Samsung UE46ES8000 review | What Hi-Fi?

The Samsung UE46ES8000 follows sizzling on the heels of its 55in sibling, the UE55ES8000, which we gave a thorough examination in our international exclusive review now not see you later in the past.

So, we've got sky-high expectations of this TV, the 46in model – arguably the brand new key display measurement – in this flagship range.

Building on the corporate’s already impressive Smart Hub – Samsung’s house for catch-up TV, on-demand motion pictures and video, internet browsing, apps and more – there’s now the added ingenuity of voice and gesture regulate.

Samsung UE46ES8000: Super-slim and Skype-ready

The ES8000 sports the same super-slim bezel as the 2011 vary, but for a bump on the height that homes an HD digicam and dual microphones to serve the built-in Skype capability.

There are Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, 3 HDMI inputs and the same selection of USB connections for enjoying media or even recording out of your TV.

There’s also a digital optical output for connecting to an AV receiver for sending virtual sound, an ethernet connection for everything sensible, plus integrated wi-fi, and legacy sockets including element and composite video.

You’ll also discover a slot for Samsung’s Evolution Kit. This, the company says, will keep your TV up to date by means of permitting the inclusion of latest options as they grow to be available.

Samsung UE46ES8000: Voice and gesture keep watch over

If the 2 far off controls bundled with the TV weren’t enough, you'll be able to wave and shout instructions at this set, too. Press a button at the smarter of the two remotes after which bark commands to adjust the quantity, trade channels or, extra usefully, enter textual content.

This comes into its own when the use of Smart TV functions such because the web broswer, the place getting into text is otherwise exhausting.

Gesture keep an eye on proves flakier, merely suffering to command the TV let on my own end up particularly futuristic or a step ahead. We also struggled withthe voice and gesture bars intermittently interjecting on the display screen with out being summoned.

Ultimately the technology is figure in progress: helpful and every now and then efficient – but we largely found ourselves the usage of the remotes, and predominantly the standard one at that.

The smaller one does fundamental controls and sports activities touch-sensitive scrolling and a right away line to voice controls with a integrated mic.

Samsung UE46ES8000: A blotchy backlight – a minimum of to begin with

Up and working, we can’t lend a hand however understand slight blotches to the backlight. That stated, the issue fades because the TV warms-up, so it wasn’t a problem overall.

Both tuners are predictably efficient. Edges are a bit of sharper and hues just a little more refined with Freesat, but the Freeview HD tuner is blank and detailed with a herbal colour balance, whilst scrolling text and rapid motion is stable.

A Blu-ray disc gets the the best out of the 1920 x 1080-pixel display screen. Despite the title, Killers proves surprisingly fluffy across the edges in storyline, but with a razor-sharp image at the Samsung.

Skin tones have just the correct color steadiness and expose each line and sag, whilst the whole thing from hair to landscapes show off the set’s spectacular distinction ranges.

Clean, brilliant whites sit atop cast blacks, and be sure that this TV delivers plenty of perception to dingy corners or dark swimsuit jackets even right through the darkest scenes.

Samsung UE46ES8000: Pushing 3-d performance

Switch to 3D and we’re pleased to document that Samsung has pushed the efficiency right here, too. Two pairs of lightweight 3-D glasses are supplied, they usually’re easier on the eyes both relating to feel and design.

The more at ease revel in stretches to watching 3-D content, too, with less crosstalk, smoother motion and a extra stable image that still has a way of depth.

Samsung’s Smart Hub nonetheless supplies a wealth of online content. Almost too much, if truth be told, making for an interface that requires a second to soak up.

You can to find the likes of Acetrax, BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube in Samsung Apps, plus masses more but even so, from games, to things for youngsters, fitness lovers and families.

Crucially, the UE46ES8000 does a just right job of showing even lower-quality content material at just about SD TV quality. Lest we overlook, Skype is served excellently thanks to the HD video digital camera and microphones, whilst there’s also DLNA connectivity by the use of AllShare Play, which will play track and video from a NAS software or USB stick.

Samsung UE46ES8000: Disappointing built-in speakers

Play some track, and while we don’t expect miracles from the sound, miracles we unquestionably do not get. It’s funds iPod speaker high quality which, while high-quality for day-to-day TV and no wonder in comparison with most flatscreens, is disappointing on this sort of high-specification set.

Add some external amplification and audio system if you can.

Verdict

This is the top-of-the-pile set from the corporate that’s pushing Smart TV harder than anyone else; if you wish to know what a tv is capable of in 2012, then look no further.

For the entire bells, whistles, shouts and gestures, the bread-and-butter duties of staring at TV, video or even 3-d are where the ES8000 actually excels.

It’s a worthy flagship.

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