We’ve had a lot of new LED televisions to talk about here (and frankly, we’ve got a steadily growing body of same by the looks of my last jaunt into an electronics store), but there’s been a problem with all of them so far. So far, and I include the lone exception because after sales tax it too will qualify, they’ve ALL been four figure televisions. Whether low four figure or high four figure, it seemed like you couldn’t possibly get an LED television for under a thousand bucks.
Today, that changes with the Samsung UN37C5000.
The Samsung UN37C5000 is a thirty seven inch 1080p LED television that offers the Wide Color Enhancer Plus technology to enhance color and detail, Two ten watt speakers with both Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, four HDMI inputs, one component video input, one Ethernet port, one PC input, one optical audio output, two USB ports, ConnectShare Movie, a game mode to reduce blurring in high-speed images, and Anynet Plus technology.
The excitement that anyone would feel at the thought of a sub-thousand-dollar LED must be tempered with the knowledge that you’ll indeed get what you pay for. Sure, the sound and picture are both solid (if somehow just a little lesser than the larger and pricier systems), but if you don’t have the newest peripherals, you’ll be out of luck. This thing’s very heavily weighted to HDMI, and if you don’t have the connection gear, you plain old don’t have the connections.
But considering that this costs nine hundred bucks, and represents the first sub-thousand-dollar LED television we’ve written up here, it’s still a pretty significant step forward for your budget. Chances are you can do better deal-wise with an LCD or plasma, but still–if you must have LED and your budget can only take so much, then the Samsung UN37C5000 is just what you need.