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Samsung UE32H5000 review

 Review: July 2014  

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung UE32H5500 is a good basic 32 inch TV. Priced at the entry level, it delivers good picture quality, but cuts back on Smart TV functionality and connectivity.



Samsung's Series 5 range provides you all the basics at a good price and with plenty of style. The UE32H5000 model is very similar to the UE32H5500 we reviewed in detail, but without the Smart TV component.

Design & looks

As with the H5500, the H5000 has looks that don't betray it's low price. The ultra narrow 9mm bezel around the screen gives it a contemporary, airy feel and the rectangular base is both smart and practical. The discreet Samsung logo below the screen adds a designer feel to the overall look.

This is a good choice for energy-conscious users too, as it's A+rated for efficiency and uses just 30W of power in normal use.

A standard remote control is included in the sales package.

Picture quality

The Series 5 TVs offer full HD resolution - that's 1920 x 1080 pixels, giving them an advantage over some other budget TVs, such as those from Panasonic. The screen is well illuminated and is capable of generating good dynamic range and quite vibrant pictures.

Samsung's motion interpolation algorithms are improved for 2014, so even though the screen is rated at just 100Hz, in practice there's little sign of judder or motion problems.

For a budget TV, this performs at least as well as most rivals. 

Audio quality

Audio quality is also good for a compact TV. The TV is equipped with twin full-range downfiring speakers, delivering a maximum power output of 10W x 2. If you want to improve audio quality, we'd recommend pairing the TV with some kind of external sound system - a soundbar, subwoofer or hifi system.


Samsung has cut the range of connectivity options on this TV to an absolute minimum, with just 2 HDMI connectors and a single USB, plus legacy AV connections for hooking up to older DVD players, etc - SCART, digital audio out, component and composite. There's also a built-in Freeview HD tuner. 

There's no Smart TV and so there's no need for an internet connection. 

Conclusion - a good basic TV

With a TV this cheap, something has to be cut, and the H5000 eliminates Smart TV and a lot of connectivity options that are present on more expensive models. Good picture quality is preserved, and the audio quality isn't bad either, so as a means of simply watching TV and perhaps hooking up a DVD player or games console, this is a very cost-effective option.

The Samsung UE32H5500 adds Smart TV and more connectivity options for little additional cost.

Samsung UE32H5000 features include:

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Can I connect to internet for freeview Play access from my UE32H5000?

Asked by peter killow from england on 20th Jun 2016
The manual refers to using the USB port for a WIFI connection - will that work on this model?

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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 30th Nov 2014
Great TV, got for 115 and does a great job for a basic TV. Who needs a smart TV when there are so many other appliances we all have already. I have a PS4, this does everything a smart TV does and more in a better way. It's well built, and great quality with a strong picture. What more could you want from a TV, It has two HDMI ports which is more than enough for me, all I use it for is the PS4 which does everything a SMART Tv does anyway, then I can also use it for watching SD and HD tv If i want.

Overall it is a great TV as it is top of the range picture, quality, build, response times, HD. But you dont get any SMART functions, curved, 3d and limited connections people say. But for me I only need 1 hdmi anyway so I get top of the range picture; for a very good price as all of the expensive smart stuff that any appliance will do these days is gone.

This is a great simple TV without the extra expensive stuff which at the end of the day is the stuff that really bumps the price. I dont have any of that, so same basic tv quality as top of range but far less .

Gaming is great by the way, ps4 works perfectly, amazing response time and very very very little motion blur only in really intense scenes with lots of very fast moving objects


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