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REVIEW / UE32ES5500

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on November 27, 2012
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 0 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes / Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio NC
This model is the 32'' version of the 40'' Samsung UE40ES5500 TV that we tested in our labs. For more information about the ES5500, please therefore go to our review of the Samsung UE40ES5500.

Everything we said in the Samsung ES5500 review holds true for this model—the only thing that's different is the screen size!

Sometimes manufacturers fit the different sized models of a given television with panels from different sources. In such cases, our comments are only valid for a specific size of a given TV, fitted with the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour fidelity and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another. When different panels are used, we'll be sure to let you know about it!

Manufacturers who do use the same panel in all the various sized TVs sold under a given model number can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor that could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing a slightly different contrast. However, according to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to other sized models in the series when the same panel is used.
Our Recommended Settings
After trying each of the settings out, we largely preferred Movie mode. We selected this and left the settings as is.

With low-res sources (DVD, standard TV...) the best advice we can give is to just let a Blu-ray player or latest-generation gaming console (PS3, Xbox 360...) do the scaling work. If you don't have one, you can artificially enhance the image's resolution by increasing the sharpness.

Here's what we got with these settings:

Contrast: 2780:1
Black: 0.07 cd/m²
Gamma: 3.3 / 5
Delta E: 3.4
Average discrepancy across display: 9%
Viewing angles: 1.8 / 5
Media player: 3.8 / 5

See also: How we test TVs

PROS

  • Accurate colours (average Delta E = 3.4)
  • High contrast (2,800:1)
  • No clouding
  • Compatible with numerous video formats via the media player

CONS

  • No motion interpolation
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Grey shading could be improved
  • Panel not very responsive: 18 ms on average

CONCLUSION 3/5

It may not have the best picture out there, but the Samsung ES5500 should be good for anyone looking for a TV in this price range. Plus, the model we tested showed no signs of clouding (bright patches in dark areas of the screen). That gets a big thumbs up from us.
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