Samsung UN46FH6030F Review


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This 46-inch Samsung is a bargain if you're not interested in a so-called "smart TV," but it's lacking in features and input options (really, no 3D glasses?). Ultimately other TVs are a better deal. Vizio's M501D-A2R, our top pick, is only about $100 more but is larger and has far more features.

The Samsung UN46FH6030F (starting at $700, Amazon) has the virtue of being the cheapest model we researched, but Samsung 6030 reviews note that this series of TVs is light on features. Digital Trends points out that the Samsung UN46FH6030F is not a smart TV, so it doesn't include streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon. The reviewer from Digital Trends likes the remote for this TV, which is very easy to use. The Samsung UN46FH6030F handles motion quite well, and its color accuracy and detail are good. On the negative side, this reviewer says the TV doesn't have very wide viewing angles at all, and there is noticeable "blooming" (a halo effect) at the edges of the display. A reviewer from LCD TV Buying Guide likes the brightness of the 55-inch model but likewise observes that the viewing angles are poor. The motion is nice and smooth, however, and colors look realistic. This Samsung 6030 review applauds the depth that the 3D technology provides and notes that the TV retains good picture quality in 3D.

The Samsung 6030 series is the only one we researched that's available in a super-affordable 40-inch size, as well as the 46-inch size in our comparison and a 55-inch model. This 1080p LED TV has a native refresh rate of 120 Hz (and a "Clear Motion Rate" of 240 Hz, according to Samsung, thanks to some additional tricks of technology). This is an active 3D TV that does not include 3D glasses, which are sold separately for about $20 apiece. It has only two HDMI ports, one USB port, and one component/composite port. Although experts are put off by the skimpy extras, Best Buy shoppers appreciate the ease with which they can set up this TV. They also admire the overall picture quality, especially the clarity. Some users do complain that the set only has two HDMI ports, but there are few gripes about the lack of smart TV features.

You can connect this model to the Internet and access streaming services through a dedicated device such as Roku or an additional component such as an Xbox. Between that and buying 3D glasses, though, the price advantage over our top pick disappears. The lack of extras feels like a bit of a rip-off, as does the dearth of inputs. Even at this low price, we consider other 3D TVs a better value.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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