Samsung UN40FH6030 User Reviews
Samsung UN40FH6030 ReviewsJust picked this up a few days ago. Since this is a new 2013 model, there is conflicting information on websites as to whether this tv supports 3D or not. Samsung UN40FH6030 does. Visit Samsung's website for full details. This FH6030 is pretty much the same as last years EH6030, but does not have the 3D glasses included and is at a lower retail price.
Wanted a 3D TV but had no use for Smart features (streaming Netflix, Amazon, etc) as my TV is hooked up to my HTPC. This is one of the very few TV's with 3D and no Smart features. And Samsung UN40FH6030's priced accordingly. Easy to set up and fairly light if you are doing a wall mounting. Picture is good as expected with any Samsung product and has multiple setup options. Connects to the internet but the connection is used only for software updates. Like so many others, I really don't care for the Auto Motion or LED Motion Plus features that smooth the picture. Others call this the "Soap Opera" effect, but what it really does, to my eyes, is reduce sharpness and blur out/soften/dim the picture. I just turn them off.
No 3D glasses are included, but they are less than 20 dollars a pair. The correct glasses to get are the Samsung SSG-5100GB 3D Active Glasses. Pair them with the set (they are bluetooth) and you're good to go. The 2D to 3D conversion is surprisingly good. The 3D is outstanding.
If you want a nice 55 inch TV with 3D and don't need to stream from the TV, this is the one to get.
Samsung UN40FH6030 HDTV Reviews(Note: to skip my long-winded story and read only about the FH6030, go to "TV #3" below)
***Background: I had a 42" Panasonic PX600u plasma for seven years and loved UN40FH6030. But the set started to lose its luster, and I was tired of lowering the blinds during the day to watch TV. Most plasmas sold 7 years ago did not have the best anti-glare coatings. So, I decided to go with an LED, knowing that I would have to make some sacrifices in picture quality, but would in turn gain a set that was much brighter and performed significantly better in daylight.
***The Goal: 50-55" with a great picture for around $1000. I didn't care about 3D or Smart features. I have an AppleTV and PlayStation that handle the Smart features. Unless your TV will be mounted somewhere that can't accommodate any additional devices, there's no need to ever use a TV's built in Netflix, Hulu, etc. They are horrible at UN40FH6030 compared to AppleTV, Roku, Xbox/PS3, etc.
I did not want to have to go through three TVs to get one I liked. But if I was spending $1000 for something I would hope to have for ten years, I was going to be picky.
***TV #1: What sucks about buying a TV is that you can't judge the picture in stores because the settings are all jacked up and you're viewing under florescent lighting. Your best bet is to do a ton of research online. But what I discovered is that many TV manufacturers have different panel makers for the same model, and those panels can perform very differently. CNET may rave about one model, and you can get the same model with a different panel and have poor result. With that said, I found a great deal for a 50" 2012 Samsung ES6500. Reviews online were mixed, ranging from stellar (Consumer Reports) to just OK (PC Mag). Given Amazon's fantastic return policy, I ordered it. The picture wasn't bad. However, the details in dark scenes were horrible. In addition, this TV just wasn't that bright -- the main reason I switched from plasma to LED. The TV also exhibited some pretty bad "clouding" and "flashlighting" (terms I learned on AVS Forum when I found a thread full of people who hate this TV). Apparently, this is common for many edge-lit LEDs, but this model is much worse than most. I gave it about a week and returned the set.
***TV #2: Even though it had no reviews, everyone loves Sony. I took a risk on a 50" 2013 Sony R550a. The problems I had with this Sony made me miss the previous Samsung:
- It was even dimmer than the Samsung (and I had the Eco settings off)
- No matter what I did, I couldn't get the picture to "pop" and give me any sort of wow factor
- Not as important, but the Sony was pretty ugly in person and the chrome stand and bottom bezel created annoying reflections
- It did not handle fast motion in a hockey game well
- UN40FH6030 a semi-matte screen, but still not very good in a bright room
- And most of all, when the camera panned during hockey, soccer or golf, it had this annoying cloudy effect. After doing some research, I found out this is called a dirty scree effect (DSE).
I gave the Sony more than a week, but just couldn't get past the picture issues so I returned it. Also, I don't know if this means anything, but apparently the new Sony models are made with LG Panels.
***TV #3: I read great early reviews on Samsung's 2013 TVs, so I took another risk and ordered the 55" FH6030. I've had it now for five days and LOVE it. Here is how it compares to the previous two TVs:
- Very mild dirty screen affect. I have to look for it to see it. With the Sony R550a, I could not escape it. I don't recall if the ES6500 had DSE as I didn't even know what it was then, and it didn't stand out like the Sony
- Much more uniform and has less flash-lighting and clouding compared to the ES6500. UN40FH6030 also better than the R550a in this department, but the Sony wasn't that bad to begin with
- Much better shadow detail and performance in dark scenes than the ES6500, but not quite as good as the Sony R550a
- Much brighter than both the ES6500 and R550a
- handles glare much better than the R550a and slightly better than the ES6500
- The picture "pops" far more than the R550a
- Off angle viewing is not the greatest and worse than both the R550a and ES6500
- No issues in handling fast motion. It's better than the R550a and pretty much the same as the ES6500
I'm giving it five stars because I'm factoring price in. But if I'm rating the TV without factoring in cost, the poor off-angle viewing and less than impressive detail in very dark scenes would make me drop it to four.
Still, I'm happy enough with this TV to write my first Amazon review. After being very frustrated from having to return two prior TVs, I feel somewhat victorious for finally landing a set I love.
Samsung UN40FH6030 Specs
- TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 36.5" x 21.6" x 3.7", TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 36.5" x 23.9" x 9"
- Model: UN40FH6030
- Resolution: 1080p
- 120Hz Refresh Rate: Better for general viewing and good for video games, action movies, and sports
- 1080p HDTV : Better picture quality
- Brand Name: Samsung
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Display Size: 40 inches
- Display Technology: LED
- Refresh Rate: 120 Hz