Samsung LN40D550 review


A new 40 inch Samsung TV

The latest TV coming from Samsung is a device whose small price shouldn’t deter people from buying it; on the contrary, this product is certainly not a disappointment, as we will show in our test and review.

A lot of features

But before giving you details of how the testing went, here are some of the specifications for this Samsung LN40D550: 40″ screen size, 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p), HyperReal Engine, 992.1 x 667.2 x 255 mm (with stand) / 992.1 x 611 x 80.4 mm (without stand), 17.5kg (with stand) / 14.25kg (without stand), DTV Reception (ATSC & CLEAR QAM), DTV Tuner Built-in available, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, SRS TheaterSound, DTS 2.0 + Digital Out, 10W x 2 Sound Output (RMS), 2 USB ports, 2 Component In(AV), Digital Audio Out (Optical) x 1 (Side), PC In (D-sub), PC Audio In (Mini Jack), DVI Audio In (Mini Jack) x 1 (Common Use for PC Audio Input), Audio Out *Mini Jack), Ethernet (LAN) and power supply AC110 – 120V 60Hz (under 0.3W Stand-by Power Consumption).

VESA wall mount included

Samsung-LN40D550The latest Samsung TV comes with the following features: AllShare DLNA Certified, Wireless LAN Adaptor Support, AnyNet+, Auto Channel Search, 60CMR, 3 languages (English, French and Spanish), auto volume leveler, auto power off, clock and on/off timer, sleep timer, games mode, picture-in-picture, Eco Sensor, Eco Mark (Energy Star 5.1), ConnectShare Movie, Wide Color Enhancer and Samsung Star Service. The device ships with a VESA wall mount (200mm x 200mm), a remote control and a power cable.

Beautiful design

This TV’s Touch of Color design is simply beautiful: the hint of amber blends very well with the black bezel frame. The device looks eye-candy even when it’s not turned on. The CCFL backlight works much better than on previous Samsung TVs and it translates into superb quality, with uniform screen lighting; and it stays the same, whatever the lighting conditions in your room are.

The screen, with its 40″, features soft colors and great design; it blends well in any sort of room. The 1080 dpi resolution is another good feature of Samsung’s LN40D550: compared to the 720 dpi one usually seen in other TV models, this one offers beautiful, sharp images with fabulous colors. Details and clarity are also top-notch. The improved resolution made us experience great viewing content both when we stood near the screen and very far away from it.
The 4 HDMI connections make it easy to connect Blu-ray players, HD gaming consoles and much more to the device.

Not compatible with the web

Unfortunately, this TV is not compatible with the world wide web, but to make up for it there’s an Ethernet cable; you can connect it to your PC and listen to music, watch movies or videos and even play games online. You can also connect to other DLNA Certified devices if you have Bluetooth connectivity; thus you won’t have to use any sort of cable.
If you want to share your personal data with friends and family you can do so by using the Samsung share features. Moreover, the LN40D550 TV can easily connect to USB compatible devices, such as iPods and cameras via the USB connect options.

Game Mode works fine

The game mode is another plus for LN40D550 TV: it allows streaming speeds when you play online games by turning off much of the picture processing.
For our review we also tested the TheaterSound option and we must say we were pleased by it: volume levels are consistent, voices are intelligible and the sound is excellent.
The remote control is user-friendly and intuitive; it makes access to videos, pictures and the like a very easy operation.

Review conclusions

All in all, the latest Samsung LN40D550 makes for a very good option if you want to buy a new TV. Its features, good-looks and price will make it even more appealing.

Technical specifications

* AllShare (Powered by DLNA)
* Anynet + (HDMI – CEC) available
* Automatic search for available channel
* Languages OSD (English, French, Spanish)
* EQ automatic volume available
* Auto power off available
* Clock & Timer on / off available
* Sleep timer available
* Game mode available
* PIP (1 single tuner with PIP)
* Design standard
* Colour TV (Black Coal)
* Packaging dimensions: 718 x 1 210 x 170 mm
* Unit Dimensions with stand: 992.1 x 667.2 x 255.0 mm
* Unit Dimensions without stand: 992.1 x 611.0 x 80.4 mm
* Screen Size: 40 inches
* Resolution: 1920 x 1080
* HyperReal Engine
* 60000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
* DTV reception (TDD & Clear QAM)
* Integrated DTV tuner available
* Eco sensor available
* Package Weight: 20.7 kg
* Set weight with stand: 17.5 kg
* Set weight without stand: 14.25 kg
* Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
* His films SRS TheaterSound
* DTS digital output 2.0 +
* 2 sound output of 10 W (RMS)
* 2 sound output of 10 W (RMS)
Input and output
* HDMI x 4 (1 Side, Rear 3)
* USB x 2
* Component Input (Y / Pb / Pr) x 2
* Composite (AV) x 2 (1 Current use for Component Y)
* Digital audio output (optical) x 1 (Side)
* PC input (D-Sub)
* PC Audio (mini jack)
* DVI audio input (mini jack) x 1 (common use for PC audio input)
* Audio output (mini jack)
* Ethernet (LAN)
Energy consumption
* Power supply: 110-120 V AC 60 Hz
* Standby power consumption: less than 0.3 W
* Vesa wall mounting 200 x 200 available
* Model of MT950 remote
* Power cable available