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Samsung UE46C7000 review

A winning HD TV, but you'd better look elsewhere for 3D thrills

Our Verdict

For

  • Internet@TV content
  • Freeview HD
  • 2D picture quality (SD & HD)
  • Pause/record TV to USB feature

Against

  • Uncomfortable, unconvincing 3D
  • Uneven edge LED brightness
  • Gaudy design

Samsung's concentration on aesthetics and high-end features goes down very well in the mass market, but the 7 Series screen won't appeal to everyone. Design-wise, it's part stunning, part gaudy; a black frame with silver highlights is bookended by a mirrored strip along the bottom of the TV. There's also an unusual spider stand that's very reflective, though a screen this slim is surely destined for a wall.

A mere 26.5mm deep around the sides and only 29mm deep in the middle, the UE46C7000 – while not as slim as Samsung's 8mm-deep 9 Series – is impressively tiny.

An edge LED backlight helps create this slimness, but there's a lot more to the UE46C7000, including 3D, a Freeview HD tuner and Samsung's expanding Internet@TV service.

Elsewhere in the 7 Series are the 40-inch UE40C7000 and 55-inch UE55C7000. Also in the 7 Series are two plasmas, the 63-inch PS63C7000 and 50-inch PS50C7000, while slimmer sets lie higher-up Samsung's ranges.

In a move that sees all of its Series 7 and above screens fitted with virtually the same comprehensive feature set, slimness and finish appear to be the only differences.

The 8 Series measures 23mm in depth and comprises a 65-inch UE65C8000, 46-inch UE46C8000 and 40-inch UE40C8000, while the flagship, titanium-coloured 9 Series – which manage a startling 8mm – comprises the 46-inch UE55C9000 and 55-inch UE55C9000. Essentially, the UE46C7000 is a cheaper version of those, though it shows only in the outward design.

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 Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption170 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 Stand724.30 mm
Width with Stand1092.30 mm
Depth with Stand303 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
Height653.2 mm
Width1092.3 mm
Depth26.5 mm
ColourMystic Brown
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Auto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46C7000
Product NameUE46C7000 46" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46C7000WKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

There's only one way to experience 3D when you're not in a cinema and that's the Samsung 3D LED TV. It offers the ultimate immersive viewing experience by liberating content from the flat confines of the TV and turning it into explosive imagery. The effect is breathtaking-life enriching, ultra-real picture quality that rivals the cinema-imported into your own living room. Samsung innovation has even made it possible to convert your favourite 2D movies to 3D. Because a Samsung 3D LED TV demands your attention, no matter what's on.

Package Contents
  • UE46C7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Remote Controller
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Floor Stand
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)16.80 kg