Samsung UN46D6400

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-David Katzmaier from CNET and I'm here with the Samsung UND6400. This is an LED-based LCD TV with edge-lit configuration, which means it's mighty thin and Samsung's actually made this TV even more compact than in previous years. It has this really thin bezel around the edge here, not quite as thin as the step up models, but still pretty darn thin. It's less than an inch from the edge of the picture to the edge of the panel, and there's a transparent frame around the extreme edge that makes it look even slimmer. So, all told, this is one very compact-looking TV. It's also Samsung's least expensive LCD to include 3D technology. The company is throwing in 2 pairs of active shutter glasses and additional pairs cost about $50 a piece. That's a pricing improvement for sure compared to last year. The TV also has Samsung's Smart Hub Internet technology. This is the first one we've reviewed with that Smart Hub Suite. That just means that all the Internet apps, the streaming services, are all grouped into one big home screen here. It's actually a little bit jumbled in our experience, but Samsung did add the ability to search video services. Unfortunately, that search is pretty crippled. It doesn't hit Netflix or any of the other major service, although it does get Vudu. Another issue with Smart Hub is it's missing Amazon Instant, which is the streaming services from Amazon, although the other content is pretty darn strong. Smart Hub also offers a limited recommendation engine for its video services, as well as access to Samsung's extensive app store. So, you can go on to the app store and download games, and Google Maps, ESPN, even some additional widgets, although the company did drop Yahoo! Widgets. Overall, Samsung's Smart Hub is very complete although, again, the interface is a little bit cluttered and people who are getting at it for the first time might be a bit intimidated. The TV is very well featured otherwise. You can find plenty of adjustments in the menu, including a 10-point color temperature system, as well as a color management system that really did a pretty good job of improving the color in our experience. The TV also has the full ability to adjust the de-judder processing, so you can go and play around with things like judder and blur reduction to your heart's content. When we took the Samsung UND6400 into the lab, we were pretty impressed by its picture quality for an edge-lit LED. The black levels are pretty darn good and color accuracy, at least the bright areas, is excellent, although we did see some blue creep into the darker areas of the picture. We also appreciated the excellent video processing, which handled 1080p/24 well, and as an added bonus, this TV does 3D a lot better than it did last year. We're not sure if that's the glasses, or the new panel itself, or some combination, but it has less crosstalk and, overall, better 3D picture quality than its predecessors. The back panel in the Samsung has 4 HDMI inputs, which is pretty good, but the analog connectivity is pretty sparse. There's only 1 component video and 1 standard video input, and they require breakout cables to work. Samsung also throws in a PC input and 3 USB ports. That's a quick look at the Samsung UND6400 Series, and I'm David Katzmaier.

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