Review: Samsung 6203 40 inch Smart TV - The Smart Choice.

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 4th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It was time to change TVs, the old one had long passed its use by date, much has changed since the last time we purchased a TV, there was an agreed HD standard and now they are web connectible, which means that its possible to watch YouTube and Netflix from a connected device.

Large screen TV?

Of late there is a movement towards larger screens with some screens as large as 65 inches, in choosing a new device size and cost were both important as well as having a good quality display. The important thing here is knowing what size is right for your home, we have a reasonable sized living room, but if we were to install a 65 inch screen we feel alterations to the house would be needed and the screen would be half way through the neighbouring room.

1080p has to be the minimum standard for any new television at the current time because the very latest models are four times higher density, a standard called 4K Ultra HD, but of course the price can be too much for some buyers. The LCD panel is a semi-matt finish and does allow the screen to be viewed from a wide angle, although there is reduced saturation/contrast if you are at that wide angle, that said I can jump into my office and send a quick email, yet still see the picture at nearly 90 degrees.

Large screens are especially great for films and sports and having watched the Super Bowl on our new TV it was certainly a delight to see the action on such a large screen, the interception on the edge of the end zone in the final minute was spectacular and was the turning point in the fortunes of the New England Patriots made all the more impressive on the big screen, from the brink of a 3 point loss to a 4 point victory.

Smart TV

With so much video material on the internet, it makes sense to connect your TV to the web and this is made possible because of embedding WiFi into the latest products and build specialist applications for streaming. Netflix, YouTube, the Weather Channel, MLB TV, TED talks, Twitter, Facebook, and plenty of others provide the ability to take your entertainment experience go beyond the increasingly poor choices that are provided by TV stations making this the perfect choice for those who are using the Internet to provide their own entertainment, so connecting to your network is an important fist step to making these options available.

The manual provides some assistance about where to set-up your WiFi router, making it as central as possible within you home in order that the signal reach all rooms where you may install the TV, indeed in some homes you may require a repeater to access the internet from all locations. The TV has an eco-sensor installed and will adjust screen brightness.

An important step is in setting up your Samsung SmartHub account, being a Samsung smart phone user I already had one available so all I needed to do was log in and get going. It is from SmartHub that you may download applications that are not pre-installed on your TV, Netflix comes pre-installed as do a few others. Of course most Apps are free to download, but you may have to pay for the service, for example Netflix costs us $8 per month, but you may find many free services.

Smart Hub

In the centre of your TV remote control device is a button that looks like three sides to a cube, this is your SmartHub button, when pressed it displays the downloaded applications on a tool-bar, which is by default at the bottom of the screen, press the "Enter Key" to search for new applications and the down arrow to use the ones that are already available to you.

This button has to be one of the main considerations for purchasing this TV because of the world of possibilities that are opened up.

Set-up and Mounting

The TV comes with a table mount in order to place it on a traditional TV cabinet and has a component connection for your Cable or Satellite controller box. The instructions are easy to follow when installing out of the box.

Alternatively there is a separate wall mounting kit that will allow you to secure it to the wall.

The remote control provided is a universal remote control and will allow you to control other devices from your TV remote, which can be an added advantage, but I found that it does not have all the buttons that are available on my Cable remote for example, so reaching for the correct remote is still important in some instances.

If there is a limitation it is the fact that there are only 2 HDMI ports, but this was not an issue for our set-up, but you may find yourself swapping them if you need to attack more devices..

Conclusion

When we first installed the TV we had no issues connecting it to the Internet and getting Netflix working, although we did have a little trouble adjusting the sound, it seemed too low at times and too high at others, the standard settings should not be used, instead go through the menu and select another setting, such as "Movie" in order to get a better quality sound, this was also improved with a software update. Having updated the software I would accept that this is an excellent TV, with good sound quality and a good picture, make sure you update it when you first install it.

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1080P, 2 Hdmi Ports, 40 Inch, 65 Inches, Component Connection, Large Screen, Samsung, Samsung 6203, Smart Tv, Smarthub, Software Update, Universal Remote Control, Wifi

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author avatar viewgreen
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Great article with a full of information of the Samsung Smart TV. Thank you for sharing this review sir. :)

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author avatar Harris Mungai
5th Feb 2015 (#)

I like the smart hub,it is just crazy.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Peter, excellent review. My TV broke last week. It was a 62 inch projection TV. It's too old to put money into getting it fixed. I've been looking at TV's and decided to get a smart TV too. I think I'm going to go with a 58 inch because I can only afford so much so that is the deciding factor. Right now we are watching a little 20 inch and I have to wear my glasses to see it. Our living room is big and when we sit down to watch it the Tv is across the room.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Feb 2015 (#)

I know there is very much a price versus size calculation that must happen - I was not prepared to pay thousands of dollars for a new one. Start TV is so very important today.

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author avatar Retired
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Question! Is this one of those Samsung TV's that watches you as you watch it? No, I'm not nuts, just Google TV's that watch you!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Jake are they the ones that turn off if you fall asleep?

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author avatar Retired
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Great review.

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2015 (#)

Not really such a smart choice. Read this report. It's all about the TV that spies on you! http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/08/telescreen/

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