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Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch 3D LCD HDTV Review

Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch 3D LCD HDTV Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you're a technology geek it's hard not to get excited the first time you hear about 3D HDTV. It's one of those amazing Jetsons-esque technologies that seems like we'd never quite get to, along with hover cars and robot butlers. PCSTATS cuts through the marketing hype and tells you if the 3D Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch HDTV is worth it.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Aug 19 2010   Julian Apong  
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Conclusion: Is 3DTV ready for prime time?

Samsung's UN55C7000 3DTV is the type of technology you'll fall in love with a first sight, but it may leave you feeling a few regrets the morning after.

Being able to watch HD movies in 3D is the big selling point here, and the first time you view it the effect is eye-popping enough that you might reach for your credit card right then and there. However, for all the hype surrounding it, 3D ends up being a mixed bag when it comes to regular use.

To get the most out of 3D viewing the 55" Samsung UN55C7000 has to be set up properly, Samsung's 3D shutter glasses have to be calibrated for the television in front of you and PCSTATS would recommend a darkened room where you're sitting the right distance and height away from the screen.

On top of that, you'll absolutely need a 3D blu ray player and a 3D-encoded movie to watch. Even with all of this set up properly there are still some issues with ghosting, flickering and eyestrain in Samsung's implementation of the home 3D HDTV.

In my experience I could only watch a 3D movie on the Samsung UN55C7000 in 3D mode for thirty minutes to an hour or so before my eyes could no longer focus on the screen properly. Worse still was that for several minutes afterwards a 3D viewing session it was difficult to focus my eyes on any other normal LCD screen or CRT monitor.

As a computer reviewer I typically spend several hours a day in front of computer screens and normally experience no ill effects, but watching 3DTV through shutter glasses proved to be a little too much to me. The jury is still out as to what the long-term effects of watching 3DTV are on adult's and children's eyes, but it's probably a sensible precaution to limit the amount of time you and your family spend watching 3D content on the UN55C7000.

Of course, there may be other factors that make you leery of watching 3D content with your family, namely the high cost of buying into Samsung's 3DTV system. Samsung's UN55C7000 HDTV can come bundled with a single set of active 3D glasses so only one person can watch 3D content on it at a time.

Each subsequent pair of glasses costs from $150-$200 (depending on if the glasses have replaceable batteries or are rechargable), and on top of that you have to factor in the cost of a new $399 3D Blu-ray player (although Sony's PlayStation 3 can be updated with 3D blu-ray support) and you're limited to only a handful of 3D Blu-ray discs at the time of this writing.

There are some bundles available that can bring down the overall cost of the kit, so make sure to shop around a little before you buy, or try negotiating with the sales manager to comp you some free movies or glasses.

Fortunately there's more than just 3D to sell the Samsung UN55C7000 HDTV. It's also got some impressive connectivity options that make it straddle the line between HDTVs and HTPCs, and the screen looks fantastic by itself in regular old 2D mode.

While it's standard to expect four HDMI ports and the usual mixture of D-sub/component/digital audio inputs on premium HDTVs, Samsung's UN55C7000 can also accept content via USB 2.0 and ethernet sources using its MediaPlay function. MediaPlay has become Wiselink Pro's faster, more robust and more versatile successor, and goes a long way towards turning the UN55C7000 from being simply a screen into a full media center.

Internet @ TV is also another big feature that we especially like. It could have huge potential for bringing internet video content into your living room. This is another technology that's still in its infancy, but even now the ability to stream Youtube video directly onto the Samsung UN55C7000 HDTV is blurring the line between your personal computer and your home theatre.

If Samsung is able to aggressively develop its downloadable App store with new applications for Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video sources, users would be able to ditch set-top boxes and cable TV plans altogether.

As for physical features you'd traditionally expect from a new generation of HDTVs, Samsung's UN55C7000 has evolved in every way you'd want. The 55" set is large enough that it can impress in the family room, or be large enough to use in meetings, bars and other medium-sized audiences. Despite its large viewing size, this HDTV panel is only 1" thick. It's also light enough to mount on a wall or compatible 400mm x 400mm VESA arm, and has a thin bezel that doesn't distract from the screen. Overall this a very attractive physical design.

For traditional 2D viewing the quality of the UN55C7000 is comparable to Samsung's previous 2009 series of HDTVs. The UN55C7000 produces a bright and clear picture, and when combined with HD content you'll be rewarded with sharp, crisp visual fidelity and a excellent colour reproduction.

There is a little bit of backlight bleeding that becomes somewhat noticeable in very dark scenes when viewed in dim rooms, but in most cases it isn't too noticeable.

While the 3DTV aspects of the UN55C7000 still have some kinks in them and feel more like a gimmick than a feature you would get regular enjoyment out of, the rest of the UN55C7000 is a very polished and slick experience that might convince you to take the plunge on Samsung's UN55C7000 HDTV for its $3250 CDN ($3100 USD, or £2230 GBP) asking price.

The set's excellent physical design, good picture and extensive media connectivity options will integrate well with demanding tech-savvy home theatre enthusiasts. Above all, if you are considering buying any 3DTV to get in on the 'ground floor' of the three-dimesnional video revolution, make sure to test out a properly calibrated UN55C7000 and watch a movie on it before reaching for your credit card.

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Contents of Article: Samsung UN55C7000
 Pg 1.  Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch 3D LCD HDTV Review
 Pg 2.  How does the 3D work?
 Pg 3.  How long can you watch 3D for, is there eyestrain?
 Pg 4.  Samsung 7000-series 3D HDTV Panel Design
 Pg 5.  3D TV Remote Control
 Pg 6.  Active Shutter 3D Glasses
 Pg 7.  HDTV Media Inputs and Outputs
 Pg 8.  MediaPlay, the feature formerly known as Wiselink Pro
 Pg 9.  Connecting to the internet, Youtube and more
 Pg 10.  — Conclusion: Is 3DTV ready for prime time?

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