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Samsung UE32D5000 review

This 32-inch LED TV delivers superb pictures at an affordable price

Our Verdict

For

  • Vibrant, detailed hi-def pictures
  • Easy to use
  • Stylish design
  • 30mm depth
  • DLNA media streaming

Against

  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Some black level and backlight issues
  • No Smart Hub

Samsung's premium LED TVs are so advanced that they're one malfunction away from taking over the human race. From Smart Hub web content and wireless media streaming to 3D, USB support and HD tuners, the Korean company's high-end sets are packed with flashy features and smart technology that make them more akin to computers than TVs.

But not everyone wants this sort of sophistication. Many people simply want a TV that allows them to watch programmes and play Blu-ray discs without having to do a degree in quantum physics first. That's where the UE32D5000 comes in. This modestly sized LED TV lacks the above bells and whistles but comes in at a very affordable price, making it an ideal second set for the bedroom or kitchen.

It's an edge-lit LED effort from Samsung's midrange 5000 series, which also includes the 27-inch UE27D5000, 37-inch UE37D5000, 40-inch UE40D5000 and the 46-inch UE46D5000.

Design wise it looks a lot classier than its rock-bottom price tag would suggest. The thin black bezel is surrounded by a transparent plastic rim that's more fetching than it sounds, while the table stand also uses transparent plastic for the neck and around the flat base, completing a very sleek and modern look.

What's more, LED technology has allowed Samsung to squeeze the UE32D5000's depth down to a wafer-thin 30mm, which, aside from being a mind-boggling achievement, makes the UE32D5000 perfect for wall mounting. The fact that we were able to lift the TV in its box with one hand is testament to the space-saving efficiency of LED technology (and not to the Herculaneum strength of Techradar's reviewers).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5000
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption80 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand530.40 mm
Width with Stand762 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height462 mm
Width762 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourCharcoal Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE32D5000
Product NameUE32D5000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE32D5000PWXXU
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
  • UE32D5000 LED-LCD TV
  • Instructions
  • Power Cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)7.13 kg