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Martin Pipe  |  Feb 07, 2014  |  0 comments

Samsung is famous for its high-end TVs (anyone for a curved OLED?) but, as the PS51F5500 shows, isn't afraid to get its hands dirty at the budget end of the market. For a good chunk less than £1,000, this plasma gives you a helluva lot – 51 inches of screen real estate, Full HD resolution, active 3D support, onboard media player and Samsung's 'Smart Hub' technology, easily accessed by built-in Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Ed Selley  |  Mar 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Samsung's wonderwall Those looking for a monster flatscreen TV that’s more BFI than TOWIE should audition this affordable over-achiever, suggests Steve May

For a cinematic, bigscreen viewing experience a giant plasma is hard to beat. The technology has always had its fans, not least because it’s simply more cinematic than LED LCD TVs. But if you’re on the hunt for a big PDP, one brand that might not spring immediately to mind is Samsung. This isn’t exactly surprising. The LCD market leader tends to treat the technology like the proverbial evil twin locked in the attic. This is undoubtedly a shame.

John Archer  |  Apr 08, 2013  |  0 comments

According to the current AV buzz, plasma TV technology is on its death bed. Having spent a week with Samsung’s sensational new PS64F8500 plasma TV, though, I can’t help but think that plasma has never felt more alive. 

Steve May  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Does Samsung's Q80R model represent the sweet spot in its colour-rich, high-brightness QLED lineup this year? asks Steve May
Steve May  |  Dec 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Smart, well-specified and a fine performer, Samsung’s entry-level FALD QLED TV could be the perfect compromise for gaming cinephiles...
John Archer  |  Aug 02, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedSamsung's latest Quantum Dot TV leaves John Archer feeling shaken and stirred

The first new Samsung TV for 2019, the QE65Q90R [see HCC #298], was a stunner. It combined new backlight and viewing angle technology with improved processing, helping to blend the brightness and colour volume traits of LCD with the black level and contrast benefits more usually expected of OLED. But that set is £3,800. The QE65Q85R, a UK/Europe-only model, retains much of the Q90R's skillset but retails for £3,000.

John Archer  |  Feb 14, 2019  |  0 comments
Does Samsung's direct-lit Q8DN TV mark the sweet spot in its 2018 QLED range?
John Archer  |  Nov 18, 2019  |  First Published: May 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Samsung’s flagship 4K flatscreen does things LCD TVs aren’t supposed to do, says John Archer
John Archer  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Samsung probably thought when it unveiled its debut QLED displays last year that they’d take the world by storm. Surely punters wouldn’t be able to resist the unprecedented brightness and colour range delivered by the brand’s new metal-clad Quantum Dots? But things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, rival OLED sets, bolstered by performance tweaks and wider availability, became the year’s ‘must-have’ TV item.
John Archer  |  Apr 16, 2021  |  0 comments
While premium LCD TVs have long had brightness on their 
side, they’ve always had trouble controlling exactly where that brightness goes, something that's arguably become more of 
a picture quality concern with the step up to HDR content. 
Enter Samsung's QE65QN95A, the brand's first TV to utilise Mini LED backlight technology.
John Archer  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  0 comments
Samsung's 2020 8K QLED flagship takes the next-gen display technology to a new, pixel-packed level – and adds style and sound innovations
John Archer  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  0 comments
If you're already getting bored of your 4K TV, Samsung's 8K-resolution Q900R series is certain to tempt. But does the next-generation performance of this 85in flagship TV justify the price tag?
Ed Selley  |  Oct 30, 2011  |  0 comments
Do-it-all screen for 3D film fans Steve May checks out a mini version of Samsung’s high-end LED TVs

Samsung’s Series 9 TA950 drew big crowds when it was first unveiled at the 2011 CES. A hybrid 32in Freeview HD 3D TV and PC monitor, it’s a leading-edge screen for your desktop that offers all the functions of the brand’s high-end LED TVs. The design is inspired, with a panel that’s effectively suspended above its pedestal via a swooping right-hand bracket. This tilts backwards for a relaxed viewing position. Slimline 7W stereo speakers fire forwards from the front of the super-thin pedestal, while inputs are ranged along the rear. Just as on the brand’s regular TVs, the TA950 sports Samsung’s Smart Hub apps and IPTV portal, home to the BBC iPlayer YouTube, LOVEFiLM and the new and exclusive Explore 3D content channel.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 02, 2011  |  0 comments
Even smarter 3D With advanced ‘net connectivity, 3D and designer looks, this Samsung LED is a formidable bargain. Steve May reports

Samsung’s 40UED6530 LED puts forward such a convincing case to be crowned Britain’s Best Value 3D LED TV, there really doesn’t seem much point considering anything else.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Finding a happy medium for 3D Samsung’s step-down D7000 series doesn’t cut on spec at all, as John Archer finds out when he powers up the 40in model

Like its UE55D8000 sibling reviewed previously, the UE40D7000 is a mighty stylish TV, with a bezel that’s so slender (barely a centimetre) that it’s barely there at all. Moreover, the slimness is emphasised by the fact that most of the frame is transparent.

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