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Samsung UE46D7000 review

Superb 3D TV with groundbreaking online capability

samsung ue46d7000 review

The UE46D7000 gets your attention right from the off. Its bezel-free design is remarkable, the connections are generous and the newly designed onscreen menus, complete with impressive onscreen and interactive instructions manual, are a breeze to use.

There are more features than you'll probably ever even tinker with among these onscreen menus, some of them extremely useful, others less obviously so.

The Smart Hub, from where you can leap simply off to absolutely any of the many sources the TV makes available, from its USB and PC inputs to its online services and apps, is inspired and sets the general template for all future TVs.

With so many cutting-edge features to compete with, it wouldn't have been too surprising if the UE46D7000's pictures hadn't stood out that much, but actually, they are the star of the show, thanks to their hugely impressive contrast, colours, sharpness, clarity, and black level response, even when watching 3D.

We liked

The bezel-free design is awesome, the set's connections are pretty much perfect, its got almost too many features for its own good, its Smart Hub home page idea is terrific, its online service delivers a previously unheralded level of usefulness, its 3D pictures are the best yet seen from an LCD TV and its 2D pictures are superb.

We disliked

The UE46D8000's effective viewing angle is rather limited and there are minor traces of backlight inconsistency. There are also some small crosstalk artefacts with 3D playback, and some of the features on offer need to be used with care or they can reduce the overall picture quality.

Final verdict

The UE46D7000 joins the UE55D8000 in ensuring that Samsung's opening salvo in 2011's likely mighty TV 'war' hits its target in no uncertain terms.

Its design is unlikely to be topped by any other sets 2011 has to hold. Its connectivity is unlikely to be topped by any other 2011 TVs. Its feature count, as dominated by its Smart Hub and huge online features, might well not be topped by any other sets this year.

Its picture and sound quality are perhaps less safe from the incoming assault of other brands; it will be interesting to see how Panasonic's new high-spec plasmas and Philips' next-gen LED TVs shape up.
But do not for a minute take this as a sign of weakness in the UE46D7000's performance.

It's a big improvement over 2010's already impressive C series models, especially where 3D playback and sound quality are concerned, and its 2D pictures are huge crowd pleasers.

All in all, it's a truly stellar package.

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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
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand683.10 mm
Width with Stand1048.50 mm
Depth with Stand276.70 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture, Auto Program
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46D7000
Product NameUE46D7000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46D7000LUXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12.50 kg