- Great value for money
- Good 1080p picture quality
- Perfect bedroom TV
- Lack of features
- Only 2 x HDMI
- Slow user interface
Full Review – Samsung UE32J5100
Despite the price the UE32J5100 has been given a minimalistic yet stylish design. The display is encased in a thin black plastic surround with a slim(ish) design at 7cm deep. It’s not going to sit as the centerpiece of the living room like the top end Samsung models, but nor will it stand out as an eyesore. The stand is a V-shaped plastic design and works as intended, otherwise it can be wall mounted with both mini and vesa wall mount support.
The picture is really what sells this model. For the price, you won’t find better picture quality on the market. The Samsung has a full HD 1080p LED backlit display with a Samsung picture quality index of 200. This coupled with Samsung’s wide colour enhancer software delivers a bright image with vibrant colours and crisp, clear detail.
The blacks are deep and dark scenes whilst gaming were easy to view with little to no backlight bleed around the corners of the screen. The TV is great for console gaming. Hook up your PS4 or Xbox One with a HDMI input, switch the TV into “game mode” and input lag is reduced for a great gaming experience. Motion blur and input lag were not an issue and the display looks top notch. The UE32J5100 certainly makes for a great gaming/bedroom TV. There is also a sports mode that enhances the sound to give a “stadium like” atmosphere.
The Samsung is equipped with 2 x 10W speakers and Dolby Digital Sound. Whilst watching TV voices are clear and stand out from background music. The sound will distort slightly if you take the volumes sky high but that’s what you would expect from inbuilt speakers. Overall the sound quality is very good, especially for the price point. There is a headphone jack as well as an optical digital audio output if you would like to hook up something more substantial.
Out of the box the stand needs to be screwed onto the main unit and there is a single power cable to deliver power. The TV comes with a standard TM1240A remote that’s lightweight and easy to use. There are no smart features to configure so installation and Freeview HD setup are straightforward. The guides have a slight input lag from the remote but nothing to turn you away.
The Samsung is light on additional features. It supports the usual functionality you would expect from a modern TV such as a Freeview HD tuner, playback for music, video and pictures direct from USB and an eco friendly mode. The tuner is not Freesat compatible so an external device is required as with Sky or BT Sport. The UE32J5100 is not a smart TV so there are no apps or entertainment hubs available. If that’s a deal breaker then the J5500 provides a great alternative but you will have to pay a premium for the additional features.