What is the Samsung UE40H7000?
There's something pleasingly traditional about the design of Samsung's mid-range H7000.
Design and Connections
As is aways the case with Samsung TVs, the best out-of-the-box choice is the Movie mode, which will deliver a performance that matches the industry standards as closely as possible for a factory setting. A list of suggested settings based on the measurements taken during the review can be found here.
The H7000 includes both a two- and a ten-point white balance control, so it was a simple task to get all three channels to measure in equal amounts. This resulted in errors that were well below the acuity of the human eye, delivering a smooth transition from black to white that was free of discolouration. The gamma was still tracking around our target of 2.3 and overall this is a reference performance. Using Samsung's excellent CMS, we quickly had all the colours hitting their respective coordinates for Rec.709, although red was slightly under-saturated. This under-saturation of red was still apparent at lower saturation levels, although it was not readily apparent with actual material and flesh tones looked good thanks to the accuracy of magenta.
This is an area where Samsung LED LCD TVs often outperform the competition and the H7000 was no exception. We took multiple readings from a chequerboard pattern and ended up with an averaged black level of 0.057 cd/m2 against an average peak white of around 118 cd/m2. That gives us an ANSI contrast of 2059:1, which is more than serviceable and certainly better than competing TVs equipped with IPS panels. The H7000 also delivered an excellent level of screen uniformity and was pleasingly free of the two other common issues often found on LED LCD TVs - dirty screen effect and banding. These can be especially noticeable on football broadcasts, where the camera pans across the pitch, so that's handy for the upcoming World Cup.
The video processing on the H7000 was impressive with effective deinterlacing and scaling of standard definition content. There were no problems detecting both 3:2 and 2:2 cadence correctly or when handling scrolling video text over film. The quality of the video deinterlacing at 1080i50 was equally as good and there were no apparent issues with 24p content. The motion handling also proved to be quite impressive for an LCD TV, however with the World Cup coming up you might consider experimenting with the Motion Plus frame interpolation feature. We found this could be useful on a low setting for smoothing out fast-paced action, without introducing any noticeable artefacts. Although, as always, we would never recommend using Motion Plus with film-based content.
The H7000 delivered a sizeable input lag of 80ms when in the calibrated Movie mode but thankfully things improved when the Game mode was selected. This brought the input lag down to a more reasonable 40ms and renaming the input didn't make any difference, so this was as low as we could get it. However 40ms is about average for a TV released in 2014 and should be low enough for all but the most demanding of gamers. We certainly didn't notice any appreciable delay when gaming with our new PS4 and overall found the H7000 to be quite a responsive and fun companion for our next gen console.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Normal Mode: 70W
- Calibrated – Professional Mode: 81W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 89W
Samsung UE40H7000 Video Review
Samsung UE40H7000 Picture Quality
Of course it was with Blu-rays that the H7000 really delivered the goods and using our current test disc du jour - Gravity - we were impressed with the level of detail, the excellent handling of the motion with 24p and the impressive levels of dynamic range within the image. The H7000 might be a mid-tier model but the performance is top-of-the-line all the way and shows that whilst Samsung might be pushing Ultra HD (4K) heavily this year, they haven't forgotten Full HD. The H7000 is also a 3D capable TV of course and whilst the format might be waning in popularity, the Samsung will still be able to keep fans happy with a great performance in this area too. A 40" screen size might be a little small to create a genuinely immersive experience but the 3D on Gravity was delivered very well, with good motion handling and an absence of crosstalk.
- Very good blacks and contrast ratio
- Excellent screen uniformity
- Reference greyscale and colour accuracy
- Impressive video processing
- Superb Smart TV System
- Effective motion controller
- Attractive design
- Nothing at this price
Samsung UE40H7000 (H7000) LED TV Review
The out-of-the-box performance was reasonable, although not as accurate as we have seen on some other Samsung TVs recently, but as always the calibration controls are extensive, resulting in a reference level of accuracy. The video processing was also top notch, whilst the backlight uniformity was excellent. The motion handling, black levels and dynamic range were all very good for an LCD TV and the resulting picture quality was genuinely impressive. Overall the Samsung UE40H7000 is a fantastic all-round performer and if you're looking for a new Full HD TV, it should definitely be on your short list.
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