March 2, 2010 by Admin
Samsung announced 3 new LED backlit model ranges at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010, and the 6 series is the lowest, both in terms of pricing and features. While it uses the same LED backlight as Series 7 and 9 ranges, it lacks the 240Hz motion processing of the Series 8 models.
The UN55B6000 is promoted under the Luxia brand, and the three models under the 6 series are UN55B6000 (55-inch), UN46B6000 (46-inch) and UN40B6000 (40-inch).
At the back are screw holes for a VESA mount, so that users may opt to have it wall mounted if not standing on a table. There are some connections ports at the back, leaving the sides clean, logically too, as the panel is thin at only 1.19”.
Purchase comes with a stylish mount, which is a single piece of glass protruding from an aluminum base. Samsung has also announced a new mount which is only 0.6” thick to complement this design.
For this model, Samsung claims that it uses 40% less electricity than a similarly sized model from their 2008lineup. Although Samsung is not top 5 among the list of Greenpeace green ranking during CES 2010, it still works towards environmental friendliness by stating that this model lacks mercury to make it easier for recycling, and less likely to harm small animals if users do throw them out. This system is also Energy Star ® certified.
A mini remote, a remote control, a stand and screws for assembly, batteries for both remote controls, safety instructions, a user manual and a warranty also comes with purchase besides the unit itself.
Setting up the Samsung UN55B6000
While the Samsung UN55B6000 has a lot to offer, users may find that the four-page manual does not give enough information to lead the direction correctly. There is a flash drive included during purchase and users are not told what the flash drive is for. Actually it contains a manual for the unit but it is not useful to readers, first because it is not user friendly, and second because it comes in an uncommon file format. Users will find better help referring to the manual that can be downloaded from Samsung’s official site.
This Samsung innovation includes an Infolink feed which allows the display to run small programs called Widget to grab data from the Internet. The connection comes from the regular broadband. Widget system is created by Yahoo, and it grabs information such as stock prices, news feeds, photos and many more. Users may also use portable devices with the USB port available. Meanwhile, the new DLNA wireless standard allows PCs and media centers to connect to the display, but it needs an additional wireless adapter. Overall, there are four HDMI input, one component slot, two USB ports, one Ethernet jack, one PC input, and one optical digital audio output.
Its 100Hz Motion Plus is another feature that makes Samsung proud of this model. This feature helps processing, smoothing motions and eliminating artifacts in the colors. Also, the UN55B6000 enjoys an incredible range of brightness with a Mega contrast of 3 million:1.
Its Wide Color Enhancer Pro with LED gamut ensures vibrant colors, and it is another feature that helps the LED HDTV to create a wider range of natural colors. With all these advanced color technology, users may also view digital pictures downloaded with a USB 2.0 connection. The USB2.0 allows connection to an MP3 player or USB memory stick for music, too.
For colors, Samsung offers an extended color gamut, the Wide Color Enhancer Pro. This feature enables the LED HDTV to create wider range of natural colors, even with subtler ones. Hence, users may enjoy movies without experiencing some of the more obvious color glare such as those frequently encountered with older LCD tv. However, there is still a mild problem with the color blue, which seems to be tinged in black.
Samsung’s dual speakers are faced downwards, and they include a subwoofer to boost the bass tones. It uses SRS TruSurround HD sound effect system. Therefore, sounds are better and an average user may find it sufficient without the need for more speakers systems.
Pros and Cons
Although the Samsung looks like an almost perfect system, users may find that the screen is less uniform than most other systems out there. The viewing angle is also not as good compared to other systems, and sometimes the backlight fluctuates depending on the program brightness. Another issue is the blue tinge in black. While the shiny screen may be a great modern design, it also causes reflection.
The review above applies to the Samsung 6 Series, including UN55B6000 for 55”, UN40B6000 for 40”, UN32B6000 for 32” and UN46B6000 for 46”. However, for smaller models, there may not be a support for Media 2.0 features that allow access to Yahoo Widgets.
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