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Samsung UE26C4000PW review

A super-stylish LCD TV that uses LED backlighting at a budget price

Our Verdict

For

  • Gorgeous looks
  • Price
  • USB port
  • LED Backlight

Against

  • Pictures not that great
  • Edges of images could be better

The Samsung UE26C4000PW LED-backlit LCD TV is by far the most attractive we have seen close to this price.

Merely millimetres thick and finished in a seductively rose-tinged gloss black, the UE26C4000PW looks to combine high-end aesthetic swagger with mass-market affordability.

The svelte profile dictates that certain sacrifices have had to be made in the socket department, but a brace of HDMIs more than makes up for the lack of Scarts, and there is an optical digital audio output to send the TV pictures out to an amplifier.

The feature list is also impressive, with decoding for Dolby digital and DTS surround formats built in and the company's Connect Share Movie system for enjoying audio/visual content from USB.

The user interface is a treat, with colourful, animated graphics illustrating the various menu options, a helpful plug-n-play facility to get you up and running and a logical, reassuringly large remote control.

Performance

The looks and feel of the set are a lot to live up to and unfortunately the pictures fall short.

Freeview pictures are a trifle crude, with some lax edge discipline and a degree of digital dross. A breezy colour palette keeps everything watchable, although tones can tip towards garish if not managed properly.

Blacks, meanwhile, are decent and there is an admirable amount of detail on display.

It's an exciting set, though, and a worthwhile experiment in smaller sized LED sets.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family4000
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size66 cm (26")
Aspect Ratio16:9
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)6.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption41 W
Standby Power Consumption90 mW
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand480 mm
Width with Stand653 mm
Depth with Stand222 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height422.8 mm
Width652.8 mm
Depth29.9 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product Series4000
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE26C4000
Product NameUE26C4000 26" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE26C4000PW
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE26C4000 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg