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Samsung UN65ES6500

Samsung-UN65ES6500

The TV sets in Samsung’s UN series are some of the best we have ever seen. But, as was expected, there had to be an exception to the rule. And it arrived in the form of the company’s UN65ES6500, reviewed today. We expected more from it, but it sort of let us down somewhat. Below you are going to find out why.

This is a TV with a 65″ display. The total amount of pixels is 1,920 x 1,080. Among the other specifications we found the following: an 120 Hz refresh rate, a 7000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 20W total output power and a clear motion rate of 240 – 480 Hz.

2D to 3D conversion

Features include a remote control, 2D to 3D conversion, a 2 x Right/left channel speaker, a Web browser, progressive scanning, a LED Backlight technology and many more.

Connectivity is a dream. There are all sorts of options: one Audio input, three USB 2.0 ports, three HDMI ports, 1 x Digital audio output and a lot more where these came from. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are also offered.

The design of the UN65ES6500 has many elements which make it special. Measurements are 58.7″ x 1.9″ x 34.3″. This TV has a total weight of 52.7 lbs.Samsung-UN65ES6500

Before turning this TV on, you’ll have to use the remote control. The model that the UN65ES6500 uses sports backlight. Its keys are very easy to press and respond very quickly to your fingers.

In the tests we did, our eyes were very pleased with how colors were delivered. They were plenty accurate and overall respected normal values for such a TV. However, reproduction sometimes seemed to be off. But overall, colors were delivered in all their rich glory and we did not see green tinges anywhere on the screen. And we didn’t notice issues in shadow detail. But one thing we did spot had to do with black levels. They lacked depth and some of the scenes we saw were darker than others.

Limited viewing angles

In a couple of movies we watched, contrast is not uniform. In one scene there is plenty, in the other it is inconsistent. That is due to the fact that this product doesn’t feature microdimming.

Try to avoid sitting at a distance that exceeds a couple of feet. Because then you will experience an off-angle quality that is always bad. For films that are made of only action scenes, this model offers a Custom dejudder mode. This one makes it possible to watch said content without worrying over unnecessary issues.

To be sure that there is a good resolution to watch movies in, this device comes with a Clear Motion Rate feature. Its quality was easy to see in the tests we performed for this review. The user also gets to put the TV’s backlight scanning and video processing to good use. But they weren’t as promising as advertised by the manufacturer. Uniformity on this model is also a let-down in the grand scheme of things. The result of this poor performance is a display filled with blotches.

Excellent news is the fact that you will not see reflections like you do on so many other TV sets made today. Or a year ago, for that matter. If you see something like the display fading to black, there is an explanation: it means that the UN65ES6500 has its backlight turned off.

Review conclusion

Samsung’s UN65ES6500 sets the bar high. But it rather fails short of leaving a lasting impression.

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Samsung UN60ES7500

Samsung-UN60ES7500

We’ve had our share of Samsung TVs to rate. But it doesn’t hurt to review one more. Today we are ticking the company’s UN60ES7500 off our list. It was a great pleasure testing it, that much is true. And you’ll find out why next.

As expected from a TV made by Samsung, the UN60ES7500 features plenty of great specs. Which are as follows: a 60″ screen, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 240 Hz for its refresh rate, a 25000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the list goes on. In terms of features, this device has 4 pairs of 3D glasses, Smart TV, Active 3D, a Game mode, 2D to 3D conversion, the LED Backlight technology and many more. This is one of those TVs that deliver plenty of ports for every need: there’s 1 x Ethernet, 2 x Audio input, 3 x USB 2.0 and 1 x Component video input just to name a few. There is wireless LAN, too.

Very slim design

We expected nothing more than a very lovely piece to look at. And the UN60ES7500 is, indeed, very good-looking. The bezel is one of the slimmest we have ever laid our eyes on.

Apart from that, the display on this TV delivered great-looking content in our benchmarking, thanks to its micro dimming technology. Images did not feature that horrid halo effect we’ve seen on other TV screens.Samsung-UN60ES7500

There are a lot of apps you can use with this product. And if you need others, you can look for them in YouTube, Facebook and so on. Moreover, the user will be able to watch a movie and look for stuff on the Internet at the same time. And vice versa.

Integrated camera

The cam that is integrated in this beauty makes for a great companion if the user wishes to communicate with loved ones.

In order to deliver one of the best sound ever, the UN60ES7500 sports many helpful technologies. Such as DNSe. This option is responsible for improving sound quality in ways that make it better than on any other TV sets.

Other features boasted by this device are Kids Story, Fitness, Gesture Control and Family Story. The former is a tool that tells the user which variety children programming is the best. In other words, it provides kids with a learning tool that’s completely free. Fitness is a feature that offers a video-on-demand service. Its aim is to help the viewer stay healthy by keeping up to date with a workout history. Gesture Control has never been featured on a Samsung TV before. It was a means of reacting to movements that our hands made when we wanted to navigate the menu, change a channel and so on. The Family Story feature is an effective way of telling friends about important events in your family, uploading photos and other fun things. Finally, Voice Navigation is an option whose role is to give a reply when the device hears the sound of the user’s voice. Which is another way to say that this TV can be played with without pressing a key.

Review conclusion

The Samsung UN60ES7500 is, naturally, a TV that will stand the test of time. And rise up to expectations from the very first use. Its secret is in the specs, features and design. These three elements are the most important one to define what the company’s TVs are all about. And the model we analyzed for today’s review has all three of them in equal measure.

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Mitsubishi WD-92840

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It seems that there is a TV that has gathered quite a lot of negative opinions. The name of this device is Mitsubishi WD-92840. In this review we will show you that you have almost nothing to dislike about this model.

The Mitsubishi WD-92840 is not going to go unnoticed. That’s because it measures 25″ x 82″ x 55″. The screen itself is 92″. Which is literally one of the biggest sizes we have ever experienced. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. The other specs are the following: a 120 Hz Sub-Frame Rate, Conventional 4:3/16:9 widescreen modes, a 16:9 image aspect ratio and a 1080p (FullHD) display format. Features include Video noise reduction, 6 Base-Colours Management, PerfectColor, Plush1080p, PerfecTint, 2D plus Depth, iPhone/iPad/iTouch Remote Control App. Connectivity is also made of many options: 2 USB ports, 1 x surround speakers output, 1 x composite video / component video input, 4 x HDMI input and others which you will find in the list under this review.

A huge 92 inch HDTV

Watching stuff on the WD-92840 proved to be a challenge most of the times we tested its performance. Because the reflections we was on its display were maddening a couple of times. But it’s not a tragedy. To avoid seeing them, you can use darkening blinds.Mitsubishi-WD-92840

This model comes with relatively good contrast levels. We say “relatively” because it means that there will be some cons to image quality, though not as severe as on other TVs. Brightness will constitute a bit of a problem. Still, the kind of blacks that are put on display are some of the greatest we have seen. This product uses a Matrix Backlit LED technology to produce them in such a splendid quality. It performs the following operation: it turns off individual sections of the WD-92840 in a dynamic way. This allows for black levels to be deeper than the norm. The quality of colors was superb. After setting them to fit our watching needs, they managed to capture the sort of beauty that we’ve come to expect from the Japanese manufacturer. But to return to the issue with brightness.

High power consumption

What bugged us was that this TV consumed quite a lot of power. So scenes in movies lacked great brightness a couple of times. However, after we turned off the device’s energy saving option, everything returned to normal and we could enjoy our movie without further problems. Minus the instances when we noticed that the bulb didn’t have a long span.

We feared we would have problems with the viewing angles. And we did. But they weren’t that serious. For instance, we stood up when we watched a movie. That made the device shift its brightness. This also happened when we took a stroll to either of the TV’s sides. Then, while we were having a seat in front of this TV, we saw that there was a lot more brightness on the middle of its display. Finally, we should conclude that you will have to avoid standing up quickly or sitting down when watching this device. It’s advisable to look at its display from the side somehow.

Review conclusion

Out of everything we saw in our tests, the new Mitsubishi WD-92840 showed us what it was capable of in great style. This TV set should be seen, but also used. Because the performance it delivers is enough to make the user get over its minor (at least for us) cons.

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TomTom GO LIVE 1535M

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A good alternative to Garmin GPS devices are the ones made by TomTom. The company knows how to make good products. Their $249.95 GO LIVE 1535M is the most recent addition to their line. It has both pros and cons to go with it. And we will talk about them in the today’s review.

The GO LIVE 1535M comes in a body that measures 3.1″ x 4.7″ x 1.0″. The color is black. This device has a weight of 6.5 ounces. This model does not sport a magnetic mount. Instead, it comes with an integrated mount. We found it to be easy to use. Once you open the 5″ LCD display, you will get to navigate a very easy to use menu. Because it’s such a nice screen, you will also be offered plenty of feedback from it when you want to find a street and so on. When we tried locating a certain restaurant we fancied, it was hard. Because this GPS product tended to not show categories in a way that made sense.

