This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Samsung LND630
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Samsung LND630

1:49 /

With image quality every bit as good as many expensive LED models, the Samsung LND630 is a great choice for a basic LCD TV.

Hi there, I'm David (Katzmeier?) from CNET, and this is the Samsung LND 630 series. I'm sitting next to the 46 incher of them, and there is also a 40 incher in the series, and this review will apply to both. This TV is Samsung's most expensive in 2011. It doesn't use an LD backlight, it uses a standard CCFL backlight, but as you can see, it performs really well compared to a lof o fthe better LED TV's we've seen. IT also cuts down on the price. One of the downsides, however, it's a little bit thicker than the LED TV's you'll see, on the side, here the profiles of about 3.2 inches deep. Compare that to about an inch for most LED TV's, and they're both flat panel, however Unless you hang this TV on a wall, you probably won't know the difference. Styling on the LND630 is relatively Generic, it's got this standard glossy black, with a piano finish around the edge. It's also got a little transparency to it, but the main thing is its accent strip along the bottom, colored reddish bronze. Maybe a little bit too much of an accent for most decors. Unlike higher end Samsung TV's, the LND630 lacks a Smart TV interface, so no built in Internet streaming. Of course, you can always add your own external streamer to this TV. It does have DLNA streaming, and also USB, however, if you have some video, photo, and music files from external sources. Despite a position relatively low on Samsung's totem pole, the company throws in a full compliment of picture settings. We really appreciate the 10 point white balance, and the excellent color management. When we try to set up this TV, both of those resulted in excellent color. Around back, there's 3 HDMI inputs, to component video inputs, and a PC input. There's also a 4th HDMI on the side, making its connectivity just as good as most of the other high end TV's on the market. On other bonus on the LND630 is its improved screen uniformity, compared to edge-lit models, so all told, we're really impressed by this relatively inexpensive no-frills television. That's a quick look at the Samsung LND630 series, and I'm David (Katzmeier?).

New releases

HTC Desire 510 offers affordable...
1:17 September 2, 2014
If you desperately want 4G, the Desire 510 won't break the bank. CNET's Rich Trenholm finds out if it's worth...
Play video
Brainwave tech could help ALS patients...
2:32 August 30, 2014
Patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease can become paralyzed, and technology is now being developed that could...
Play video
ALS patient more independent with...
3:12 August 30, 2014
Eric Valor has been living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, for nearly a decade, but he says technology,...
Play video
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring...
22:01 August 29, 2014
25 years of Miata: Why it still works. How your commute is worse than just boring, read the secret information...
Play video
Google tests drone delivery, iPhone...
2:54 August 29, 2014
Look up in the sky for a special delivery from Google's Project Wing, keep waiting for that "iWatch," and...
Play video
Make your Chromebook more PC-l...
1:58 August 29, 2014
Do you wish your Chromebook could feel a little more like a regular PC? Here are some simple tips on how to...
Play video
Nvidia Shield Tablet: Best tablet...
2:49 August 29, 2014
The 8-inch Shield Tablet boasts Nvidia's latest powerful Tegra K1 processor and graphics, and plugs into a...
Play video
Indie Games of Summer
3:14 August 29, 2014
Five indie console games that you should check out right now.
Play video