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Firmly in Samsung's Series 5 TVs for 2011 and already discounted to below the £500 mark, value seeps from every pore of this 37-inch Edge ED set. Who cares about 3D, Smart TV or Freeview HD?
Its great value pictures are studded with blacks, contrast, natural but punchy colours, and some anti-blur tech that, for the most part, works well. Its media capabilities and classy Freeview EPG impress and although a slight annoyance to some, the lack of Freeview HD means a better value set for those who either aren't interested in hi-def, or who have a Virgin HD/TiVo or Sky HD box.
The lack of a DVB-T2 tuner for fetching Freeview HD channels does seem a shame, as does the absence of Samsung's Smart Hub platform and associated apps – with BBC iPlayer being the biggest draw. The set's incapable of streaming MKV files over a network despite being able to play them from a USB drive, while audio is simply terrible.
A great value LED backlit LCD TV that deserves to sell in droves. Freeview HD, 3D, Smart Hub apps and decent audio are missing, but this 37-incher has enough about it to be the ideal living room TV; good looks, a slim profile, and versatile picture quality – and it's capable of delivering extraordinary pictures from Blu-ray.
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