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Samsung UE40H7000 review

 Review: June 2014  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: Samsung's 40 inch Series 7 LED TV is a superior television with excellent picture quality, stylish design, superb Smart TV and outstanding connectivity. It's expensive though.



 

Review

If you're buying a Full HD 40 inch Samsung TV, the UE40H7000 is as good as it gets in 2014. The Series 7 takes all that was good about the top-end Series 6 model, the UE40H6700, and adds in a few extras.

The first thing to notice is the design of the Series 7 - it's gorgeous and sets itself apart from the more mundane Series 6 range in several ways. The ultra narrow black bezel surrounding the screen is enhanced by the more stylish base, with the U-Stand design giving the TV a very contemporary look that will grace any room.

The Series 7 is packaged with a conventional remote control, and also a pebble-like Smart Control. The Smart Control uses a touchpad and Wii-style motion control to access the Smart TV functions on screen. You can also use it to give voice commands to the TV.

Picture quality

The top-end Series 6 TVs already deliver impressively good picture quality, and the 40H7000 takes that one step further, with the addition of Micro Dimming Pro. This is a slightly more advanced version of micro dimming that controls the backlighting over a greater number of blocks.

Other than this, the picture quality is on a par with the UE40H6670 we've previously reviewed, and the same is true in 3D.

Audio quality

The 40 inch version of the H7000 sadly uses the two speaker audio system of the Series 6 models, and not the four speaker system that we reviewed in the 46 inch Series 7 model.

Smart TV

The Smart TV system on the Series 7 is the same as on Series 6 TVs and we'll refer you to our other reviews for more information. Suffice it to say here that it's an outstandingly good Smart TV system - both flexible and easy to use.

Connectivity

Connectivity is pretty much the same as in the high-end Series 6 models, with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners plus built-in Wi-Fi Direct, a generous 4 HDMI ports (one of which supports ARC for connecting to an audio system), 3 USBs and ethernet. A range of other connections are also included, making it possible to connect to most devices around the home, including wireless streaming of content from compatible tablets and smartphones. You can even stream broadcast TV content to your smartphone, although this seems like the wrong way around - better to stream video and photos from your smartphone to the big screen we think.

Conclusion

This is the best 40 inch Full HD TV that Samsung has released in 2014, but it doesn't quite do enough to justify its asking price. The UE40H6670 Series 6 model is already very impressive, and asking a further £300 for Micro Dimming Pro and a snazzy stand feels cheeky.

We'd recommend either opting for the Series 6 or else paying a bit extra and going for the 46 inch H7000, which comes with a number of features that do make it value for money.


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Reviewed by Moz from UK on 25th Sep 2014
If you are considering buying this television you may want to consider the following two points that i found after i had purchased it:-
a) I specifically chose this TV because it has inbuilt Freesat, however the EPG (Guide) gives an empty mini viewing box in the top left hand corner. (With Freeview the mini viewing box does correctly show the channel picture).
b) The router has to be very close to be picked up by the TV WiFi.
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