Samsung LE40A558 review

Detail levels are among the best in its class and the deep blacks impress Tested at £1000.00

TODO alt text

Our Verdict

This Samsung doesn’t quite stick out from the crowd, but it’s an undeniably good TV

For

  • Detailed, sharp pictures
  • impressive black levels and insight
  • judder-free 24fps motion

Against

  • Could do with punchier whites and more vibrant colours
  • a little noise to poor Freeview broadcasts

For a long time now, Samsung has been well known for producing very decent sets at very aggressive prices.In recent times though, the company has found itself competing directly with more luxury brands. But as this TV attests it can more than hold its own in upper-class company.

Once again, there are few surprises with style. Samsung has always been a big proponent of the gloss-black finish, which makes an appearance here; the result is a set that looks a little plain, though not unattractive.

The sharp image is immediately impressive

Of course, the picture is where it's at, and the Samsung will win many fans here. Kick off with 3:10 to Yuma on Blu-ray, and the detailed, sharp image is immediately impressive. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe look especially craggy, while the glorious scenery looks textured and true-to-life, even when it's whizzing passed in smooth 24fps style.

The campfire scene demonstrates a good black performance, too, though in order to achieve that the backlight needs to be turned to a fairly low setting, which does adversely affect punch. The result is daylight scenes that can look a little overcast.

Switching to Penelope on DVD confirms that this is a very accomplished performer. Detail levels are amongst the best in class, and the deep, insightful blacks continue to impress. There is a little bit of white punch missing, and colours are a touch less vibrant than we would prefer, but all-in-all this is extremely pleasing.

Pictures from the Freeview tuner are also generally impressive. BBC channels are very clean and detailed, though the Samsung doesn't do quite as well with a poor broadcast like Channel 4 Racing.

Decent, balanced sonic performance

Any source is accompanied by a decent, balanced sonic performance. It can be beaten for detail, but by current standards there's little to complain about.

And that's really the story of the Samsung LE40A558: it's a very solid buy from a very solid company.

Specifications

View All

General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product Series550
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberLE40A558P3FXXU
Product NameSamsung LE40A558
Product ModelLE-40A558

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesTeletext, Picture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate16.40 kg
ColourBlack

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year