What is the Samsung UE32EH5000?
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. 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.
The lower end Samsung’s have a happy habit of being amongst the most responsive on the market for gamers and the EH5300 didn’t kick it. With a latency to controller input of under 29 milliseconds it’s right up there with the best and the good news is that the figure doesn’t go up when using movie mode so there’s no need to go fumbling round the menus to find the Game mode and nor are there any urgent picture adjustments required to give a palatable picture. The hawk-eyed might spot a touch of ghosting with light on dark content but we’d fully expect most will be oblivious to it.
- Standby: 0.0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 45.2W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 39.1W
Samsung UE32EH5000 Picture Quality
Sure, motion resolution could be better and there’s a definite blur on fast motion content but on a screen of this size, you’d be hard pressed to notice in all honesty. The EH5000’s excellent video processing also ensures that both high and standard definition content look their best (or at least close to) and were more than happy to catch up on a couple of episodes ofBoardwalk Empire on Blu-ray whilst the other half subjected the living room TV to its Saturday night primetime onslaught, largely thanks to its very strong contrast performance and accuracy of colours.
Considering its undeniable budget status, the EH5000 performs almost absurdly well in most of the metrics used to assess a TVs picture. If we’re being picky – and we are – there’s weakness with viewing angles and detail in dark scenes could be improved but the former can be remedied by appropriate placement in the room and the latter is far from unusual for an LED/LCD TV, even when you pay a lot more.
Audio and Features
Samsung’s suite of features is so extensive that we felt compelled to give them their own dedicated review but the EH5000 isn’t really part of the Smart Club and only has a USB media player which probably wouldn’t get it past the bouncers on the door. Still, it’s quite a good media player and, as usual with a Samsung, it coped well with most videos thrown at it with only 720p MKV’s proving difficult from the test files we used. And save for the Anynet feature, which is Samsung’s name for HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) - allowing for control of other similarly equipped devices through the Samsung TV remote, that’s pretty much it.
- Impressive black levels
- Great dynamic range
- Colour accuracy
- Strong video processing
- Low latency for gamers
- It's cheap
- Almost perfect screen uniformity
- Viewing angles are restricted
- A little blur with rapid motion
- Maybe too fat for some
- Non-swivel base stand
Samsung UE32EH5000 TV Review
What can we say of the EH5000’s looks? Well, they’re hardly likely to set the pulse racing and some might prefer a slimmer model but we don’t really mind the simple approach and, unless you’re wall-mounting, chassis depth shouldn’t really be a consideration. A side benefit of having more room inside the body comes in a fairly effective pair of speakers that out-perform those found in some of the far more costly – and therefore slimmer - TVs that we see. Connectivity options are also similarly basic, with only 2 HDMI inputs, and the remote follows the same theme whilst throwing compactness into the mix but it gets the job done with the minimum of fuss whilst slotting comfortably in hand. We could be accused of labouring a point here but Smart features are also rudimentary, by recent standards, so there’s really only a USB media player to mention although that goes about its business very nicely.
It’s picture quality that really counts of course. After all, one could buy an additional standalone smart box, Blu-ray player or PVR that would supplement the paucity of diversionary options on offer and still have change from £400 and the Samsung EH5000 delivers on the images front in a truly budget-defying manner. Contrast and black levels are enormously impressive for a TV of this rank and out-of-box accuracy in the Movie mode was also striking. Naturally things improved further after calibration and the UE32EH5000 really did deliver some lovely pictures, bolstered also by excellent video processing that did the rest of the package proper justice. This isn’t just a TV for movie and TV lovers either, gaming response is also remarkable and we think that the EH5000’s input latency so low that only the superhuman would notice.
We could probably have saved ourselves a bit of time in the summary by just saying this: If you’re on a budget and smart features, 3D and slim-line design are of no importance to you, then we can think of no better TV to cater for your needs on the market right now - all of which makes the Samsung UE32EH5000 a stonewall AVForums Best Buy.
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