Samsung LCD HDTV Review
Excellent picture quality; good contract with the colors; variety of sizes available; media center functionality; USB port for connecting other hardware
A bit expensive; awkward remote controls with some models; a few reports of overheating
The Bottom Line
If you can afford to buy a Samsung LCD HDTV, you should definitely make the purchase. However, do your research beforehand to make sure you avoid models with potential overheating problems.
Samsung televisions, in general, have a reputation for high quality. The Samsung LCD HDTV models carry on that tradition. The television itself provides amazing image quality, even when compared to other LCD screens.
The high contrast between the colors and the improved quality of the black make the picture quality superior to most of the models on the market currently. Plus, the richer black tones mean you don't have to worry about glare lessening your picture quality.
You can also find the Samsung LCD HDTV in several size options, depending on which series you choose. The Series 7 models, for example, come in 40, 46, and 52 inch choices. Smaller television sizes, including a 19 inch model, are available in Series 7.
Another plus is the high refresh rate. While having a lower refresh rate isn't going to make much difference when you're watching a movie or your television programming, you will notice a remarkable improvement if you're a video game player. No matter which system you enjoy the Samsung LCD HDTV models with a 120 hz refresher rate are worth the money.
The number of connection on these televisions is also amazing. Many of the models don't have enough for a real home theater system. The Samsung LCD HDTV, however, comes with four built-in HDMI inputs, plus an Ethernet port so you can connect your television to the Internet.
You might also appreciate the TruSound technology built into the televisions for improved sound quality even when you don't have true surround sound in your home.
Some of the Samsung LCD HDTV models can also double as media centers. They have a large built-in hard drive for storing files you might want to view on the television. For example, you could look at family photos, music videos, or your favorite streaming movie from online movie rental stores.
The only complaints with the Samsung LCD HDTV would be the remote. With some models, the remotes have been very awkwardly shaped. That may not seem like a big deal but if you're going to be holding the remote in your hand frequently you want something that is going to feel right. A few reports of overheating problems have also been made by consumers with some of the models. Do your homework before purchasing the model of Samsung LCD HDTV that best fits your needs.
For some buyers, the price might also be a concern. For a 46 inch Samsung LCD HDTV model, prices are between $1,500 and $2,000. You can find other models for less than that in the same size category but they will not have the 1080p resolution.