When we look back on the year in consumer electronics, there’s no doubt that 2010 was the year of 3D. Of course, the technology still hasn’t made it to the masses, but that hasn’t kept the term “3D” from achieving buzzword status.
While 3D didn’t exactly take off as manufacturers had hoped, it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Take Samsung’s UN55C7000 3D LED HDTV. Not only does it do 3D (with compatible glasses, of course), but it also projects a hearty 1080p 2D image. This unit packs in 240Hz technology to boost on-screen action, like sports and high-octane flicks. If you’re in need of more content, the UN55C7000 can also tap into Samsung’s Internet@TV service. This is a Samsung exclusive, which provides on-screen access to partners such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, YouTube, and much more.
For those times when you tire of what other people are doing, you can personalize your content, via ConnectShare Movie. This feature allows users to plug in an external drive or camera, and manage or control videos, music and photos, all from the TV’s included remote. Other features on the UN55C7000 include a Game Mode, Samsung’s own Touch of Color design, AllShare to sync up compatible devices, and four HDMI inputs.
What the Manufacturer Says
What do you get when you combine the break-out thrills of 3D entertainment and visually stunning picture quality with Samsung Smart TV? The Samsung LED 7000. Action leaps off the screen with advanced 3D technology, for a truly immersive viewing experience. Samsung Smart TV lets you get connected to the best of the web, right on your HDTV, with downloadable and customizable widgets—and coming soon, Samsung apps. Connect to friends, share pictures, shop online and more. Samsung Real 240Hz technology delivers even the fastest onscreen motion with utterly lifelike clarity. It all comes together in a sleek design that complements nearly any decor.
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
Samsung UN55C7000 3D LED TV
The 55-inch LED provides both 3D and 2D Full 1080p HD.
Can do 3D
Smart TV with Samsung Apps
Converts 2D to 3D
Setup can be tricky
Room lighting may effect image
“The Samsung UN55C7000 gave us a satisfying taste of what 3D content will look like as it trickles out slowly this year. If the issues with image crosstalk can be eliminated, I’m game for 3D at home. Further improvements to the 2D to 3D conversion feature should make Samsung’s 3D TVs more attractive over other manufacturers. The UN55C7000 delivers a reasonably good picture and is most suitable for brighter rooms, due to its backlight uniformity issue.”
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“I really think the Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch 3D LED HDTV is a wonderful display, one of the best I’ve seen in recent memory. I found its 2D performance to be incredible and its 3D performance to be equal to and in some instances better than theatrical 3D. There is always a price to pay when being the first to adopt any technology and 3D is no different. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to you and your budget.”
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“Being able to watch HD movies in 3D is the big selling point here, and the first time you view it the effect is eye-popping enough that you might reach for your credit card right then and there. However, for all the hype surrounding it, 3D ends up being a mixed bag when it comes to regular use.”
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What Electronic House Says
Every technology has to start somewhere. Samsung’s UN55C7000 was one of the first 3D TVs readily available. Since then, there have been plenty of worthy competitors. The UN55C7000 has extremely minor issues that may require a bit of tweaking. However, it’s still a decent starting point for the price. Speaking of which, don’t even think about paying the $3,299.99 MSRP. This unit can be had for about $2,000. A quick web search also found this set (on OneCall’s website) for $2,100 and packaged with a free Blu-ray 3D player and the Samsung 3D Starter Kit, which includes two pairs of 3D glasses and several Blu-ray 3D titles, including the animated hit How to Train Your Dragon.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.