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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

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Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design 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.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-vanity.jpg']}} • Simple and relatively attractive design • Features red-tinged Touch of Color • TV swivels on its stand
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Front


The front of the Samsung LN32C550 is smooth and relatively attractive, if you don't mind the red tint around the edges (many people might). The bezel is not particularly thin, but that's standard for TVs in this price range. Along the bottom edge, you'll find the onboard controls – touch sensitive areas rather than physical buttons.

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Back


The back of the Samsung LN32C550 houses most of the ports. The power jack is far off on the other side of the TV. Conveniently, Samsung includes a plastic strap for bundling all the cords and tethering them close to the body. For information about the ports on the back of the Samsung LN32C550 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The Samsung LN32C550 is thin, but not nearly as thin as the more expensive LED-backlit Samsungs like the C7000 and C8000. The right side has some conveniently placed ports for quick-change devices like thumb drives, cameras, and camcorders. For information about the ports on the sides of the Samsung LN32C550 see our Connectivity section. 

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Stand/Mount


The stand is a large, flat piece of high-gloss plastic. Thankfully, it allows the TV panel to swivel in either direction to access the rear ports or get a better viewing angle in a wide room.

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*The base allows the TV panel to swivel. *

 

Controls


A series of touch-sensitive buttons run along the bottom edge of the TV's facade. It's the usual bunch here: power, menu, channel up/down, volume up/down, and source.

 

Remote Control


The remote control that comes with the Samsung LN32C550 is pretty basic, and a far cry from the retro-futuristic remote for the C7000 and C8000 series. This remote (the BN59-01041A, to be precise) is easy enough to use, though we wish the d-pad was raised above the surrounding surface like the rest of the buttons. Jump to the Remote Control section for more details. 

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*The remote is simple and effective. *

 

In The Box*(7.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 ships with the stand, the remote control, batteries, an instruction manual and some other documents, a power cord, a cable wrangler (really just some plastic to wrap around your AV cables), and a little bit if plastic and some string to anchor your TV to the wall to prevent tip-overs. 

 

Aesthetics*(6.0)*


The LN32C550 features Samsung's Touch of Color design, in this case a red tinge around the edges just before the black fades to transparent. This is probably not to everyone's taste. If you like everything about the C550 except the color, there are plenty of other Samsungs to choose from, though you may be giving up or adding other features. Check out Samsung's series comparison chart for details. 

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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