Samsung UE46ES7000 review

High fashion meets quality LED TV vision - if you're careful

TODO alt text


  • Gorgeous design
  • Terrific pictures mostly
  • Excellent online service
  • Control innovations


  • Backlight inconsistencies
  • Unhelpful presets
  • Gesture control needs work
  • A bit expensive

Samsung's high-end TVs can generally be relied on to set some sort of bar for the AV world each year, either with their designs or their feature counts. Or, as happens with the Samsung UE46ES7000, both!

Design-wise, the 46-inch Samsung UE46ES7000 is a stunning television, courtesy of its ultra-slim bezel (which is barely 1cm across), its striking cross-style chrome stand, and the little bulges in the middle of its top and bottom edges containing a built-in camera and the Samsung logo, respectively.

As for its features, as well as being an active 3D TV - complete with two pairs of included 3D glasses - it has the latest and easily greatest variation of Samsung's Smart TV online service, as well as new voice, gesture and touchpad remote control options that have the potential to revolutionise the way you communicate with your TV.

Buying Guide
best tv

Best TV 2012

It also uses dual-core processing to deliver one of Samsung's most sophisticated picture processing engines yet, and can even potentially be upgraded in the future with a more powerful processing system.

The 46-inch Samsung UE46ES7000 - priced at £1,699.99 (around $2,655) - sits between smaller brother the 40-inch, £1,299.99 (around $2,030) Samsung UE40ES7000 and bigger brother the 55-inch Samsung UE55ES7000, priced at £2,299.99 (around $3,595)

The Samsung ES7000 series of TVs sit just below the Samsung ES8000 models in the brand's latest range, distinguished from their flagship siblings by their black and transparent bezel (versus the metallic silver of the ES8000s) and their use of Micro Dimming Pro versus the ES8000's more sophisticated Micro Dimming Ultimate.

Samsung UE46ES7000 review

This latter difference is the most significant, since it is concerned with the amount of picture 'zones' the TV analyses on the fly when calculating its ideal picture settings.

Just below the Samsung ES7000 series, meanwhile, you'll find the Samsung ES6800 models, which lose the gesture, voice and touchpad remote control options, and feature a further step down still in terms of picture processing. Plus they use a more standard design, with a more regulation-sized bezel.

We'll cover the competition in more detail at the end of the review, but key rivals are Panasonic's GT50 plasma models, Sony's HX853 models, and LG's LM660T LCD models.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyES7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption81.40 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand691.20 mm
Width with Stand1046.80 mm
Depth with Stand276.70 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year119 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height620.2 mm
Width1046.8 mm
Depth29.7 mm
Sound SystemDTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesES7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Face Recognition Camera, Auto Program, Teletext
Product ModelUE46ES7000U
Product Name46" ES7000 Series 7 Smart Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46ES7000UXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Discover the future of home entertainment with the Samsung ES7000 Slim LED TV. Advanced human interaction technology makes it easier to control, and you can access a wide range of Smart Hub content, 3D entertainment and apps as well as web browsing and more. You can even keep your TV up to date with Smart Evolution, which allows easy installation of a kit that brings hardware, firmware and interface up to the cutting edge.

Package Contents
  • 46" ES7000 Series 7 Smart Full HD LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • Smart Touch Control
  • IR Blaster
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.90 kg