Samsung UE40J6300 review
|Review: August 2015|
In a nutshell: The J6300 is Samsung's cheapest curved TV for 2015, and the 40-inch model is an excellent choice for a single person or a couple. Priced competitively, it's a stylish TV with excellent picture quality, good connectivity and Smart TV functionality. The narrow viewing angles and curved screen make it less suitable for family viewing, however.
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Design & looks
The J6300 is the entry-level Samsung Series 6 TV for 2015, and it's curved. The design of the television is very smart, with a narrow black and silver bezel and a curved V-shaped metallic stand.
It's a very lightweight TV, and the build may be a little plasticky for some people's taste, but it seems sturdy enough to us. The back of the TV is fairly deep, but that is mostly hidden from view. Overall, the design gives a very good impression.
40 inches is a popular size for a smaller room, but the curved shape of the screen does tend to restrict the viewing angles, making it best suited for a single person or a couple. Perhaps the ideal use of the 40-inch J6300 is for a single person, with a games console, computer, or just watching TV programmes. In this case, the added immersion from the curved screen is a real bonus.
The TV is very energy efficient, using significantly less power than Samsung's UHD range of screens. It comes with Smart TV and a standard remote control.
The J6300 is a Full HD TV, missing out on the UHD (4K) resolution of more expensive models. On a 40 inch screen, we don't miss UHD at all.
Images are sharp and finely detailed on the 40J6300, and the direct LED backlighting gives a good uniformity to the picture that is sometimes lacking on edge-lit models. Samsung's PSA display technology generates very dark blacks, and bright, vivid colours, making images pop out of the screen. Colour accuracy is excellent, and overall dynamic contrast is good. The Auto Depth Enhancer feature makes the most of the curved screen, attempting to inject some 3D depth to the viewing experience.
Motion accuracy is very good too. The screen has a 100Hz refresh rate combined with good motion processing and interpolation algorithms. There are no signs of flicker or motion blur when the "Clear Motion" option is selected to enable insertion of black frames.
As with other Series 6 models, viewing angles aren't very good, and the curved screen emphasizes this problem. Unless you're sitting directly in front of the screen, you'll notice that the brightness and contrast fade quite markedly. This is another reason why we wouldn't recommend this model for more than one or two people.
This could have been the ideal screen for PS4 and Xbox gamers, except that input lag times are a little longer than we'd ideally like, and worse than most other Samsung TVs. For casual gaming we don't anticipate any problems, but if every millisecond counts in an online death match, then this might not be the perfect choice.
Be aware also that there's no 3D on this TV.
Overall, Samsung has rated the Picture Quality Index (PQI) of the J6300 at 800, which is just below the middle of its range. We'd concur with that rating. For one or two people, this is an excellent choice of screen, but we really wouldn't recommend it for family viewing.
Don't expect to be blown away by the J6300's twin 10W speakers. Audio quality is typical of most mid-range televisions, which is to say fair. For watching soaps and reality TV, you'll find that dialogue is crisp enough, but if you want some more depth to your sound, we'd recommend hooking up to a soundbar or other dedicated audio system.
Samsung has introduced a new Smart TV system for 2015, based on the open-source Tizen operating system. This gives you access to a wide range of services, including streaming services Netflix and Amazon, as well as catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. Other apps include YouTube, a web browser, games, Skype, Facebook and Twitter.
There are no problems when it comes to connectivity. The J6300 features a built-in Freeview tuner with a 7-day electronic programme guide. There are 4 HDMI ports (including ARC compatibility), 3 USBs, an optical audio output, plus composite and component inputs, and a headphone socket. Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection are available for connecting to a network.
Other options include DLNA and screen mirroring for compatible smartphones and tablets.
The Samsung UE40J6300 could be an excellent choice for a single person or a couple. This is perhaps Samsung's best Full HD model, although the narrow viewing angles - exaggerated by the curvature of the screen - rule it out as a family television. The pricing of the J6300 is more competitive than Samsung's UHD range of TVs, although the price of the excellent JU6400 has fallen dramatically in recent months, and you should definitely consider that as an option.
You might also consider looking at the Panasonic TX-40CS620B as a better alternative.
Samsung UE40J6300 features include:
- 40 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Wide Colour Enhancer Plus
- Auto Motion Plus
- Mega Contrast
- 200Hz Clear Motion Rate
- Picture Quality Index: 800
- Film Mode
- Game Mode
- Sports Mode
- Smart TV
- Quad Core Processor
- Freeview HD
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Studio Sound, DTS Premium Sound 5.1, HD audio, 10W x 2 sound output (RMS), 2 down firing plus bass reflex speakers
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi Direct, 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, RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input) x 1, Anynet+, CI+ (1.3) slot, MHL, DLNA
- TM1250A remote control
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- Typical power consumption: 116W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 915.9 x 533.6 x 104.1 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 915.9 x 599.6 x 288.0 mm
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Is this TV wall mountable? What type of bracket is needed? Thanks.
on 16th Aug 2016
Where can I buy this that offers installation and disposal of the old TV?
by ROGER LITTEN
on 20th Feb 2016
Reply by Paul
on 26th Feb 2016
John Lewis do disposal & Installation - one of the reasons I chose them.
Had a SONY 32" Widescreen CRT to get rid of, would've taken half a day, two people & about a fivers worth of fuel to take it to the tip - JL will take it for £9.99.
Hope this helps?
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by hans
on 4th May 2017
Picture quality is good and I am pleased with the connectivity of this model. If you are on a budget this is a first choice. If you are planning for the future go for later UHD model, there is a difference and UHD is becoming more available. The apps work well ITV hub, bbc Iplayer, etc loads. I bought a Samsung sound bar with sub woofer to improve the sound quality which was already good but like most slim screens bass was a bit lacking. A good buy for the money.
Reviewed by Firdose Rahman
on 2nd Jan 2017
Samsung really has a big name , just a name that's it bcoz after paying 50 k the TV doesn't support smart app that's also you tube...Great, service center people r only there to give the reference number and then over no resolution....All most 3 month... Keep it up ..... Good job....
Reviewed by Faz
from United Kingdom
on 2nd Jan 2017
I had Purchased this Samsung UE40J6300A 40 Inch Full HD Smart Curved TV product recently as now I am having a problem with sound distortion disturbance definition on audio other than that everything else is working fine. I am also disappointed with Scart link this Samsung Curved TV does not have. I had purchased this product from Argos.