Samsung UN40EH5300 Review
by Robert Wiley, Senior Editor
Value is one of the primary goals of this very affordable series from Samsung. The UN40EH5300 will present lots of it with the full Smart TV Internet features and built in Wifi, and built in Web Browser that Samsung provides in 2012. The Clear Coat LED backed screen will give you an great image depth and well lit picture for brighter rooms and in this 40" size you really dont need 3D, a higher Hz rate (this model has 120Hz Clear Motion) or the better louvered screen filter on the higher end lines.
Though it does not have some of the higher end features such as 240Hz processing or Micro dimming technology you will be impressed by the picture quality on this smaller LED Television just like we are. Viewing quality is enhanced by the strong LED backlights and light throughput that they afford. Areas of the screen where content sunlight hits a picture background or image will be striking as the clear coat screen makes the picture come alive. Colors are not as saturated as plasma or some other LED manufacturers screens. The backlight can wash them out so we recommend a moderated backlight setting which can be found in the picture controls menu. All in all, you will not need a higher Hz rate or premium viewing features on this small of a TV. It would be incredibly difficult to notice the improvement due to the 40" size screen.
Side Angle Viewing
For an edge lit LED television the side angle viewing performance on the UN40EH5300 is pretty good with the new wide color enhancer technology, contrast begins to fade around 30 degrees which is a good result for an edge lit LED television.
Black performance on the EH5300 is a strong point, blacks are dark and inky and show improvement over 2011 models. The largest improvment is in detail in dark scenes, an area where the black could be over powering in previous models.
The EH5300 series does include Samsung's Smart TV Internet options so look for some of the upgraded features that Samsung has introduced for this year such as:
- Family Stories - lets consumers optimize photos and slide shows on the TVs screen.
- Fitness More Apps are available for fitness nuts.
- Kids More Apps for kids are included for 2012
- TV without stand: 36.5" x 21.7" x 3.7"
- TV with stand: 36.5" x 23.9" x 9.8"
- Smart TV
- Smart Content with Signature Services
- Apps built for TV
- Web Browser & Search All
- Smart Hub
- WiFi built-in
- AllShare™ Play
- ConnectShare™ Movie
- Clear Motion Rate 120
- Wide Color Enhancer Plus
- 10W x 2
- Dolby® Digital Plus/Dolby® Pulse
- SRS TheaterSound HD™
- HDMI®: 3
- USB: 2
- Ethernet: 1
- Component in: 1
- Digital audio output: 1 optical
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