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Samsung UE46C7000 review

A winning HD TV, but you'd better look elsewhere for 3D thrills

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption170 W
Standby Power Consumption90 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand724.30 mm
Width with Stand1092.30 mm
Depth with Stand303 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Multimedia Home PlatformYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height653.2 mm
Width1092.3 mm
Depth26.5 mm
ColourMystic Brown
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Auto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46C7000
Product NameUE46C7000 46" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

There's only one way to experience 3D when you're not in a cinema and that's the Samsung 3D LED TV. It offers the ultimate immersive viewing experience by liberating content from the flat confines of the TV and turning it into explosive imagery. The effect is breathtaking-life enriching, ultra-real picture quality that rivals the cinema-imported into your own living room. Samsung innovation has even made it possible to convert your favourite 2D movies to 3D. Because a Samsung 3D LED TV demands your attention, no matter what's on.

Package Contents
  • UE46C7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Floor Stand
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)16.80 kg