Samsung UE40F6740 review
|Review: May 2013|
Last updated November 2013
In a nutshell: The 40 inch F6740 LED TV is attractively styled and offers outstanding Smart TV plus good picture quality, including 3D. Recent price falls enhance its appeal.
Samsung have always released a lot of different 40-inch TV models, but this year they've gone completely bonkers. Finding your way through the maze isn't easy, even for a professional reviewer, but the F6740 model seems to slot in immediately below the F7000, giving you nearly everything that the more expensive model offers, but at a more realistic price.
Design & looks
The F6740 looks similar to the F7000, with a slim design, a narrow bezel around the screen and the advantage of a swivel stand. It misses out on the pop-up camera and has a slightly less premium feel about it, but it's still a very nice-looking TV.
The F7640 benefits from a high quality PVA LCD panel which is capable of producing super bright colours with plenty of contrast. The 600 Clear Motion Rate isn't quite as fast as the Series 7 TV, but it's still fast for an LCD screen. Little motion blur is visible in normal TV viewing, but occasional blurring may be noticeable when watching sport or action films, and gamers may notice a little lag.
As this is an edgelit LED TV with local dimming, the overall picture quality comes close to that of the Series 7 model.
Viewing angles can also be a little tight, but this is noticeable only if you move several feet to the left or right of centre. In this case, a little fading of colours can be observed.
The TV uses active 3D and two pairs of 3D glasses are included in the sales package. 3D performance is excellent, although some occasional crosstalk and flicker may be evident when watching certain films.
Audio quality is typical for a slimline TV, that's to say it's good enough for watching regular TV, but you'll notice a lack of depth and bass when watching any kind of action movie. Lack of punch in the speakers means that mid-range frequencies are reproduced well enough (e.g. for dialogue), but bass in particular is weak.
For best results, as always, a separate soundbar or full 5.1 speaker system will noticeably improve audio quality.
The 2013 range of Samsung TVs certainly takes Smart TV to the next level.
The presentation is particularly user-friendly, and the functionality has also been ramped up. First of all, the range of apps available through Samsung Apps has been updated to include catch-up TV via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, ITV Player, the 4oD service from Channel 4, and Demand 5 from Channel 5. You'll also find staples like LoveFilm, Skype, Twitter and others.
Secondly, 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.
Even selecting programmes to watch has evolved, with the "S Recommendation" system suggesting programmes based on your viewing history. You may not ever need to scroll through listings again, as the system does its best to bring interesting programmes to your attention.
The Series 6 range uses a dual-core processor to power the graphical user interface, and this is sufficient most of the time, although it lacks the instantaneous response of the quad-core Series 7.
The UE40F6740 comes with two remote controls. As well as a conventional remote, there's a smart remote with a touch pad for scrolling through the menus. Given the graphical layout of the Smart TV system, you'll probably find the new style remote is the one to use. The TV also supports voice control.
Connectivity is excellent, with Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners built in, a generous 4 HDMI ports, 3 USBs, ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi. A range of other connections are also included, making it possible to connect to most devices around the home.
Conclusion - excellent and sensibly priced
The UE40F6740 is an excellent TV and a significant step up from last year's Series 6 models. As well as the attractive slimline design with built-in swivel stand, it offers good picture quality, including 3D, excellent connectivity and outstanding Smart TV functionality. It's perhaps in the Smart TV area that Samsung's 2013 range truly excels.
At launch, the price of this TV was silly, but it's fallen £200 since then, making the TV sensibly priced. We'd rate it as an excellent option for a family TV.
Samsung UE40F6740 features include:
- 40 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Wide Colour Enhancer Plus
- Micro Dimming
- 600 Clear Motion Rate
- 3D Ready with 2 3D active glasses included
- Game Mode
- Smart TV 2.0, Smart Hub, Samsung Apps, Social TV, Fitness, Kids, Web Browser, S Recommendation
- Freeview HD & Freesat HD
- Audio: Digital Dolby Plus, Dolby Pulse, DNSe, 3D surround effect, DTS Premium Audio 5.1, 10W x 2 sound output (RMS), 2 down firing speakers
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, HDMI x 4, USB x 3, 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+, DLNA, CI slot
- TM1370, TM1240 Remote Controller
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 61W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 910 x 525.9 x 47mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 910 x 577.2 x 265mm
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Average rating from 6 reviews:
Reviewed by Simty
on 31st Jan 2016
I've now had this TV for over 2 years. I had a problem with the headphone jack which resulted in the main board being replaced under warranty.
It took some effort with the picture settings to get the best out of this TV but it really was worth it. I am only now starting to understand how good this TV is; now that I am shopping for a new larger TV. 2 years on It's still a hard act to follow without going into the 7 series TV's.
One of the best purchases I ever made. Thank you S21 for bringing it to my attention with a very accurate review.
Reviewed by K.Vojtela
on 27th Jan 2016
Good afternoon. For two years, I was happy. After two years, when my warranty was over, 7 illuminating duration curves like thick hair appeared on the screen. A would like to know whether this model has codec H.265 / HEVC.
Reviewed by Olegs
on 1st Apr 2014
Reviewed by Alan
on 29th Jan 2014
Excellent TV with outstanding picture quality. Connects well or external hard drive via network to home PC to play back videos.
However please note the recording functionality on this TV (using added hard drive) is very restrictive. Although it has separate tuners for satellite and aerial it is not possible to watch one while recording the other. (so why would you record at all????)
We bought it to do away with the satellite and freeview boxes underneath the TV and now it turns out to make the record function useful we need to put them back.
A real shame as this completely undermines an otherwise good TV.
Reviewed by Peter from Germany on 6th Nov 2013
I am happy. This TV is comply with my specifications.
Reviewed by dean from uk on 6th Sep 2013
U can get it for £750.00 it is the best tv I have. the 3d is good 1080p 3d I love it 5star bay it