Samsung UE32H4500 review
|Review: November 2014|
In a nutshell: If you're searching for a top value 32-inch TV with Smart TV, then the Samsung UE32H4500 is probably the one.
Design & looks
The Series 4 TVs sit right at the very bottom of Samsung's huge product range, but the UE32H4500 is by no means an ugly duckling. Although it lacks the ultra narrow bezel featured on more expensive models, it's still a real looker, with its stylish and contemporary arch stand. It's relatively slim too, measuring just 59mm thick, thanks to the use of LED edge lighting. You could almost think of it as a designer look.
A standard remote control is included in the sales package.
Energy consumption is astonishingly low, at just 31W in normal use giving it an A+ rating.
The first thing we must point out is that this isn't a Full HD TV. It's just normal 720p HD, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. That may be an issue if you plan to watch a lot of 1080p source material - Blu-Ray or Xbox One/PS4. But for everyone else, it shouldn't be a problem. On a 32-inch TV screen it's very hard to tell the difference anyway.
Apart from that issue, the picture quality is fairly typical for a 32 inch TV. Although the screen has a response rate of just 100Hz, in practice there's little sign of judder or motion problems. Viewing angles are good and the screen is bright and fairly evenly illuminated.
It's not our top choice for picture quality, but it's very good for the price.
Audio quality is also good for a budget TV. The TV has stereo full-range downfiring speakers, delivering a maximum power output of 10W x 2, which is standard for a Samsung and better than many rival manufacturers.
Smart TV is rapidly becoming a must-have feature, and if you want the best, choose Samsung. Despite this being an entry-level model, it's fully equipped with a huge range of catch-up TV services via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, ITV Player, the 4oD service from Channel 4, and Demand 5 from Channel 5. As well as a 7-day electronic programme guide, the TV guide will recommend programmes based on your viewing history.
You'll also find staples like Netflix, Amazon/LoveFilm, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and others. The new Games Panel offers casual gaming access to categories including racing, sports, action and family games.
Social media are fully integrated into the Smart TV system, so you can keep up with your facebook and twitter feeds and watch your friends' videos.
The system uses a fast quadcore processor, previously seen only on high-end models. This makes a real difference to Smart TV operation, ensuring quick responses and eliminating frustrating lags.
Although it's a budget model, you'll still find all the connections you'll need. Top of the list are built-in Wi-Fi, and ethernet port and 3 HDMI connections. There are 2 USBs, a headphone jack, a range of sockets for connecting to older AV devices, and even support for screen mirroring with compatible devices.
There's also a built-in Freeview HD tuner.
Conclusion - a recommended bargain buy
The Samsung UE324500 is a star buy for anyone on a very tight budget. There are compromises, but the cuts have been made in the right places, giving you all the essentials for a modern TV. The main difference between this model and the more expensive UE32H5500 is the lack of full HD, and this is why we've given this TV a 4-star rating. But you can't argue with the price, and in our opinion this TV offers exceptionally good value.
Samsung UE32H4500 features include:
- 32 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1366 x 768 resolution
- Wide Colour Enhancer (Plus)
- 100 Clear Motion Rate
- HyperReal Engine
- Film Mode
- Game Mode
- Football Mode
- Smart TV
- Quad Core Processor
- Freeview HD
- Audio: Dolby MS10, DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, 10W x 2 sound output (RMS), 2 down firing full range speakers
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 3, USB x 2, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) x 1, composite in (AV) x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, Scart x 1, RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input) x 1, Anynet+, CI+ (1.3) slot
- M1250A remote control
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Typical power consumption: 31W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 750.9 x 456.6 x 59.3 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 750.9 x 476.9 x 207.8 mm
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How do i fit up external speakers?
Asked by a richardson
on 2nd Nov 2016
Remote stopped working.
Asked by Jamie
on 27th Sep 2016
On setting the tv up the remote worked ok then when I tried to look at the other functions it stopped working altogether.
Does it have utube on its catch-up services?
Asked by martin
on 13th Aug 2016
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by Ronan B
on 31st Jan 2016
For the price an excellent performer with pretty much all of the features you'd get on higher cost products. As with most Widescreen LED TV, sound quality while better than some is poor so you will require a sound-bar to maximise your viewing experience.
Plenty of connectivity options for all your toys with WiFi built in also, and very easy to set up, with generally quite intuitive menu's.
Reviewed by brian mahon
on 12th Jan 2016
great product. but no phono to phono.
Reviewed by Pat
on 1st Aug 2015
Is a great TV and so easy to use.
Just make sure it is close enough to the seating if you are 50+ and the eye sight is starting to go!!
But of a hum out of the speakers on mute if you have it above 40 on the volume.
Otherwise highly recommended and very happy with it.