)13.20 kg