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First Look: Samsung H6400 series: The best remote on any TV, if you care

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First Look: Samsung H6400 series: The best remote on any TV, if you care

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Samsung's midrange H6400 series delivers middling value and picture quality mixed with superlative style and features, including the best remote we've ever tested. So is that reason enough to consider it?

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm David Katzmaier from cnet and this is Samsung H6400 series. Hi, I'm David Katzmaier from cnet and this is Samsung H6400 series. This is a 55 inch member of the series. This is a 55 inch member of the series. The series is available in sizes from 40 all the way up to 65 inches. The series is available in sizes from 40 all the way up to 65 inches. This series fits right in the middle of Samsung's extensive 2014 lineup. This series fits right in the middle of Samsung's extensive 2014 lineup. It's real claim to fame is it's the cheapest Samsung TV that includes its new touch motion remote. It's real claim to fame is it's the cheapest Samsung TV that includes its new touch motion remote. Samsung calls it the smart remote. Samsung calls it the smart remote. I call it the best remote I've ever played with on a TV. I call it the best remote I've ever played with on a TV. I'll get to that in a little bit but first we'll start with the exterior of the set. I'll get to that in a little bit but first we'll start with the exterior of the set. Very minimalist design. Very minimalist design. It's got a nice black border around the edge. It's got a nice black border around the edge. To differentiate it from step down TVs, there's a little sort of. To differentiate it from step down TVs, there's a little sort of. See through edge a little bit around the black, so you get a slightly thicker bezel, but again, it's only about .3" thick. See through edge a little bit around the black, so you get a slightly thicker bezel, but again, it's only about .3" thick. So the TV looks like it's pretty much all picture. So the TV looks like it's pretty much all picture. Course Samsung's trademark swivel stand is below here with the kind of spider legs and a nice chrome finish. Course Samsung's trademark swivel stand is below here with the kind of spider legs and a nice chrome finish. So all told, really nice looking TV especially at this price level. So all told, really nice looking TV especially at this price level. So, I mentioned that remote. So, I mentioned that remote. Samsung finally this year, is including motion control in its remote. Samsung finally this year, is including motion control in its remote. LG has been doing that for a while. LG has been doing that for a while. Samsung basically copied that and added a nice little twist, on its remote, when you doing motion control, which makes the cursor behave a little bit like the Nintendo Wii. Samsung basically copied that and added a nice little twist, on its remote, when you doing motion control, which makes the cursor behave a little bit like the Nintendo Wii. You can select things by waving at the screen. You can select things by waving at the screen. To enable that control in the Samsung remote, you kinda just rest your finder on the touchpad. To enable that control in the Samsung remote, you kinda just rest your finder on the touchpad. That's a really nice intuitive way to get the motion control activated. That's a really nice intuitive way to get the motion control activated. Motion control works great for web browsing and a lot of the Samsung smart TV menus. Motion control works great for web browsing and a lot of the Samsung smart TV menus. You really won't find it much use when you're watching regular TV. You really won't find it much use when you're watching regular TV. Speaking of regular TV this TV can also control your cable box. Speaking of regular TV this TV can also control your cable box. So Samsung again aims to kind of [INAUDIBLE] your cable boxes UI into the TV's own interface. So Samsung again aims to kind of [INAUDIBLE] your cable boxes UI into the TV's own interface. You do get a native Samsung guide and a couple of other cable box controls. You do get a native Samsung guide and a couple of other cable box controls. But in general compared to using a standard universal remote or even the remote that came with your cable box. But in general compared to using a standard universal remote or even the remote that came with your cable box. This remote scheme from Samsung isn't quite as accurate. This remote scheme from Samsung isn't quite as accurate. Then again if you like using a lot of these other features including that web browser and some of the other smart TV things. Then again if you like using a lot of these other features including that web browser and some of the other smart TV things. You'll really appreciate this motion remote. You'll really appreciate this motion remote. It's especially nice for typing in search terms. It's especially nice for typing in search terms. Speaking of search, Samsung also includes voice search on this TV. Speaking of search, Samsung also includes voice search on this TV. You can talk into the remote. You can talk into the remote. And you can get the TV to react to a bunch of different commands. And you can get the TV to react to a bunch of different commands. You can actually say channel numbers, it'll tune to that if you have it set up correctly. You can actually say channel numbers, it'll tune to that if you have it set up correctly. ESPN. ESPN. It'll also do searches for actors and a bunch of other stuff. It'll also do searches for actors and a bunch of other stuff. We found a search. We found a search. A lot more accurate than we've seen in the past so kudos to Samsung for making that work relatively well. A lot more accurate than we've seen in the past so kudos to Samsung for making that work