3D graphics for lanes

The display has a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. This doesn’t necessarily imply the world’s best screen. But the brightness it delivers is good.

The TomTom GO LIVE 1535M delivers a more than average performance. The screen, for one, contributed to that, as it showed us all sorts of info. Like speed, a 3D graphic for lanes to take and other important stuff. Accuracy was present every single time while we were on a trip with our car to test this device. TomTom’s latest GPS unit also keeps the user posted to actual travel times depending on when you are using it. And it does that via its IQ Routes feature.TomTom-GO-LIVE-1535M

Since we brushed upon the features part, let us see what other examples we can give. The GO LIVE 1535M has Bluetooth to work with, too. Which is a very useful tool to have. Via it we could employ the device as a hands-free speakerphone. Expedia is a place where we could find data on fuel prices, hotels and other important landmarks. Then there is the Google Local Search. This feature allowed us to look for something and then be offered some results to look up. Another good feature is the HD Traffic one. It really is lovely. But of course it had to come with a con: it is a free tool, but that “free” goes away after 1 year of use.

microUSB-to-DC cable included

To make this GPS device more comfortable to use in a vehicle, TomTom included a standard thickness microUSB-to-DC power cable. The company had another reason for that: this cable is used because the model employs a cellular GSM radio only. This has a con, though. In our tests we heard a GSM noise that came from the speakers in our car. And let us tell you: it sure was annoying. But if you don’t mind that, it’s fine.

Two hours of performance is what you will get from the built-in battery, a low value, compared with other reviewed GPS products.

Review conclusion

The TomTom GO LIVE 1535M is the company’s least successful GPS unit. But however better other versions are, this one is still capable of a perfectly good performance. Which, though, should not have asked for such a high price tag. Because if we take that into consideration, there are other models whose prices are lower and still offer more features and a superior quality than what this buddy delivers.

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TomTom START 55TM

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It’s a relief to know that GPS systems are still being manufactured and sold. Because in this day and age, they are devices which offer great performance if you are fed up with smartphones doing the same thing, Or aren’t happy with how the latter function when it’s time to find an address/lane/etc. This GPS will not blow your hair away, but its performance is good enough to make you come again to it. Our TomTom START 55TM review will explain what.

Once you open this GPS for the first time, you will catch a glimmer of this device’s easy menu. And yes, it really is a piece of cake to use it on the road. But there are no really amazing options to go with TomTom START 55TM. The speed limit coverage is a sensible subject, because it doesn’t always work that great.

IQ Routes System

There is a built-in mount on this model. Operating it will not always go smoothly. It had the nasty habit of getting disconnected from the START 55TM. Its greatest pro was that it could adapt to lovers of dashboard mounts by swiveling around easily.TomTom-START-55TM

What we found the most helpful and smart was that this device was able to tell us things about gas prices sans needing a live data connection. To this end, this GPS model could be connected to a PC or laptop. After that, it looked for gas prices and downloaded them without breaking a sweat. However, be prepared for not always the most accurate prices. But when we tested it, we didn’t run into problems.

At times, the TomTom START 55TM failed to attach itself to a satellite signal quickly in the tests performed. But other times it did so on the spot. So it all depends and it’s not a serious con. The most important feature on any TomTom GPS system is the IQ Routes one. It never fails to deliver great accuracy and help. This road speed database should also be used by Garmin.

Map Corrections possibility

The Help and Map Share options also provided plenty of niceties. As did advanced lane guidance. The latter used images that alert the user of upcoming highway exits that have limited access. And while it did all of that, the device preserved its superb reception no matter where we were in our trip. The Help option is easily accessible via the display. Which is a means of finding out data on drive to help, current location and so on. This is very important if you are on the road and want a quick solution to your problem. The drive to help part offered us shortcuts that had to do with hospitals, police departments, car repair services, dentist and many others. The Map Share feature was our favorite when we reviewed the START 55TM. This is a tool that is to be found in the Options folder under Map Corrections. Its role was to help us create map error corrections for other users. Then other users would also be able to help us out with their own corrections. That you can download smoothly.

Beware that the speed limit field of this device is going to turn red whenever you will choose to drive too fast.

