£449.99 on Amazon was also a good price and cheapest I could find before the Dixons deal with further 3% off quidco
Includes a USB port for media playing/viewing (via memory stick or HDD) compatible with JPEG, MP3, DivX, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 formats. The USB socket can also be used for software updates.
Includes only Freeview not Freeview HD like some slightly more expensive Samsung models
review for the 32" version of the same TV here: http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/index.php?s=le40c530
Here is another review from Which:
This Best Buy Samsung LE40C530 40-inch LCD TV keeps things simple with fewer features and functions than competing sets, but what it does, it does well. It's easy to use, picture quality is good and the sound is decent for a flat-screen TV.
Samsung claims its 'unique 3D colour stretching technology saturates each pixel until it achieves the true colour and luminescence intended by nature. So every colour on the RGB spectrum is brought to life.'
That's an awful lot of hype, but it is true that the Samsung gives a sharp and pleasing picture. Resolution is good with fine detail. Colour balance is also good but there is some noticeable colour shift as well as a minor issue of over-enhanced colour.
HD viewing is also impressive with nice smooth movement - though you will have to contend with a minor yellow tint. And like many LCD and LED rivals, the picture can fade badly when watched from an angle.
We normally find sound quality a bit disappointing on flat-panel TVs. They're just too slim to fit decent speakers - and the sound here is just average and a bit harsh and tizzy. One of our experts called it 'a bit showy and unbalanced, but OK'. The set is easy to set up and install, and finding the best picture quality setting is also easy enough via the aptly named Picture menu. A slight niggle is that the sub menus are a different style to the main menus. This set is suitable for wall mounting but you will need to buy the brackets separately.
Overall, it's fairly easy to use. The remote control has decent-sized and well-located buttons that are grouped sensibly. One slight criticism is that some of the buttons have three labels making things a bit confusing. The EPG is nicely presented with good prompts and the Now & Next is versatile. Finding future programmes is a doddle.
The set is a little basic on the features front. There are the standard connections, but few extras. There is a single Freeview tuner only (no Freeview HD or Freesat HD) and only a single Scart socket for connecting standard-definition kit - though it does support the high-quality RGB signal. You can connect the TV to a hi-fi or surround-sound system using the digital optical output. Both S-Video and HDMI inputs are located conveniently for the connection of a camcorder and games console. But the headphone socket is inconveniently located at the rear of the set. There are three HDMI inputs, one of which supports a PC.
The Anynet+ system allows you to use one remote to control such compatible equipment connected via the HDMI sockets, though owners of Sky HD boxes may encounter problems with widescreen switching.
There is a USB socket for media playing/viewing (via memory stick or HDD) compatible with JPEG, MP3, DivX, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 formats. The USB socket can also be used for software updates.
This set uses 98 Watts of power. You can however make significant energy savings with both the eco and light sensor modes. And blanking the screen when listening to radio also saves significant energy, using about a quarter of the power compared to when the set is fully on.
Pros: Good picture quality, decent sound quality, easy to use
Cons: No widescreen switching system on HDMI, low on features, only one Scart