Samsung UE40C8000 review

Samsung's gorgeous 40-inch skinny screen is an edge-lit LED delight

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Samsung ue40c8000

The 40C8000's slimness means bespoke adaptors are needed for many of the connections including Scart, RF, component video, Ethernet and composite/stereo phono connections, all of which face downwards.

Pointing to the side are the CI slot and four normal HDMI sockets. These are positioned too close to the edge of the bezel so that your HDMI cables can be seen from the front protruding beyond the frame as they curve their way out and down the back of the set. The unacceptable solution is to use ultra-bendable/cheap cables.

Multimedia options abound. The Ethernet slot can be used both to feed the internet video portal or to make a wired network connection with access to JPEG, MP3, DivX, MKV and AVI files on a computer or external drive. There are also two multi-function USBs. You can set up a wireless network (using an optional extra USB Wi-Fi adaptor), or connect a USB flash memory or HDD to play multimedia files and/or make PVR recordings from the digital HD tuner.

As you'd expect, there's a sack-full of picture adjustment options, with two expert pattern images (one greyscale and one colour) to aid the calibration process. Enthusiasts can spend countless hours tweaking numerous parameters including black tone, flesh tone, dynamic contrast, gamma, colour tint and space and white balance, with a 10-point interval option available.

The screen's 50Hz processing can be multiplied to 200Hz by engaging the set's Motion Plus function with three pre-set modes on offer and a custom option. For green-minded users there's a clutch of eco-settings to choose from that reduce the screen's brightness and a natty little onscreen VU style-meter that sadly doesn't give the actual power consumption, just a relative idea of how eco-friendly you're running the screen. Typical power consumption is around 160W.

The term internet TV is somewhat ambiguous and here it refers to Samsung's slew of internet services optimised for the screen and delivered by means of a broadband connection. So there's no browser as such and each service can be regarded as an extra channel, which vary greatly in usefulness and quality. Samsung is gradually expanding its provision with an App store to complement pre-installed offerings such as BBC iPlayer, Facebook, Google Maps, and YouTube.

Another major draw – or is it? – is the set's 3D capability. Accessed quickly by pressing a dedicated button on the remote control the set can handle all 3D formats and (much to James Cameron's consternation, probably) throws 2D-to-3D conversion into the bargain.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption250 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand647.10 mm
Width with Stand956 mm
Depth with Stand267 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height588.4 mm
Width956 mm
Depth23.9 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
Product ModelUE40C8000
Product NameUE40C8000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C8000XKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Finally there's a television that delivers a picture so stunning that it looks- and feels C more real than reality. Its the Samsung LED C8000. With its explosive 3D capabilities and immersive HyperReal Engine, it delivers the world as you've never seen it before. Its LED screen amplifies images to such an extent that its hard to believe there coming out of an ultra-slim TV. Richer colours, smoother motion and mega contrast levels combine to make an unparalleled viewing experience. So whether you're watching your favorite television programs, web content or a video you shot yourself, it was designed to blow your mind.

Package Contents
  • UE40C8000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Floor Stand
Weight (Approximate)12.80 kg