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The LE40C650's lowly position in Samsung's range is misleading and proof of just how far flat TVs have come in recent times; this is a very fine flatscreen indeed.

We liked:

The inclusion of support for DivX HD files – and Media Player software for USB playback – is impressive, as is this set's fast EPG for Freeview HD.

Colours and hi-def sharpness also impress, as does the giddy sense of depth and smooth movement created by the 100Hz engine.

We disliked:

The absence of an app for BBC iPlayer renders Internet@TV nothing more than a sideshow for now, while it's also a shame that AllShare doesn't work with a Mac.

We're also rather disappointed that the set doesn't come with a Wi-Fi dongle as standard. Picture-wise, the LE40C650 could do with more attention to contrast, though that's nit picking. More of an issue is the flicker introduced by the 100Hz scanning.


We're still not convinced consumers use internet video platforms – and even USB playback – very often, and Samsung's effort is certainly not yet a must-have.

The Freeview HD tuner didn't prove as sensitive as others we've tested, but in all other respects is an excellent presentation, enjoying fast and good-looking software that will assuage anyone coming from Sky or Virgin.

The flicker apparent when 100Hz is switched on is a worry, and though it's always noticeable it's worth persevering with while watching Blu-rays because of the involving picture it creates. There's little in the way of blur or judder and standard-definition pictures are treated well; an all-round quality performance makes the LE40C650 hard to resist.

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