The AC/DC power brick for the Samsung LTM405W
is remarkably large. About the size of small dictionary, and nearly twice as
heavy in fact. Normally, the power adaptor isn't something we would even
mention, but this puppy is just too large to look over.
With four gigantic ferrite cores around the
DC power supply cable to filter out EMI interference (which could
affect picture clarity) the power converter is a beast. The adaptor puts off some heat,
and comes with its very own status LED to let you know things are powered up and
ready to go.
That Samsung designed the
LTM405W with the power supply external is an interesting footnote. Wall mounting may be
somewhat more difficult with the powersupply not built into the unit, since there
is only 6 feet of cable for it to connect
The main power button on the Samsung LTM405W is an attractive combination of switch and power status indicator LED. Samsung has always had very strong industrial design within their products. When the LED is off, the mirrored half covers up its appearance.
The Remote Control
When you go to
buy a car they call it the 'test drive', when you go to buy flashy electronics
they call it 'showing the remote'. The remote is after all the beloved appliance of
men everywhere, and a good looking remote says just about as much about the
product as one which isn't too hot.
The Samsung LTM405W comes with a blandly gray remote which does the job,
but without much fanfare or real intuition. Things are unlikely to
change in the near future as Samsung seem to be using this stock
remote with virtually all of the large screen displays to have crossed our test
The remote is organized fairly well, but
improvements could be made to make LTM405W manual if you want to
enable the universal feature, and it automatically works with any other Samsung device. Switching between TV,
VCR, Cable or DVD control takes a second or so, which can seem slow
if you are moving between devices constantly.
switch uses four separate LED colours to identify which setting the remote is on
(TV, VCR, Cable, DVD) but otherwise and a small flap hides an assortment of
other control buttons for the VCR and TV functions.