Samsung UN32EH5000 Review

32" 1080p LED Back Lit HDTV Smart TV

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The EH5000 is Samsung's lowest end line in the larger size LED backlit LCD TVs for 2012. It still has very nice appearance with a thin black bezel frame. 60Hz processing is included but the CMR rate of 120 is an upgrade on this model. Regardless, it does have the LED backlighting which is rare in the 32” size and will give more flexibility over picture performance in bright rooms.

Samsung EH5000 Series LED Television
Color performance and the lack of an anti-glare screen are apparent in this shot of the EH5000

Picture Quality Rating: 7.9/10

Color

Color performance on the UN32EH5000 is strong on the verge of being over-saturated. However, the picture is much dimmer than large LED backlit displays due to toned down LED edge lights. Even with the Backlight adjustment turned all the way up we noted that the picture is somewhat dim. Of course, you do not end up with nearly as great a picture quality or realism as you would get in a top end LED, but for an inexpensive 32 inch TV it's pretty strong. Many viewers like this look as evidenced by network broadcasts craking up the saturation. This can be dialed back in calibration if you prefer more realistic colors so fans of either look can be satisfied by the EH5000.

Clear Motion Rate 120

Aside from appearance the major step up on this TV over the EH4000 is the Clear Motion rate of 120. This is a gage of how well the TV displays fast action or fast moving images on screen. Essentially, this TV is better for sports programming than the EH4000 which is 60 CMR. We noted pretty good fast action performance on this TV from the processors. However, it did not manage to get rid of judder or jerkiness during slow camera side to side panning.


This shot of a PGA Tour event shows striking colors on the 32EH5000

Side Angle Viewing

Though we have not yet measured the point at which contrast begins to decrease from side angles on the UN32EH5000, our preliminary viewing suggests that it will be about 30 degrees off center, which is very similar to the 2011 models.

Black Levels

Blacks on the EH5000 are dark and inky, Samsung has been improving the black performance on its LED televisions each year and the 2012 models are slightly improved over the 2011 models. Most of the improvement is in dark shadow detail where the older models suffered some in dark scenes.

Features Rating: 7.5/10

Connect Share Movie

Samsung Smart TVThough the UN32EH5000 does not have Smart TV features it does have the connect share feature which allows connectivity via USB input for computer, videos, or camera. This gives you a wide range of viewing options for content through your computer.

The remote control is large, basic, is not backlit, but contains sufficient controls - especially for this size of TV. There is a nifty "tools" key that allows from quick selection of frequently used controls. The onscreen overlay menu is very complete with some surprising inclusions such as Advanced Picture settings.

Appearance and Design

The design of this TV may be the best aside from the LG 32” TVs in that size category. It has a thinner bezel frame at under 1” so for a 32 inch TV looks very nice.

Quick Specs

  • 32" Diagonal Screen
  • 1080p Full HD
  • 29.1" x 17.5" x 3.7" without stand
  • 29.1" x 19.6" x 7.5" with stand
  • 2 HDMI Inputs

Bang for the Buck Rating: 7.7/10

This is not the least expensive 32” LCD TV you will find but it has LED edge backlighting and the CMR 120 for fast action processing and display. It also has much better front appearance than most of the 32” TVs on the market. It's $450 price tag puts it $100 to $125 more than simple 60Hz LCD (CCFL) TVs from Toshiba and Sony.

Overall Rating: 7.8/10



Jack Burden Jack Burden has been reviewing and writing reviews in the consumer electronics category for 7 years with CEAG. He considers grayscale gradation, film patterned retarders, and focus field drives to be fun topics. Read more about Jack

 



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