Samsung UE40D7000 review

Samsung's step-down D7000 series doesn't cut corners on the spec at all

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Sound quality

The audio quality on Samsung's previous generations of 'ultra-slim' TVs has been a bit of an industry joke, sounding every bit as thin and 'hardly there' as the TV's bodies.

Thankfully, the UE40D7000 delivers a solid step in the right audio direction, somehow managing to produce a passably satisfying combination of volume, dynamic range and mid-range clarity from its practically non-existent bodywork.

More bass would have been the icing on the cake, but the fact that there's any sense of bass at all is quite impressive given the lack of physical room for any normal speaker 'boxes'.


It's impossible to pretend that £1250 isn't a lot to ask for a 40-inch TV these days. But the UE40D7000 works very hard to justify its cost. Its design is genuinely innovative, for a start, and the extent of its multimedia functionality is prodigious. Its online Smart TV service is particularly impressive.

It's also got little 'value-added' bits and bobs like built-in Wi-Fi, separate Freeview and Freesat HD tuners, and recording onto USB HDDs via any of a trio of USB ports.

Best of all, though, it delivers Samsung's most uncompromising 2D picture quality yet, setting a new bar for the edge LED world.

The appearance of crosstalk over some 3D scenes does slightly dent the UE40D7000's value credentials, perhaps, but even if you only end up using its 3D talents occasionally it's still got enough going on to justify its cost - especially if you're a dedicated follower of technology fashion.

Ease of use

Considering how many features it's got onboard, the UE40D7000 is surprisingly easy to use. The main reason for this is its inspired 'Smart Hub' interface, which manages to provide a one-stop leaping off point to a huge amount of sources and Smart TV services and apps without looking cluttered or confusing.

The apps store is very easy on the eye too, and the Smart TV and Smart Hub options load quickly and react swiftly to your selections.

It's also helpful that Samsung has kept its calibration menus completely separate to its 'Smart Hub' menus. This is a much more sensible approach than that employed by LG with its otherwise similar Smart Hub system, which requires you to have go into the Hub source menu before you can access the calibration menus.

The UE40D7000's remote control is generally sensible too, with a comfortable feel and a good button layout that puts most of the set's key buttons in suitably prominent places. Samsung has also given a pleasing amount of key features dedicated buttons on the remote, including its 3D tools.

You can get an optional touch-screen remote for the TV that's a big help when it comes to inputting text into the Web browser - though before you rush out and buy one, it can be a little fiddly for other aspects of the TV's operation.

The UE40D7000's onscreen menus are perfect. There's an unnecessary and confusing division of some of the subtler picture features into two separate 'advanced'-style submenus, and bizarrely the set's important Game preset is tucked away in an obscure System submenu rather than being placed with the other picture presets.

These relatively small aberrations aren't likely to provide any many major headaches to the average TV user, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption160 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand603.60 mm
Width with Stand916 mm
Depth with Stand241.30 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height531.8 mm
Width916 mm
Depth29.7 mm
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture
Product ModelUE40D7000
Product NameUE40D7000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40D7000
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung LED Series 7000 Smart TV is all about a transformative, immersive experience delivered with style and intelligence. The integrated and innovative Smart Hub, which allows you to interact with your TV, ensures everything from surfing the internet on your TV to flicking through pics and home movies is effortless and loads more fun. Whether you're watching a movie or listening to music, you will instantly notice the superior 3D Experience, which is ready to re-invent your world of entertainment. And with a sophisticated design to match, which puts you right in the middle of the action, and supreme connectivity for seamless streaming - you have a very stylish and intelligent TV to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • UE40D7000 LED-LCD TV
  • 3D Active Glasses
  • Floor Stand
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10.10 kg