Design and Connections
Contained in the Picture Options sub-menu we have the Film Mode that has Auto1, Auto2 and Off options which we’ll test in the Video Processing section. There are also a couple of noise filters (Digital Noise and MPEG) that didn’t really do anything with our test material but could be useful with particularly low quality content – we know some of you even watch YouTube on the big screen. With the (most accurate) Picture Mode of Movie selected the Colour Tone (read Colour Temperature) of Warm 2 is automatically selected, which usually provides pictures closest to industry standards. Finally, under the Picture Options, there’s a choice of settings for HDMI Black Level that should be at Normal for Video content and Low for PC levels.
Beginning with the SMPTE 133 pattern, the EH5300 was able to cleanly scale a 576i signal without any loss of detail or unwanted ringing. The 46EH5300 also performed well with video deinterlacing duties, with jaggies only appearing when the line was at an acute angle in the first test on the HQV disc. In the second test the motion adaptive deinterlacing was also good with slight jaggies only appearing on the bottom bar of the three moving bars.
The 5500, quite surprisingly, couldn’t lock on to the 2:2 (PAL - European) film cadence and nor could it handle the most common NTSC 2:3 cadence and this was with the Film Mode in either Auto1 or Auto2. There were no such cadence problems handling film material with both horizontal and vertical scrolling video text, correctly displaying the words without any blurring or shredding.
With our Blu-ray player set to 1080i the display correctly deinterlaced and displayed both the video and film resolution tests (provided the aspect ratio is set to Screen Fit) and showed good scaling and filtering performance as well as good resolution enhancement. The Samsung EH5300 also had no problems in showing video text overlaid on film based material and handled 24p content without any problems.
The good news continues when it comes to Input Lag and the EH5300 takes the crown from the ES5500 as being the most responsive display, for gamers, since using our dedicated testing kit. It delivered a latency of between 25 and 28 milliseconds – equating to less than a frame of your average console game.
- Standby: 0.0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 74W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 71.2W
After contrast performance the next thing we’re looking for are believable colours and the UE46EH53000 wasn’t found wanting in that department, either, once we’d engaged the Movie picture mode. In fact, as we said on the Test Results section, colour tracking was extraordinarily accurate at a range of saturation levels, putting many - much more expensive - displays to shame. Video processing was also of a high standard, meaning everything from lowly standard definition to the more lofty aspirations of Blu-ray disc was handled with aplomb. High definition sources, in particular, brimmed with detail, brought to life and given excellent dimensionality by the rich contrast performance. Motion handling isn’t the strongest suit of the EH5300 and we could detect some ghosting with rapidly moving objects but it was certainly nothing too offensive and the brain is fairly good at adapting to a spot of blur. It’s certainly preferable to a complete breakdown in motion processing that we sometimes see with the engines of high-end LED TVs. Whilst we’re discussing weaknesses, we have to point out that viewing angles aren’t particularly generous with this panel so some consideration over where it is placed in the room is needed, especially as the stand doesn’t swivel. Both are fairly minor complaints, in all honesty, and the EH5300 truly does produce some of the best images we’ve seen from an LED television in 2012.
Audio and Features
Samsung’s suite of features is so extensive that we felt compelled to give them their own dedicated Review and just about all that’s missing, from all that is covered there, are the voice and gesture controls as well as the Evolution Upgrade kit.
- Excellent black levels and contrast
- Almost pristine screen uniformity
- Outstanding colour accuracy
- Lots of smart features
- Current online pricing is low
- Little bit of blur with motion
- Viewing angles could be better
- Stand doesn't swivel
Samsung EH5300 (UE-46EH5300) LED LCD Smart TV Review
Unlike some of its more esteemed companions in the Samsung range, the UE46EH5300 is very unlikely to be bestowed with any design awards being as it’s the proverbial black box and unusually thickset for a LED TV. No matter, to us, and our only criticism really stems from the fact the base-stand doesn’t swivel. Connections are certainly adequate and the same can be said for the layout and content of the Menu systems although it is about time Samsung put the Game Mode with the rest of the Picture Modes, instead of secreting it in to the Settings Menu. Features are abundant, with heaps of Video on Demand services to choose from, media streaming possibilities and a web browser among the highlights.
Once we’d shifted out of the factory default Standard picture mode, the EH5300 transformed in to a display capable of very accurate colour representation. In fact, once calibrated, this plucky mid-range TV put many a display costing far more to shame in terms of its colour tracking and Samsung deserve great credit for that. Video processing was generally strong, with good scaling and deinterlacing performance although the lack of proper cadence detection means your DVD collection could be seen in better light.
To add to the extremely convincing colour palette, contrast and dynamic range performance was incredibly strong with barely a whiff of a uniformity issue to spoil the party. High definition images were packed with detail and although motion handling could have been better, we’d expect most to be extremely pleased by the images the EH5300 is capable of outputting. The good news doesn’t stop there, either, and – attention gamers – this particular TV returned the lowest input lag figures we’ve obtained since using our new testing equipment and methodology. The EH5300 is truly a TV that should satisfy the most demanding of competitive gamer out there.
The Samsung UE-EH5300 is an outstanding all-rounder available for a price that shouldn’t make you wince. It is most certainly up there with the best LED TV’s we’ve seen this year and based on current internet prices, it's a sure-fire Best Buy.
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