Samsung UE40D6530 review

Samsung brings elegance and 2D excellence to the LED mainstream

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  • Elegant design
  • Smart Hub portal
  • Excellent 2D HD pictures


  • 3D crosstalk
  • Requires careful setup
  • Patchy media streaming
  • Ordinary sound quality

The Samsung UE40D6530 is a high-performance 3D LED TV with a come-hither price tag. It may be positioned beneath the brand's top of the line Series 7 and 8 models, but it's clearly a step-up screen for budget-watchers who want a designer telly with smart TV capability.

The 40-inch UE40D6530 is part of a lookalike range that also includes the UE32D6530, UE37D6530 and UE46D6530. The feature spec is leading-edge: in addition to Active Shutter 3D compatibility (no glasses are supplied, they're an optional extra – basic Samsung Active Shutter shades sell for £49.95 each), the screen includes access to Samsung's Smart Hub apps and VOD (Video on Demand) portal and employs a host of image boosting technology.

Back panel connectivity is good, with four HDMI inputs and a VGA PC input, plus Scart and component (both via adaptors), a stereo audio mini jack, CI (Common Interface) slot, three USBs and an electrical digital audio output to feed TV sound (perhaps internet radio via the Smart Hub's Shoutcast app) to a separate hi-fi system.

Helpfully, you don't lose any USBs to get Wi-Fi, as the UE40D6530 has it integrated. We'd suggest you only use Wi-Fi if you don't have an Ethernet connection in your viewing room. Recent surveys suggest that the majority of new connected TV owners haven't actually hooked their screens up to a home network or the internet. Don't be one of this misguided majority: getting online is very straightforward.

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 Family6530
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)8.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption100 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand805.40 mm
Width with Stand1247.70 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height726 mm
Width1247.7 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourCharcoal Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series6530
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Program, Auto-off, Teletext, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture
Product ModelUE40D6530
Product NameUE40D6530 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40D6530WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung SMART TV revolution is going to transform the way you watch TV. From entertainment to communication, the Series 6530 and its host of intuitive and interactive features will simply blow your mind. The Smart Hub provides four new applications, Your Video, Search All, Web Browser and Social TV, and together they ensure that you can find whatever content you desire, while also letting you communicate face-to-face or via SNS. The visual experience is bolstered by advance technologies like the Ultra Clear Panel, Clear Motion Rate 400 and Wide Colour Enhancer Plus. So, make the jump to the next level of home entertainment with the Samsung D6530 SMART LED 3D TV.

Package Contents
  • UE40D6530 LED-LCD TV
  • Floor Stand
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.10 kg