Samsung UE40D5520 review

Samsung leaves premium aspirations aside to deliver a superb budget 40-inch TV

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Samsung ue40d5520

In some ways the Samsung UE40D5520's user interface is ground-breakingly good. Particularly ingenious – and something already being 'borrowed' by most other brands – is Samsung's Smart Hub. This cleverly places pretty much all of your sources, from your normal TV channels to the Smart TV stuff and multimedia files contained on a DLNA PC or USB drive, on a single 'jumping off' screen.

And by clever use of well-spaced and neatly designed icons, it achieves this feat without the screen looking overly cluttered or complicated.

Soon, we suspect, all TV interfaces will look more or less like Samsung's Smart Hub.

Another great touch on the Samsung UE40D5520 is its interactive on-screen instructions manual. Select an option in the TV's set-up menus and you get a brief but usually effective explanation of what that feature does next to it on the screen. There's no need to faff about trying to cross-reference what you're seeing on the screen with a paper manual.

There are a few issues with the Samsung UE40D5520's menu options, though. First, the Game mode you need to activate if you want to enjoy the most lag-free gaming experience is obscurely tucked away in a System menu, rather than just being placed alongside the other picture presets.

A few too many of the processing options can actually harm rather than improve pictures, meanwhile, making some parts of the picture menus feel unnecessarily cluttered and over-complicated.

While the on-screen instructions mentioned earlier are mostly decent enough, they do get a little too short for comfort in places when talking about the set's more complex features.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5520
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANNo
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.36 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption100 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand638.50 mm
Width with Stand955.80 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionNo
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height574 mm
Width955.8 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourCharcoal Black
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series5520
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Auto-off, Teletext, Auto Program
Product ModelUE40D5520
Product NameUE40D5520 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40D5520RKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung Series D5520 is a Smart TV that's now even more of a brain box, thanks to major advancements in viewing technology. At first sight, you'll be captivated by its natural colour tones that many other screens just can't capture. Plus, it's twice the resolution of standard HD, making blurred spots a thing of the past. TV shows, internet content and anything on your devices can now be watched on this home entertainment sensation.

Package Contents
  • UE40D5520 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.08 kg