REVIEW: Samsung UE46D7090
The 46-inch wide Samsung UE46D7090 is the second LCD TV we were able to check in our newly launched testing of TV sets. Nearly all models of Samsung’s D-series are traded under the name "Smart TV", which shows that the manufacturer joins the trend of combining internet and TV. Since the range of features converges to so-called smart phones, this symbiosis far exceeds the provision of a web browser.
The Samsung UE46D7090 (Photo: Samsung)
As a VA panel is the centrepiece of the slim screen, contrast range and stability should have a high standard. For background lighting, white LEDs are applied at the side, as is the case with the LG 47LW650S we tested recently. This option allows a very compact design, but prevents "true" local dimming, i.e. the content-dependent brightness regulation of individual segments, distributed over the entire surface of the panel. Notwithstanding, Samsung advertises with the implementation of micro dimming that promises an intelligent brightness control of the LEDs.
Today, no LCD TV can do without sophisticated algorithms for interframe calculation. Samsungs respective technology is dubbed "Motion Plus", which the UE46D7090 incorporates as improved version, compared to lower-grade series.
As 3D display has become almost a matter of course today, and the Samsung UE46D7090 is no exception. Unlike the LG 47LW650S, Samsung relies on a solution with active shutter glasses.
In addition to the "Smart TV" services, the screen provides a comprehensive Media Player with recording function and DLNA streaming.
In addition to a PC, we applied the OPPO DV-980H (DVD player) and OPPO BDP-93 (Blu-ray player) in the test. Also, two video processors (Lumagen RadianceXD and iScan VP50) were used.
The colorimetric measurements in our review are carried out with a spectrophotometer (EyeOne Pro). For the determination of contrast, we utilized a colorimeter (X-Rite DTP94).
Video of the picture quality of the Samsung UE46D7090. (Video: YouTube Lliaq)
The scope of supply is not particularly abundant, but covers all necessary accessories. These include an adapter cable for composite and component video with RCA jacks and two variants with a scart socket. The power cord is connected to the screen via small plug.
For the playback of 3D content, Samsung even so encloses a pair of shutter glasses. Additional glasses can be purchased later.
The two-piece base must be installed by the user. As panel and stand are delivered separately, this allows a very compact package.
A Quick Start Guide and various other printed information are available, too. The full manual can either be accessed via the OSD or downloaded from the internet.
A remote control and two microfibre cloths for screen and shutter glasses complete the supplied accessories.
As our test shows, the Samsung UE46D7090 is a real eye-catcher. The plain, filigree body has a very consistent appeal. The extremely slim frame, which is surrounded by a transparent acrylic frame, is really striking. In the off-state, the boundary between the frame and panel becomes indistinct.
The Samsung UE46D7090.
Its shallow depth of about 3 cm (without stand) makes it the ideal screen for wall mounting using the VESA400 gland. With a flat mount it requires no more space than a picture in a frame.
The cross-shaped pedestal in silver high-gloss finish makes for a good stabilization of the large screen on all surfaces. It also allows for lateral rotation.
Lateral rotation of the Samsung UE46D7090.
The back presents itself far less spectacular. Nevertheless, there are no complaints. Since active cooling of the components is not necessary, few vents are sufficient to dissipate the arising heat.
The back of the Samsung UE46D7090.
Processing quality is good, but cannot quite keep up with the screens of the more expensive "8" series, the aluminium-made frames of which fit still better. But even with the UE46D7090, gap dimensions are always small.
Side rear view of the Samsung UE46D7090.
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