What is the Samsung UE40F6800?
Design and Connections
Within Advanced Settings there are also all the key calibration controls, starting with Gamma which globally adjusts gamma across the entire image. Then there's a choice of a two-point White Balance control or a ten-point White Balance control which will allow for very accurate calibration of the greyscale. Finally, there's an option called Colour Space which gives you a choice between Auto, Native and Custom; if you choose Custom you have access to a full Colour Management System (CMS).
By renaming an HDMI input (doesn’t matter which) to PC using the Tools button on the remote from the source selection screen, we were able to get input latency to around 33-34 milliseconds which is a very good performance and should mean most console (current gen) games lag by around a frame, or just over, which should be enough to satisfy most.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 84.8W
- Calibrated – Movie Mode: 77.5W
- Calibrated - 3D Mode: 114.8W
Samsung UE40F6800 Picture Quality 2D
As well as the positives it mimics from its more costly brethren, the F6800 also inherits a couple of the flaws; most noticeable amongst which is the inability to deal with quick changes in motion by objects on screen. We’ve been watching The Ashes (whenever the chance arose) and the numerous different replay cameras and changes in pace consistently caught the F6800 on the (long) hop so Samsung’s better equipped TVs remain not the first choice for sports fans. A mild dirty screen effect, which showed up on solid(ish), paler colours was also witnessed and the fact that it shows up very noticeably on pale green, also did the cricket coverage no favours. For most of the time, however, we were really impressed by what the F6800 is capable of. It’s not perfect but nothing is, and it does make a viable alternative to its stablemates, for those with no interest in a built in camera and can live without quadcore processing.
Samsung UE40F6800 Picture Quality 3D
Samsung UE40F6800 Video Review
- Impressive blacks and dynamic range
- Excellent greyscale and colour out-of-the-box
- Reference greyscale and colour after calibration
- Excellent video processing
- Comprehensive calibration controls
- Quad-core processing
- Well designed and responsive menu system
- Reference Smart TV System
- Built-in WiFi
- Touch pad remote control
- Two pairs of 3D glasses
- Motion stutters in 2D
- Motion smoothing in 3D
- Some dirty screen effect
- Not sure about the design
Samsung UE40F6800 TV Review
We’re not totally sold on the design of the UE40F6800; the branch style stand is nice but the transparent frame looks a little outdated. Connectivity options are plentiful, with 4 HDMI ports and just about everything else you can think of, including built-in wifi-fi. The 6800 has sufficient status to qualify for being sent out of the factory with two remotes in the box – one is of a standard type but smaller than usual, whilst the other is both the touchpad and voice control enabled to make the incredible smart functionality that bit easier to use.
The F6800 has plenty going for it when it comes to producing fine pictures too. The excellent calibration controls allowed us to extract maximum accuracy from the panel and together with some superb video processing and impressive black levels helped deliver pictures with both punch and naturalness. Like the high-end TVs, the F6800 is tripped up by quick changes in on-screen pacing that leads to stuttering and owing to the nature of sports broadcasts, it was often visible with that. There was also a slight dirty screen effect which was most easily seen with panning over light colours but we’ve certainly seen far worse examples. The 3D delivery was also generally highly enjoyable, provided you can overcome the restrictions of a 40-inch panel. Obviously the larger screens in the series will provide a better 3D experience. Gamers should also be happy with the UE40F6800 for its low latency.
If you have either the Samsung F7000 or F8000 in your sights but you aren’t bothered about the built-in camera, then the F6800 makes a very fine alternative. It doesn’t quite have the impact of the higher-end TVs but it does do a lot right and is well worth checking out.
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