Samsung UE46C7000 review

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

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Samsung ue46c7000

Able to display 2D and 3D – and even convert one into the other (great if you've just shelled-out on extra 3D glasses), Samsung's UE46C7000 is stuck in the middle. Not able to produce brilliant 3D but excellent with 2D, it has much the same problems as its far better looking Series 8 and Series 9 screens.

We liked

Freeview HD and 2D Blu-ray are sublime, while standard-definition fare is upscaled well. BBC iPlayer via Internet@TV service is a bonus, as is pausing and recording live TV, while the touch sensitive remote control is better than most. It's far from perfect, but 2D to 3D conversion is worth persevering with if you're set on creating a 3D experience.

We disliked

Confusing, uncomfortable 3D and a feeling that even this 46-inch size isn't large enough, with edge LED backlighting that's uneven and blotchy, Samsung is being a tad too ambitious with the UE46C7000. The slimness will appeal to some, though if you're after a seriously cinematic picture it's always best to completely ignore aesthetics – and slimness always comes at a price.

Final verdict

We're not sure who the UE46C7000 is aimed at. For a number of reasons, active shutter 3D footage looks far better on a much cheaper, bigger plasma, as proved by Samsung itself. There's also still a niggling feeling that even this huge size of screen just isn't big enough for 3D to be completely convincing – and a warning to avoid 2011's upcoming raft of 32-inch '3D-ready' TVs.

Which, in effect, makes this 7 Series screen – and all of the other screens higher-up in Samsung's range – all about edge LED, and all about depth. If you're after a shallow screen, you've got a great candidate in the UE46C7000, though even its relatively stylish good looks don't compare to its 9 Series siblings.

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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