Samsung UE32H5500 review
|Review: July 2014|
In a nutshell: The Samsung UE32H5500 is an outstanding 32 inch TV. Priced at the budget level, it delivers good picture quality, outstanding Smart TV and plenty of connectivity.
When looking for a 32 inch TV, a good place to start is always Samsung's Series 5 range, and this year's H5500 model is particularly attractive. It gives you pretty well everything you might want in a nice-looking package and at a keenly competitive price.
Design & looks
The H5500 doesn't look like a budget model. The ultra narrow 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.
Energy consumption is astonishingly low, at just 30W in normal use or a minuscule 18W in energy saving mode, giving it an A+ rating.
A standard remote control is included in the sales package.
Picture quality is fairly typical for a 32 inch TV - perhaps better than most. It's a full HD 1080p screen with LED backlighting and generates sharp, well-illuminated images with a good contrast ratio. Viewing angles are reasonably wide too.
Motion performance is good, 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 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.
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.
Perhaps surprisingly for such a cheap TV, there are no compromises when it comes to connectivity, which means that you can hook up just about anything. Not only does it come with built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection, but there are 3 HDMI ports (one with Audio Return Channel support), 2 USB connections and a host of legacy audiovisual connectors, including SCART, digital audio out, component and composite. There's also a built-in Freeview HD tuner.
Conclusion - a recommended bargain buy
The UE32H5500 makes cuts in just the right places to save you money without compromising significantly on quality. This is one of the best "added value" TVs we've reviewed in 2014. For a very reasonable price of less than £350 you'll get yourself a smart-looking 32 inch television with decent picture quality, outstanding Smart TV functionality and all the connectivity options you could want. It's one of the few compact TVs that truly deserves a 5 star rating.
Samsung UE32H5500 features include:
- 32 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 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: 30W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 721.4 x 428.5 x 64.9 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 721.4 x 465.1 x 163.4 mm
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Hi, What's the difference between the UE32H5500 as above and the UE32K5500 that I've also been looking at?
Asked by sheila
on 16th Nov 2016
Don't understand the different models.
Reply by S21
on 16th Nov 2016
They are broadly similar in terms of picture quality. The design is different, and the K series uses Samsung's new Smart TV operating system.
How can I remove the boxes that appear in the corner of the TV? Advice welcomed.
Asked by Anne Grady
on 11th Aug 2016
These boxes give name of TV, FullHD, wide color enhancer etc. The boxes move around each corner of the TV when switched on.
About BBC iPlayer?
Asked by Alan
on 14th Jun 2016
Some reviewers on other websites say they have problems connecting to BBC iPlayer even though it says that this TV is compatible. Also Jean - see below - comments on this, or is it that you need to use a different setting on the TV. Does anyone have any more information about this??
Samsung UE32H5500 user reviews
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Average rating from 4 reviews:
Reviewed by Antonio
on 30th May 2016
I have one Samsung UE32H500 but unfortunately the screen is broken so I need to buy other TV. I am looking for the Samsung UE32J5000 and for the 2016 model UE32K5500. I read the bad reviews about the UE32J500 and I wanted to know if this model is inferior to the UE32H500, I was pretty happy with my TV and I want to buy an equivalent mode. Can you please help? Thank you in advance. Best regards.
Reply by S21
on 31st May 2016
Hi Antonio, we reviewed the 32J5500 and found it to be very good for an entry-level television. You will find it very similar to the 32H5500. We haven't reviewed the 2016 models yet, but they have a very similar specification to the others.
Reviewed by David
on 30th Nov 2015
Outstanding value managed to buy on offer.Best buy.
Reviewed by Ken Walker
on 13th Aug 2015
Have had this set since January for the bedroom. The picture is great and the sound is very sufficient for that purpose. Works well on catch up TV. Can't think of any down side unless you want more features, like 3D, but at the price I am well satisfied.
Reviewed by Cede Arrows
on 26th Feb 2015
I love mysmart t
My only complaints are no live record/pause function & having to go into full tv mode when changing channels whilst in guide mode.