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Samsung UE32EH5000 review

 Review: November 2012  
 

Last updated June 2013

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: This full HD TV offers excellent value for money, although it suffers from poor response times and a narrow viewing angle. It's also not a slim TV.



 

Design & looks

From the front, the UE32EH5000 looks good, with a narrow glossy black bezel and a convenient round stand. From the side, it's not so hot, as this is one of the thickest TVs currently on the market, measuring 93mm deep, despite its small screen size.

If this bothers you, you'll need to consider Samsung's ES series of ultraslim TVs, but if you care more about how your TV looks when it's switched on, you'll be pleased to know that the reason this TV is thicker than usual is because it uses a kind of backlighting known as full-array local dimming, which results in better picture quality.

Picture quality

LED backlighting makes the picture bright with plenty of colour saturation, although contrast ratios could be better.

The screen is a typical Samsung PVA LCD panel, with good blacks, but suffering from relatively poor viewing angles and poor response times. The narrow viewing angle means that you might notice washed-out colours if you're not sitting directly in front of the screen.

Slow response times, with a Clear Motion Rate of just 50, makes this TV a poor choice if you like to watch a lot of sport or play games on your TV.

Audio quality

The TV has twin speakers with a total of 20W power output. SRS TheatreSound helps to avoid annoying volume fluctuations and dynamically adjusts dialogue levels to ensure it can be clearly understood.

In practice, as with most flatscreen TVs, audio quality is uninspired, and movies in particular sound flat.

Connectivity

The connectivity options in this TV are limited. As it's not a smart TV, there's no Wi-Fi or ethernet connection. There are only 2 HDMI ports, which could be a problem if you plan to use this TV with satellite, a DVD player and a games console. But there is support for component input, composite input, digital audio out and a headphone, so all is not lost. There's also a useful USB connection.

Freeview HD is a useful feature that some more expensive TVs don't have.

Conclusion - outstanding value

The one standout feature of this TV is its price. It may not have a slim design, nor the best connectivity, nor the best picture quality, but it's quite possibly the best value 32 inch telly around, and for that reason, we recommend it as a second TV or if you're on a tight budget. You could certainly do a lot worse.


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