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A mid-range Smart TV that performs brilliantly and offers great value for money

If you’re looking for a decent mid-range Smart TV you could do worse than consider the UE49KS7000. As a UHD (4K) set, the images radiate in superb quality, while the inbuilt speakers perform brilliantly. For around a grand or less, this television offers great value and won’t disappoint.

The 49-inch non-curved screen will simply blow viewers away. Freeview HD and Freesat HD look fantastic, with crisp imagery and excellent contrast. Motion is handled very well and 4K in particular is razor sharp. Via its SUHD technology, Samsung provides an HDR viewing experience that exceeds many of its rivals in terms of brightness and overall quality, while its Quantum Dot Colour can apparently replicate more than a billion colours. There is occasional loss of detail in the darker areas, but this is extreme nit-picking.

Super-slim TVs are often let down by their sound reproduction, but here the UE49KS7000 bucks this trend. Across the highest to lowest ranges, the inbuilt speakers produce a wonderfully rich and stable sound. They have no problem channelling even the most dramatic and booming of movie soundtracks. However, but if you’re after a full cinematic experience you can easily rig the TV to a soundbar or home theatre system via the HDMI ARC ports, digital audio socket, or even wirelessly to Bluetooth speakers (not included).

Simple to set up and use, the UE49KS7000 has a massive range of interesting features. Freesat HD and Freeview HD come inbuilt, while the PVR function allows you to record and pause live TV. The two provided remotes are decent and Samsung’s Tizen system allows you to surf the internet easily enough and view a wide range of top streaming TV services.

What’s hot:

  • Extraordinary sound quality and HDR upscaling
  • Great connectivity
  • Packed with top features

What’s not:

  • On the pricey side
  • No SCART for backwards compatibility
  • Occasional loss of clarity in darker areas

Why you should buy it: With excellent image quality and even better sound, this is a top Smart TV with all the features you need at a price that won’t necessitate remortgaging your home.