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.