The Samsung 7 series of LED TVs has impressed Which? lab researchers with exceptional image quality and impressive energy efficiency.
The Samsung 7020 (known as the 7000 in Currys) is available in 40-, 46- and 52-inch varieties. The LEDs (light emitting diodes) behind the screen enable the panel to be manufactured to a thinner dimension than LCD and plasma TVs.
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Energy efficient TVs
Out of the box, the 40-inch 7020 that Which? is testing uses less than 100 watts. In contrast, the average power consumption of TVs tested over the last two years, and set to their optimum picture settings, measures around 170 watts.
These models also feature the Samsung Internet@TV function, which offers users access to a range of widget-based web applications through a TV. Weather updates, news feeds and Twitter can be followed without needing to connect to a PC or laptop.
Great picture quality
Although the TV still has some tests to undergo, picture quality looks great – particularly in standard definition. Our researchers expect that if this model continues to impress in the remaining tests, then Samsung will chalk up another Which? Best Buy TV, although its sound quality looks set to be a let-down compared to the beautifully vibrant picture.
Which? TV expert Michael Briggs said: ‘Samsung had a couple of Best Buy LED TVs at the end of last year, and the attractive, super-slim 7 series LED range looks as though it will follow suit. We’ll have full results on this model in June.’
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