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REVIEW / Samsung UE40D6200

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on January 2, 2012
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 40 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 40'' version of the 55'' TV that we tested in our labs, the Samsung UE55D6200.

That means it has a PVA panel made by Samsung-Sony with a glossy finish and edge LED backlighting.  There are also connected features, including support for DLNA and a decent media player.  It could handle external devices formatted using NTFS as well as most of the HD videos we tried, but it struggled with M2TS files and subtitles inside MKV and MP4 container files; if you want to see them, you have to remove them from the container.

In the lab, we found it was less responsive than average, with a ghosting time of 16.5 ms.  The colour reproduction could also be improved (the average deltaE is 3.9) and the gamma is imbalanced with the darkest shades of grey.  The contrast ratio of 2560:1 is pretty good, but like most Edge LED TVs, light leaks from around the diodes placed around the outside of the frame, creating clouding that can be particularly irritating with widescreen films.

We were disappointed by its performance in 3D, where the resolution is halved to 1920 x 540 pixels with lots of crosstalk.

The D6200 is about average for a TV when it comes to sound.  While it's good enough for day-to-day viewing, the lack of bass can be frustrating when watching a film.

As is often the case with Edge LED TVs, the energy consumption is absolutely perfect.

For more information, you can consult our full review of the 55'' version, the Samsung UE55D6200.

Everything we said in the original article holds true--the only thing that's different is the size!

The only exception is that some manufacturers fit different sized televisions with panels from different sources.  In that case, our comments are only valid for the panel that we originally tested.  Contrast, black levels, colour handling and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another.

Manufacturers who do fit the same panel in all of the TVs in a range can expect the same results across the whole range.  The only factor which could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing slightly different contrast.  According to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to others in the range.
Our Readings
Contrast: 2560:1
Black level: 0.07 cd/m²
Gamma quality: 4.3 / 5
deltaE: 3.9
Average discrepancy across display: 9%
Viewing angles: 1.7 / 5
Energy consumption:50 W
Multimedia player: 3.6/5

Find and compare our other readings in our Face-off.

We take these readings using the best settings for watching a movie. Cinema mode is generally the one we use. Wherever possible, we set the white levels at 200 cd/m².

See also: How do we test TVs?

PROS

  • Great picture in 2D and 3D
  • High contrast ratio: 2560:1
  • Powerful motion interpolation filter
  • Low energy consumption: 95 W
  • Good media player with support for lots of video formats

CONS

  • Glossy screen picks up reflections
  • Colour reproduction could be better: average deltaE: 3.9
  • Viewing angles too narrow-
  • Crosstalk leads to viewers seeing double in 3D
  • Clouding on our test unit
  • Image resolution divided by two in 3D

CONCLUSION 3/5

The D6200 is almost exactly identical to the D6500 and has the same features and hardware. It even puts in a similar performance in 3D mode, with the resolution halved and noticeable crosstalk. The only real change is that the picture is less carefully handed, with both colour reproduction and gamma a notch down from the D6500.
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