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Setting Up LE40F71BX + Design

by Colin Tang
21 February 2007
Samsung LE40F71BX DNIe

Out of the box, the Samsung LE40F71BX exudes simple elegance, thanks to it minimalist glossy black bezel. The bezel is a little too reflective, but that did not impact on our viewing significantly. The sound is reflected from the aluminium frame at the lower end of the panel. The lightweight 25kg display comes with the hard plastic swivel stand attached to its base and so setup was very quick and painless. The Samsung was ready to go after 5-10 minutes.

At 40 inches, the Samsung LE40F71BX is smaller than the usual market offering of 42 inches in the same price bracket. This well-featured TV is also 1080p capable, so it is future-proofed for 1080p HD players or sources.

Accesories Manual
Manual...rather small font

Standard accessories are provided. There are no additional AV cables or wall mount accessories .(sold separately)

  • Remote control + Batteries
  • Manual and Registration Cards
  • Bottom cover
  • Cleaning cloth

The 51 page, well indexed manual explains most the onscreen menu functions. There is a large section on the multimedia WISELINK (JPG, MP3 etc) feature that will be attractive to some users. I enjoyed the addition of master control programmable codes in the manual. Oddly, it says that the PC function via DVI/HDMI was not supported but this was clearly possible to some extent.

Back of panel Swivel stand
Back of the panel
Swivel base
Main Connections MMS
Main connection panel
Side connection panel

There are plenty of inputs for the user who is hungry for connectivity. It accepts 1080p input through 2 x HDMI, 1 Component and 1 VGA connection at 50/60 Hz, which is a clear advantage over many HDTV models released over last year. There is also a 9-in-2 multi memory card slot coupled with a USB and PictBridge connector for all your multimedia needs. Most of the main connectors are conveniently located in a compact, recessed portion of the back panel. A discreet RS-232 serial connector is also placed there and is marked for service only. (this is ominous as we shall see later). There is no digital audio output on this set.

The lack of a digital freeview tuner is regrettable, considering analogue signals will be terminated in a few years.

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