Samsung UE40D5520 review

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

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Samsung ue40d5520

With its crystal finish, slender lines, distinctive colouring and attention-grabbing price, the 40-inch Samsung UE40D5520 simply oozes shelf appeal. But, happily, its appeal doesn't grind to a halt once you get the TV set home. On the contrary, it starts to look like even better value when you actually start using it.

For a start, its on-screen menus are excellent, and contain a decent – although not comprehensive – selection of picture adjustments. There's also a very useful and well-considered on-screen instructions manual. And best of all there's the Smart Hub: a superbly presented screen providing instant access to pretty much all of your possible video, tuner and multimedia sources.

These sources can include a DLNA PC and Samsung's mostly excellent online Smart TV service.

Wrapping up a ridiculously convincing connected TV package for under £600 is the Samsung UE40D5520's picture quality. Yes, it suffers a little motion blur and some very minor backlight inconsistency, and its sound is only fair to middling. But it's still streets ahead of most similarly priced 40-inch TVs, particularly where contrast and colour are concerned.

We liked

With the UE40D5520, Samsung continues to effortlessly impress with its TV design, and shows that it still knows how to make a great mid-range bargain.

The amount of multimedia support on the Samsung UE40D5520 is excellent for its money, while its picture quality in many ways sets new standards for the affordable LCD market. It's mostly a user-friendly TV to operate, too.

We disliked

The actually quite important Game picture mode is buried far too deep in the TV's menus, and these menus don't include quite as much colour management as you might like.

There are marginal colour and backlight consistency flaws in the TV's out of the box state too, although these can be rectified satisfactorily via some fairly basic tinkering with the key picture settings.

Final verdict

What you have in the Samsung UE40D5520 is essentially a mid-range TV in entry-level TV clothing.

Despite costing under £600, it combines a lovely design with a long feature count – including a terrific Smart TV system – and startlingly good picture quality that's better than that of many more expensive TVs we've seen.

You need to take a little care with some of the TV's settings and, especially, processing options. But provided you give the Samsung UE40D5520 a few minutes of your time when you first unbox it, your efforts will be rewarded more than handsomely.

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