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Samsung UE40C8000 review

Samsung's gorgeous 40-inch skinny screen is an edge-lit LED delight

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Improved internet TV offering
  • Gorgeous styling and ultra-black screen
  • Classy remote control
  • Easy to record to USB devices

Against

  • Expensive
  • Dark areas lack detail
  • Cross-talk issues with 3D
  • Occasionally tortuous menu system
  • Some internet video services ineffective

This elegant edge LED-lit UE40C8000 is Samsung's skinniest TV ever. But its 24mm profile is just one of its many attributes, with 3D capability, DLNA networking, USB recording and internet TV among the auxiliary features that complement those jaw-dropping looks.

With its transparent-edged, brushed titanium bezel and ultra-black screen there's no doubting the 40C8000's place in pole position on Samsung's 40-inch TV grid, just ahead of the marginally fatter, brown-framed 40C7000.

Both sets have the polished X-shaped Quad stand but the 40C7000 doesn't come with the gorgeous backlit brushed metal remote control, nor can it record TV to an external hard disk or flash drive.

This is also Samsung's most expensive 40-inch model. If you want to witness the joys of Samsung's flagship C9000 series you need to scale up your size ambitions to at least 46-inch while tripling the amount of hard earned cash it will cost you in the process.

But where the C9000 series is an exercise in elevating Samsung's name to wannabe-aristocratic brand status, the UE40C8000's relatively affordable price tag keeps it within reach of ordinary people.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption250 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand647.10 mm
Width with Stand956 mm
Depth with Stand267 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height588.4 mm
Width956 mm
Depth23.9 mm
ColourTitanium
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40C8000
Product NameUE40C8000 40" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40C8000XKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Finally there's a television that delivers a picture so stunning that it looks- and feels C more real than reality. Its the Samsung LED C8000. With its explosive 3D capabilities and immersive HyperReal Engine, it delivers the world as you've never seen it before. Its LED screen amplifies images to such an extent that its hard to believe there coming out of an ultra-slim TV. Richer colours, smoother motion and mega contrast levels combine to make an unparalleled viewing experience. So whether you're watching your favorite television programs, web content or a video you shot yourself, it was designed to blow your mind.

Package Contents
  • UE40C8000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Floor Stand
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)12.80 kg