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Samsung UE32EH5000 review

Basically brilliant pictures

The Samsung 32EH5000's main attraction isn't a complicated one: it's all about the price, plain and simple. There will doubtless be gazillions of TV buyers who simply see the Samsung badge on a 32-inch TV selling for £270 (around US$406/AU$398) and know without further investigation that this must be the TV for them.

The Samsung 32EH5000's price does come with feature strings attached, though. It's not 3D ready, it doesn't have any online streaming features, and it can't even 'chat' to a networked DLNA PC.

It does, though, support multimedia playback from USB devices, and provides a startling amount of picture tweaks for a budget TV.

What really matters, though, is that its pictures are vastly superior to anything we've previously seen from a 32-inch TV at anything like the Samsung 32EH5000's £270 current selling price.

So if you happen to value picture quality ahead of all else - which research suggests most of you still do - then the Samsung 32EH5000 represents just about the best £270 you'll ever spend.

We liked

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We'd have liked the Samsung 32EH5000's incredibly cheap price even if the TV wasn't actually very good. But in fact its picture quality is ridiculously accomplished for this level of the market. The set looks nice for a budget model too, and delivers a solid degree of multimedia playback via USB.

We disliked

The set doesn't support online streaming or PC connection, and its sound is fairly average and thus comes a bit of a cropper with action scenes. Standard definition pictures, meanwhile, lose a little colour accuracy vs HD ones, but none of these problems are game-breakers on such an exceptionally cheap TV.

Final verdict

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It's hard to understand how Samsung can sell the UE32EH5000 for so little. From the outside the only hint that it's a cheap set comes from its startlingly chunky rear end; from the front it looks a match for many mid-range sets.

The realisation that the TV doesn't support online features or streaming from a DLNA PC is a slight disappointment, perhaps, but you only have to watch the TV for a few minutes to realise that Samsung has deliberately sacrificed such features in order to give you the best 32-inch picture quality you can buy.

Also consider

Toshiba's 32RL958 is a decent alternative, offering surprisingly contrast-rich picture quality alongside a few online apps and streaming services while only costing around £60 more than the Samsung 32EH5000. Its picture quality isn't quite as good in all areas as that of the Samsung, though.

Another option would be the Tesco-exclusive Technika 32-270, we guess. But this isn't up there with the Samsung in design or picture quality terms, yet still costs slightly more. So it's hard to see why anyone would seriously be tempted by it unless they just wanted to be able to buy a TV as part of their weekly Tesco shop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family5000
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetNo
Wireless LANNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)6.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption39 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedNo
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand498.20 mm
Width with Stand738.30 mm
Depth with Stand191.70 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)No
Number of USB Ports1
3D ConversionNo
Energy Consumption per Year57 kWh
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 50
Height444.9 mm
Width738.3 mm
Depth93.2 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series5000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Power Off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE32EH5000K
Product Name32" EH5000 Series 5 Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE32EH5000KXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bring home a TV with a better picture, better connectivity and better protection. The Samsung EH5000 Series 5 LED TV delivers spectacular Full HD viewing and HDMI connectivity, so you can enjoy all your favourite entertainment in ultra-realistic high definition. You can also connect to USB storage to access movies, music and photos. Thanks to Wide Colour Enhancer Plus, which boosts picture quality with an advanced algorithm, you'll see more vivid and detailed images than ever. Even environmental conditions won't spoil your enjoyment, thanks to protection from lightning, power surges and humidity.

Package Contents
  • 32" EH5000 Series 5 Full HD LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.70 kg