It's been a
pleasure testing Samsung's LN40A650A LCD HDTV. Aesthetically it's a beautiful display,
and everyone who passed by it couldn't help but lean in to take a closer look
at the black-cherry bezel, the smooth lines, and the overall
glossy finish that extended across the 40" display. Judging by the amount of
drool from co-workers, it looks good enough to eat.
The outside control
buttons are subtle and stylish, but
difficult to center ones finger direction over the icon particularly in low light
There are a few downsides to its pretty face
though. Combining an electronic display with a glossy bezel makes
for an electrostatic dust magnet, and within a day it was necessary to
wipe our Samsung LN40A650A down in order to keep it looking pretty.
Keeping the bezel sleek and smooth has also rendered the on-board control panel
useless in anything but bright light, since it's impossible to see or feel where
the buttons are.
Getting the Samsung LN40A650A set up was easy, taking
only a few minutes to get the TV out of the
box, set up on its stand and receiving an ATSC high-definition TV signal through its
The display can swivel about 30 degrees
horizontally on its stand, making it a lot easier to plug things into the
rear-panel connections. The separate side-panel is also useful to quickly plug
in devices like game consoles without having to reach all the way around the LCD
Once everything was set up, watching high-definition
movies and TV on the Samsung LN40A650A really shows just how far LCD TVs
have come in the past few years.
Viewing angles are superb from both extreme
horizontal and vertical positions, colour is well saturated, the TV is bright
enough to be viewed in sunlit rooms (although the glossy screen does reflect
more sunlight than I prefer), and since the display is 40" it's possible to put
it in a living room and be sitting comfortably far away from it, yet still make
out the fine definition of 1080p content.
At $2100 CDN ($1600 USD, £1150 GBP) , the
Samsung LN40A650A LCD HDTV is right on par with other LCD HDTVs from
Sony and Hitachi that are around the same size. The Samsung LN40A650A is one of
the few that support 120Hz refresh rates through Auto Motion Plus, and its four HDMI inputs, as
well as built in speakers and included DTV receiver are features that few other HDTVs can match at this
If Samsung were able to improve some of the unique built-in firmware applications
that are included with the LN40A650A and speed up its menu system (and put proper
buttons on the front panel, but I digress), this 40" LCD HDTV would stand out from the competition
As it is though the Samsung LN40A650A is still
a great display for TV, movies, games and general PC use - the toughest decision
for buyers will likely be whether to get the 40" model or move up to the 46" and
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