In recent years, premium TVs have become "smart", able to play content from your computer and the internet, and even act as a web browser.
But for many people this is a waste. They may not be interested in internet content, or they may already have all that they need through their Blu-ray player, many of which now implement similar features.
If you are such a person, something like the Samsung UA55EH6000 TV may be just what you need.
At AU$1,799 for a 55 inch (119cm) screen, this is a classy looking unit. It is thick by today's standards at nearly 95mm deep, but when you look from the front, all you see is a picture with a border only 19mm wide around it.
The TV has a fairly limited number of connections, though some of them are quite clever. For example, while there are a set of dedicated component video inputs, the "Y" (green coloured) connection within this doubles as a composite video input. The TV detects the format and deals with it accordingly. There are two HDMI inputs and one USB port. Most of the inputs are flat against the rear panel, which could lead to space problems with wall mounting. The USB socket doesn't have this problem.
While not a "smart" TV, the TV does support a Samsung USB Wi-Fi dongle, though it doesn't appear to provide anything at all useful to Australian users.
One final caveat on this relatively low cost TV: it does not support 3D.
Standard variations for Samsung's (and some other brands') picture defaults are warranted after you've run the automatic out-of-the-box setup wizard. Go to the Picture menu and turn the Sharpness control from its horrible 50 down to 0. That eliminates the edginess (caused by "ringing" at colour boundaries) that introduced by this control. If you're watching Blu-ray, hit the "P.SIZE" key on the remote and choose "Screen Fit" instead of the default 16:9. This will eliminate the overscan (increasing the size of the picture by a small percentage so that it overflows the display area).
The other picture defaults were generally quite good, but, if you want to get picky, there was a slight 'cool' bias to the whites in the top 5per cent of the brightness range. That was only noticeable on a test pattern. On program material, it didn't seem at all apparent.