With the World Cup almost upon us, Samsung has equipped the UE46H7000 with a dedicated Football Mode feature. Plus, if youve got an HDD hooked up to one of the USB ports, the set uses analysis of crowd noise to automatically store a matchs highlights. However, its interface feels a bit cumbersome these days, and learning your way around all it has to offer remains a challenge.SEE ALSO: Best TVs Round-Up 2014Weve covered this system in depth in a separate article, so we dont need to spend time going over it again here. It boasts one of Samsungs new Aero designs though theres none of the screen curvature found on Samsungs HU8500 and H8000 series, Samsungs new smart TV system driven by a Quad Core processor, and 3D playback.
Its dimming technology and motion processing arent as powerful as that of the impressive H8000 Full HD flagship series, though. The silver side trim on the bezel gives it 360-degree design appeal too. Its a full HD rather than UHD/4K model for starters, and its position one step below the flagship HD H8000 series is marked by the fact that it doesnt feature a curved screen, uses an 800CMR 800Hz-like motion system rather than a 1000CMR one, and uses micro-dimming pro rather than micro-dimming ultimate.Further recommendations are that you actually dont use the Football Mode for football as it doesnt seem very happy handling motion, and that you activate the sets Cinema Black feature during ultra-wide films which have black bars above and below them, as this significantly reduces the chance of you being distracted by any light bleed or clouding.
It’s worth adding here that images don’t seem to suffer too badly through the UE46H7000 only having a Quad Core processor rather than a Quad Core Plus one.Samsung UE46H7000: Set UpThe UE46H7000 is well stocked with picture adjustments, including gamma, colour management and white balance controls.This latter spec difference means the UE46H7000 breaks its pictures down into a smaller number of zones for analysis than the H8000 models – a fact which past experience suggests will lead to reduced contrast and colour dynamism versus the 8000 series.Theres one other potentially important difference between the H7000 and H8000 ranges too: namely that the H7000 only has a Quad Core processor while the H8000s have Quad Core Plus processors.
Samsung UE46H7000: Design and FeaturesThe UE46H7000 is a seriously attractive television. Select this and the picture settings switch to deliver an image Samsung deems best suited to viewing football matches.Care also needs to be taken with the sets various processing options as is the case to some extent, actually, with every TV we test. But in summation its the most content-rich smart platform in the TV world and also boasts an attractive interface, an unparalleled variety of control options and an exceptionally sophisticated learning/recommendations system.
The UE46H700 is 3D-capable, using the active system Samsung continues not to touch LGs passive system with a three-dimensional barge pole and including two pairs of active shutter glasses in the box.Connections are prodigious.This is a 1,200 46-inch model from Samsungs second highest full HD TV series for 2014.
In particular wed suggest you only set the dynamic backlight/contrast system to its lowest strength to avoid image instability; that you only use the Motion Plus processing system on either its Custom setting with blur and judder elements set to three or not at all to avoid flickering and haloing artefacts; and that you dont use noise reduction with HD sources.As usual with Samsung TVs, you will actually need to familiarise yourself more with the UE46H7000s picture adjustments than you might like, for the simple reason that Samsungs picture presets continue to push contrast and backlighting too hard, resulting in picture noise, reduced contrast performance and, with some models, backlight clouding issues. This actually means the H7000s have quite a bit less processing power than the H8000s which could impact the quality of on-the-fly picture processing elements as well as the speed of the sets Smart TV systems. Four HDMIs will provide most peoples main ports of call, two of which are side mounted and two of which stick straight out of the TVs rear alongside an Ethernet port.
Please note that this feature only works with the sets tuners, not any HDMI-connected sources. The black bezel around its screen is almost unfeasibly slim even by todays generally skinny standards – just 3-4mm – and its neckless stand is an attractive metal frame design that lifts the TV an inch or two off your desktop.In the UE46H7000s case, our key recommendations are that you set the backlight to between 12 and 14 and the contrast to 80-83 for TV viewing in a bright room, but reduce backlight to as low as 7-8 for watching films in a dark room.The fact that the TV attaches to the stand via two points at its extreme edges means the screen cant rotate, but we dont know of many households where this is a significant problem.
There are also three USB ports for both playback of multimedia sources and recording from the built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, and built-in Wi-Fi for streaming stuff via DLNA from networked computers or going online with Samsungs latest Smart TV system.The UE46H7000s picture specification is important in defining its position in Samsungs current range. I guess that is the end of the story.