Samsung UE40F6400 review

Great value smart TV with dodgy voice command tech

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Apps a-plenty and with both touch-sensitive remote control and voice interaction onboard, the Samsung UE40F6400 is a hugely likable TV with ambitions above its station. Crucially, however, it conducts its core duties of impressive pictures and sound with little fuss.

We liked

We're big fans of the Smart Touch remote and this TV's streaming capabilities generally, though it's smart TV that most TV buyers will be impressed by. There's more third-party app innovation for Samsung's Smart Hub than anything else, and the company is also the only one to secure rights to present apps for all the UK's terrestrial broadcasters.

Sound is above average, colour and contrast impress, and MotionPlus processing is capable of taking 3D, especially, to another level.

We disliked

Though it looks polished, the Samsung UE40F6400's Smart Hub screens aren't quite as reliable as they could be, and they're not as quick as on pricier Samsung TVs.

Standard definition TV channels are upscaled rather weakly, the dual-core processor is liable to stutter, and so too is the integration with other Samsung products while streaming. Voice interaction, meanwhile, is best avoided.

Final verdict

It's not the best upscaler, nor the slimmest TV, and some won't like the need to use MotionPlus for both 2D and 3D, but we're quite taken by the Samsung UE40F6400. Packed with apps within a reasonably polished Smart Hub system, there's plenty of contrast, colour and detail to compete with pricier options.

We're also big fans of the Smart Touch remote and of its integration with Samsung Galaxy gadgets, though it does stutter occasionally.

However, on the extra features, we're mostly disappointed. It might sound like a strange thing to say, but the presence of voice interaction - and even of the hit-and-miss S-Recommendation system - actually detract from the Samsung UE40F6400's otherwise highly polished and great value package. Experimental technology is all it is, and until it's much more powerful we think that such technology is only going to introduce a sheen of disappointment.

Having just become the owner of one of the UK's best value smart TVs - and that's exactly what this is - that's a shame. With apps a-plenty and an easy to use interface and Smart Hub pages, the Samsung UE40F6400 is a great value option for a living room.

Also consider

There are many alternatives in this competitive sphere, not least from within Samsung's ranks. Elsewhere we'd suggest auditioning something from the Panasonic ET60 Series, which is similar save for a passive, rather than active, form of 3D.

Also take a look at the Panasonic TX-L42E6B, something from the slightly less smart Sony W805 Series, and the much less smart, though better-looking Philips 42PFL6008.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6400
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption62 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand617.30 mm
Width with Stand928.20 mm
Depth with Stand264.80 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year91 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 200
Height543.8 mm
Width928.2 mm
Depth49.6 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1
Product Series6400
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto Power Off, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Picture on Picture, PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
Product ModelUE40F6400AK
Product Name40" F6400 Series 6 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40F6400AKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationDiscover an exciting new world of content with a Samsung LED TV Series 6. You can enjoy a wide range of apps, catch-up TV and more thanks to Samsung's Smart Hub. S Recommendation even recommends content based on your viewing preferences, so you can always easily find something you'll like. You can enjoy movies, TV programmes and more with incredible Full HD picture quality. And, with your Series 6 LED TV's elegant One Design, it's sure to be an attractive addition to any surroundings.
Package Contents
  • 40" F6400 Series 6 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • IR Extender Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
  • Batteries
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.30 kg