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Samsung UE40D7000 review

Samsung's step-down D7000 series doesn't cut corners on the spec at all

Our Verdict

For

  • Gorgeous, space-saving design
  • Good 3D and excellent 2D picture quality

Against

  • Slight crosstalk noise with bright 3D footage

With design currently riding high on the list of reasons people choose a particular TV, it's no surprise that Samsung's 2011 range of TVs appear to be selling so well again this year. For they consistently benefit from a combination of aesthetic flare and excellent build quality that no other brand can currently match.

Even by Samsung's routinely high design standards, though, the UED7000 series looks exceptional, thanks mostly to the fact that its bezel is so small you actually forget it's there. It's only a cm or so across, which is remarkable enough in itself, but it's 'invisibility' is underlined by the fact that its constructed from a see-through plastic.

Add this bezel to a rear that's less than 24mm deep, and you really do have the nearest thing yet to a 'floating screen'.

The technology making this design possible is edge LED lighting, while other key specifications of the screen include a full HD resolution, Samsung's '800 Clear Motion Rate' processing, and a truly comprehensive suite of multimedia tools that include the fullest expression of Samsung's Smart TV online system.

As one of Samsung's higher-end TVs, it's also no surprise to find the £1250 UE40D7000 carrying active 3D playback, with a single pair of active shutter glasses included for free.

Alongside the UE40D7000 in Samsung's range are the 46-inch UE46D7000, and 55-inch UE55D7000. There is actually one range of Samsung TVs above the D7000 series: the D8000 series. These are identical in specification to the D7000 models, though; their only point of difference is that they slip a bit of shiny, silver metal into the bezel design and charge you more for the privilege.

One step down Samsung's LCD range, meanwhile, is the D65 series, which use a slightly more straightforward design and a less powerful video processor which 'only' delivers 400CMR.

If you fancy a top-end Samsung 3D plasma TV instead, you're looking at the D8000 plasma range - though please note that while still very attractive, the D8000 plasmas don't carry the ultra-slim bezels of the LED models.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
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
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption160 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 Stand603.60 mm
Width with Stand916 mm
Depth with Stand241.30 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height531.8 mm
Width916 mm
Depth29.7 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40D7000
Product NameUE40D7000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40D7000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung LED Series 7000 Smart TV is all about a transformative, immersive experience delivered with style and intelligence. The integrated and innovative Smart Hub, which allows you to interact with your TV, ensures everything from surfing the internet on your TV to flicking through pics and home movies is effortless and loads more fun. Whether you're watching a movie or listening to music, you will instantly notice the superior 3D Experience, which is ready to re-invent your world of entertainment. And with a sophisticated design to match, which puts you right in the middle of the action, and supreme connectivity for seamless streaming - you have a very stylish and intelligent TV to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • UE40D7000 LED-LCD TV
  • 3D Active Glasses
  • Floor Stand
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • E-Manual
  • User Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10.10 kg