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This is essentially the lowest-spec Edge LED TV Samsung offers that features the Smart Hub and Wi-Fi. But even when it's knocking about for around £850 (around AU$1,315/US$1,363) online, the Samsung UE46ES6300 is not exactly a cheap-as-chips option.

So while there are some definite must-have features for anyone remotely interested in catch-up TV and movie apps, it's not the slickest TV in town.

We liked

The Smart Hub boasts plenty of apps, and the EPG is one of the best around. The presence of Freesat HD as well as Freeview HD is a nice extra, as is the pricey SoundShare option, though 3D and 2D Blu-ray impress, too.

We disliked

It's smart, but only in theory, since the lack of dual-core processing makes the Samsung UE46ES6300 feel underpowered. It can't always cope with the plethora of apps and services it offers, and apps take too long to load - sometimes over a minute during our test.

Elsewhere the built-in sound is average, the contrast average, and the viewing angle tighter than we'd like.

Final verdict

It's the Samsung UE46ES6300's sterling 3D performance that stands out most of all on a set that boasts a good value all-round treatment of disparate sources.

ITV Player and other new apps lend the Samsung UE46ES6300 an exclusive feel, though that doesn't last much beyond the discovery that the lack of dual-core processing means time wasted waiting for apps to load.

Also consider

A close competitor to the Samsung UE46ES6300, the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B excels with smart TV apps and active shutter 3D, but doesn't include any glasses.

However, the biggest rival is the Sony KDL-46HX853, which pairs an elegant design and awesome 2D picture quality with a collection of smart TV apps equal to this Samsung, though it does feature a little crosstalk during 3D material.