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REVIEW / Samsung UE46ES8000

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Pierre Anzil
Published on April 2, 2012
Translated by Catherine Barraclough
 
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 46 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p) Yes
  • HD Ready certification Yes
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio NC
This model is the 46'' version of the 55'' Samsung UE55ES8000 TV that we tested in our labs. For more information about the ES800, please therefore go to our review of the Samsung UE55ES8000.

Everything we said in the UE55ES8000 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 Readings
Contrast: 1960:1
Black level: 0.11 cd/m²
Gamma: 4.6 / 5
Delta E: 3.1
Average discrepancy across display: 10%
Viewing angles: 1.2 / 5
Power use: 107 W
Media player: 3.8 / 5

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

  • Accurate colours: average delta E of 3.1
  • Effective motion interpolation function
  • Remote with built-in touchpad is particularly practical
  • Low power use: 107 watts

CONS

  • Glossy screen: reflections are a problem
  • Tight viewing angles
  • More 3D crosstalk than in the D8000
  • Disappointing contrast: 1960:1
  • The model we tested was prone to clouding

CONCLUSION 4/5

The Samsung ES8000 is ahead of its time. While there's still room for improvement in the motion and voice control systems, it's the first TV out there to integrate this kind of function. And, on the whole, they work reasonably well. Image quality, on the other hand, seems to have taken a step backwards, with a lower contrast level (1960:1) than the D8000, tighter viewing angles, screen brightness that's less consistent across the display and stronger 3D crosstalk. All in all, the ES8000 just managed to scrape its way to a four-star review!
4 Samsung UE46ES8000 DigitalVersus 2012-04-02 11:44:52
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