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Samsung's middling mid-range F6400 LCDThe Samsung F6400 series offers attractive styling and a full complement of features for the price but is outstripped by rivals for performance.
-Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury and this is a review of the Samsung UN55F6400 LCD television. If there's one thing Samsung has traditionally done well, it's mid-priced LCDs with respectable image quality and affordable prices. The F6400 sits firmly in this category and comes in a variety of sizes from 40 inches way up to a huge 75 inches, which at $5,000 breaks them all just a little bit. The focus in the F6400 series is features with voice interaction, smart TV, cable box control, and 3D all included. The TV comes with a touch pad remote, which also makes web browsing easier. The TV's design is fairly sleek with a think bezel all around, but it has this fairly flimsy feeling stand that Samsung has introduced this year on its cheaper models and we don't like it very much at all. Picture quality is fairly average for while the TV had micro dimming, it doesn't enhance contrast at all, so we left it off. Black levels and shadow detail are better than the equivalent LG LA6200, but compared to the excellent Vizio M series or Panasonic SD60, it just can't compete. Total performance was mostly good. Darker colors such as shadows did look a little desaturated though. The TV also had some issues with uniformity and there were a couple of kidney-shaped gray patches on a black screen on the model we received. The Samsung F6400 offers up a lot of features, but compared to the best TVs with its price, it doesn't offer competitive picture quality. And I'd recommend looking at Vizio or Panasonic instead. Surprisingly, even the Panasonic E60 LCD is better than this TV. This has been Ty Pendlebury for cnet.com.