Review conclusion

The TomTom Start 55TM should be a safe and good GPS device to use even by beginners. It is a system that we think is ideal if you want something to employ that won’t let you down on the long run.

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TomTom VIA 1605TM

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If you don’t think that Garmin is the best manufacturer of GPS products, then there’s always TomTom as an alternative. This company’s devices are really good. Proof of that efficiency is their $229.95 VIA 1605TM model. On almost all fronts, this system is good. But you will discover that while reading our next review.

You want a GPS device with a large display? Look no further, then: the TomTom VIA 1605TM is something that you need to try. The dimension of its screen is 6″. Which, naturally, implies an ease of reading text. It also means plenty of sharpness. The body is definitely slimmer and lighter than same products made by competitors: there are 9.5 ounces and 4.2 by 6.2 by 1.4 to prove this statement. Data had the great advantage of appearing clean.

Disappointing battery

Before moving to design and other areas, it has to be said that the VIA 1605TM has a battery that isn’t as great as the ones on Garmin devices. Its life was capable of lasting only 2 hours. But if you are the sort of consumer that wants to connect a DVD player or any other such gadget to this GPS system, then this short battery span will not be a big issue.

The display is not resistive like on competing versions. But the resolution is enough to perform the most common tasks.TomTom-VIA-1605TM

The looks of this model are nice. The materials it is made of are plastic and brushed aluminum. It all comes in black. You are offered no hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone mode. And that might be a reason of discontent for users who want it.

If you wonder where the TM comes from,we will tell you. It is included in the name to show the fact that this model offers traffic updates along with lifetime maps. And that takes place once a year.

Don’t expect to see a high definition traffic support. There is none on this 1605TM. An alternative to that, and one that works very well, is a real-time traffic service. It’s not the company’s latest, though. But even if you don’t get a new one, this one still delivers what is expected of it.

Reliable performance

We reviewed this GPS unit by taking a ride from our hometown to another town. Throughout our testing session, TomTom’s latest GPS product offered a reliable performance. A con we weren’t too happy about was when we looked at the animation and saw that it didn’t move smoothly about. That was due to the frame rate, which simply lagged a lot. However, this remains a GPS device with a great screen. Unfortunately, this did not stop it from showing graphics in a poor quality. We were helped numerous times by the gadget’s maps, which had a very pleasant design.

For those times we needed to know whether traffic conditions affected or not a route, we employed the device’s Alternative Route dialog features. When nothing would deter us from reaching to our destination faster, this feature alerted us via the screen. We found this as extremely nice and very helpful. Every GPS system should have it listed among its other great features.

Review conclusion

The TomTom 1605TM ranks high in any list of best GPS devices. It might not make it to the top of the said list, but it doesn’t reach its bottom, either. Garmin still reigns supreme in that area. But the model we tested had its pros which should not go unnoticed that quickly.

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Garmin eTrex 10

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After reviewing Garmin’s $110 eTrex 20, we thought it was a good idea to test the previous eTrex 10, too. And we are glad we did, because this GPS unit is pretty good for its category. However, its cons stop it from becoming our favorite GPS system ever.

The screen that the eTrex 10 uses doesn’t have such an engaging resolution. It’s far less in pixels than the eTrex 20. This and the fact that its color of choice is a monochrome silver added to our displeasure during testing season.

Improved signal reception

Garmin is known for including a lot of helpful and easy to use features. The model analyzed today sure has all of that. In other words, the eTrex 10 sports these: cache filtering, advanced track navigation and GPS+GLONASS (for better reception). The track navigation feature brings to the table the possibility of having a look at elements such as hint, description, logs and so on. Your trail distance will be offered to you by this feature in an estimate. The GPS+GLONASS feature is thrown into the mix so that the GPS system delivers superior reception. Another advantage of using such a device is the possibility to opt for a track to navigate. After the user chooses one, the device is going to create a route. If the unit discovers one or more waypoints, it will add them for future use.

Any GPS device comes with the option to mount it on a car or bike or any other kind of means of transportation you may wish to use. This model does not boast a carabiner clip in the box. But it has a mounting spine that is really hard to use. Tracking accuracy was by far one of the best for such a product.Garmin-eTrex-10

Impressive battery

Naturally, Garmin had to add many keys on its product. There are 6 on this version. The thumb stick one from the front is one that can be toggled. It is very useful when you have to navigate the device’s menu. Another important button is the Power/Light one. This key indicates how much battery is left, the status and the hour or date. The keys for Zoom in/Zoom out lend a helping hand if the user wants to navigate menu lists without seeing all the pages. Finally, the Menu key is used to show what is in the menu structure. And the way to do that is thanks to a context sensitive menu. The interface that we got to play around with sticks to the same design as older models.