relatively well. Of course, like all voice search, you do run into plenty of failures, but if you like playing around with that, if you don't like typing on an on-screen keyboard, that's really the way to go. Of course, like all voice search, you do run into plenty of failures, but if you like playing around with that, if you don't like typing on an on-screen keyboard, that's really the way to go. Of course, this TV includes Samsung's full Smart TV suite. Of course, this TV includes Samsung's full Smart TV suite. That includes more apps than pretty much anybody else. That includes more apps than pretty much anybody else. One real standout is HBO Go. One real standout is HBO Go. You also get a variety of other video apps, hundreds in all to choose from. You also get a variety of other video apps, hundreds in all to choose from. As you mentioned there's also 3D capability in the set for people who care. As you mentioned there's also 3D capability in the set for people who care. Samsung includes two pairs of 3D glasses right in the box. Samsung includes two pairs of 3D glasses right in the box. You can also purchase additional glasses from Samsung for the low price of $20. You can also purchase additional glasses from Samsung for the low price of $20. Connectivity is ample, including four HDMI ports, a component video port, and a LAN port for the internet. Connectivity is ample, including four HDMI ports, a component video port, and a LAN port for the internet. Of course, this TV also has build it WiFi. Of course, this TV also has build it WiFi. Samsung also offers three USB ports. Samsung also offers three USB ports. You can plug in thumb drives or also hard drives. You can plug in thumb drives or also hard drives. Does. Does. Beyond all those fancy features and sleek design, the picture quality on the 6400 seems a little bit of an afterthought. Beyond all those fancy features and sleek design, the picture quality on the 6400 seems a little bit of an afterthought. Sure, it's pretty good with accurate color and very good video processing but the black levels are really not that great so you get a little bit less contrast you see on some TVs at this price level. Sure, it's pretty good with accurate color and very good video processing but the black levels are really not that great so you get a little bit less contrast you see on some TVs at this price level. On the flip side, we do appreciate the bright room picture thanks to this nice matte screen. On the flip side, we do appreciate the bright room picture thanks to this nice matte screen. Although all told, it's really not as good as a lot of the TVs at this price just for picture quality. Although all told, it's really not as good as a lot of the TVs at this price just for picture quality. Then again it includes this excellent feature set with a great remote so if you're gonna be using all that stuff, the 6400 is a pretty good TV to consider. Then again it includes this excellent feature set with a great remote so if you're gonna be using all that stuff, the 6400 is a pretty good TV to consider. That's a quick look at Samsung's H6400 series. That's a quick look at Samsung's H6400 series. I'm David Katzmaeir from cnet. I'm David Katzmaeir from cnet. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm David Katzmaier from cnet and this is Samsung H6400 series. Hi, I'm David Katzmaier from cnet and this is Samsung H6400 series. This is a 55 inch member of the series. This is a 55 inch member of the series. The series is available in sizes from 40 all the way up to 65 inches. The series is available in sizes from 40 all the way up to 65 inches. This series fits right in the middle of Samsung's extensive 2014 lineup. This series fits right in the middle of Samsung's extensive 2014 lineup. It's real claim to fame is it's the cheapest Samsung TV that includes its new touch motion remote. It's real claim to fame is it's the cheapest Samsung TV that includes its new touch motion remote. Samsung calls it the smart remote. Samsung calls it the smart remote. I call it the best remote I've ever played with on a TV. I call it the best remote I've ever played with on a TV. I'll get to that in a little bit but first we'll start with the exterior of the set. I'll get to that in a little bit but first we'll start with the exterior of the set. Very minimalist design. Very minimalist design. It's got a nice black border around the edge. It's got a nice black border around the edge. To differentiate it from step down TVs, there's a little sort of. To differentiate it from step down TVs, there's a little sort of. See through edge a little bit around the black, so you get a slightly thicker bezel, but again, it's only about .3" thick. See through edge a little bit around the black, so you get a slightly thicker bezel, but again, it's only about .3" thick. So the TV looks like it's pretty much all picture. So the TV looks like it's pretty much all picture. Course Samsung's trademark swivel stand is below here with the kind of spider legs and a nice chrome finish. Course Samsung's trademark swivel stand is below here with the kind of spider legs and a nice chrome finish. So all told, really nice looking TV especially at this price level. So all told, really nice looking TV especially at this price level. So, I mentioned that remote. So, I mentioned that remote. Samsung finally this year, is including motion control in its remote. Samsung finally this year, is including motion control in its remote. LG has been doing that for a while. LG has been doing that for a while. Samsung basically copied that and added a nice little twist, on its remote, when you doing motion control, which makes the cursor behave a little bit like the Nintendo Wii. Samsung basically copied that and added a nice little twist, on its remote, when you doing motion control, which makes the cursor behave a little bit like the Nintendo Wii. You can select things by waving at the screen. You can select things by waving at the screen. To enable that