Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TV set review 2014: Samsung's 2014 40-inch H6200 Series 6 Smart LED TV will perk up your living space with great high contrast picture quality.

If you want to put one new TV set under the Christmas tree this year for someone that isn't going to break your piggy bank, a good choice would be the Samsung 40-inch H6200 - an excellent middle-range TV set that will perk up your living room, boasts a lot of connectivity features (most of which you won't use) and delivers great high contrast picture quality.

Samsung recently sent over a UA40H6200 Series 6 Smart 3D Full HD LED TV which I quickly hooked up and put through its paces for the review period.

The design and thin frame (gloss black bezel) of the UA40H6200 and the stand will enhance your living space (and all comes in such a thin, slim easily carry-able box you'd hardly believe there's a big TV inside).

Yet it's what you see on it that matters and that where this Samsung, although not part of the TV maker's high-end range of TV sets, performs a great job at the price point for ordinary consumers looking to watch television in better quality without breaking the bank.

Switching over from your existing remote control to the conventional Samsung remote control is easy and without stress (my own TV is a Sony Bravia) with zero awkward finger-memory problems and digits that want to press at wrong places out of habit.

The extremely energy-efficient LED Samsung TV set makes viewing at a wide angle possible, the colours are vivid, bright and the picture quality excellent with good dark blacks even in a airy, bright and sunny living room.

It has built-in WiFi (and now a quad core processor) so it has all the usual smart TV set connectivity options (streaming content from another device to the screen for instance. It's great to have it hooked up to your DStv decoder for instance and then watch TV on your tablet in another room through screen mirroring.)

Playing games (Destiny really is the closest new thing to Mass Effect) is smooth without lag. The Samsung's "Football Mode" for sport to limit things like motion blur, didn't really make a difference, at least not one I could detect.

The sound ... well you're supposed to really buy a flat screen TV for the image rendering and channel your sound through a quality audio system.

The Samsung UA40H6200's sound can be better, but at the price point you can't really expect it to - it's not a sound system. Connect your cables to your audio system and control your quality sound separately.

There's more apps on the interface than what you'll ever use, or can use for the South African territory and the menu slides smoothly and fast with integrated social media options.

At the back - and that's why its extremely family friendly - it's very easy plug-and-play with clearly marked 3 USB ports and a wonderful 4 HDMI ports and ethernet connection.

The Samsung UA40H6200 is a great option if you want to perk up your living room with a stylish TV edition and a more than adequate quality picture and  retails for around R6 500.00