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Samsung UNF6300 series: The best Smarts for lessAlthough its picture quality falls short of some midrange TVs, the Samsung UNF6300's combination of high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts.
Hello, everyone. David Katzmaier here with CNET and I'm standing next to Samsung UNF6300. This is sort of a mid-range TV and Samsung's extensive LED TV line up for 2013. This is the 55-inch version. This TV is available from sizes 32 all the way up to 60 inches, so it's pretty extensive series. The 6300 is one of the least expensive Samsung TVs to offer its full Smart TV Suite. We're gonna get to that in a little bit. But it's also one at least expensive with this relatively sleek edge lit LED styling. So Samsung's TV is really thin, when you look at it from the side, that edge lit design gives you. It's also really thin around the edge of the screen so you don't have very much to the [unk] at all except for the picture. It's also Samsung's trademark spider stand here that allows to swivel and it's colored quite a bit lighter than this TV itself. All told one of the nice-looking TV in this price range. Aside from the design, the real selling point of 6300 is it's feature set starting with Smart TV. This has my favorite Smart TV Suite of 2013 among all the manufacturers. Samsung arranges its smart TV in a series of 5 different pages. The first one called On TV, actually sort of try to replace your cable box so this TV has a little IR dongle that can shoot commands to your cable box and integrate the program listings subject to your locality so you can type in exactly where you live and you get customized listings depending on your cable or satellite provider. It works relatively well. In fact, it works a little bitter than on some of the higher-end models and that's because Samsung 6300 includes a standard remote control that has all the buttons that I like to use for DVR including transport. You also get the dedicated button to call up the guide from your cable box as well as the cable box's menu so pretty good system overall. The rest of the Smart TV Suite is very well designed. It's nice and simple this year. Samsung has more apps that pretty much anybody else including exclusive on HBO Go. Of course, there's also a plenty of standard on-demand sources including NetFlix, Amazon and pretty much everything else. The 6300 also offers plenty of ways to adjust the picture. There's a full the judder control so you can dial in just the right amount of smoothness, which in my opinion should be zero. There's also excellent control of color and pretty much every other picture parameter. Connectivity is very good with 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB and an analog input. Overall, the picture quality in 6300 is pretty good, although, it's not among the best TVs as its price point. It's main weakness is the inability to display a nice deep shade of black seen as some of the other LED TVs out there. It's a level of black, 'cause it's a little bit lighter others so you get less popping contrast especially in really dark scenes. On a flip side, we appreciated most of the other aspects of the Samsung's picture including excellent color accuracy. The set also as relatively good uniformity so there aren't any bright spots on our review sample. Video processing is among the best we've seen in any price point this TV holds up well in a private lit room. Overall, the Samsung 6300 represents a pretty good value especially if you like a smart TV perks. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET.