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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Multimedia & Internet

  Multimedia & Internet Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the C550 series. The C550 series includes the following models: LN32C550, LN37C550, LN40C550 and LN46C550.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Internet Features*(3.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 does not have any streaming content features, despite the inclusion of an ethernet port and a WiFi option (via a separately purchased USB dongle). The ports are used instead for the 'Allshare' network, Samsung's branded term for DLNA home theater networking. DLNA has a lot of ardent supporters, but remains a sort of 'featureless feature' on many TVs because the of the relative difficulty of creating a functional, error-free home network. Samsung can charge more for its inclusion, but you'll probably never use it.

It would have been far more beneficial to the average TV owner if the Samsung LN32C550 had included access to streaming content like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon on Demand, and more. (Read this special article for more details about streaming content packages.) Streaming content requires no more computer expertise than plugging in the ethernet cable, as opposed to Allshare, which seems to occupy a lot of message board space with confused users. Also, Allshare is PC-compatible only. Sorry, Mac users. 

 

Photo Playback*(8.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 offers photo playback via the USB ports, which can read either USB thumb drives or hard drives. There are plenty of options for creating slideshows, including transition type, speed, zoom, and background music. Go ahead, throw a party and bore your guests with endless slideshows of your pets in costume.

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*There are lots of options for slide show controls. *

 

 

Music & Video Playback*(6.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 can also play music clips and video clips from USB thumb drives and hard drives. Unfortunately, the TV's menu behaves like most TVs. First you have to choose the media type – photo, video, or music – and then go looking through folders for content. All non-conforming content is blocked out. If TV manufacturers really want to start bridging the gap between computers and TVs, this would be a great place to start. 

 

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*The music playback screen *

Other Media*(0.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 does not have any other media features.

Other Models in the C550 Series
This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. 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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Samsung LN32C550 32 inches

Samsung LN37C550

37 inches

Samsung LN40C550

40 inches

Samsung LN46C550

47 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. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN32C350
  14. Vs LG 32LD350
  15. Vs Sony KDL 32BX300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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