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Samsung UN40C5000

40 in.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung UN40C5000. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the C5000 series. The C5000 series includes the following models: UN32C5000, UN37C5000, UN40C5000, UN46C5000, and UN55C5000.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Front


The Samsung UN40C5000 is an attractive TV. The bezel is not necessarily thin, but it seems to blend in well with the screen. The thin, translucent neck and flat, highly polished base rounds out the eye-pleasing design. There are a series of touch-sensitive controls along the bottom of the bezel. It attracts a lot of fingerprints, so we recommend sticking with the remote.

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Back


The back of the Samsung UN40C5000 houses all the ports, arranged in an L-shape on the back. For information about the ports on the back see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The Samsung UN40C5000 is quite thin, as you can see in the photos. For information about the ports on the sides see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


The Samsung UN40C5000's stand is wide and flat, with a high gloss sheen. It connects to the TV panel with a series of screws that make it feel very secure. The stand also allows the the panel to swivel back and forth.

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*Hooray! It's a swivel base. *

Controls


The onboard controls are a series of touch-sensitive buttons along the bottom of the bezel. Because the glossy frame attracts so many fingerprints, we prefer it when the buttons are on the side of the TV.

Remote Control


The remote control is pretty standard. It's lightweight and feels cheap. We really like the backlight feature that allows you to operate it a little easier in dark rooms.

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*The remote has a backlight feature *

In The Box*(6.5)*


The Samsung UN40C5000 ships with a base and requisite screws, remote control, batteries, instruction manual, and various other documents. We were disappointed to see that on our particular unit, the bezel had started to break away from the chassis. It didn't really compromise the structural integrity because the bezel does not have to bear any weight. But it didn't give us confidence, either. 

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*Watch for cracks! *

Aesthetics*(7.0)*


The Samsung UN40C5000 is a good looking TV, for the most part. Samsung's trademark "Touch of Color" is present here, offering a reddish hue. It's a lot more subtle than last year's red, which some of us found a tad repulsive. This year, it's just a thin border between the black part and the completely translucent part. 

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*The red "Touch of Color" is more subtle than last year *
Other Models in the C5000 Series
This is a review of the Samsung UN40C5000. 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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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 Sharp LC-40LE700
  14. Vs Sony KDL-40NX700
  15. Vs Samsung LN40B650
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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