control in the Samsung remote, you kinda just rest your finder on the touchpad. To enable that control in the Samsung remote, you kinda just rest your finder on the touchpad. That's a really nice intuitive way to get the motion control activated. That's a really nice intuitive way to get the motion control activated. Motion control works great for web browsing and a lot of the Samsung smart TV menus. Motion control works great for web browsing and a lot of the Samsung smart TV menus. You really won't find it much use when you're watching regular TV. You really won't find it much use when you're watching regular TV. Speaking of regular TV this TV can also control your cable box. Speaking of regular TV this TV can also control your cable box. So Samsung again aims to kind of [INAUDIBLE] your cable boxes UI into the TV's own interface. So Samsung again aims to kind of [INAUDIBLE] your cable boxes UI into the TV's own interface. You do get a native Samsung guide and a couple of other cable box controls. You do get a native Samsung guide and a couple of other cable box controls. But in general compared to using a standard universal remote or even the remote that came with your cable box. But in general compared to using a standard universal remote or even the remote that came with your cable box. This remote scheme from Samsung isn't quite as accurate. This remote scheme from Samsung isn't quite as accurate. Then again if you like using a lot of these other features including that web browser and some of the other smart TV things. Then again if you like using a lot of these other features including that web browser and some of the other smart TV things. You'll really appreciate this motion remote. You'll really appreciate this motion remote. It's especially nice for typing in search terms. It's especially nice for typing in search terms. Speaking of search, Samsung also includes voice search on this TV. Speaking of search, Samsung also includes voice search on this TV. You can talk into the remote. You can talk into the remote. And you can get the TV to react to a bunch of different commands. And you can get the TV to react to a bunch of different commands. You can actually say channel numbers, it'll tune to that if you have it set up correctly. You can actually say channel numbers, it'll tune to that if you have it set up correctly. ESPN. ESPN. It'll also do searches for actors and a bunch of other stuff. It'll also do searches for actors and a bunch of other stuff. We found a search. We found a search. A lot more accurate than we've seen in the past so kudos to Samsung for making that work relatively well. A lot more accurate than we've seen in the past so kudos to Samsung for making that work relatively well. Of course, like all voice search, you do run into plenty of failures, but if you like playing around with that, if you don't like typing on an on-screen keyboard, that's really the way to go. Of course, like all voice search, you do run into plenty of failures, but if you like playing around with that, if you don't like typing on an on-screen keyboard, that's really the way to go. Of course, this TV includes Samsung's full Smart TV suite. Of course, this TV includes Samsung's full Smart TV suite. That includes more apps than pretty much anybody else. That includes more apps than pretty much anybody else. One real standout is HBO Go. One real standout is HBO Go. You also get a variety of other video apps, hundreds in all to choose from. You also get a variety of other video apps, hundreds in all to choose from. As you mentioned there's also 3D capability in the set for people who care. As you mentioned there's also 3D capability in the set for people who care. Samsung includes two pairs of 3D glasses right in the box. Samsung includes two pairs of 3D glasses right in the box. You can also purchase additional glasses from Samsung for the low price of $20. You can also purchase additional glasses from Samsung for the low price of $20. Connectivity is ample, including four HDMI ports, a component video port, and a LAN port for the internet. Connectivity is ample, including four HDMI ports, a component video port, and a LAN port for the internet. Of course, this TV also has build it WiFi. Of course, this TV also has build it WiFi. Samsung also offers three USB ports. Samsung also offers three USB ports. You can plug in thumb drives or also hard drives. You can plug in thumb drives or also hard drives. Does. Does. Beyond all those fancy features and sleek design, the picture quality on the 6400 seems a little bit of an afterthought. Beyond all those fancy features and sleek design, the picture quality on the 6400 seems a little bit of an afterthought. Sure, it's pretty good with accurate color and very good video processing but the black levels are really not that great so you get a little bit less contrast you see on some TVs at this price level. Sure, it's pretty good with accurate color and very good video processing but the black levels are really not that great so you get a little bit less contrast you see on some TVs at this price level. On the flip side, we do appreciate the bright room picture thanks to this nice matte screen. On the flip side, we do appreciate the bright room picture thanks to this nice matte screen. Although all told, it's really not as good as a lot of the TVs at this price just for picture quality. Although all told, it's really not as good as a lot of the TVs at this price just for picture quality. Then again it includes this excellent feature set with a great remote so if you're gonna be using all that stuff, the 6400 is a pretty good TV to consider. Then again it includes this excellent feature set with a great remote so if you're gonna be using all that stuff, the 6400 is a pretty good TV to consider. That's a quick look at Samsung's H6400 series. That's a quick look at Samsung's H6400 series. I'm David Katzmaeir from cnet. I'm David Katzmaeir from cnet.

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