What is the Samsung UE40ES6300?
Design and Connections
The remote control is more or less a replica of those we saw with the flagship Samsung models and is a slimmed down iteration of those of recent years. We were pleased to note the aspect ratio (P.Size) button is retained in the ES6300 as it was missing in the flagship TV versions, sacrificed for the sake of providing shortcuts to some of the features in the Smart Hub. It’s a well thought out design with button layout sensibly deployed and is easily operated comfortably with just the one hand.
We gave some criticism to the motion handling of the higher end Samsung LEDs of late and the 6300 also shares Samsung’s Clear Motion Rate (CMR) processing technology which sometimes stutters and pauses it way through the action. The actual interpolation of the Motion Plus engine is quite pleasing for sporting action, when set to Clear or a conservative User setting and the ‘black frame insertion’ technique of the LED Motion plus can be particularly effective with film. The undefeatable Noise Reduction, which can remove film grain and other high frequency detail in pictures, is absent in the UE40ES6300, happily, but for anyone that doesn’t like the grain effect, a Low setting of the Noise Reduction control in the Picture Menu, is remarkably effective in removing it.
Gamers wanting to get the most out of the Samsung ES6300 will need to utilise the renaming of source input feature and change the HDMI 1 input label to PC. Without doing so the Game mode lags at over 63 milliseconds, which is not good for a dedicated preset. By renaming to PC, the latency drops to under 45 milliseconds, which is good but not great.
- Standby: 0.0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 68.5W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 64.3W
- 3D Movie Mode – 80.4W
Samsung UE40ES6300 Picture Quality 2D
Sticking in one for the kids, Madagascar, and the Samsung really shows its teeth, the gloriously bright colour palette truly shines and the EH6300’s good handling of Blu-ray ensures there’s no undue judder to complain about. When things are moving faster at higher frame rates than Blu-ray generally provides, there is a touch of blur but sports lovers could do worse and there’s always Motion Plus to lend a hand. Overall, it was a very good showing here for the Samsung ES6300 and provided you can seat yourself centrally to the screen, one that should impress most as viewing angles most certainly are not a strong point.
Samsung UE40ES6300 Picture Quality 3D
Audio and Features
So packed are the Samsung TVs with features, we decided to write a separate review entirely devoted to them. You can find that here and it’s only the voice and gesture controls, of note, missing from the ES6300 feature set.
- Strong contrast
- Impressive blacks
- Great screen uniformity
- Highly accurate after calibration
- 3D is nice and bright
- Boatloads of features
- Some stuttering and pausing with motion
- Viewing angles are poor
- Quad stand
- Game mode is laggy (although there is a remedy)
Samsung UE40ES6300 TV Review
There’s no mistaking the ES6300 for anything other than a Samsung product with the trademark quad-foot stand and slim chassised design and even if the former isn’t to our taste, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the rest of the package. Connectivity options are plentiful although we would like to see 4 HDMI ports as standard at this level but the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi does go some way to compensate and make accessing the abundant feature-set that much more straightforward for those that don’t seat their TVs near to their internet connection.
The generous calibration controls allowed us to dial in almost perfect colours and these, buoyed by decent black levels and abetted by strong picture processing, allowed the UE40ES6300 to deliver striking high definition images, packed with detail and believability. It doesn’t perform too shabbily with standard definition either but whether HD or SD, you’ll want to be sat flush on to avoid both contrast and colour wash-out as generous viewing angles are definitely not one of its selling points. However, on the plus side, there was little to nothing in the way of screen uniformity issues to poop the party. The ES6300 was no slouch with 3D, either, although there’s a certain jumpiness with 3D Blu-ray at times. Gamers will need to utilise the renaming of input feature to get the most out of the ES6300 as default Game Mode just doesn’t cut the mustard.
There’s very little to complain about with the Samsung ES6300 - it does the lot well, with good contrast, highly accurate colour, excellent processing and capable of handling SD, HD and 3D without too much fuss. If you’re in the market for a mid-range, mid-size 3D TV with plenty of features and your budget is just south of £600, we’d certainly recommend you add the ES6300 to your demo list.
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