Samsung ue46c7000

Two pairs of £130 active shutter 3D glasses (SSG2100RB models) are included in the box, but whether you're happy to splash out extra on additional pairs for your kids or friends is another matter (especially for the latter – there are few worthwhile 3D movies for anyone out of primary school).

The UE46C7000 uses active shutter technology, which is marketed as the highest quality of 3D available. It's about to come under intense pressure from Samsung's Korean rival LG, which used January's CES to criticise the technology, arguing that it caused nausea and headaches. LG is about to push a set of cheaper 3D TVs that use passive polarised technology; while this can't deliver full HD to both eyes, as the UE46C7000 can, the 3D specs will cost just a few quid.

Before you think 'format war', bear in mind that it doesn't really matter which 3D tech you buy into – if you like active shutter 3D images (it's advisable to compare 3D on LCD/LED and plasma before making a decision) and you can afford it, there's really no problem.

Ultimately though, the UE46C7000 will please those not even remotely interested in the third dimension. Its in and outputs befit a mid-range TV, though that 29mm depth has been achieved only with an army of adaptors.

On the reverse we counted Ethernet LAN, two Scarts (one RGB), component video, composite video, analogue audio ins, PC VGA and PC audio in, all of which are strung out across the bottom and all of which require additional adaptor cables that measure around seven inches. However, it's not a major issue since the resulting mess of bulky cable joins is hidden by the screen.

Along the inside right-hand side of the TV are the 'major' inputs, including four HDMI inputs (all version 1.4 for 3D, and one with an audio return channel) below a stunning three USB ports. One is capable of making recordings to a USB stick or external hard-disk drive.

Above that, fairly high-up the TV's side, is an optical digital audio output, an analogue audio output, a Common Interface slot and – right up in the top left-hand corner of the screen, a headphones jack.

On the video side, the UE46C7000 includes 3D HyperReal Engine picture processing, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus and Clear Motion Rate 600.

The integrated Freeview HD tuner will attract many, as should Samsung's Internet@TV service. The latter's (already) dated interface includes access to the BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, Facebook and Twitter among a roster that also includes Acetrax (movie streaming à la Lovefilm), Dailymotion, Picasa, Getty Images, AccuWeather, Google Maps, Rovi (TV listings), The History Channel ('this day in history' text, no video), Muzu.TV and USA Today (news).

Skype is also present. Using a Samsung-specific Freetalk TV camera (£134.88 from skype.com) that also works on the brand's C8000 Series, you can use the UE46C7000 for voice and/or video calling.

One real shame is the expensive TV's lack of built-in Wi-Fi, though at least there are plenty of USB ports free if you feel like investing in Samsung's £50 WIS09ABGN LinkStick Wi-Fi dongle.