Samsung UN46EH5000 Review

46" 1080p LED Back Lit HDTV Smart TV

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Strengths

  • Clear Coat LCD Panel provides great depth
  • Comes with Connect Share Movie feature
  • Black levels are good for this price range
  • Design Elements
  • New Wide Color Enhancer helps off center viewing (less contrast loss)
  • Price Value

Weaknesses

  • 60Hz frame rate processing does show judder in side to side motion
  • Does not have Full Smart TV options
  • No 3D Viewing

The UN46EH5000 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 and 2" depth. This model includes 60Hz refresh rate processing, so it will not diffuse judder and jerky material in the picture as well as some of the higher end Samsung LED-LCD TVs. Judder was once a normal face of life with all TV viewing so most people do not even notice it. Regardless, the UN46EH5000 does have the exceptional clear coat screen and powerful LED edge lit backlights that were a big success in 2011 rather than the hazier matte finish screens that were popular with some of the other manufacturers. Ship dates are late spring 2012.

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

Color

Color performance on the UN46EH5000 is strong on the verge of being over-saturated. 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.

Side Angle Viewing

Though we have not yet measured the point at which contrast begins to decrease from side angles on the UN46EH5000, 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.

Smart TV

Samsung Smart TVSamsung's Smart Hub returns again this year, the interface is user friendly and the remote has buttons on it for quick access to some of the more popular features. Streaming video is available from major providers like Netflix, Amazon Video-On-Demand, Hulu, VuDu and more. There is also access to the Samsung App store which will be instantly familiar to smartphone users who use a marketplace to search and download apps on their phone. There are apps for news, weather, sports and even games you can play on your television. Many of the apps are free though some run anywhere from $.99 to $9.99

Quick Specs

  • 46" Diagonal Screen
  • 1080p Full HD


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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