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The Samsung UE 55 C8700 (LED TV 140cm, 200Hz, wifi ready, 3D Ready) is the current Flagship of premium TV (the Samsung C9700 is basically a 7700 repackaged in a thinner casing).
The box is huge, and require two persons to be carried vertically. The screen is well protected but not against any perforation of the carton. As you can see in the pictures number 3. Luckily the screen was not injured during the transport.
Don’t be fool by the appearance of the stand, even if it is stable and work as expected, it is just a piece of plastic. When you pay a premium price, you are expecting at least an aluminum stand, no?.
This TV looks just amazing!!! the finish of the brush metal look is really nice even If I was always satisfied by the piano black finish of all my previous Samsung’s TV. The logo is illuminated and is not disturbing the watching of movies, controls in the right corner are basics but sufficient (who is anyway getting up to switch channels today ;-) )
The default settings (out of the box “dynamic” is pre set) make any show just unwatchable: everything look too hell, colors are denatured. As always tune to your liking, by popping up some Blu-Ray you really like until you get the outstanding picture that this TV really deserve. Don't get me wrong, it is not a huge task (2-3 minutes in my case) and you’ll really feel the difference!
Samsung has solved the light coming from the corners (Edge lightning) that was hitting previous model line of 2009. I found some lighting uniformity issues while watching a blu-ray (Surf’s Up has some white text on a black background) something known as backlight Clouding Issue: this should not appear in this model
Heavy and stylish, very good locking
very limited to enter text
Difficult to find the lighting button in the top right corner: a proximity sensor and light detector would have been more efficient
3D Active Glasses offering
I got two Samsung SSG-2200AR Active Shutter Glasses in the package.
To start them all you have to do is just to push the small power button , glasses sync in no time and work nearly immediately. They turn off to save battery in the following case
TV content is no more in 3D
You switch the TV off
You press the power button for a few seconds
NOTE: These glasses are working like sunglasses and remove some brightness (more than 40% i would say) when viewing 3D content.
A soft cloth carrying case for glasses protection is part of the package:
Details of the micro-USB to USB 2.0 charging cable that can be plugged in any USB port (TV, PC or iPhone adapter). They are fully charge after 2 hours and are rated for lasting 30 hours on a full charge.
Me wearing the glasses for a limited amount of time, as I still encounter headaches. For comparison I was also a bit disturbed by the movie Avatar in 3D in theaters.
2D to 3D Conversion
You can connect a USB external hard drive and play music, photo's and movies directly from the HDD.
Internet@TV lets you enjoy more with Internet TV, as long as you connect the television with an Ethernet cable or an optional WIFI dongle (+$80). You can get a lot of small applet to run, just to name a few:
eBay, real-time updates, place bids, monitor your list of watched items
Twitter, the famous micro blogging
Sound great? yes but
Widgets are quite slow to startup, the remote control is VERY limited to enter text: a Bluetooth keyboard would be welcomed but is not supported…try to enter an address in Google Maps and you will understand what I mean.
Gaming with PS3
Convincing 3D conversion of regular TV programs in SD and HD
2.28 cm deep!
Nice remote control, but not at the level of the 9700 series (has a LCD screen)
No light shining through from the corners, top and bottom as with edge led lightning!
The black level is outstanding!
A bit rude for a premium television at a premium prize!
