Samsung UE40F6800 review
|Review: May 2013|
Last updated November 2013
In a nutshell: The 40 inch F6800 with its striking contemporary design is an outstanding family-sized television with superb Smart TV and excellent picture quality.
Finding your way through the forest of Samsung's 40 inch televisions is a daunting task, but one model in the 2013 range that stands out is the F6800. With very competitive pricing, a good range of features and a striking design, this is one that should be on your list to check out in detail.
Design & looks
In a world where every TV tends to look the same, the F6800 has a refreshingly different design. It's an attractively slim TV with a very contemporary "branch" design stand with Y-shaped feet. A super narrow bezel and a transparent edge complete the modern look.
Picture quality from the F6800 is good for the price. The TV uses a high quality PVA LCD panel capable of producing super bright colours with plenty of contrast. The LED edge backlighting not only enables the screen to be much thinner than traditional backlit panels, but it produces good contrast levels and pin sharp details.
The display has a moderately fast 400 Clear Motion Rate, which is typical for this price range. It's fast enough to avoid all but occasional motion blur in fast action sport or moves. Games Mode minimises lag when playing console games, and casual gamers won't notice any problems. More serious gamers may notice some lag and motion blur however.
Viewing angles can 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 darker colours can be observed.
The F6800 is 3D capable and uses active 3D, which ensures that full 1080p high definition is viewed in its native resolution. Two pairs of active 3D glasses are included with the TV and 3D performance is generally good. Some occasional crosstalk or 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 stand-out feature of this TV is Smart TV 2.0. Samsung has given its Smart TV a completely new user-friendly graphical user interface for 2013 and overhauled its functionality.
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.
To make best use of the new-style interface, you might like to try the touchpad smart remote that is designed for navigating through the new menus and icons. The smart remote also enables voice commands, although we feel that this is mostly a gimmick. A conventional second remote control is also included for those who prefer traditional ways of doing things.
Connectivity is excellent, with Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners built in, 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 - an excellent mid-ranger
The UE40F6800 stands out as one of the best of Samsung's 2013 line-up. It's a much more affordable TV than the over-priced Series 7 model, yet it offers very attractive looks, outstandingly good Smart TV, excellent connectivity and good picture quality, including 3D. That makes it a good buy for most families, and it's one that we can recommend. The price has fallen further in recent months and it is now an outstanding buy.
Samsung UE40F6800 features include:
- 40 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Wide Colour Enhancer Plus
- 400 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, 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
- TM1360A, TM1240 Remote Controller
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 61W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 949.8 x 543.9 x 47mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 950.8 x 594.6 x 201.4mm
Samsung UE40F6800 user reviews
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Average rating from 7 reviews:
Reviewed by Dave
on 23rd Jun 2014
Bought this when it came out for over £700, never regretted it for 1 minute, a superb TV. I can't think of any negatives except for sound which is just ok, but that's the same issue with any flat TV, to get the best out of it you need a sound bar.
The HD picture is sublime.
Reviewed by Dave
on 9th Jan 2014
Great buy, Just bought from Argos sale for £479 what a bargain !
Reviewed by peter
on 26th Oct 2013
VERYGOOD TV.Performance is excellent.Hd movies and sports are tops.
Reviewed by Tushar
on 8th Oct 2013
I brought UA50F6800; very satisfied with performance in terms of display quality, audio is good enough for watching regular TV. I loved it!!!!
Reviewed by Robson from Brazil on 10th Aug 2013
Very good television, the best one that I have ever had!!! Image quality and smart features very nice.
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 28th Jun 2013
Review is spot on. Top tv, worth the cost. Good for xbox and sky plus.
Reviewed by Thomas Kakkassery from United Kingdom on 14th