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Samsung are riding high at the moment and although it seems to be their mobile phones which are stealing the limelight just now, we must not forget that they have been building quality televisions for several years now.
This 26 inch TV with built in Freeview does not disappoint and from day one, all it needs for you is to plug it in and switch it on. After that it literally sets everything up itself and is so simple a five year old could do it.
The remote too is simple and logical and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to understand it! Although 40 and 50 inch TVs in the living room seem to be the norm these days I am more than happy with this one in my main room. I am sure I will eventually upgrade to a bigger size but if I do, it will certainly be another Samsung!
The TV is HD ready and previously I wondered if HD would make any difference but now I have just installed Sky HD I can tell you that the difference is like night and day. The Samsung has a stunning picture with exceptional clarity and vivid colours, especially stunning when watching wildlife or scenic programmes in HD.
I have listened to some more modern TVs and was not impressed with their "tinny" sound but the Samsung has no such issues and is equally good transmitting concerts, films or dialogue.
To be honest I have had this TV for a few years now but would not even consider replacing it because all I have ever done is plug it in, switch it on, and switch it off. No problems whatsoever at all in all the time I have owned it.
If you are looking for a quality TV without breaking the bank then this is the one for you.
I have this TV in my bedroom and I absolutely love it. It is Samsung TV and the screen size is 26" which is quite a small sized TV for a main TV compared to today's sizes, but if you don't want a big one, or want it for as a smaller one as a second TV for a smaller room then then it's perfect.
It is HD ready with 720p, which isn't the highest HD available, which is 1080p, however most people will be more than happy with 720p, it depends on how many HD devices (e.g. blue ray / ps3) you have, and if you use it as a second TV it isn't as important. Also it only has 1 HDMI socket, which means you can only have one HD device connected to it at any one time.
It also comes with free view pre installed into it so you don't need to buy a box, and have extra wire around. The free view is easy to set up, once it is connected to an aerial, you can select the menu button, and then have the TV auto tune it to receive all the free view channels available. Depending on what kind on a connection you get in your area and how good your aerial is you may not get all the channels from free view, as I didn't, but this would be the same for any TV, as the one installed actually works well and looks good.
I has a TV guide feature where you can have a guide displayed on the TV screen with the list on channels going down vertically with the times and programme on at that time for that channel going across horizontally. You can just use the up/down and left/right buttons to scrolls through the different channels and times.
The picture quality is very good I found and you can adjust colour and contrast etc. from the main menu to suit you best. the screen is quite bright and I found it quite a bit bright ( at 500 cd/m²) than my main TV which is an LG, some people may not like this but I prefer it this way, and it can be changed, but the standard level is brighter. It has an LCD screen with a dynamic contrast ratio of 5000:1 and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, producing a great picture quality.
The back of the TV is quite thin and doesn't take up much room, it is a bit to big to be hung up on the wall, as it would stick out a bit but as a standing TV it is more than good enough and stands well on the stand it is attached to, which can swerve to TV on it to position the screen at the best angle for your room.
The sound comes from two hidden speakers which are below the screen and has SRS TruSurround XT which gives more depth giving a greater sense of realism to the viewing experience. I found the audio over was good and is on par with other similar TVs and the volume can each a more than loud enough setting.
One problem I have with the TV is that when you turn it off from either the remote or the on / off button the the front of the TV, rather than going completely off it stays on standby, with a small red light on in the corner. The only way to turn it completely off is from the plug. I know a lot of TVs do this now but my old one wouldn't have any standby light on when turned off from the front, which I think would be better for the money and environmentally conscious people.
overall this is a great TV and can be brought at a reasonable price. The picture quality is very good, and you will struggle to find a better picture quality for the price. It is a good size and also has a good price. May not be big enough for most people as a main TV, but is still great.