LCD HDTV quality is getting better and better, but at the same time prices seems to go higher and higher. Several companies are justifying these price range with different additional features and eye-candy. Samsung is one of this companies by announcing a full lineup of edge-lit LED-based LCDs. It is very expensive but they are expecting consumers to not mind the prices but offering the most advanced technology and design you can get.
The Samsung UN46B7000 set measures just 1.2 inches thick, thanks to that LED lighting system, which is also responsible for the TVs’ excellent energy efficiency. It features a bunch of interactive add-ons along with extensive picture adjustments including a cool new tweakable dejudder mode.
As mentioned, this TV is really thin. The UNB7000 measures just 1.2 inches deep at its thickest point, and tapers even thinner toward the edges of the panel. Looking at it from the front, you’ll see a slim, subtle red border edges all four sides of the panel, while the outer transparent edge lends a jewel-like look. Aside from the obvious thinness, the LEDs allow for a couple other design bonuses. The UNB7000 runs a lot cooler than other LCD and plasma displays producing a similar about of light, and the panel itself weighs less than other models.
As for its features, the Edge-lit LED backlighting is its main selling point. Samsung dubbed this set as LED TVs. However, don’t be confused with the names as this set is a normal liquid-crystal display TVs that use light-emitting diodes instead of the standard fluorescent backlights.
The Samsung UN46B7000 also included Yahoo widgets which we have already covered in previous posts. The system gathers Internet-powered information , called snippets, into a bar along the bottom of the screen. These widgets include informations such as stocks, weather, news, and access to Flickr photos. As Yahoo widgets become more popular, we can expect more widgets that can be added to these stock ones.
The UNB7000 series offers good connectivity, as long as your AV system doesn’t have many analog components. The highlight is four HDMI inputs, arranged vertically along the shallow connection bay on the back of the TV. You also get two USB inputs, a VGA-style PC input, and a single component-video input that can be converted to accept composite video instead. An RF input for antenna or cable, an optical digital audio jack, and the Ethernet port complete the picture. If you need to connect more than one analog device, you’ll need to use a switcher or an AV receiver.
In general, the UNB7000 gave very good pictures. Despite its relatively deep black levels, the UNB7000′s variable backlight impaired performance in very dark scenes. There’s also the issue on unifomity specially on dark scenes. In very dark scenes, the UNB7000 delivered a deep shade of black. In brighter scenes its black levels rose slightly.
As for its color accuracy, the UNB7000 gave excellent primary colors and color decoding, along with a solid grayscale that only lost accuracy in very dark areas. However, skin tones in bright areas were a bit flatter and seemingly less-saturated. Like many LCD-based screens, the UNB7000 also suffered from a bluish tinge in blacks and near-black shades.
On the off chance you do connect a standard-definition source to the Samsung, you find generally solid picture quality. The set eliminated jaggies from video-based sources well, and its noise reduction cleaned up the lowest-quality shots with aplomb.