Samsung UE40B7000 review

The Samsung UE40B7000 is virtually identical in spec to the UE40B7020 we've previously tested, but it's exclusive to Dixons, Currys and PC World Tested at £1600.00

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Our Verdict

If you want a Samsung TV then take your pick – both this and the UE40B7020 excel

For

  • Exhaustive spec
  • pictures are strong across the board
  • ultra-slim and stylish design

Against

  • Sound is average

Recognise this TV? It's the Samsung UE40B7020 from last month. Well, it's not – it's the UE40B7000, but they're the same thing. Except they're not... Yes, this is all rather confusing.

You may have guessed that this is another case of the 'exclusive to...' model ranges, so beloved of Samsung. So, this particular 40in, the '7000, is the DSG (Dixons, Currys, PC World) exclusive version of the '7020 we've previously reviewed.

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This model has a red power light and trim – last month's had a white edging to the platinum black finish – but otherwise it has the same spec, with Full HD resolution, four HDMI inputs, a pair of USB inputs and wireless internet connection (providing you've paid £50 for Samsung's wireless dongle).

It remains an extremely thin and attractive TV.

Solid picture performance, lightweight sound
Sure enough, the performance is nigh-on identical to the '7020. Pictures are clean and stable, with smooth motion, full colours and impressive black levels, whether watching Freeview, Blu-ray or DVD content.

There are the smallest differences in the colour palettes, but some tweaking can have images looking identical.

Similarly, the speakers sound predictably lightweight, just as they do on its sibling.

We did find the white-trimmed '7200 available for £1500 online, so if you prefer the subtle rosy edges of the '7000, it's worth keeping an eye out for a price reduction. It's a TV that's as competent as it is attractive.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product Series7000
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberUE40B7000
Product NameSamsung UE40B7000
Product ModelUE40B7000

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • UE40B7000 LED-LCD TV
  • Power Cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
  • CD-ROM
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Manual

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto-off, Auto Program, Picture in Picture, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight with Stand Approximate18.50 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Weight Approximate14.80 kg
ColourRose Black