Samsung UN46D7000 Review
Model: Samsung UN46D7000
Description: 46" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Television with 3D (super thin)
Included: Table Top Stand, 2 Pair 3D Glasses
Reviewer: Robert Wiley and Jack Burden
Date: Late Summer 2011
HD Picture Quality: 9/10 (post calibration)
An HD shot of a volcanic scene from Maui, Hawii shows of the UND7000's brightness, depth and color reproduction.
No one can deny a few facts about the UND7000 picture performance. 1) It is extremely bright with tremendous light (especially in scenes with sunlight streaming into the picture). 2) Colors are vibrant to the point of over saturation unless you are careful with the Picture Mode (the preset Movie picture mode is best) and the picture settings (see our calibrated settings on the next page). 3) Black levels from the Ultra Clear panel are very good. 4) With the proper set up, you can obtain a fantastic picture quality with both HD and SD resolutions. 5) One must be careful to properly tune the Auto Motion Plus feature to get the best combination of attributes. 6) Contrast still decreases at around 25 degrees off center, but not as much as before.
The picture depth of this TV is one of the best we have tested due in part to the effective Ultra Clear Panel. The UND7000 is a good as a plasma TV in this area. Some of the 2D programming actually looks a little bit 3D which makes the picture come to life.
3D picture performance was also very good. The only drawbacks were some glare from the insides of the 3D glasses and tired eyes when viewing some material. We did not note any flashing, flicker, crosstalk, or bottom corner blurring – all problems experienced with last year's Samsung 3D TVs.
A very bright clear pic from the 480i version DVD of Seabiscuit shows the excellent up-conversion of the UN55D7000.
SD Picture Quality: 9/10 (post calibration)
The up-conversion during Standard definition programming is very good. There is plenty of detail and edges of images were sharp from lower resolution signals.
3D TV Glasses: The model is one of Samsung's newest (SSG-3300GR). Unlike some, these glasses are rechargeable using the included USB connection cables. The glasses are light and comfortable but as mentioned above do produce some glare off the sides of the lenses. Samsung includes 2 pair of 3D glasses in the box. Costs for extra sets will run you approximately $79.
3D Glasses charging via USB cable connected to the TV.
Design: People either love or hate the UND7000 table top stand. For those that will be wall mounting, this is not an issue anyway. It could be called obnoxious, but I like that it's different and it swivels 20 degrees. It's functional, cool design. The super thin trim framing this TV is only .35" in width all the way around the screen. It has a chrome silver finish on the edges. One thing I also like about the appearance is the jet black screen when the TV is off. This is Ultra Clear Panel which absorbs light and has a incredible depth.
(Left) The Samsung logo light can be easily turned off. Quad leg stand and neck.
(Center) Back inputs shoot out the side and bolt holes are recessed for extremely tight wall mounting on the D7000.
(Right) Bezel framing of the D7000
Internet Connectivity: The Samsung UND7000 includes built in Wifi, so it's nice not to have to purchase an extra Wifi dongle. Samsung's Smart Hub or Smart TV has has a pretty thorough offering of Internet TV options, but the UND7000 does not have a built in web browser for search. Samsung's Smart TV or Smart Hub features the usual suspects Netflix, Vudu, Rovi, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Hulu Plus, and a ton of little Apps that cost between .99 and $2.99. Skype is an available option on the UND7000 with an optional camera (CY-S7C1100-ZA) for $169.
Samsung's Smart Hub options menu
Value Rating: 8.5/10
The UN46D7000 has a good host of features including built in Wifi, 3D, a top design, exceptional picture quality features and Samsung's Smart Hub Internet choices. It does not have a web browser. It sells for around $2399 from authorized Internet retailers. Competition is from LG's passive 3D 55LW5600, the Sony XBR46HX909, and the Sharp's LC-46LE835U..
Overall Rating: 8.75/10
See the complete Samsung UN46D7000 Picture Settings and Calibration Results.
- Screen Size: 46" (45.9" diagonal)
- Aspect ratio: 16:9, 1920 x 1080p
- Progressive features: micro-dimming LED, DLNA, 3D, Samsung SmartTV
- Inputs: 4 HDMI v.1.4 (best audio/video connection) / 3 USB 2.0 / PC input / component video / composite video / component audio / optical digital audio / PC audio
- Audio enhancement: Dolby Digital Plus / SRS TheatreSound HD
- Built-in speakers: 10W x 2
- Mounting options: swivel pedestal stand / wall-mountable
- Remote control: QWERTY remote (unit not included in box; redemption voucher included instead)
- 3D capable (requires 3D glasses, sold separately)
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- DLNA compatible
- Samsung SmartTV apps, media hub, and web browser
- ConnectShare USB
- Skype on Samsung TV
- Ultra Clear Panel
- Wide Color Enhancer Plus
- Eco Sensor
- AutoMotion Plus 240Hz with Clear Motion Rate
- Dimensions: 41.3" W x 23.9" H x 1.2" D (w/out stand) / 41.3" W x 26.9" H x 10.9" D (w/stand)
- Weight: 27.6 lbs (w/out stand) / 31.7 lbs (w/stand)