Samsung LN46B550 46inch LCD TVMar 18th, 2010 | By Simon
As the TV is delivered in two parts, some assembly is required. You will need a Philips screwdriver and some help carrying the screen if you can’t do so yourself. The screen locks onto the stand and is self supporting; however you should screw in the 4 bolts provided by Samsung so the screen doesn’t tip over if someone gives it a little nudge. It’s a very quick installation process and will take you less than ten minutes to have the TV running.
Once the screen has been installed on to the base, you can swivel the TV about 20 degrees from center. This will allow you to situate the TV in the corner and rotate the screen to where your couches may be.
Moving to the back of the TV we can complete the installation by connecting our inputs to the back. The back access panel has space for 3 HDMI connections, 1 PC, a digital audio out, a variety of audio inputs and two sets of component inputs. There is also, of course, an antenna connection for cable.
Along the side of the TV we have another HDMI, USB and component inputs.
In the above photo you will notice that the back of the TV is flat with no speakers mesh, it is because the speakers are down-firing and located along the bottom edge. This will help reflect the sound towards the audience as oppose to the backwall.
Despite having the down-firing speakers and side input connections, the TV is not very thick. However, it’s not very thin either. It measures about 2.25″ thick, which is a monstrosity compared to my B6000, but that’s a totally different level of TV.
While I won’t be covering it, the TV supports your typical VESA wall mount. The instructions also say two people should help setup the TV, I did it myself and would be confident in saying most of you reading this review will be able to handle the TV yourself. The screen is the heavy part but still weighs less than 20kg.
Here we have the TV with all my input connections and ready for action.
To operate the TV you can do one of two things. The TV has a few touch sensitive buttons along the bottom. You only get seven buttons (Source, Menu, Volume Up & Down, Channel Up & Down and Power) but it is more than enough to control the TV until you get a replacement remote.
The more practical way to control the TV is with the remote control. There’s nothing ground breaking with the remote. I still think the Enter button located in the center of the navigation buttons is too far from the numpad. The channels don’t change for another second or two after you key it in so anyone impatient like me will need to stretch their thumb down to the Enter button.
The remote control is also generic for a majority of the Samsung TVs. This particular TV lacks some features you’ll find in the 6 and 7 series making a couple of the buttons on the remote useless. It’s a little misleading to the user to think they have all these extra quick buttons but they don’t work. It would have been nice if Samsung made the remote programmable such that the red, yellow, blue and green buttons near the bottom of the remote aren’t wasted and can be used.
Let’s turn on the TV!