No wifi dongle: (add 89CHF)
Only HDMI 1.3 while the 7000 series offer 4 HDMi 1.4
Not all video format are recognize by the internal media center: Matroska (*.mkv) among others
Only recognize one Skype webcam model: TALK-7180 Webcam
Nice case especially since I got it for 1/3 of its price (40€ at the flea market: a bargain) The Antec Skeleton is a truly revolutionary enclosure. With a unique design that allows for unprecedented airflow, a front 92mm fan, and a top three speed 250mm fan with multicolor LED customization, the Skeleton goes utterly unmatched in stylish cooling. Factor in the layered component trays for top-notch convenience, as well as the rack mount quality side rails, and you have …
After some years of use, you’ll notice the increase noise coming from the cooling system. Any ventilator on the market, even the more expensive, or the more silent will wear off and start making noise. Replacing the ventilator is done in less than 2 minutes if you follow this little how to. Choosing the right ventilator Don’t pay too much, better choose a cheap model and replace it every year or two Below 19 dB, it is difficult to hear …
I did win a Synology DS710+ & DX510 by filling out a survey, after having read an official tweet of Synology Inc.(http://twitter.com/Synology) about the contest 3 weeks ago. The funny part is that I bought a Synology DS1010+ (704CHF/692$) and 4TB of disk (280CHF/275$) at the same time… On the picture above, this is my current small datacenter :-) DS 408 has four disks of 1TB in RAID5, so a volume of 2.7TB since 2008 DS1010+ has two disks of …
I have to apologize a bit: I did try the following: NAS Synology DS408 as DNLA server + Samsung 8700 LED 3D and most format are recognized (some exotic wmv audio codecs were not working but who has wmv anyway) When I did try with USB, nothing was working. My father has a Samsung LED 7000 46 inch of december 2009 and this model dont play anything at all though USD and DNLA, I did bought a WD live media …
If you are in the business for a new router, just avoid NETGEAR. I like their product, but this is the second SH... router I bought from them (and they were not cheap) NETGEAR DG834 has NEVER work more than 8 hours without interruption! after 5 bios upgrade... see my previous article here... The latest I've bought, 13 months ago at www.spartacus.ch (company is no more existing, www.brack.ch&160; is now in charge of customer care) has just died 5 minutes …
I receive my new notebook yesterday, it replace my HP NX7000 (3 years old). The HP NX 9440 is showing impressive performances, especially when running eclipse and multiple aplication in the backgroung.The specifications are as follow: Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33 GHz 4 MB L2 cache 667 MHz front side bus 3 GB (667 MHz) DDR2 SDRAM NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M graphics controller with 512 MB of dedicated video memory 100 GB (7200 rpm) SATA LightScribe DVD+/-RW with …
I am also hunting for a smartphone, and I found One of the best review to date on the treo 650 at Spug.netBeside, The (un-official) Treo 650 wifi drivers (by Shadowmite) for this smartphone. The best portal for the treo is Treo centralThe PalmOne page where You can buy itPresentation page at Engadget.comUpdate: Unlocking code for the GSM Treo 650 is: *#*1234# and then the center D-pad button. …
Good+ Unix based (apache software)+ telnet interface for advance user with a full CLI+ a lot of functionnaliies, every protocol is available.+ Very fast switching. According to Tom's hardware one of the fastest in its class.+ Very configurable (real business class router not home consummer crap)+ Built in USB and 1394 FTP server support+ Nice GUI interface,+ SUPER stable under emule Load!!!! 1000 connections wthout any loss of performances. A restart each 6 months or less!!!+ affordable: 90 (USR9105) to …
While searching for a comcorder across internet, I found this model which look very promising, except low light performance and the poor hunting auto focus...anyway at 890euro on ebay, it is a winner.... The JVC Everio records DVD Quality video in MPEG-2 with AC-3 audio. It has a maximum bit-rate of 8.88Mbps. Directly recording video onto a 4GB CF Micro Hard-drive or SD Memory CardJVC Everio GZ-MC200 Camcorderinfo.comI4U Future Technology centerCNET reviewJVC Everio GZ-MC100 same specs, different case Camcorderinfo.comUpdate: The …
J 'ai achete mon netgear 834G le 29.12.2003 (pour 230euro et mon numero de serie DG8813CSA023172) et je n'ai jamais été tranquille avec. Comprenez par la, qu il n'a JAMAIS marche de facon stable et comme on peut l'attendre. Je suis ingénieur en informatique, utilisateur de linux (donc forcément patient et combattif) et j'ai tente tous les trucs et reglages du forums http://www.netgear-forum.com/ , mon pseudo sur le forum était "elta68" J'ai installé les bios suivants: Le modem-routeur-hub-point d'acces sans …