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Review: The 46” Samsung LED 3D SmartTV = EYE CANDY

It seems that 3D is all the rage these days, being incorporated into everything from TVs and game consoles to Smartphones and upcoming tablets. Although I am always impressed with 3D visuals at the theater (regardless of how sh*tty the movie is), I have been resistant to adopt the technology at home – until last week. Even though the Great EB himself has been touting his awesome experience, I have stood strong. However after dropping the cash to pick up the Transformers Limited Edition Collector’s Trilogy, I could stand strong no longer knowing that I had the opportunity to see Rosie in 3D (and the rest of the movie is great as well).

Fortunately, Best Buy was there to help by offering a Super Bowl week bundle on the Samsung TV I have been stalking for 2 months. At a regular price of $1,999, the 46” Samsung LED 3D TV was being offered up for $1,299 which included 2 pairs of free 3D active shutter glasses. I was sold before heading to the store, but thanks to a huge F*#K UP by the manager of my local BB, I snagged the bundle at a steal for $1,099 (he corrected the problem immediately after my purchase), and haven’t looked back.

 

46” Samsung LED 3D SmartTV w/ Ultra Slim Bezel (Model# UN46D6900WF)

EB: 9.5 out of 10 Buddhas

The Awesome: Visual Aesthetics, Phenomenal Picture, Loads of Features

The Not so Awesome: Built in Sound, Clunky Apps, Awkward Remote

 

The Awesome

Visual Aesthetics

Even before turning on the TV for the first time, this thing is just plain sexy! The depth of the TV itself is a mere 1”, and when coupled with the clear Ultra Thin bezel surrounding the frame, it makes the crystal clear picture feel as if it’s just hovering above the stand. Now I realize for the average geek that this feature may not warrant a chub, but for us geeks that have some style and swag, this design definitely adds some class to the man cave or bachelor pad.

Phenomenal Picture

Regardless of features, looks, and price, the ultimate draw to any new TV purchase is the quality of the picture, and this Samsung does not disappoint. With an astounding 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio and Clear Motion Rate (CMR) of 600, the clarity and vividness of the HD picture is hard to describe. It makes my 46” Samsung LCD purchased 2 years ago look and feel like an old black and white tube TV.

Everyday viewing of HD content delivered via cable is good in itself, but viewing HD content via Blu-Ray which delivers a full uncompressed signal at 1080p takes it to another level. Even out of the box before making tweaks to various adjustments, the picture is incredible, and that is just with 2D content.

My first viewing of legit 3D content on this marvelous beast was Transformers Dark of the Moon. With the room dark and glasses on, I sat in jaw dropping amazement at what was taking place on the screen. I never imagined that I would be as engaged with home 3D as I was at the theater – WOW was I wrong!! Images exploded off the screen with such clarity and realism, at times I thought the Decepticons were coming after me.

Following my first 3D movie, I was anxious to fire up the PS3 and experience some gaming in 3D. First up was the recent blockbuster Uncharted 3. Experiencing the game in 3D made me feel as if I was playing it for the first time. Other titles I played briefly to get a feel for in 3D were: Resistance 3, Killzone 3, and Grand Turismo 5. Based on early impressions, it look like I will be playing back through each title to experience what they have to offer in full 3D. Feel free to check out the EB’s past review of Resistance 3 in 3D.

The last feature that I tested, albeit briefly, is the 2D to 3D up-conversion. Although this a nice little feature that will give you a little bit of that extra dimension when watching a movie or sporting event, don’t expect it to have that wow factor delivered by something that is a true 3D source. I personally found this to feel gimmicky and would rather watch 2D content in it’s normal HD form and clarity. However this is just an added feature for those that want to get more 3D value out of their purchase without having to pillage the wallet to buy 3D movies and games.

Loads of Features

As if everything about this TV was not already good enough, this particular set is in Samsung’s line of SmartTV’s, which offer a host of integrated apps when your TV is connected to the Internet via either the built in WiFi or wired Ethernet port. I won’t go through the entire list (which you can find here), but a few of the most popular are: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pandora, HuluPlus, ESPN, Skype and Netflix.

The Samsung Smart Hub is a built in media hub that allows you to manage all of your apps, news, weather, and connect to other sources of media such as a home PC, or home NAS device. The layout is customizable and lets you create a truly unique media rich dashboard just for you.

For those of you that already have Gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players, and other devices that are Internet ready and have integrated apps, this feature may not be as important to you. However with that being said, even with all of those other connected devices, I like the fact that my TV has now become a one-stop-shop allowing me to pull all of my media content to one central device, and I have no doubt there are other features that I have likely not discovered during this first week of ownership.

