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Samsung UN46B7100 LED LCD HDTV Review

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung UN46B7100. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the Samsung 7 series. The Samsung 7 series also includes the UN40B7000 and the UN55B7000.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Front


The front of the UN46B7100 shows off the TV's large display and glossy bezel. Underneath the Samsung logo is the power touch button.

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The power button is the only control located on the TV. It's not a hard button, but a touch-sensitive area located under the surface.

 

Back


The back of the TV has an J-shaped groove, which contains all the TV's ports. For information about these ports, see our Connectivity section.

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{{article.attachments['Samsung-UN46B7100-back_02.jpg']}} All the ports are located on the back.

 

Sides


The only interesting thing about the sides is how ridiculously thin they are. The TV is just 1.2 inches deep.

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Stand/Mount


The stand is comprised of a clear column that runs down into a large flat base. The base has a beveled edge with four little pads on the bottom.

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The UN46B7100's stand looks like it couldn't hold the TV, but it can.

 

Controls


The only control on the TV itself is the power touch button, on the front of the TV.

 

Remote Control


The Samsung UN46B7100's remote is the standard design. It features good button layout, a backlight that can be turned on with a button press, and a slightly uncomfortable form factor. The bottom part of the remote has a little tail that feels a bit awkward in hand.

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*The remote has the standard Samsung claw design.

 

In The Box*(7.0)*


In the box you'll find the TV, its remote, batteries for the remote, a cleaning cloth, and manuals.

The TV isn't too difficult to set up, but it's a bit awkward to drop the TV into the right spot on its stand if you're flying solo. Recruit a buddy and it's smooth sailing.

 

Aesthetics*(9.0)*


This TV looks awesome. It's thin, has an attractive design, and doesn't have any extraneous buttons or flourishes. We like the styling on the bezel, which has a clear plastic outline around it. The TV doesn't exactly explode the HDTV aesthetic and reshape it in its image; it's the execution on each of its minor details that make this TV look great. 

Other Models in the Samsung 7 Series
This is a review of the Samsung UN46B7100. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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UN40B7000 40 inches UN55B7000 55 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung UN46B6000
  14. Vs Vizio SV470XVT
  15. Vs Panasonic TC-P42S1
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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