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Samsung UNF5000: Dumb, yet stylish and good-lookingThe Samsung UNF5000 LED LCD is one of the company's few TVs to lack Smart TV features, but if you can stomach that lack, it represents a solid value.
Hi. I'm David Katzmaier, senior editor of CNET and I'm standing next to Samsung UNF5000. This is a 40-inch LED/LCD TV. This series is also available in a 22, 32, 36 and 50-inch size, so a good range there in the smaller screen sizes among TVs. This is one of Samsung's entry-level 2013 TVs, so that means, it's one of the few that doesn't have Smart TV built into it. So you won't get all of those apps-- another Smart TV do dads or any in that kind of activity found on some of the higher-end models. It does some of the nice styling cues of those higher-end models wherever including a nice thin bezel around the edge and relatively thin profile when seen from the side, that's thanks to its edge-lit LEDs. Unlike on some of the step-up models, however, this Samsung's stand does not allow it swivel. Around back is only two HDMI inputs with might cramp your style if you're gonna connect more than two devices than these HMDIs. Unfortunately, that's pretty much everything these days including cable boxes, game consoles and DVD players so you might need to buy an external switching device to make it for the lack. Unlike it's more expensive price on this TV also lacks a couple of the high-end picture adjustment so although there is plenty for most people who get the job done. Samsung's entry-level remote is also pretty puny and packed with buttons but at least you get plenty of direct control. Despite being a relatively inexpensive TV we're pretty impressed by the picture quality of 5000. And it has a relatively deep black label from an LED/LCD. It actually out does its higher-end 6300 series cousin in terms of delivering that inky black that makes dark scenes especially when you have lights down look really nice. When you turn off the lights, the set screen also does a pretty good job of dealing a flare. One of the downsides of the F5000 is picture average. It's inability to properly produced the film-based [unk] some of the other high-end TVs get despite the fact that Samsung calls this a 120 CMR TV, it doesn't have a 120 Hz refresh face, so you'll get a little bit more blur if you're sensitive in that sort of stuff. All told, however we're really impressed by the picture quality of the F5000, you consider a really good value if you don't really care about Smarts. That's a quick look at Samsung's UNF5000 LED TV. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.