Feeds
80%
Samsung UE40B7000

Samsung UE40B7000 40in LCD TV

Skinny screen, but ample vision

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Review Flatscreen TVs with LED backlighting offer more vivid colours, darker blacks and greater contrast than regular LCD screens. And there’s a slimness dividend, too, as edge-mounted LED backlights take up less space than conventional LCD bulbs. A case in point is Samsung’s UE40B7000, a 40in 1080p HDTV that’s only 30mm deep.

Samsung UE40B7000

Indubitably, a flatscreen TV: Samsung's UE40B7000

We’ve noted before that a slim TV shouldn’t make much difference – after all, if you’re sitting front and centre you won’t even see it. Even so, it makes an LCD TV look pretty striking at glance from an angle, and it looks especially neat if you wall-mount the set.

Samsung is particularly good at making its sets stand out, on this model the bezel is clear at the edge and rose red behind. The stand has a thick transparent tube neck that connects to the black-and-clear glass stand, both of which are visually agreeable. Of course, you’ll be paying more attention to the TV when it’s on, but even so, it’s a good start.

To preserve its sleekness, a super-slim TV, is unlikely to have room for a Scart connector, Component or Composite inputs, which is the case here. Instead, there’s a slim, one-socket solution for each and an adaptor supplied. Not perfect, but it’ll do, and is certainly a more elegant option than the external connections box favoured by some slim TV makers. And the set makes up for this with four edge-mounted HDMI connectors, two USB sockets alongside the aerial, common interface and other slots.

Additional connections include a port, which connects either to a computer or the Internet – so you can tune in to YouTube and more on your TV. The range of services you can connect to in this walled garden is limited, and it’s a shame Samsung’s WIS09ABGN wireless USB connector option isn’t included as standard or, even better, built in, as the addition of an Ethernet cable to the router won’t suit all living rooms, especially if your TV is wall-mounted. Even so, it’s still a neat way to add to what you can watch on your TV. Setup was straightforward, though neither painless nor quick, mind.

Samsung UE40B7000

LED backlighting allows for a slimline design

Once you’re up and running, though, a press of the dedicated Internet key on the remote displays Yahoo! News, Flickr, Weather, Stocks and more. YouTube took an age to load, which was boring, but the simpler widgets were quick and simple in use. The usefulness of this convergent technology still isn’t clear, though.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?
Subtle, naturalistic ambiance – perfect for Transformers 4
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.