Samsung UE32D5000

Samsung-UE32D5000

A 32 inch LED HDTV

We love it when we run into a product that is not only very good looking but also performs as it is expected to and has a small price too. We are talking here about the 32 inch Samsung UE32D5000, an edge LED backlit TV which looks extremely good, in the Samsung fashion, and is affordable too, although it does make some cut offs for it. They are not very important however, at least in our opinion they aren’t, because the TV does what it is supposed to do respectably. It doesn’t have support for Facebook and some other stuff, but you will see from our review here that what it offers is more than sufficient, firstly for the price and secondly for a good TV.

Very slim design

The UE32D5000 is all black, but it features some distinctive marks that make it particular. The narrow black bezel is rounded off by a nice crystal-transparent outer trim that fits very well with the transparent neck of the stand. They go very well together, but seeing that all the ports are lined on the sides, the TV can also be hanged on the wall, especially because it is very slim as well.Samsung-UE32D5000

As for the connections and ports that we’ve mentioned, we think they are sufficient for what you’d normally need, and extra sufficient for the money. The TV set is equipped with four HDMIs, an Ethernet socket, the connection with the PC can be done via the D-Sub PC port and it also has two USB ports. There are also the digital optical output, the component sockets, VGA and RF input and RGB Scart socket. What you should know here is that the HDMIs are not the latest v1.4 but v.1.3 and that the TV doesn’t have support for Freeview HD, but only Freeview.

Easy to use interface

Also, you shouldn’t expect to find built-in WiFi, but you shouldn’t despair either. You can always connect the optional WiFi dongle via one of the USB ports, while you can use the other for video playback, or photos, or other multimedia content. Or if you wish, you can import them from your networked PC, via the Ethernet port.

We should also say something about the results of our tests. Well, testing the Samsung UE32D5000 wasn’t bad, meaning that going through the menu didn’t arise any problems and the images delivered made an impression on us with their good quality. The interface is very user friendly and you don’t get lost in the menu. The EPG view offers clear information on the channel selected as well as other channels. The writing is large and clear and we don’t think anyone would have a problem with it.

Good black levels

The Samsung UE32D5000 didn’t show signs of muted hues or poor color distribution, but in case you are still unsatisfied with the image quality, there are plenty of settings and adjustments you have full access to. As it is LED backlit, the color distribution is very well done and it really made an impression on us. It is able to deliver outstanding levels of sharpness when streaming HD content making the right adjustments. We noticed however during our tests that with extremely dark pictures the black levels show some bleeding, which is not noticeable in normal conditions anyway. From the menu you can make some adjustments for brightness, black tones and even shadow detail. Fast moving images were very well delivered, we didn’t see and image lag or motion artifacts.

Review conclusion

The Samsung UE32D5000 is not thicker than 30mm and has a very nice design. We enjoyed its performance because it didn’t let us down not even a bit for its price tag. It is true there is no Freeview HD tuner, Samsung’s Smart Hub or built-in WiFi, but if you don’t even plan to use them then this 32 inch UE32D5000 LED TV is made for you.

Technical specifications

Display resolution1920×1080, 1080p Full HD
Screen size32 inch
Panel typeLCD
Connectivity
PC in1
Integrated Freesat TunerNo
S-Video in0
RGB Scart in0
Memory card in0
USB in2
Phono audio in2
Phono audio out0
DVI in0
HD ReadyYes
Scart in0
Composite in1
Component in1
HDMI 1.3aYes
HDMI in4
Full HDYes
24fpsYes
Integrated digital tunerYes
Accepts 1080pYes
Integrated analogue tunerYes
Digital audio out1
Aspect Ratio16:09
Dimensions (hwd, cm)53x95x64
Total Weight14.2 kg