Samsung LE40C650 review

Digital-savvy LCD TV with Freeview HD and great pictures

Samsung LE40C650
The quality styling of the LE40C650 belies its budget TV status amongst Samsung's TV lineup

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The LE40C650's haul of four HDMI inputs should be plenty for most users; three are provided on the rear of the TV, with a side-panel containing the fourth. That side-panel also includes two USB 2.0 inputs, a composite video input and ports for stereo analogue audio.

The rear panel is home to a couple of RGB Scarts, a set of component video inputs, a VGA PC input, an RF aerial input and an Ethernet LAN port. Sound is taken care of by analogue stereo audio inputs, a headphone jack and an optical digital audio output.

If you're in a Freeview HD area (find out at, the LE40C650 can supply the three high definition channels – BBC HD, ITV 1 HD and either 4HD (England) or S4C Cirlan (Wales). If you're not, this set is also equipped with both a standard digital terrestrial tuner and an analogue version. Digital TV comes with an eight-day EPG.

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Elsewhere, the LE40C650's main features centre on digital media. Its Media Play software is a joined-up interface that presents options to use digital photo, music and video files from a USB stick/hard drive (or both) or from a PC on the same broadband home network.

The USB option sees the LE40C650 read both DivX and even DivX HD video files from a USB device, though of most interest will be Samsung's beefed-up Internet@TV service.

New for 2010 are 'apps' for Lovefilm and Twitter, though the promised app for the BBC iPlayer is nowhere to be seen – yet. Samsung confirmed to us that it will appear on the home screen very soon.

Jamie Carter

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