Like in the case of the more modern eTrex 20, the eTrex 10 has phenomenal battery life. According to results, it lasted 31 hours. Which is such a great figure for a GPS unit that isn’t the best out there.

Review conclusion

The Garmin eTrex 10 also belongs to the same category of entry-level GPS navigation systems. It does not come cheap, though. But at least you have the guarantee that it will not break down when you need it the most. This device is a great tool for people after paperless geocaching units. The model we reviewed on this page also comes with an interface that won’t give you headaches. The features are really good, especially the advanced track navigation offering. All of these turn this model into a product that deserves the attention of everyone wanting a new GPS system.

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Garmin eTrex 20

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And we’re back once more with a GPS unit. Made by Garmin, of course. The eTrex 20 has many attributes that concur to make it one of the best devices in its area. The battery, for instance, is one of its greatest pros. And the price is affordable. We reviewed it and remarked the following.

First and foremost, the design was the one to draw us in and want to learn more about this eTrex 20 GPS unit. And we saw that it was perfect for handling, as it had a light body and comfortable quality. In fact, Garmin made this tool the lightest and smallest in its series. You can take it anywhere with you, even to the mountainside.

Slow interface

The menu of this device is accessible in a very easy way. We only had to press a button and that was that. The system’s main menu can be navigated with the product’s toggle. We couldn’t employ our own fingers. Which might annoy some users. The device sports 6 keys. On the whole, we saw that we didn’t need half an hour to work our way around this eTrex 20 for our review. To see how much was left of the battery, we pressed the key for Power. The interface is one of the biggest cons. It does not deliver fast speeds at all. The accuracy that we got was less than ideal. The resolution is 176 x 220 pixels.Garmin-eTrex-20

The eTrex can be customized by using its six profiles. And it helps with whatever you may want to use it for. However, the display will not be loved by consumers: it’s much too small. But the battery was just…wow. It provided us with 25 hours of activity.

The poor accuracy is influenced by the size of the model’s body. Which is, as we already wrote, on the rather small size. Another element that has poor performance is the reception. But the smallness of the screen also makes text a bit difficult to read. Data fields need a lot more space to look good while they are in the map view. There is a microSD data card.

Glonass technology

Memory is 1.7GB. The eTrex 20 offers compatibility with the topo maps that the manufacturer is also providing. The best view and scale at which to look at them was, during our tests, BirdsEye satellite imagery and 1:24,000. Also, we could know how much was left till we reached our destination. The addition of a feature called GLONASS was also more than welcome. With it turned on, the eTrex 20 could easily deliver us satellite reception that is a whole lot more accurate than models without it included. So far, Garmin did not include this possibility on its earliest models. So maybe this will be the first out of many others in the future.

This GPS unit can easily accept a carabiner clip. This is made possible via a rail mount made of plastic. This is good news, since not many such devices offer this option. And it definitely made the experience more enjoyable on the whole wherever we were.

Review conclusion

The eTrex 20 created by one of the best GPS manufacturers, Garmin, is a device that should really feature on your shopping list if you want a great entry level GPS system. The tests we did showed good performance and many useful features than enhanced the overall experience.

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Samsung UN46ES6580

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Samsung and its $999 UN46ES6580 wants to bring to the market of TVs a device that doesn’t cost much, but is still able to deliver good value. We put it to the test and we got the following results that we are sharing with you in the form of this review.

The UN46ES6580 has, as its name indicates, a screen of 46″. Which is semi-matte. The panel is a 240Hz one with 480 Clear Motion. In our tests, this display didn’t sport the best saturation or contrast. Moreover, the side viewing angles didn’t offer great quality when watching something. And we caught wind of a couple of glares from this screen. The resolution is made of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

Slow internet browser

The UN46ES6580 sits on a stand that is made of four legs. It is painted black and offers plenty of stability. It can swivel this way and that. The frame of this TV is .5″ wide. The body is also black, but not glossy this time. Don’t expect anything too fancy about this device’s looks.

