Feeds

Ten... 40-42in net connected HD TVs

Next gen tellies you’ll want to own

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Samsung LE40C650

RH Numbers

The C650 is an inexpensive, mass market proposition with CCFL rather than LED backlighting. Actually, this is no bad thing as illumination is refreshingly uniform. You can manage power consumption through a five-setting Eco mode which dims the backlight, or turns the screen off altogether, but keeps audio. Freeview HD picture quality is crisp, blacks are deep and the screen offers reasonable motion resolution. 100Hz Motion Plus processing is provided to combat Blur and Judder.

Multimedia playback is generally good. While I couldn’t get MKVs to play from a Nas, all key file formats were supported when accessed from a USB drive. 

Samsung’s Internet@TV online content portal has a wide variety of streaming video and entertainment apps, including YouTube, iPlayer and Daily Motion. This model is soon to be replaced by the UE40C6505, a slimmer LED-backlit upgrade.

Samsung LE40C650

Reg Rating 80%
Price £550
More Info Samsung

Sony Bravia KDL-40EX43B

RH Numbers

The 40EX4 may be a tad more expensive than some similarly sized screens here, but then it does conceal an integrated Blu-ray player. This will appeal if convenience and space saving are premium requirements. However the EX43 is not suitable as the front-end of a Blu-ray home theatre, as the there’s no way to listen to lossless audio from BD movies.

IPTV access is the set’s secondary key attraction. Sony’s Bravia Internet Video portal offers YouTube, Daily Motion and LoveFilm, and there’s catch-up TV support from the BBC iPlayer and Demand Five. Network video streaming is limited to AVCHD files, although you’ll find broad support from USB, including MKV and AVI playback. Image quality is average. The set lacks MotionFlow picture processing and motion resolution is poor – however, this is balanced by smooth, artefact free movement.

Sony Bravia KDL-40EX43B

Reg Rating 80%
Price £919
More Info Sony

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.