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.