Sam­sung UE40MU6400

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Isn’t it bizarre that 40in now seems like a small screen for a TV? If you want the best a man­u­fac­turer has to of­fer in terms of specs and fea­tures, you need to go for at least a 49in model, if not a 55-incher.

Take Sam­sung: its Oled-ri­valling QLED range only goes as small as 49in. If you want a 40in model, the most ad­vanced op­tions are in the 6000-se­ries, as this, the UE40MU6400, is.

On the one hand that’s a shame, be­cause you have to make do with­out pre­mium fea­tures such as a 10-bit panel. But the price is af­ford­able – and, given that price, the per­for­mance is im­pres­sive.

As usual, we’d rec­om­mend that you turn off the pic­ture-hin­der­ing op­tions in the ‘Eco So­lu­tion’ mode, then tweak the Stan­dard mode by tak­ing a few points off Con­trast, adding a few to Bright­ness, and switch­ing off Auto Mo­tion Plus. You’re now ready to watch some 4K HDR con­tent, ei­ther via the built-in Net“ix or Ama­zon apps or a 4K dis­c­player. We play Dead­pool on a 4K disc, and the MU6400 pro­duces a su­perbly crisp and well-de­fined pic­ture. Switch to 1080p and the TV’S char­ac­ter is un­changed, with nat­u­ral colours and deep blacks again mak­ing for a solid image. The up­scaler is im­pres­sive, too.

Lack­ing sub­tlety

The MU6400 has three au­dio modes, but Stan­dard and Op­ti­mised are the only two worth your time. The speak­ers are a bit lightweight and sibi­lant, mak­ing most au­dio sound a lit­tle hard and un­sub­tle.

App-wise, you get Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and TV, Now TV, Spo­tify, and all of the catch-up apps.

For many, 40in is big enough. As ev­i­denced here, you can still get a great pic­ture at an af­ford­able price.

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