Samsung UN46F6800 Review (UN46F6800AF)
46 Inch edge lit LED TV 1080p, Smart TV, 3D Window Design
by Robert Wiley, Senior Editor
The UN46F6800 stands out from the rest of the pack with its good looks. Samsung gave the F6800 series the window look that features a branch style chrome stand and a thin glass frame that surrounds the screen. But what else is there? The top tier features like micro dimming pro and clear motion rates higher than 600 were dropped. The TV still has a 240Hz screen and a micro dimming, so there isn't much to be missed really. Active 3D playback is solid and the new Samsung Smart Hub is present.
The micro dimming on this model cuts back on the number of dimming zones across the display. Micro dimming works by localizing parts of the screen for more or less LED backlighting. One of the main benefits of this feature is the control in screen uniformity. It does a good job in that area by nearly eliminating the issue.
The F6800 is capable of great image clarity as shown here. Contrast has the help of micro dimming to achieve dark blacks and bright whites all in the same shot
600 Clear Motion
The UN46F6800 has the 600Hz Clear Motion rate equivalent processing (from a 240hz screen) which is designed to help with fast motion processing and motion blur. The true Hz rate of the panel is 240Hz but the Clear Motion feature upgrades the 240Hz through the above mentioned local dimming process to give you an "effective" frame rate of 600 in the F6800.
Side Viewing Angle Quality
The UN46F6800 is not the worst offender out there in this area. In fact it may be better, but contrast/saturation diminished by around 20% at 25 to 30 degrees off center. As with any LED/LCD TV your viewing angles are going to suffer somewhat. Stay front and center for the best results from this TV.
One consistently good feature on the F6800 is Active 3D viewing. When viewing good 3D content we did not note any crosstalk. The bottom corners of the picture did not show any blur either. The 3D glasses not only perform well but are the most comfortable land light in the active 3D market. Staying front and center is even more important with 3D on the F6800. Side angle 3D viewing works to diminish contrast and colors fade. Two pairs of 3D glasses are included with this model
Depth in 3D and 2D viewing is strong on the F6800. The foregroud and background are clearly separated in this shot, which really brings the viewer closer to the content
2D to 3D Conversion (from all resolutions)
This advanced feature is included on the F6800 and the converted content actually looks respectable in 3D. The small 3D button on the bottom right of the remote accesses this control with one press of a button. There is some slight crosstalk and the 3D effects are more subtle than with a 3D movie, but it's a feature that works much better than expected. It's best used in a dark room just like the normal 3D function. It will add some spark to those old standard definition DVDs and the conversion feature can be used from our picture settings or from the Standard picture mode setting.
Smart TV Smart Hub with Web Connected Apps
Samsung is very proud of the vast array of Apps they are now providing and the Samsung UN46F6800 has access to them all. There are over 1600 Apps – most of them small and priced between .99 and $9.99 but many are offered for free. Aside from that the usual premium channels options are also included. There is a new Search All feature to allow you to find videos via Apps or other connected devices as well. Social media hookups like Facebook and Twitter are of course present.
On the Apps page you will find all of your downloaded apps, like the ones listed below. Samsung has also implemented lots of recommendation features this year. On the top of the screen you see some recommended apps
The following 3 Apps are Samsung proprietary and do add some value if they would just load quicker. The dual core processor in the 46F6800 should help the speed some.
Family Story: Samsung wants this to be a prominent App for you and even includes a dedicated button on the remote control for it. It basically allows you to input photos, and videos from Samsung tablets, smartphones to play on the TV. Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Fitness VOD App: Videos of workouts such as the “Sexy Chair Workout.” That one is pretty good, Great for dancers. There is a pretty wide assortment including light weights and yoga. But load times are painfully slow. Some of the Apps in the Fitness section are for sale, while some are free from Exercise TV. The instructions is pretty good. Rating 3.5 out of 5.
Explore 3D: A selection of free Samsung licensed 3D content. There are many categories of 3D content here including, kids, sports, documentaries, music videos. It's a much better selection than other manufacturers. Rating 4 out of 5.
Overall, Samsung still has far and away the best Internet Apps selection with categories, Videos, Most Popular, games, sports, lifestyle, information, education. There is much better free content than the other brands out there and the paid Apps are better and more reasonably priced as well. The Premium Apps such as the movie services, sports and music are also top notch.
Design is one of the key feature of the UN46F6800 with the “window design” which is accentuated by the almost imperceptible branch style stand feet and super thin .2” bezel frame. The color of the frame is a matte silver finish. To me it doesn't look better or worse really than the F7100, F7500 or F8000 series. All have the super thin almost non-existent bezel frame and are great looking.
This is the "window" design. The name must come from the thin glass frame that protrudes from the screen. It's a very unique look. The branch style stand is very unintrusive and complements the floating image look
Audio quality on this TV is not bad considering the super thin depth of the TV. Sound quality is around a 7 on a 10 point scale.
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