Samsung UE46D7000 review

Superb 3D TV with groundbreaking online capability

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samsung ue46d7000 review

For so many years audio has been the Achilles' Heel of otherwise excellent Samsung flat TVs, but the UE46D7000 sounds surprisingly good.

There's much more raw power and a wider dynamic range than before, meaning the set can deliver a sense of expansion when shifting up a few gears for action scenes and retain clarity, especially with dialogue, when pushed hard. There's even more than a hint of bass in the sound mix, which is all the more remarkable when you remember how slim that bezel is.


Although £1,700 is quite expensive in the context of 46-inch sets in general, by the time you've tallied up its mind-blowing design, massive feature count, groundbreaking 'smart' functions, 3D capabilities and, most importantly of all, terrific picture quality, suddenly it starts to look surprisingly fair value.

Ease of use

Firing up the UE46D7000's onscreen menus immediately reveals a revamped look to things, with much greater use of graphics and a very much appreciated 'interactive' onscreen instruction manual that shows you a brief description of what each feature in the menus does, as and when you select it.
Some of these descriptions are a little too brief for comfort, but overall it's a system of which Samsung should be proud that sets an example for other brands to follow.

Then, of course, there's the Smart Hub. The amount of content this new 'jumping off' menu puts instantly at your disposal is superb, making full use of the screen's full HD resolution to present its many icons and sections clearly and logically. This, surely, is a first glimpse of how the TVs of the future will have to organise their sources.

The other onscreen menus aren't perfect, though, thanks to some general organisational issues. Particularly flawed is the use of separate Advanced Settings and Picture Options submenus within the main Picture menu, when it would have been easier to have all the features spread over these two menus tucked into one (though to be fair, when you highlight a sub-menu you do get a list of the options that submenu contains).

There are also an awful lot of features for you to get your head round, some of which can make picture quality worse if you don't know what you're doing with them.

The basic remote control, meanwhile, is adequate. It lacks the glamorous looks of the main TV, but its layout is reasonably intuitive and its buttons are responsive. If you're after something a little more swish, you can purchase an optional remote control with a full-colour touchscreen interface.

In some ways, this works superbly; its keyboard is certainly superior to the buttons on the standard zapper and it is very effective at navigating the Smart Hub. However, it also makes achieving some really very basic functions feel frustratingly complicated.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
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
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand683.10 mm
Width with Stand1048.50 mm
Depth with Stand276.70 mm
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height606.3 mm
Width1048.5 mm
Depth29.7 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture, Auto Program
Product ModelUE46D7000
Product NameUE46D7000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46D7000LUXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE46D7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Wall Bracket
  • Power Cable
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • E-Manual
  • 3D Active Glasses
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg