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Samsung UE40C7000 review

Samsung's first 3D TV under the microscope

Our Verdict

For

  • First UK 3D TV
  • Networking is great
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • Good pictures

Against

  • Too small for 3D
  • Fiddly connections
  • 3D adds price premium

So, the UK's first 3D TV is here, in the shape of the 40-inch Samsung 40C7000 LCD.

There's been so much hype about 3D in the home, that an enormous amount depends on the impression this first set makes; if people don't take to 3D at once, the feature may never take off.

Cleverly, Samsung has come up with a TV so stunning that 3D is only one of its attractions.

3D is well established in cinemas; the success of recent 3D productions such as Monsters Vs Aliens has been enough to convince theatre managers that it's worth investing in the necessary projection and viewing hardware.

There's a fun element in putting on the specs and ooh-ing and aah-ing at the more outrageous 3D effects which seems to add to the cinematic experience.

But will 3D technology translate well into the home? There are all sorts of problems to overcome; the cost of the glasses, the availability of 3D material, the choice of different technologies and the question of viewer comfort, for starters.

Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

One way the Samsung 40C7000 overcomes the problem of availability of 3D material is that it features a 2D-3D conversion function which will add depth to any flat image.

Of course, it doesn't work as well as with genuine 3D-mastered material; the only way to get the full effect is from a 3D-enabled Blu-ray player. Fortunately Samsung also supplied one of those for our tests; a BD-C6900, which should hit the shops slightly before the TV.

Of course, the other source for 3D material will be broadcast, and the broadcaster making the biggest noise about 3D at the moment is Sky.

Samsung 40c7000 3d tv

Emphasising sports material in its 3D offering, Sky is learning difficult lessons about how to shoot and edit in 3D; in its trial broadcasts of football matches, it has had to arrange for two completely separate shooting and commentary teams, one 2D, the other 3D.

This may become an established practice, as 3D tends to work best with wide shots and slow cuts, and doesn't suit the frenetic cutting style of standard sports broadcasts.

But as we've said, there's more to this Samsung than 3D, so let's canter through the features.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption90 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand648.40 mm
Width with Stand957.40 mm
Depth with Stand267.70 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Multimedia Home PlatformYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height578.7 mm
Width957.4 mm
Depth26.5 mm
ColourMystic Brown
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40C7000
Product NameUE40C7000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung 7000 is ready to blow your mind. The 3D experience, which is reinventing the world of entertainment, is enhanced by amazing extras such as Internet TV (with access to LoveFilm, iPlayer, Facebook and Twitter), AllShare wireless content viewing, and a screen less than 3cm thick. Experience the future in home entertainment.

Package Contents
  • UE40C7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)13.20 kg