Samsung 55″ LED UA55D7000LR Smart TV Review

By on June 27, 2011
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It’s smart, but at the loss of convenience.

Good: Gorgeous design, stunning display, decent inputs.
Bad: Remote not made for Smart functionality, not great at 3D.
Price: AED 13999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Connectivity

For audio, a pair 15w speakers produces noise that certainly does not match up to the video quality of the Samsung UA55D7000LR but that is expected. Almost anyone who will purchase this beauty will connect to an external receiver or set of speakers. For that, Samsung equips the UA55D7000LR with a 3.5mm stereo output jack as well as a TOSLink Optical connector that support SRS TruSurround HS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse and DTS 2.0.

You also have three USB inputs for connecting hard drives and other Samsung accessories. Although the thumb drives I tried were recognized, Wired and Wireless networking is also built-in on the Samsung UA55D7000LR allowing you to easily stream movies from a USB drive or your network. I had no issues connecting the Samsung UA55D7000LR to my Apple Time Machine’s secured Wi-Fi network.

For video the Samsung UA55D7000LR has four HDMI inputs, one DSUB (VGA) PC input with audio, one component and one composite input. All of these connections are located on the right side of the display when you are looking at it from the front. What I really liked about the Samsung UA55D7000LR is it’s AnyNet+ (HDMI-CEC) technology that can recognize devices connected to an HDMI port. For example, when I connected my PS3, in the source list, it was easily recognized and when selected, it automatically powered up my PS3. Networked DLNA servers also appear in this source selection list and I’m guessing Samsung equipped AllShare devices will also show up here.

The Smart Features

One of the highlight’s of the Samsung UA55D7000LR is it’s SmartTV capabilities and instead of talking about it, we have put together a short video that shows you some of the functionality of this aspect.

As you saw from the video above, I believe we are still very much in the introductory phase of Smart features on your television. While there are some good concepts, the implementation needs a bit of a work- especially with the remote which is just not suited for smart functions.

Priced at AED 13,999 I wouldn’t necessarily buy the UA55D7000LR for it’s Smart features but if I could afford it, I would be more than happy to pay for it’s beautiful design and spectacular display in 2D. The 3D and Smart features come as a bonus.

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