Samsung UE40D7000 review

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

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Nobody knows how to make a TV look better than Samsung. But even by the Korean brand's usual standards the UE40D7000 is a sight to behold. In fact, the way it manages to produce edge LED images while seemingly having hardly any edge seems to defy the laws of science. Gorgeous.

Since it shares the same specification as Samsung's flagship D8000 LED TVs (the D8000s just have a slightly fancier finish), it's no surprise to find the UE40D7000 sporting a prodigious set of features.

Headlining are its 3D playback capabilities, which are of the full HD active type. But probably more routinely useful is Samsung's Smart TV online service, with its truly extensive level of content, including plenty of video streaming platforms.

The TV also supports multimedia playback from USB sticks and DLNA PCs, and the interface provided for dealing with all of these multimedia sources is unprecedentedly good at handling huge amounts of information without becoming confusing.

The ultimate ace up the UE40D7000's sleeve, though, is its superb 2D picture quality. Sharp HD detailing, brilliant standard definition upscaling, knockout colours, and a cracking contrast range - despite pictures looking unusually bright - make it the current pick of the 40-inch edge LED crop for anyone willing to pay for its premium quality.

Its 3D playback has numerous strengths too, though in the end it's a touch more defined by the appearance of crosstalk during dark scenes than we'd ideally have liked. This might potentially be a deal breaker if you're going to use 3D regularly - maybe for gaming or watching lots of films. But if you only envisage using 3D occasionally, the set's 2D talents, design glories and extensive features make it well worth saving for.

We liked

As well as looking a million dollars, the UE40D7000's ultra-slim bezel and ridiculously trim rear allow it to be much less dominant a presence in a typical living room than most 40-inch TVs.

The UE40D7000's class-leadingly huge list of potential video and multimedia sources continues the futuristic theme established by the design, and the operating system for handling all these sources is superbly designed.

Finally, the UE40D7000's 2D picture quality is outstanding.

We disliked

While many things about the UE40D7000's 3D pictures are very good, it does unfortunately suffer with noticeable crosstalk noise during dark scenes.

The set suffers minor backlight inconsistencies too (though you can minimise these via careful manipulation of the TV's brightness and backlight settings), and in keeping with most LCD TVs, pictures lose colour saturation when viewed from an angle.

Final verdict

Samsung's UE40D7000 is bristling with innovation and cutting edge features, from its astonishingly svelte design through to its mammoth and beautifully organised online Smart TV platform, PC file playback and outstandingly constructed and presented operating system.

While this is all handy in justifying the UE40D7000's fairly high price point, though, what really matters about Samsung's 40-inch beauty queen is that it produces superb 2D picture quality, regardless of whether you're watching HD or standard def.

Its 3D pictures are only good rather than great thanks to the appearance of occasional crosstalk, but only die-hard 3D gamers or 3D movie fans will likely find this a deal breaker.

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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