Samsung 46-inch D7000 3D LED TV - Smart Screen

Launch SRP: S$4499

Design & Features

Samsung Series 7 3D LED TV - Sleek Styling

 

Design

In many ways, Samsung's 46-inch Series 7 D7000 looks much like a clone of its larger D8000 sibling we've reviewed sometime in May. They both tout a similar ultra slim "One Design" bezel, a freakishly thin profile, and the same metallic quad-leg stand. For these reasons, we won't delve too deeply into the D7000's design aspects, but rather, we'll just provide you with the main gist of this display's build and AV connectivity. If you'd like a more intimate look at this LED edge-lit model, check out the photos below before we touch on its Smart Hub and features, which again, is almost a direct replica of the D8000. You may also refer to our 55-inch Series 8 D8000 review if you'd like to make a comparison between the Series 8 and Series 7. 

With its sleek profile and edge-to-edge design, this 46-inch D7000 can easily blend into any modern home's decor. The TV swivels, but you might want to take note of its reflective panel under brighter viewing environments.

The D7000 is framed by a thin and beautiful acrylic border, while the D8000 sports an aluminum bezel. We tend to favor the D7000's overall looks and translucent frame compared to the Series 8. But as they say, tastes can be subjective.

We've received mixed opinions for Samsung's quad-stand. Some like it, while others prefer a good old fashioned rectangular base such as those found in Series 5. Our verdict? We fancy its design but let's just say it isn't the most stable of all TV stands.

Contrary to Samsung's love for touch-sensitive buttons, this LED model comes fitted with hardware buttons instead. It's not entirely surprising when you think of it, given the slim bezel Samsung has to work with. Basic controls such as channel selection and volume control are planted just behind the right edge of the panel.

Samsung is still relying on breakout cables to retain their display's slim profile, mainly for the composite and component ports. Apart from three USB ports, the D7000 also carries four HDMI  inlets with ARC incorporated on the second HDMI input. This model features both analog and DTV tuners.

 

Features

Samsung's Smart Hub platform is the nerve center for its "smart" applications (a key component of a Smart TV platform), with a home screen divided into various categories. For example, installed apps are stashed under the Recommended and lowermost 'windows'. Do note you'll require a Samsung SmartTV ID to access social media portals, such as Facebook or Twitter via the Social TV app. Samsung's online app store, otherwise known as Samsung Apps, can be found in the top right window. With Samsung's recently forged alliance with Singtel, you can now tap into the Singtel Video Search and Singtel Video Store services to watch Asian and international film content. The newly added Explore 3D service also enables you to watch trailers and documentaries in 3D for free. The web browser wasn't as responsive as we hoped it would be, and it appears that Flash support is still lacking.       

Samsung has made little changes to its Smart Hub interface since we last reviewed the D8000. However, it now has a couple of new apps to relish such as Singtel Video Store and Singtel Video Search. Note that "Your Video" is not a VOD service, but more of an info-add service on film ratings and synopsis.

Singtel Video Store houses a mix of Asian and International content including Nikita, the American TV series starring Maggie Q. Most of the TV dramas are offered in SD formats based on what we've found.

Explore 3D is another new addition to Samsung's slew of online video services. While content is largely limited to free 3D trailers and educational clips at the moment, Samsung has plans to include feature films in the near future as well.

There are four picture presets on the D7000 - Standard, Dynamic, Natural and Movie. A quick look at the TV's Advanced Settings revealed additional configurations such as Shadow Detail, Skin Tone, 10-point White Balance (only in Movie mode) and Black Tone adjustments.

8.5
Design
9
3D Performance
8
HD Performance
9
SD Performance
8.5
Features
9
Value
8
The Good
Impressive HD and SD performance
Sleek and stylish design
Extensive Smart Hub features
Improved 3D display
The Bad
Patchy backlights
Expensive