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Samsung UE46F7000 review

Not the official flagship TV, but arguably better value

If you're choosing between the Samsung UE46F7000 and the pricier Samsung UE46F8000, know that the former is different in three key areas; it has a better, more practical desktop stand, but it does have weaker speakers and a less advanced panel that won't suit those wanting to watch frequently in a total blackout.

Whether any of those differences apply to you, however, is a different matter. Either way, there's no doubting that the Samsung UE46F7000 is a star performer and a key screen for 2013.

We liked

The quad-core processor is a revelation, and the redesign of Smart Hub - as well as a host of slinky transitions, icons and live TV thumbnails - is as impressive as the all-round picture quality that extends to awesome 3D.

However, most of our love for the Samsung UE46F7000 is split between the stunning design (which stays the right side of practical) and a great touchpad remote that's easy to use and so, so much nicer to own than the horrible black plastic remotes we're all used to.

We disliked

The built-in audio on the Samsung UE46F7000 is pretty poor, which gives you a major reason to consider upgrading to the Samsung UE46F8000 if you're after a true all-in-one experience. After all, what's the point in saving £300 (around AU$450 / US$463) if you then need to go out and spend at least that amount on a sound bar or home cinema?

Aside from a couple of niggles about USB slots being too high up on the TV's side, that problem with LED light leakage and the difference in second screen apps, what's most annoying about the Samsung UE46F7000 is its ineffective, unstable and slow voice and gesture control options.

Final verdict

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For anyone after a high-end TV, we'd wager that the Samsung UE46F7000 will suit more people than the Samsung UE46F8000.

It's clearly got a lesser panel inside, with some LED light leakage, and a tighter viewing angle. These are both obvious, especially when watched in a blackout. However, how many people actually want to watch in darkness?

Bright, detailed and with excellent black levels, the Samsung UE46F7000 (after some tweaking to some overly rosy presets) presents a versatile and thoroughly impressive picture that extends to 3D, too.

And the Samsung UE46F7000 is also a joy to use, which is mostly down to Smart Hub, a new touchpad remote and that quad-core processor, though iOS users will be disappointed with only 'clone' viewing of TV channels on an iPad.

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At the time of writing we'd not reviewed all of the major new TVs from the big brands, but the Samsung UE46F7000 should certainly be compared to smart TVs from Panasonic, Sony, LG, Toshiba and Philips.

Edge LED-lit sets such as the Panasonic TX-L46DT65, Sony W900A Series, LG LA8600 Series, Toshiba 46TL968B should all come under consideration.

It's also worth trying a direct comparison with one of Samsung's plasma TVs, such as the Samsung PS51E490 or the 50-inch Panasonic TX-P50VT65 plasma.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family7000
3D Type3D
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)15.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption71 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
VGANo
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand650.70 mm
Width with Stand1037 mm
Depth with Stand257 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 Year104 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Height622.3 mm
Width1037 mm
Depth34.4 mm
ColourSilver
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series7000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto Power Off, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Picture on Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE46F7000ST
Product Name46" F7000 Series 7 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46F7000STXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationYou've never experienced TV like this before. Thanks to S Recommendation, the Samsung F7000 LED TV Series 7 gives you tailored recommendations based upon your viewing taste. You can explore a wide range of online content and services thanks to Smart Hub. And, with Smart Interaction, you can easily control your Smart TV with simple voice commands and gestures. Samsung's revolutionary Smart Evolution even allows you to renew the F7000 every year by installing a new Smart Evolution Kit.
Package Contents
  • 46" F7000 Series 7 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • IR Extender Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
  • Batteries
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.40 kg