Samsung C6000 (UE32C6000) review: Samsung C6000 (UE32C6000)

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The Good Freeview HD tuner; Very vivid colours; Impressive HD and SD performance.

The Bad Pricey; No Internet features; Struggles to render shadow detail.

The Bottom Line The 32-inch Samsung UE32C6000 produces decent standard- and high-definition pictures, and offers impressive audio for such a small LCD TV. It's on the pricey side for a set that lacks Internet features, though.

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8.3 Overall

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Samsung is aiming to bring a touch of premium style to the mid-range TV market with the UE32C6000, which is available for around £650. There's more to this 32-inch, 1080p LCD TV than just a pretty face, however. It also packs a Freeview HD tuner, LED edge lights and some interesting media-streaming capabilities.

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Samsung has something of a Midas touch when it comes to designing good-looking tellies, and the UE32C6000 proves the company's still got what it takes. The set is finished in piano black with a seriously stylish translucent edge around the frame. Luxurious touch-sensitive controls hidden beneath the front of the chassis look every bit as classy, thanks to the brushed-metal finish of the base.

Samsung hasn't skimped on the set's connectivity options, either. There are four HDMI ports mounted in a row on the left-hand side of the screen. You also get a set of component inputs, a VGA connector, and a mini RGB input for use with the supplied Scart adaptor. The optical-digital-audio port allows you to feed audio from the on-board Freeview HD tuner to an external audio system. For media playback, Samsung's kitted the set out with two USB ports and an Ethernet socket.

Setting the TV up is fairly straightforward. It's quick to tune in all the channels, including the high-definition services from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Reception was sound and we experienced no signal drop-outs during our test period.

EP-Gee whiz!

Samsung's electronic programme guide is one of the better ones around. It certainly knocks spots off Panasonic's. It's bright, breezy and colourful, and we like the way it shows a video thumbnail of the selected channel in the top left-hand corner. The layout displays a decent amount of programming info in one go and it's easy to surf between different programmes and channels. The TV's menu system looks rather welcoming too, thanks to its colourful icons, although some of the menus do run quite deep. As a result, it can take quite a few clicks to get to the more advanced picture settings.

Samsung's EPG is a pleasure to use. It's easily navigated and displays handy video thumbnails.

Getting the networking features up and running isn't too difficult, and, if you choose the standard DHCP option, everything is configured automatically. Once the networking system is set up, you can use the TV's built-in media-streaming facilities to grab music, photos or videos from a PC or network-attached storage drive. Along with the DivX and Xvid formats, the set also supports MKV files at resolutions of up to 1080p, which makes for superb video streaming.

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