Samsung UE46B8000 review

Samsung has produced some cracking TVs this year, and its 8000 series LCD with LED backlighting leaves us mightily impressed Tested at £1930.00

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Our Verdict

The performance is as good as the styling - what more is there to say?

For

  • Extraordinarily thin and stylish design
  • excellent spec
  • terrific all-round pictures from all sources

Against

  • Wireless dongle costs extra

This set won an Award just one month ago. Now, it's not unheard of for Award-winning products to be bested by a rival in the very next issue. Products that didn't make it to us in time for judging can ruin the celebrations even before the taste of the champagne has gone. Not this time, though.

There are seven brand-new sets in this size category vying to pinch the UE46B8000's freshly engraved gong. But the Samsung is so accomplished it hangs on to its crown.

Stunning looks, stunning images
It's impossible to ignore the way this TV looks. When we first tested it, we commented that its 117cm diagonal measurement combined with its 3cm depth to made it look like a giant credit card.

Those dimensions should excite wall-mounters, as will the information that the wall bracket is a single-screw affair that adds just 1.5cm to the overall depth.

Of course, the proof is in the viewing, and the Samsung comes up trumps here, too. Play the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Blu-ray and the troublesome early panning shots are reproduced by the Samsung's 200Hz motion processor with the kind of stability, sharpness and smoothness that only the Sony KDL-46Z5500 can beat – and even then only just.

Capable of deep, inky blacks
The set's also capable of producing proper, inky blacks – but, impressively, ones with insight and punch.

Dark scenes are dark, bright scenes are bright, and a scene that includes both darkness and light, the battle in the Department of Mysteries, thrills as the pure white light from the wands sparks out of the surrounding blackness.

Detail levels are exemplary, ensuring every inch of Hogwarts is revealed in all its craggy glory, while colours are rich yet subtle enough to avoid making skin look overly flushed.

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When asked to upscale DVD and Freeview pictures, the Samsung responds in clean, detailed and sharply defined fashion, and although the set can get somewhat flustered by particularly busy soundtracks, it's far from the worst we've heard in the audio department – an impressive feat itself given the lack of space for drivers.

In short, you might initially fall for the Samsung's looks, but we're happy to confirm that it's the performance you'll most appreciate in the end.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product Series8000
Product NameSamsung UE46B8000
Product ModelUE46B8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberUE46B8000

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand27.7 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate22.80 kg
Weight Approximate18 kg
Width with Stand113.1 cm
Height with Stand75.7 cm
Width112.9 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth3 cm
Height70.5 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions70.5 cm (H): 112.9 cm (W): 3 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto-off, Auto Program, Teletext, Picture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption90 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption220 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • UE46B8000 LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Instruction Book
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Installation CD

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year