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Samsung UE46ES6300 review

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

We're straight into some 3D, courtesy of the Samsung Explore 3D app's Machu Picchu 3D. After syncing quickly with the 3D specs, the Samsung UE46ES6300 renders the Peruvian 'sky village' wonderfully, with only the odd shimmer visible on the edges of swooping camera shots.

Contrast through the 3D specs appears wide, and we're briefly transported to another world where crosstalk is yet to be invented.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

Next up, a short of 3D Sun from Yabazam! 3D immediately impresses with a sequence of a solar wind rushing across a satellite - and not a trace of crosstalk.

The next shot, of a tent below sweeping aurora, is more troublesome; our eyes were unable to decipher exactly how the background and foreground related to each other.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

Perhaps that's the source material, because elsewhere the Samsung UE46ES6300 deals with 3D very, very well.

To get the full benefit of active shutter 3D, we engaged Prometheus - cue a fabulously rendered prologue of panoramic Isle of Skye landscapes. Arguably it's when the cameras get in close - to a waterfall, and rushing above a gushing river, that the Samsung UE46ES6300 can show off its 3D depth, detail and clarity to the fullest.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

That said, black areas of shots aren't as 3D as they could be, with shadow detail rolled-over by forced black. We've seen better contrast, and though colours appear somewhat muted, that's generally a positive for most movies.

Back in 2D, but still in Prometheus, we immediately noticed more problems with contrast. As well as black appearing less convincing and even more crushed, black levels and bold colours visibly fade if the Samsung UE46ES6300 is watched off-axis. Stray from the centre and grey begins to dominate.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

If you watch in a total blackout you will notice these details, as well as some blotchy light output from the Edge-mounted LEDs, though for most people, these issues won't be deal-breaker.

Colour is excellent (though steer clear of Movie Mode, which tends to remove too much lustre) and detail is high, though slightly affected by motion.

Samsung UE46ES6300 review

Motion Plus is an acquired taste, though it's not as powerful as on some TVs, and can be comfortably left on its Standard setting without creating much in the way of video nasties.

Standard definition is handled well, too, with a sheen of slight softness applied to everything. It's like a warm blanket to dodgy quality video, though it can't prevent a fizz around the edge of some moving, low-res objects.

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