Its 40 inch LED backlit display offers decent performance for the price, but most people who consider this as an option will be more interested to hear about the types of extra services which it makes available via your broadband connection.
Note: Model Numbers Explained
The model reviewed here is available at various retailers but may have different model numbers shown on the LED TV’s in their store floor rooms or on their websites.
UE40D5520 – Dixons, 1staudiovisual, Currys, John Lewis
UE40D5520R – Amazon, Comet, Debenhams
UE40D5520RKXXU – Argos, Directtvs
No nonsense design that is easy on the eye
Samsung likes to keep each new range of televisions looking consistent and the Samsung UE40D5520 is no different.
While in the past the firm has opted to add hints of colour to its TVs, here there is no such frippery as it sticks with a plain black, rectangular design that only has a clear-edged bezel to make it stand out.
Its 40 inch LCD screen with edge-lit LED backlighting puts in into a popular category, giving your movies and TV shows lots of room to breathe and making full HD 1080p playback look as cinematic as possible.
Samsung Smart TV connects to the Internet for extra content
With access to the Smart TV platform this telly can become your go-to hub for home entertainment.
While you might normally choose to watch BBC iPlayer programs and YouTube videos on your laptop or PC, the Samsung UE40D5520 actually has apps which support these two services and many more.
By using an Ethernet cable or an additional Wi-Fi dongle you can get online using this LED TV, at which point you can download little programs that come from an ever-increasing catalogue of useful titbits.
On top of all this smart functionality the Samsung UE40D5520 comes with a built in Freeview HD digital tuner.
Future proof built-in High Definition Freeview on the UE40D5520
Freeview HD is the terrestrial high definition service which has a small but growing number of HD channels being broadcast across the country.
Roll-out is still occurring in some areas but, like the Smart TV platform, it makes sense to buy a LED TV right now which is ready for advances over the coming years.
Plenty of options to connect to your home media equipment
While the focus so far has been on streaming and TV, the Samsung UE40D5520 is still equipped to handle gadgets you may already have in your home.
There are plenty of HDMI ports for your Blu-Ray player, HD camcorder and games system.
SCART, Composite and Component video inputs will let you keep that old DVD or VHS player on hand and a pair of USB ports will help you view digital pictures and videos stored on compatible storage devices.
UE40D5520 Key features
- 40 inch Full HD Panel
- 1920 × 1080 resolution
- 100 Hz Clear Motion Rate
- High Def Freeview Tuner
- 10w × 2 speakers
- Smart TV
- Samsung Apps
- Smart Hub
- BBC iPlayer – YES
- 3D – NO
- Skype – NO
- Wireless LAN Support – YES
- USB – 2 Ports with media support
- HDMI – 4 Ports
- Scart – YES 1
This set is basically the UE40D5000 reviewed here but with a few added features that allow you to connect the TV to the internet.
If your budget can stretch that extra mile and you want a 40 inch LED TV then the Samsung UE40D5520 will make a lot of sense.
Smart TVs will continue to become more prevalent and adopting one early is actually an inexpensive manoeuvre.
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