October 27, 2011
- Stylish design
- Lots of connectivity options
- Good overall image quality
- No Internet streaming abilities
- Poor audio quality from built-in speakers
- Shadow quality is mediocre
The Samsung LN46D630 is a 46-inch LCD TV that has good picture quality, including deep black levels, as well as a matte display that works well in almost any setting. It has a stylish design and USB & DLNA streaming, but it does lack some of the Internet functionality on other similar TVs that just cost a few extra bucks.
To start, the Samsung LN46D630 measures 43.9 x 29.4 x 10.9-inches (whd) and weighs about 50 pounds. Along the outside edge of the screen and bezel, there is a thin transparent edge to give the whole thing a slim look, especially the bezel. The base is made of glossy black plastic and seems to be built rather solid. The whole screen does swivel too, which is always a nice feature. The overall look of this TV makes it seem expensive, but in reality, it's one of Samsung's cheaper non-LED TVs.
Samsung includes a fairly standard remote control with the TV and despite the set's low cost, the remote is backlit to our delight. Even more surprising is that the backlighting is behind almost every key on the remote, which is rare for even the more expensive TVs.
The interface that Samsung includes is the same as the rest of their sets, and that's a good thing. The graphics are easy to read and text is white against a black background for easy reading. Most of the settings are accompanies by a decent textual explanation as well, which will help a lot of users.
The main thing that is missing from the LN46D630 that most other new HDTVs have today is access to streaming online services via the Internet. Now this absence was to keep the price of the set down as much as possible, but to be honest, for an extra $200-300 you can get an almost identical set with Internet streaming. This set does, however, allow you to playback multimedia files via USB or from computers connected to your home network via DLNA. This means the TV does have an Ethernet port for this feature and for downloading firmware updates only.
In terms of connectivity, Samsung didn't skimp out on anything here. There are four HDMI ports (3 back; 1 side), two component video inputs, two composite video inputs, digital optical out, VGA-in, two USB ports and the aforementioned Ethernet port. We should mention that the second component input doubles as the sole composite input on the backside, so you can't use them both at the same time.
Performance with the Samsung LN46D630 didn't disappoint us either, especially in really bright images where quality was good and color accuracy was especially high. While watching 1080p video, we noticed deep, inky blacks and vibrant colors (and skin tones looked great too). The one area where quality dropped was in shadow scenes, where details weren't as sharp as we expected. Overall the quality of image was rated as "Good", which makes this TV a good value for the money in terms of image quality.
The built-in speakers, however, aren't so good. We found that they tended to lack quality bass levels, so you'll want to connect this set to an external speaker system for optimal sound.
The 46-inch display has a matte finish instead of a glossy one, so that helped to really cut down on glare and reflections from a room's ambient lighting.