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Samsung UE40F5500 review

 Review: November 2013  

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung UE40F5500 is a good-looking 40 inch LED TV with Samsung's outstanding Smart TV system. However, picture quality isn't the best at this price, and we prefer rival models from Sony and Panasonic.



The Samsung UE40F5500 is the 40 inch version of the UE32F5500 that we reviewed previously, so read our detailed review of the Samsung UE32F5500 for more information.

The F5500 series is an attractive slimline TV with a narrow, glossy bezel and a swivelling quad stand. It's very energy efficient too, consuming just 57W in normal use and being A-rated.

A stand out feature is Samsung's excellent Smart TV system that is both user-friendly and more comprehensive than other manufacturers, with the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, ITV Player, the 4oD service from Channel 4, Demand 5 from Channel 5, LoveFilm, Skype and Twitter all included.

Audio quality is reasonable for a slimline TV and connectivity is excellent, with 3 HDMI connections and built-in Wi-Fi.

However, it's in the picture quality where this TV falls down, with the defects apparent in the 32 inch model being more noticeable on a 40 inch screen. In particular, the LED backlighting provides low dynamic contrast, with a loss of shadow detail, and the 100Hz Clear Motion Rate is too slow to avoid motion blur.

Conclusion - not the best 40 inch TV at this price

Although we liked the 32 inch version of the F5500 series, when we're spending nearly £200 more on a bigger screen, we demand more, and the UE40F5500 doesn't deliver. We'd instead recommend the excellent Panasonic TX-L42E6B or Sony KDL-42W653. Or, if you want to stick with Samsung, choose the superior Samsung UE40F6400, or, if you can afford it, the much better Samsung UE40F6500.


Samsung UE40F5500 features include:

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What TV base stand can I use on my Samsung TV model no UE40F5500?

Asked by Cyril from England on 14th Sep 2017
Can you use an alternative stand for this tv?

Why does my TV no longer have access to Channel 5 or Channel5 on demand?

Asked by Peter McDermott from Great britain on 9th Mar 2016
 How can I get it back?

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