- Large range of connections with 4 x HDMI
- Good sound quality
- Excellent out of the box picture quality
- Stylish curved design
- Smart features can be a little slow to load
- Small backlight bleed at the edges in dark scenes
Full Review – Samsung UE40J6300
The Samsung has the best “out of the box” picture quality I’ve seen so far this year. After setup I hooked up a bluray player and set the picture to movie mode. I adjusted the brightness a little as I have a very bright living room so I keep it higher than you might in a darker room but that was all I touched. The quality was brilliant with vivid colours that look natural, especially on skin tones. The image was sharp and the high contrast provided good detail between similarly coloured objects. I knew instantly that this TV was going to score well for picture quality but the tests don’t spot there.
One of the biggest questions you might have is whether the curved screen adds value on a 40 inch display. This TV comes in a 32 inch variant as well so the curve must add some value to the smaller screens as well as the larger ones (55 inch +) which is where you usually find it. My initial thoughts were that it adds more to the design, knowing that a curve TV is stylish, than the actual immersion however after transitioning back to my flat pannel in the bedroom I noticed the difference. Samsung have an auto depth enhancer setting that alongside the curved screen does make it feel like there’s more depth to the picture. It’s one of those really subtle differences that you don’t notice until you go back to how it was before. You don’t get the big curved screen wrapping around your field of view like you do with a 65 inch curved display but it does definitely make a difference. Oh and did I mention that it looks cool.
Next up, motion blur. The J6300 handles motion pretty well. I had the motion handling switched off, always my preference, and had no real issues. The motion blur is noticeable if you look for it during fast panning shots but overall it’s not a real issue. You can smooth the image out with the auto motion plus settings but it all looks like the image flows a little too well for my liking.
One of the areas that this TV shines is dark scenes. The blacks are deep and the contrast gives a lot of detail throughout the different dark shades in the shot. Only downside is the slight backlight bleed that’s noticeable in the dark scenes from the edges of the display. It’s not bad, but it is there. It’s the only real fault I can pick with the display.
I hooked up my Xbox and switched the TV into game mode. As with all Samsungs it’s located in the settings menu and easy to find. I measured a response time of 43ms making this TV an average set for gaming. Casual gaming wouldn’t be a problem but if you are after the lowest response time and those micro seconds really count, then maybe the Samsung UE40JU6000 is for you.
The sound quality is surprisingly good. I watched the new Captain America film and was impressed with the music during action packed scenes as well as the clarity and depth of actors voices. With LED panels the sound quality is usually average at best so the Samsung scores really well. To match the immersion of the curved screen for films you should still look to hook up an external sound system to give some real base and direction to the audio; but for general use the built in speakers are more than capable.
The 6300, like all modern TVs, is equipped with smart features powered by the Tizen operating system. You can hook the TV up to your home network directly via ethernet or with wifi which is prompted upon initial setup out of the box. There is a quad core processor onboard although I did notice that whilst browsing through the apps it was a little slow here and there.
Launching the smart hub will display your recent and featured apps in a ribbon along the bottom of the screen like all 2015 Samsung TV’s. Everything you would expect is available including all UK catch up TV as well as your streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. There is also a built in web browser. I didn’t really test the browser as in my experience it’s just much easier to use a tablet or laptop if you want to surf the web however I loaded it up and it worked akin to any other TV web browser.
UsabilityThe nice thing about this Samsung is the picture quality out of the box. Most modern TV’s require a lot of fine tuning to get the best picture quality due to the amount of post picture processing but in this case it just needs the backlight adjusting to fit your surrounds and away you go. The settings menus are all easy to navigate as with the user interface on all Samsung TV’s.
The Tizen powered smart features are also very straight forward. As I have mentioned in previous reviews of Samsung’s 2015 smart operating system, it’s intuitive and easy to use. In most cases you won’t have to go further than the pop up ribbon that will contain the app you’re after. Only downside is that it’s not super fast and responsive like some of the more expensive models, however it’s really nitpicking at this point.
The Samsung UE40J6300 has the standard extra features you would expect from a new TV. The USB slots give the option for playback of music, pictures or video directly onto the screen as well as extended PVR funtions if you have the storage space. This means you can record live TV as well as use time shift to pause or rewind whenever you fancy. You have a built in Freeview HD tuner as well as game and sport modes to improve user experience. Finally because the TV is hooked up yo your home network you can use the network play features to share videos on your phone to tablet on the big screen.