Samsung 40B7000: Exclusive hands-on photos with the super-thin LED TV
LED backlights may not be anything new, but Samsung has used the technology to create a jaw-dropping TV that's thinner than a supermodel and much less likely to throw a phone at you
The idea of using LEDs to light an LCD TV isn't a new one, but in its new £2,000 super-television, the 40B7000, Samsung has used the tech to make something truly special. The 40B7000 isn't technically backlit -- it actually uses an LED edgelight, which means the diodes are mounted in the side of the TV, rather than behind the panel. There's some slightly complicated technology involved in getting the light distributed evenly around the screen, but you'd never notice.
Using an edgelight means the TV can be whisker-thin. The Samsung 40B7000 really is incredible to look at. What's more, it's very light, and that means the wall-mount can simply be a piece of thin cable and a couple of decent screws. Odd, then, that the mount alone will be around £150, but there are bound to be special offers that include it for free.
It's worth pointing out that in the US, this LED range is known as Luxia. That name won't be coming to the UK -- instead it will just be known as Samsung's LED TV. We have to say, we prefer the simple LED brand to yet another ghastly pseudo-Latin sub-brand.
Such a thin TV must have some compromises, but the only things we can find is some slightly flimsy breakout connectors for the Scart, composite and component video inputs. Not a major problem at all, although some might not like this way of going about things.
One of the most exciting features of this TV is the Internet widget system. Samsung has managed to get itself a little exclusive on the Yahoo system -- so, for the time being, if you want widgets, you have to buy a Samsung TV. Worry not though, plenty of other providers are waiting in the wings to introduce this functionality.
We have to say, just a few moments spent with the Samsung 40B7000 have really impressed us. Everything about it is slick. The Yahoo widgets are simply amazing to use, and look beautiful. The TV itself feels rock-solid, looks epic and has pretty much every extra you're likely to need for a long time.
We're very excited about this TV and have fired off quite a few photos of it, so without further ado, let's get on with the show-and-tell. If you want to know how this TV performs, read our Samsung UE40B7000WW review.
Some cunning cheats have been employed to cram in the inputs. Here, instead of a Scart socket and RCA jacks for component video, there are little breakout cables.
This isn't likely to be popular with people who like to use high-end cables. We're a little unsure about these fairly delicate leads ourselves.
There really isn't much depth to this TV. Sure, Samsung has employed some tricks to make it as thin as possible, but the company hasn't cheated with a media box or any massive lumps on the TV. This really is a fully featured TV in a tiny case.
As with previous Samsung TVs, you can add an optional wireless dongle if your router is out of reach. Simply pop it in one of the USB sockets, and the TV will detect it's there and ask you what you want to do.
With the Interwebs pouring in, it's time to check out the widgets. The Yahoo Weather widget looks the same as it does on your computer. It's a useful, pretty way to get the forecast when you're chillaxing in front of the idiot-box.