Samsung UN55B6000 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
The biggest feature on the UN55B6000 is the new LED backlighting system.
Connectivity & Media
Audio & Video Ports
The pre-production unit that we looked at on the show floor at CES had the ports hidden, but we did get a glimpse at the ports on the more expensive Series 8 model, and we think that the UN55B6000 will likely have the same number of ports and sockets. The LN55B8000 that we looked at had 4 HDMI Ports, an antenna port, 2 USB ports, a handful of analog inputs, a headphone socket and an Ethernet port. But, of course, all of this is subject to change between now and the launch of the product; Samsung may add or take away ports, based on what they think customers will want.
The ports on the UN55B6000 are probably similar in layout to the ones on the LN55B8000 (shown above)
Media & Other Connectivity
Like most of the other manufacturers, Samsung are looking beyond just video on their TVs. Their take on this is the Internet@TV system, which allows the display to run small programs called Widgets that grab data from the Internet such as stock prices, news feeds, photos, etc. The system behind these Widgets was created by Yahoo, but it is an open system that can be used by anyone who wants to get their content onto displays like this, and Widgets written for the Yahoo system should work on any manufacturer's display that supports them. Media on USB devices such as hard drives or thumb drives can also be played back on the UN55B6000, and there is also support for the new DLNA wireless standard, which allows devices such as PCs and media centers to connect to the display. This will require an additional wireless adapter, though, and no price has been set on this.
The UN55B6000 is probably not a good pick if you frequently want to plug in and remove devices; it doesn't have the side ports that are present on many other devices. So, to plug in a digital camera, camcorder or other device, you'll have to rotate the TV around to get access to the ports.
We were not able to test the speakers on the UN55B6000, and Samsung didn't want to comment on how many speakers there are or how powerful they are, apart from saying that the speakers are downward facing, and that they include a subwoofer for improved bass performance.
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