The Good The Samsung LN-T3253H HDTV produces relatively deep blacks with fine shadow detail; accurate color; slick styling; scads of picture controls; superb connectivity with one PC and three HDMI inputs.
The Bad Expensive compared to bargain models; grayscale tends toward blue in darker areas.
The Bottom Line Great style, oodles of features, and a solid picture combine to make the Samsung LN-T3253H one of the best LCD TVs available at its size.
Editors' note, November 15, 2007 The rating on this review has been lowered from 7.9 to 7.6 due to changes in the competitive marketplace.
Samsung's LN-T3253H is the successor to the LN-S3251D, our favorite 32-inch LCD television from last year, and in most ways it's an improvement. Our favorite addition is the significantly expanded array of options for tweaking the picture, including everything from gamma to color temperature to independent input memories. And if all that sounds like gobbledygook, don't worry; the television's Movie preset is pretty solid in its own right. Aside from its picture, the LN-T3253H also offers exemplary connectivity and plenty of style, once again providing a good reason to spend an extra few hundred dollars over bargain-basement LCDs.
Samsung's LCD TV design is pretty much unchanged from last year, and that's a good thing. The 2007 LN-T3253H looks a lot like the 2006 LN-S3251D, although it doesn't have the other model's blue swatch. Instead there's a curved, transparent lip of plastic along the bottom of the frame, which contrasts nicely against the straighter top and sides. The speakers are completely invisible; their openings consist of downward-firing slits hidden above the lip. The entire set is finished in glossy black, and the edge of the frame is rounded off for a friendly yet futuristic look. There's a blue accent light on the front that can be disabled, and the controls along the right side are slick, touch-sensitive icons as opposed to buttons.
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