Samsung UE46C7000 review

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

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Samsung ue46c7000

While 2D is handled with aplomb, Samsung's UE46C7000 really struggles with 3D material. With Monster House playing on 3D Blu-ray, there is an overriding sense of unreality – surely the opposite of what 3D should be trying to achieve.

Rather than mirror how two-eyed animals see the world, the UE46C7000 tends to place the in-focus areas of a shot at the front. The result is a mess of depths and angles, double echoes and crosstalk issues that render the whole image confusing. There are moment of cohesion when the effect is multi-layered and impressive, but even then total immersion is tricky; even at 46-inches the screen simply doesn't seem large enough.

The most significant problems occur with movement. Just as most LCD TVs struggled with any kind of moving video until relatively recently, this capable LED-backlit LCD panel delivers 3D objects that stutter and appear stepped when they move, something that's incredibly uncomfortable to watch.

What the ultra-bright UE46C7000 doesn't do – which 3D plasmas tend to – is reduce the brightness of the panel when watching in 3D. Don those 3D glasses and the picture retains its vivid colours, while the contrast holds up reasonably well, too.

One thing to remember about edge LED sets is that they're all about slimness, with an uneven brightness almost always noticeable. That's the case with the UE46C7000: bright spots are visible along the bottom of the panel and are particularly obvious during contrast-rich footage and CinemaScope-shaped Blu-ray discs, whether 2D or 3D.

The 2D-to-3D conversion almost salvages the UE46C7000. An as-live conversion of athletics on BBC1 produces mixed results, with some footage not appearing in 3D at all. Other scenes, such as a close-up of some hurdlers racing towards the camera, proved as convincing – if not more so – than some 3D Blu-ray discs.

It's true that the main focus of the frame is either sucked into the foreground and the rest sent backwards, which creates a distorted depth, while much of the time the picture is completely misinterpreted by the TV, but it's not nearly as uncomfortable to watch as you might expect.

Thankfully, the UE46C7000 has plenty of other points of interest and skills, chief of which is standard 2D Blu-ray. A blast of the BBC's Yellowstone documentary reveals some excellent nuanced colours amid a bright, vibrant picture that shows-off the great outdoors in sublime fashion. Flick on something a little more moody, and the UE46C7000 manages an image with just about enough contrast, albeit with a slightly blue hue.

Although it's not exactly scarred by motion blur during 2D material, the UE46C7000's LED Motion Plus motion compensation mode works well, which is actually quite rare. It's best left on a low setting, but worth experimenting with since there's less flicker around moving objects than we've seen on rival models' frame interpolation modes.

Freeview HD fare has a similarly sublime service and even standard-definition stuff is clean and bright and without the 'wobble' that is often obvious when digital TV broadcasts are blown up to this huge size.

It might not be big enough or capable enough as a 3DTV, but the UE46C7000 proves itself hugely impressive with all other sources.

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
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
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
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
Product ModelUE46C7000
Product NameUE46C7000 46" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Weight (Approximate)16.80 kg