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Samsung UE46ES6300 review

This Edge LED TV has bitten off more than it can chew

Our Verdict

For

  • Freesat HD and Freeview HD
  • ITV Player app
  • 3D & 2D Blu-ray
  • Smooth motion

Against

  • Underpowered Smart Hub
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Apps needs customising
  • Average contrast

Lusting after flatscreen TVs is nothing new, but Edge LED TVs such as the Samsung 9000 Series, the Philips 9000 Series and Sony's HX853 Series, and the luscious Panasonic VT50 Series of plasmas, are beyond the reach of most of us. However, if you're after smart TV with Full HD resolution and 3D compatibility, you could do worse than take a step or two down the ladder of Samsung's Edge LED TVs until you arrive at the Samsung UE46ES6300.

A 46-inch Edge LED TV, the Samsung UE46ES6300's slim bezel of merely 12mm (0.5 inches) squeezes in both Freesat HD and Freeview HD TV tuners. Smart TV is delivered via Wi-Fi and includes apps exclusive to Samsung, the star of which is the ITV Player.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

Design-wise, the Samsung UE46ES6300 features a clear plastic rim that adds another 8mm (0.3 inches) or so to the width of that bezel, although that transparent edge increases to just over a centimetre on the undercarriage, with a panel depth of 46.9mm (1.8 inches) par for the course at this price.

There are other hints that the UE46ES6300 is not Samsung's poshest effort, priced as it is at £1,149.99 (around AU$1,778/US$1,844). Its 200Hz Clear Motion Rate puts it a rung below the Samsung ES6800 Series, and there's no sign of a touchpanel remote or any voice/gesture controls, either, though we didn't expect any of that on a TV of that price.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

We're just happy that two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses are supplied, even more so because they're the SSG-4100GB model, Samsung's own watch battery-powered specs that come flat-packed. Each slender - and suspiciously snap-able - arm has to be slotted into the lens surround, though we're hardly in Airfix territory.

They weigh an astonishing 107g (236lbs) and claim to work for 150 hours (though rechargeable models are also available that run for two hours on just a minute's charging in one of the Samsung UE46ES6300's USB slots).

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

Built around Samsung's X10+ chassis, the Samsung UE46ES6300 is not a dual core TV, and nor is there any of the micro dimming tech that we've appreciated on Samsung's higher-end TVs.

What the Samsung UE46ES6300 does have is SoundShare, which uses its Bluetooth 3.0. skills to wirelessly link up to a Samsung-made sound dock, such as the DA-750, which we were supplied with for this review.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

It's a neat, though expensive (at around £550) way of increasing the audio prowess of flatscreen TVs, which regularly disappoint.

Also available

Samsung's 6300 Series is about as extensive as it gets in the flat TV market. First up in the range is the 32-inch UE32ES6300 and the 37-inch UE37ES6300, which go for £649.99 and £799.99 respectively, though neither of these small screen sets are 3D-ready.

Only at the 40-inch size do we get 3D glasses (two of them) - the 40-inch UE40ES6300 sells for £879.99, while up the pecking order from our review sample are the 50-inch UE50ES6300 (£1,299), 55-inch UE55ES6300 (£1,599.99) and the mammoth 60-inch UE60ES6300 (£2,499.99).

However, it's worth checking out the latest prices; although it has a list price of £1,150, we found the Samsung UE46ES6300 online for a paltry £849, which is about right in our judgement.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product Family6300
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption69 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand700.80 mm
Width with Stand1062.20 mm
Depth with Stand276.60 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year101 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 200
Height629.8 mm
Width1062.2 mm
Depth46.9 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series6300
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSound Leveler, Auto Power Off, Sleep Timer, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46ES6300U
Product Name46" ES6300 Series 6 SMART 3D Full HD Slim LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46ES6300UXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bring home the right TV for your family. The Samsung 40" ES6300 Smart 3D Full HD TV delivers high-definition viewing and a more realistic home entertainment experience. Smart Hub gives you access to a range of great online content and services and you can also enjoy your movies, music and photos on USB storage. All your entertainment is delivered with vibrant colour and enhanced detail, thanks to Wide Colour Enhancer Plus. You can even experience stunning 3D entertainment, too.

Package Contents
  • 46" ES6300 Series 6 SMART 3D Full HD Slim LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Battery
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.90 kg