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Samsung UE32D5000 review

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

Samsung ue32d5000

Sound

The UE32D5000's impossibly slim dimensions make you wonder how it manages to make a sound at all, but it does – and then some. The built-in 20W speakers produce an undeniably thin, boxed-in sound but it can go surprisingly loud, and does so without fatiguing the ears. It doesn't really get to the heart of movies, but it does a fine job with Freeview programmes that rely heavily on speech.

If you're not happy with the audio out of the box you can greatly improve its dynamism by having a play with the various sound modes on board, which include Music, Movie, Clear Voice and Amplify presets, as well as SRS TruSurround HD, SRS TruDialog and even an equaliser that lets you alter specific frequencies.

Value

The UE32D5000 may not be packed with smart features like Samsung's premium sets, but the surprisingly high quality of its pictures, coupled with some enticing tricks like DLNA networking and USB media playback, still make the UE32D5000 feel like exceptionally good value for around £400.

Its greatest crime however, is a lack of a Freeview HD tuner. With that, we could have had an even bigger bargain on our hands.

Ease of use

Your first port of call for most functions is the main menu, confusingly labelled as 'Hub' and 'Smart' on the relevant remote button. This is a snazzy, user-friendly screen, boasting gorgeous full colour icon graphics that dance around when highlighted alongside legible lists that float above them.

It's broken down into Watch TV (which is where you'll find the Freeview-related stuff like the EPG and Channel List), Source (input selection), and My Downloads (where you can access Videos, Photos or music from connected devices). This menu responds quickly to remote commands, keeping frustration at bay.

Hit the separate Menu key on the remote and up pops the setup screen. This is the classic Samsung setup menu, using a row of animated icons down the side and a list on the left that changes when you move from icon to icon, and what's also pleasing is that you get a brief explanation at the bottom of the screen when you highlight any option.

This covers all your key settings – super-simple network setup, sound and channel tuning – plus the Picture menu offers a surprisingly detailed list of adjustments besides the usual stuff like backlight, contrast, brightness, colour and so forth.

There's a group of noise reduction modes and colour tone settings, plus adjustments for Flesh Tone, White Balance, Colour Space, Gamma, Shadow Detail, Dynamic Contrast, Black Tone and LED Motion Plus. It's great to see that you don't have to compromise on picture flexibility just because you're on a tight budget.

Elsewhere, the Freeview EPG is a decent effort, managing to squeeze in all of the relevant info (including a live TV box) without seeming overly cluttered. The programme grid shows six channels at a time and you can make out the names of most programmes, plus the synopsis is always on show at the top of the screen, removing the need for another unnecessary button press.

Colour-coded options along the bottom let you skip days easily. The onscreen programme banner is equally impressive, going into a pleasing amount of detail and allowing you to look ahead in the schedules on any channel.

We also had little trouble using the DLNA functionality, once the set found the content stored on our laptop. The menus are laid out with an eye for simplicity and logic, using large letters and thumbnails. The only downer is the few seconds' delay when moving between each menu screen. We also streamed music to the UE32D5000 using Windows Play To, and it worked a treat. The only sign of insubordination was its refusal to play an AVCHD file over the network.

Another handy feature is the E-Manual, which adds to the general sense of user-friendliness. It explains all of the key features in detail, and will be a godsend for people whose homes are like a Bermuda Triangle for paper manuals.

Finally, a word about the remote. It is a breeze to operate aside from the misleading main menu button. What we like most is the size and feel of the buttons, which are big, chunky and rubbery – just like Panasonic's excellent zappers, which are clearly the inspiration for this design.

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