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LE32R87BDX Setup & Design

by Colin Tang
7 May 2007

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The Samsung LE32R87BDXBuy this for £398.99 at Dixons
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is a carbon copy of the M86 model we reviewed recently. It is glossy jet black all over and the only real distinguishing feature (apart from size) is a chrome silver finish at the bottom positioned to reflect sound coming from the bottom of the panel. With its plastic frame, the Samsung LE32R87BDXBuy this for £398.99 at Dixons
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is incredibly light. Setup is fast and painless, and although I don't recommend it, it can be a one man job. At 13 kg, a lot of the weight rests on the strong, swivelling pedestal. I liked the overall design, because there is no reason why lower range models shouldn't look this good.

It's nice that Samsung paid some aesthetic attention to the back but to some, it could be a superfluous exercise. The glossy plastic frame easily attracts dust and fingerprints. Unless you approach the setup with no-touch, surgical precision, you can leave scratch marks quite easily if you're careless. Be warned...

The manual is pretty small with hard-to-read font. If you're having some difficulty you can always try downloading the PDF manual from the net. Accesories include:

  • Remote control and batteries
  • Power Cord
  • Bottom Cover
  • Stand (doesn't come attached)
  • Screws
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Manual & Registration Cards
Side

Manual

Main

Side panel has headphones, Svideo, composite, HDMI and CI interface

Above: Manual and accesories Below: Main connection panel (hover to enlarge)

The Samsung LE32R87BDXBuy this for £398.99 at Dixons
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retains the wealth of connection options accessible to a wide range of audience. It includes...

  • 3 x HDMI
  • Component
  • VGA
  • 2 SCART
  • S-Video
  • Composite
  • Analogue In/Out and Digital Optical Out
  • Common interface module

HDMI connnections are capable of the following resolutions 480p, 576p 720p and 1080i at 50 or 60 Hz when appropriate. Component inputs have a similar range, as shown below. Please note that some DVD players will not upscale DVDs to higher resolutions.

HDMI Component
Compatible resolution and frequency Source: LE32R87BD Manual

With VGA connection, we could get 1:1 pixel matching for 1366x768 resolution from our ATI Radeon 9600 card. I particularly enjoyed the `Auto-adjustment' feature whenever a PC input is detected. I didn't have to play arround with clock phase and tracking to get proper VGA display. On DVI/HDMI connection, we could squeeze an overscanned 1280x720 resolution to fit our display using the Justscan option. It won't be 1:1 but at least you could see the whole screen. (note: Our ATI card cannot output 1366x768 resolution via DVI/HDMI)

Samsung redeems itself from the shocking omission of the freeview digital tuner in its previous F71 series. Although auto-scanning is a bit slow, it makes up for that with a pretty EPG experience, to be detailed in our next section.


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