What is the Samsung 40H5500?
Design & Connections
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Samsung UE40H5500 Picture Settings
As seems to be the norm with Samsung TVs, the Movie mode, whilst the most accurate aboard the H5500, does have a surfeit of green energy running through the greyscale. In this case, it wasn’t so bad as to be distracting but whites definitely did have a slight greenish tinge. Looking at the pre-calibrated results below, we can see that the greyscale is out quite uniformly so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get those delta Errors down to tolerable levels. The colour accuracy was great for a pre-set mode and since there’s no colour management system in the 5 Series, that’s a definite plus!
You don’t get 10 point White Balance controls in the five series, either, but the greyscale results here almost make it look as though there are. By reducing the green energy near white and increasing the red and blue by proportionally about the same amount, greyscale tracking became near perfect and a few tweaks at the lower end helped even more. As said above, there is no CMS but since delta Errors at full saturation levels are all under three, we won’t lose any sleep over its ‘omission’.
Samsung UE40H5500 Picture Quality
We can see from the calibration results that the 40H5500 had great colour accuracy too, resulting in pictures that looked very authentic and detailed. As always, the essential video processing of this Samsung were spot on. The H5500 has no problems locking on to 1080p24 content, meaning movies on Blu-ray disc retain that filmic quality and its equally capable with standard definition films, so any old DVDs you may be harbouring will be equally well handled.
- Great Pictures
- Fabulous Smart TV features
- Incredible value
- Minor panel banding
- Viewing angles are narrow
Samsung UE40H5500 (H5500) TV Review
Should I buy the Samsung UE40H5500?Despite its rather run of the mill appearance, the Samsung UE40H5500 produces beautiful pictures and holds within a set of smart features that are the envy of many a flagship television. This is a TV which outperforms both its rank and current price-point, and is therefore the epitome of an AVForums Best Buy. We have some very minor criticisms on the lack of viewing angles and the occasional glimpse of panel banding but this is one impressive package meriting your attention.
What else could I consider?There are very few TVs out there that can match the value the 40H5500 provides; in fact we’ve definitely not seen one that does in 2014. The 40-inch Panasonic AS640 is presently (November 2014) in the same neck of the woods, price-wise, and offers comparable picture performance but not the same quality of Smart TV features. There’s also the Toshiba L6453, which is priced more or less identically but it doesn’t really quite match up to the H5500 in any other department. And if you’re still looking for inspiration, take a look at all our Buyers Guides, in order you can make the most informed decision.
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Picture Quality Calibrated
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