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Samsung ES6200 Review

 

Samsung has promised to be the leader in world innovation, so far, they’re almost there. Pity South Africa’s broadband doesn’t agree.

We take a look at Samsung’s UA46ES6200R Smart TV, it might not have nifty voice and motio controls but it’s worth writing home about.
Our final verdict? Well, look, it’s a must have.

The review unit arrived just in time for the London Olympics and having the Smart TV as our first Television review, those to follow must up their game.

Display

Nothing can give you more pleasure than watching the Olympic track events on an ultra crisp, crystal clear 46” HD display, that’s what it’s like on Samsung’s Series 6 range of LED 3D offering. The Korean manufacturer’s 6 series is known for giving us pricey devices in the past, on the other hand this one is an affordable, easily recommendable 46-incher.

At its price point, you get a full HD, 3D panel, 3 HDMI and USB inputs, a DVB-T2 (Freeway HD) tuner and access to several apps via Samsung’s ‘Smart Hub’ like Facebook, Skype, YouTube and Netflix. While you access the ‘Smart TV’ menu to unlock a world, yes literally, a world of features such as a web browser, Fitness, Family story (which lets you sort and view your family’s most precious moments), Your Video and Search All files and programming on your TV set.  For Convergence you might find the All Share, All Share Play and Wi-Fi direct useful for sharing and streaming your favourite tracks, video’s and pictures from your Samsung Smartphone (like we did with the Galaxy Note here). At least make sure that you have a secure, high-speed connection.

Design

Samsung is and always has been the king of aesthetics. The 40’ LED screen is surrounded by a slim (approximately 1cm thick) black bezel, which in turn is surrounded by thinner border of transparent acrylic which looks like glass, but perfect as it helps the TV blend with its surroundings.

Unless you’re wall mounting it, the ES6200 sits on top of a high quality, stylish quad stand with swivel capabilities (left/right).

Connectivity
3 HDMI
3 USB

Headphone x 1ea
Wireless LAN Built-in available
Component In (Y / Pb / Pr) x 1ea
Composite In (AV) x 1 (Common Use for Component Y) ea
Digital Audio Out (Optical) x 1ea
RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input) x 1ea

DVI Audio In (Mini Jack) x 1ea
Ethernet (LAN) x 1ea
Conclusion

The Samsung UE46ES6200 is a decent budget 40″ LED-based HD/3DTV, and does excel in enough areas to get an all-out recommendation. The UA46ES6200R′s biggest strength is surely its gaming responsiveness. If you can see through the motion blur, you’ll be rewarded with very low input lag from connected games consoles and PCs.

We’re not convinced that this is as good as +/- R15 000 can buy, but if you can afford it you’ll be rewarded with decent colour accuracy, good contrast performance, and a good selection of web connected features. The ES6200R comes standard with a pair (two) of 3D active glasses and 3 Blu-ray DVD’s for your viewing pleasure, although finding a 3D Blu-Ray player will draw another R2000 from your pocket.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.
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