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Samsung UE46ES8000 review

Samsung's new flagship 46-inch TV pretty much rocks

Our Verdict

For

  • Irresistible design
  • Outstanding 2D
  • Very good 3D
  • Leading online system

Against

  • Poor picture presets
  • Gesture control can frustrate
  • Backlight bleed with 3D
  • Average audio

If Samsung is going to retain its current position as the world's number one TV brand, it needs to set the bar high with flagship products such as the new UE46ES8000. Especially now that recently reviewed LG televisions such as the 55LM660T and 47LM670T have proved that the other Korean brand is putting up its most impressive challenge yet to Samsung's dominance.

Just as well, then, that the Samsung UE46ES8000 - called the UN46ES8000F in the US - does indeed look like it's got all the flagship TV angles covered.

For starters, it's got dazzling looks, thanks to its ultra-thin silver bezel. It's impressively connected too, and best of all it has more features than many people will probably need in their lifetime.

Heading these up are the Samsung UE46ES8000's 3D and smart TV capabilities. The 3D playback is an active rather than passive 3D system (well, you didn't really expect Samsung to adopt LG's passive technology any time soon, right?), but the smart TV services have undergone a significant revamp, as we'll see in a minute.

The Samsung UE46ES8000 is also well-stocked with picture adjustments, and is very multimedia savvy indeed, playing back most of the key file formats via either USB cards or a networked PC.

The last highlight attraction of the Samsung UE46ES8000 is its trio of alternative control solutions, based around gestures, voice recognition and a touchpad remote.

Joining the UE46ES8000 in Samsung's flagship range is the 55-inch UE55ES8000 and the 40-inch UE40ES8000. One step down in the range is the ES7000 series, which uses a black bezel colour, shifts to a 'cross' stand design from the ES8000's distinctive 'arch flow' stand design, and doesn't boast the same level of processing power that the ES8000 TVs do.

We've got an ES7000 model coming our way very soon, but for now, let's see if the Samsung UE46ES8000 lives up to its on-paper appeal.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption81 W
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand653.70 mm
Width with Stand1038.70 mm
Depth with Stand210 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year119 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height614.7 mm
Width1038.7 mm
Depth30.8 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Auto Program, Web Browser, Face Recognition Camera
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46ES8000U
Product Name46" ES8000 Series 8 Smart Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46ES8000UXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Intuitive interaction with voice and motion control
New sophisticated Smart Interaction technology enables you to operate your TV without pushing a button. You can easily control functions such as turning on / off your TV, changing channels, accessing apps and navigating the web using simple voice commands and motions. Built-in camera with face recognition technology lets you log on to Smart Hub and your personal accounts with no need to type your ID or password. Experience a whole new way to interact with your TV.

Package Contents
  • 46" ES8000 Series 8 Smart Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • Smart Touch Control
  • Remote Controller
  • IR Blaster
  • Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)12 kg