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Samsung UE40C8000 review

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

Samsung ue40c8000

The 40C8000 serves up what are unarguably some of the finest pictures ever seen on a 40-inch screen. As on its larger 46C8000 stablemate, the LED backlighting is flawlessly even and has more than enough brightness to hand.

It's still common to find Freeview products that are less watchable than West Ham, but the combination of a good quality tuner and excellent processing means that standard-definition Freeview images are a delight. Common defects such as video noise and mushiness on low bit-rate channels are effectively rendered unnoticeable.

Although they don't quite hit the heights achieved by the larger 46C8000 those 2,073,600 pixels are more than capable of delivering pin-sharp HD pictures. With the screen properly calibrated and the right viewing mode selected, both broadcast HD and Blu-ray sources look simply gorgeous in terms of clarity, although both can seem a little soft when the set is first switched on.

Colours are exceptionally accurate for an LCD screen and skin tones look completely realistic. Judder doesn't seem much of an issue and the various Motion Plus settings make it possible to have perfectly fluid pictures albeit with the usual side-effect of making filmic sources look like video. Happily, though, there's hardly any haloing introduced as a result of using Motion Plus.

Black levels are a revelation, showing how far LCD has come since the bad old milky grey days but despite tweaks for adjusting the intensity of the black level it's very hard to find a setting where you see sufficient levels of detail without cranking up the brightness to the detriment of the rest of the picture.

Watching 3D images on a 40-inch screen is not something we can readily recommend. Bearing in mind most 3D sources create an image that extends in to the screen rather than towards the viewer, when truly effective it's like looking at miniature objects or people that seem further away from you – and hence smaller – than in 2D. Combined with the loss of resolution of Sky's 3D channel, some crosstalk and the variable effectiveness of different material it can be a challenge to find something that looks better in 3D than 2D.

Of course, Blu-ray doesn't drop in terms of resolution, but the issue of crosstalk is more pronounced, for example with Monsters Vs Aliens as the camera pans down the church spire and on the Golden Gate Bridge. And once you notice crosstalk it's impossible to ignore it.

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
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand647.10 mm
Width with Stand956 mm
Depth with Stand267 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height588.4 mm
Width956 mm
Depth23.9 mm
ColourTitanium
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40C8000
Product NameUE40C8000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C8000XKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12.80 kg