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Samsung UE49MU6400 review

 Review: May 2017  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung UE49MU6400 is a top mid-range 49-inch UHD TV with HDR support. Competitively-priced, with an upmarket stylish look, superb Smart TV functionality and connectivity, and excellent picture quality, it's a TV that's been very carefully tailored to provide everything you need for modern family viewing.

Today's best buy: Samsung UE49MU6400 from Tesco Direct (£549.00)



 

Samsung MU6400 - 2017's biggest-selling TV?

Samsung TVs are always super-popular, and the MU6400 is the vanilla option, designed to give what most people need from a TV at a fiercely competitive price. Last year's 49-inch KU6400 was the most viewed TV on S21, and we're happy to place a bet that the 49MU6400 will be this year's hit.

That makes it a very safe choice in the confusing world of HDR, UHD and all the other jargon that floods the TV world. It also means that retailers will be trampling over each other to offer this model at the lowest price possible.

Design & looks

For a TV built to a demanding budget, the MU6400 looks better than we have any right to expect. The slim metal frame around the screen adds a stylish, premium feel, and even from the rear the TV exudes an air of quality that's a match for many high-end competitors. The simple Y-stand is practical and robust, and adds to the overall clean, modern look.

The One Remote Control lets you control all your Samsung AV devices with a single controller.

Picture quality

A 49-inch TV is a very good choice for most homes, giving you the benefit of a big screen, while still being affordable and not too huge for the average house. Certainly if you'e upgrading from a 40-inch model, you'll find the larger size quite formidable at first, but you'll soon grow to love it. Having said that, if you watch a lot of old repeats and DVDs, you might find that they look rather blocky on a big screen.

You'll get the best out of this TV if you stick to HD channels, or even better if you watch 4K content such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. As HDR content becomes more widely available, you'll appreciate this screen even more. Having said that, the TV does a commendable job of upscaling older material to 4K resolution.

The MU6400 is a 4K (UHD-certified) TV that supports the new HDR10 and HLG standards for High Dynamic Range. That ought to future-proof it for a good few years at least. The 4K screen is super-sharp compared with older HD models, and HDR content lets you unlock a richer colour range - up to 17 million colours.

The TV uses one of Samsung's superb VA screens, giving it very deep blacks and bright highlights, for a good dynamic range even with non-HDR content. The screen uses 8-bit colour, rather than the 10-bit colour used on high-end models such as the MU8000, but it incorporates active crystal colour, giving it impressively rich and bright images.

The display has a native 50Hz response time, which is normal for low- to mid-range TVs, but Samsung's Auto Motion Plus system automatically optimises motion, giving smooth judder-free movement without looking over-processed or artificial. That makes this TV a good choice for sport or films.

Viewing angles are reasonably wide, with contrast levels and colour saturation remaining moderately high until you move a long way off-centre. However, this is a relative weak point of this TV, and you'll find that one of LG's IPS screens gives you wider viewing angles, if this is important to you.

Overall, this is a TV that truly delivers on its promise to provide a good standard of family viewing at a sensible price.

Audio quality

The MU6400 uses twin downfiring speakers, each rated at 10W. That's typical of most current televisions. Mid-range frequencies are reproduced well enough, so dialogue is clear, but the system struggles with bass, making action movies sound flat. We'd recommend that you add a soundbar to get the best out of this TV.

Smart TV 2017

Samsung's Tizen-based Smart Hub has been the market-leading Smart TV system for a number of years, and the 2017 version keeps its crown, with its user-friendly pop-up access to apps, and the way that it automatically detects and labels connected devices.

For streaming, you'll find Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and others, although NOW TV has been removed this year. All the catch-up services are present - iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5. Online gaming is also available.

As well as using the remote control, you can browse content and control your TV from your phone.

Connectivity

The MU6400 has a good set of connectivity options. 3 HDMI ports, one with Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatibility for connecting to a soundbar, an optical audio output, a combined composite/component input, a CI+ 1.3 slot, and Anynet+ support let you connect your TV to your other audio-visual devices. 2 USB ports are also provided.

Wi-Fi and an ethernet port allow you to connect to your home network and the internet. Screen mirroring from smartphones and tablets is supported, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity is available for a range of devices.

Conclusion - a safe buy in a confusing marketplace

The TV market of 2017 is nothing if not confusing, with competing standards for HDR, as well as a minefield of other decisions to be made. The Samsung UE49MU6400 is a safe middle course through this world. With support for HDR10 and HLG, it gives you the HDR support that you'll need for the foreseeable future, and its Smart TV and connectivity options don't miss out on anything important.

This Series 6 model offers very good picture quality for the price, and has a clean and elegant design that will look good anywhere. Add to that the fact that 49 inches is the ideal size for most homes, and this is clearly a winner.

At launch, the 49-inch MU6400 is selling for around £850 at major retailers, and as low as £750 in smaller outlets. Look for the price to fall by around £100 in time for Black Friday, and grab yourself a bargain! A slightly cheaper option is the 50-inch Samsung MU6100.

Got room for an ever bigger screen? The 55-inch version of the MU6400 is another fantastic buy!


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