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Samsung LE40C650 review

Digital-savvy LCD TV with Freeview HD and great pictures

Our Verdict

For

  • Digital media playback
  • Depth and smooth movement
  • Colour

Against

  • 100Hz introduces flicker
  • Internet@ TV lacks must-have services
  • Average sound quality

LCD TVs souped-up with LED backlights have taken over from 'normal' LCD TVs, right?

Not if this model from Samsung's Series 6 is anything to go by; packed with the brand's very latest multimedia features and online trickery, this 40-inch LCD TV sports excellent pictures and an all-round usability that helps put the ageing liquid crystal display tech back on the map.

Available for around £800 online, the LE40C650 features a Full HD panel alongside HyperReal picture processing, a Freeview HD tuner, Samsung's own Internet@TV online platform and AllShare DLNA streaming over a home network. Not bad for a 'budget' TV.

Despite that tempting haul of features, the LE40C650 is actually near the bottom of Samsung's line-up for 2010. For £200 or so more, the step-up C750 Series adds 3D compatibility and 200Hz Motion Plus, but little else, while Samsung also makes four separate ranges of LCD-LED TVs and plasmas.

Its status is further raised by its stylish appearance. Samsung claims that the LE40C650 'crystal' design 'captures the essence of natural beauty'. To describe the gloss back screen surround and transparent lip as such is overdoing it a tad, but the TV's red-tinted undercarriage and transparent desktop stand is a Samsung signature and ought to have wide appeal.

Another nice flourish is that the rear of the screen sports a metallic finish, in contrast to most brands' reliance on cheap plastic.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family650
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.70 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption134 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand659.30 mm
Width with Stand976.20 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height614.9 mm
Width976.2 mm
Depth80.4 mm
ColourRose Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series650
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelLE40C650
Product NameLE40C650 LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLE40C650L1WXXC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung 650 lets you escape reality with its unbelievably vivid LCD display. The HyperReal engine enriches the sharpness and clarity, while the Wide Colour Enhancer and Ultra Clear Panel creates truly breathtaking images.

Package Contents
  • LE40C650 LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Controller
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.30 kg