 

The Not so Awesome

Built in Sound

Like most newer LCDs and LEDs on the market today, the built in sound leaves MUCH to be desired. This TV is only equipped with internal speakers pushing 10W x 2 channels, which basically means IT SUCKS. Fortunately most people who plunk down those benjamins for a high end TV already have a sufficient surround sound setup. If you do not, it would be advisable to at least spend a couple hundred for a nice surround sound bar with wireless subwoofer that at least provides some quality sound. I mean why would you treat your eyes with this magnificent device and then tell your ears to go F*ck themselves?

Clunky Apps

Although I love the fact that SmartHub has a wide variety of built-in apps, that in no way means that they are perfect. My biggest complaint comes from the slight delay while navigating the menu between the various apps. More often than not, pressing the navigation keys on the remote (more on that next) results in a 1 -2 second delay in the movement on the screen. Not a huge deal, unless you are an impatient as*hole like I am and keeps pressing buttons making things worse. Once an app as actually been launched, such as YouTube, the delay seems to disappear. Since this is only an issue on the SmartHub, I am hoping a future firmware or software release will correct the issue.

Awkward Remote

The remote control that is included with the Samsung SmartTV line of TV’s falls short in my opinion. As you can see from the images below, it is actually a 2-sided remote. One side offers your standard TV navigation buttons, but flip the remote over and your are presented with a full QWERTY keyboard that reminds you of an oversized texting device that would be utilized by young teenage girls.

Although functional, when using the QWERTY side of the remote, I catch my fingers mashing buttons on the opposite side while trying grip and type at the same time. This makes for awkward navigation and entry when try to enter data into certain apps, such as searching for data on YouTube.

QWERTY functionality not meant for people with sausage fingers

 

The Final Verdict

Even with the minor flaws pointed out above with the sound, clunky apps, and the remote control, I have absolutely ZERO regrets making this purchase. The minor flaws listed should in no way be a deal breaker if you are considering this TV.

If you are looking for a TV loaded with features, WiFi Connectivity, Phenomenal Picture both 2D /3D, and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, then this is the model for you. Now that I have ventured into the home 3D realm, I only have one question – Why the hell did I wait this long? You’ve been wondering what is taking your a*s so long to adopt 3D at home…

 

About the Author: Robert Nelson is an IT professional with one of the world’s largest grocery chains, and in his free time he likes to geek out like the rest of us.  You can follow him on Twitter @TreborNoslen.

Product Specs

Series
Series6900
Design
TypeLED
Cabinet Color
Grey
Swivel Stand (Left/Right)
Yes
Video
Screen Size (in.)
45.9″ Measured Diagonally
Native Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Resolution
1080p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
10,000,000:1
Clear Motion Rate
600
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio
Sound Effect System
SRS TheaterSound® HD
Sound Output (RMS)
10W x 2
Speaker Type
Down Firing + Full Range
Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Built-in
Features
Apps Platform
Smart TV with Samsung Apps and Web Browser
Smart Hub
Yes
3DYes
AllShare™
Yes
Wide Color Enhancer
Yes
Ultra Clear Panel
Yes
ConnectShare™
Yes
Eco SensorYes
Skype™Yes
BD Wise™
Yes
Game Mode
Yes
Anynet+™ (HDMI-CEC)
Yes
Auto Channel Search
Yes
Auto Power Off
Yes
Auto Volume Leveler
Yes
Clock & On/Off TimerYes
Closed CaptioningYes
DTV Tuner Built-in
Yes
Sleep TimerYes
V-Chip
Yes
Micro DimmingYes
QWERTY RemoteYes
3D Active GlassesOptional (Not Included)
Dynamic Noise FilterYes
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI
4
Component
1
Composite (AV)
2
PC (D-sub 15 Pin)
1
PC Audio Input (Mini Jack)
1
Ethernet
1
USB 2.0
3
Digital Audio (Optical)
1
Audio Out Mini Jack
1
DVI Audio Input
1
Dimensions
Product Size (W x H x D) Without Stand
41.7″ x 24.3″ x 1.2″
Product Size (W x H x D) With Stand
41.7″ x 26.8″ x 10.8″
Shipping Size (W x H x D)
52.4″ x 29.1″ x 5.5″
Weight
Product Weight Without Stand (lbs.)
26.2
Product Weight With Stand (lbs.)
35.5
Shipping Weight (lbs.)
41.2
Power
ENERGY STAR Compliant
Yes, Exceeds Standards
Energy Guide LabelEnergy Guide Label
Standby Power Consumption (W)0.07
System
Tuners
ATSC/Clear QAM
Warranty
One (1) Year Parts and LaborYes
Parts and Labor Commercial Use90 Days

 

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