Colors looked swell, at least minus some that were too orange. But brightness was good. On the whole, the dynamic is much too vivid. The set’s Micro Dimming Ultimate feature takes care of the screen uniformity, in the sense that it helps erase any kind of problem.Samsung-UN46ES6580

This TV also has a judder reduction feature. But instead of doing what it’s supposed to do, it makes things worse. It also delivers motion artifacts. Thankfully, the device’s Clear Motion rate is very helpful when the user watches a movie that includes a lot of action.

The included browser is incredibly slow. It loads pages in more than 5 minutes.

Movies in 3D are shown in all their glory on the UN46ES6580. The box includes 4 pairs of 3D glasses. With it, content looked very enjoyable. No crosstalk appeared to annoy us. Depth was also superb. The usual blurs that TVs get in the bottom corner of whatever content the user is watching did not happen here. Color saturation and contrast did not look swell. This con aside, 3D image quality was really good. And the special glasses were very comfortable and light.

Improved sound quality

Ports mean 3 HDMI and 3 USB. You also get one component and one component video interfaces.

The pair of speakers integrated on this Samsung set bundles up some really good sound quality. It helps that they sit on the rear at the bottom. In fact, we have to give credit to the company for making the UN46ES6580 offer such good quality on such a TV.

The product ships with a Skype camera, too. It is a good one and it does its job well. We could talk and see our friends in more than fine image and sound quality.

A dedicated Game/Gaming mode is not an option on this model. If you think that Auto Motion is the mode for you, don’t use it. Because if you do, it will deliver motion artifacts and colors will look bad. Also, judder is going to make an appearance a lot of times. The best idea is to use this TV without the Auto Motion feature turned on.

Conclusion

The Samsung UN46ES6580 is far away from the success of other TVs made by the South Korean manufacturer. Even if that may be so, the name behind this device is going to mean a much better performance than rivaling products.

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Samsung UN40ES6500

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The air was hot with anticipation before Samsung unleashed its UN40ES6500 to the world. But as some of the most impatient consumers took this TV home and began using it, they didn’t really like it. Here are our own 2 cents on the matter.

The Samsung UN40ES6500 has, like all of the company’s products, great looks. The bezel, for one, is really slim: 0.5″. On the whole, the design exudes style. The remote that comes with this set features buttons that use the backlight technology. They were very easy to press in our tests. And, of course, gave strong feedback.

A new smart HDTV

For Internet browsing and use of other devices, this TV ships with an array of the following: one Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, 3 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports and one hybrid component/composite port.

Even if it is a product made by Samsung, the UN40ES6500 doesn’t deliver the same superb quality as other models created by the same company. 3D performance is not as great as expected. But this TV comes with not 1, but 2 pairs of 3D glasses. However, they’re models made 1 year ago.Samsung-UN40ES6500

The screen used on this model did not feature the same annoying glossiness as on previous models. So throughout the duration of our tests we were able to watch content without worrying that the experience would be ruined for us eventually. So reflections will not make an appearance on this TV’s display any time soon. To our eyes, one of the cons on this UN40ES6500 was uniformity. At any time that we chose to watch from a bigger distance, the display showed content in an off-angle. Which meant purple blacks. And contrast loss. The screen was imbued with red, yellow and gray blotches on all of its surface when watching movies.

Up to 480Hz frequency

Black levels are about average for its price, and shadow detail is excellent, while 3D is just OK, compared with other reviewed HDTVs. The TV comes with two pairs of lightweight active glasses. They’re actually the SSG-3050GBs from 2011. The accuracy that colors had was a pro point for this device. Also, the saturation of colors was excellent. But black levels didn’t have the same punch. And the depth of images which were dark was another pro. Scenes packed with action didn’t show judders. Details in shadows also looked awesome.

The product’s Clear Motion Rate feature had 240 – 480Hz. This score is what any serious TV should bring forth. This addition is going to work wonders where image processing is concerned. Because the Clear Motion Rate makes resolution look ten timed better than it ever did. And there are other offerings to improve performance: they are going by the name of backlight scanning, video processing and refresh rate (of 120Hz). These together put on quite a show. A very nice one. Alas, there is no microdimming to be observed.

Conclusion

Despite the strengths that the Samsung UN40ES6500 delivers, its weakness do not succeed in maing this TV one to fully recommend. Not unless you are a beginner with such sets such as this one. Should you wish a TV that can play 3D content in a way that will knock your socks off, this model falls short of that. And yet, this HDTV does not deserve to be fully bashed, since it does what it can with what it has. And it doesn’t do it that bad. Give it a try if you aren’t a pretentious consumer.

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