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Samsung UE40ES7000 review

Control is everything in the star of Samsung's latest wave of Edge LED TVs

Thoroughly modern, versatile and capable with all sources, we do like this 40-inch Samsung TV. the Samsung UE40ES7000 upscales as well as its draws out HD detail, and its smartness extends to its slim looks as much as it does to its slick Smart Hub of apps.

3D – complete with two pairs of 3D glasses – is a nice, well-rendered bonus, though this is an expensive, high-end option.

We liked

The Samsung UE40ES7000's built-in camera, backlit remote, iPhone app, Smart Touch remote and voice control all impress. A clean, contrasty and nicely upscaled standard definition image impresses, as does the Freeview HD EPG, Blu-ray detail and 3D trickery – the latter complete with lightweight specs. It's also great to see Freesat HD as an extra feature.

We disliked

Pricey, but versatile, Samsung's Smart Hub can feel cluttered, while gesture control seems a gimmick. Game mode features some lag and is disappointing, as are most of the picture presets, while Motion Plus requires some care. There are a few inconsistencies in the on-screen menus that make some of the picture options hard to locate, while bright areas of 3D images do appear to cause a lot of flicker.

Final verdict

One of Samsung's best-looking TVs both inside and out, the Samsung UE40ES7000's Freesat & Freeview HD tuners grace a versatile and innovation-packed effort.

Voice control impresses, as does a Smart Touch remote and clever smartphone app. The Smart Hub can feel busy, but there's plenty on this high-end TV to wow – not least its contrast-rich, detailed pictures, solid upscaling and immersive 3D images.

Also consider

If you're after a 40-inch Edge LED TV, your choices are myriad. A somewhat cheaper, though fairly polished attempt comes from the Sony KDL-40HX753, which lacks any of the 'smart interaction' choices offered by Samsung.

Voice and gesture control are not yet common in the TV market, but LG is trying its best, and the Magic Remote found on televisions such as the LG 42LM760T from its 760T Series work wonders – particularly for browsing the web.

Meanwhile, Panasonic's WT50 Series of Edge LED TVs experiment with a touchpad remote and a wonderful smartphone remote app within an incredibly impressive all-round performance.

Those after a 40-inch Edge LED telly with a far more basic, down-to-earth spec should investigate Toshiba's 40BL702B.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyES7000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption88 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand611.20 mm
Width with Stand914.40 mm
Depth with Stand241.30 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year128 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height545.7 mm
Width914.4 mm
Depth29.7 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound, DTS
Product SeriesES7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesFace Recognition Camera, Picture in Picture, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Auto Program, Web Browser, Sound Leveler
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE40ES7000U
Product Name40" ES7000 Series 7 Smart Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40ES7000UXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Discover the future of home entertainment with the Samsung ES7000 Slim LED TV. Advanced human interaction technology makes it easier to control, and you can access a wide range of Smart Hub content, 3D entertainment and apps as well as web browsing and more. You can even keep your TV up to date with Smart Evolution, which allows easy installation of a kit that brings hardware, firmware and interface up to the cutting edge.

Package Contents
  • 40" ES7000 Series 7 Smart Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • Smart Touch Control
  • Remote Controller
  • IR Blaster
  • Batteries
  • 1 x Scart Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg