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Samsung UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV (Black)
The Samsung UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV (Black)
I bought this Samsung TV several months ago and am extremely happy with my purchase. The picture quality is great, the picture is bright, the TV is lightweight, set-up is a breeze, and the sound quality is great even without external speakers or a soundbar, but even better with added external audio components.
Unpacking and Assembling
Unpacking and Assembling the Samsung UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV
The package containing this TV is not really too heavy and most people will probably have no difficulty transporting it. The TV is well surrounded with protective styrofoam and there is a protective clear film around the frame of the TV. The only assembly required is attaching the base to the TV if you are going to just have it on a stand, and putting the batteries into the remote. The base assembly is held onto the back of the TV with 4 screws and you can't put the screws in if you don't have the assembly lined up correctly, so it is pretty much idiot-proof. Putting the batteies in the remote is self-explanatory. Just look at the image that shows which direction the battery goes in, and you're all done.
Setting Up the UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV
Set-up is quite simple with this TV and basically it's a no-brainer. All of the inputs and outputs are nicely labeled on the back of the TV whether you are going directly from your cable or sattelite box, or whether your are running your cable and sattelite into a tuner or DVD player and then to the TV. There should be no problem getting the cables placed properly, and then just a matter of pluggin in the electrical cord. Then it's time to hit the power button on the remote and off you go to the on-screen set-up commands.
When setting up this TV, you are automatically walked through each step. The only thing you have to do that you aren't walked through is set up your Samsung account, and enter your Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and other account numbers you may need to watch paid videos on your TV. Also, this can be either wired or wireless for Internet access, so if you are running wireless, make sure you know the password for your wireless router before you start setting up your TV.
There are two things that I don't like about this TV, or any Samsung TV for that matter, and that is the on-off switch on the actual TV. It isn't a button, it is touch sensitive, and it's very difficult to find (for me). So, if the batteries in the remote go dead, it's a challenge.
The other thing, is that any app that requires Adobe Acrobat to run won't work on your Samsung smart TV as it comes out of the box. However, there is an easy solution to this problem, but it will cost you couple of bucks.
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Google Chomecast: Automatically Stream Content From Your Wireless Computer Direct to Your Samsung Smart TV
It's very simple to use. You plug it into a USB port in the side of your TV and then go to the website that you will be directed to from your TV screen. There will be an activation code with your Google Chromecast device that you will enter into the appropriate field, and everything else will set up automatically. Then you will have an icon at the top of your computer screen on the right side that looks like a little rectangular box with a few diagonal lines in one corner. After this is all set up when you turn on your TV, the screen will say "Ready To Cast." Then you can transmit anything you are using on your computer from Google Chrome directly to your Samsung Smart TV, buy clicking on the icon on your computer and selecting Cast to Chromecast (there will be some number after this). Click on that and you are now watching your computer on your TV and your Adobe Acrobat applications will work fine.
The downside of Google Chromecast is that you can not stream your own personal videos or presentations from your computer to your Smart TV. However; if you upload them to YouTube first, then you should be able to stream them to your Samsung smart TV as long as you are using Google Chrome as your browser to get to YouTube.
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Accessorizing Your Smart TV
Accessorizing Your Smart TV With Smart Accessories
The Samsung UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED HDTV is a great TV on it's own without any additions, but most of us want the little extras that make watching TV more enjoyable. DVD players, Wall mounts and speakers or soundbars are the most popular add-on accessories that the majority of people want.
One of the best DVD players on the market is the Phillips DVP3560 All Region Hi-Def 1080p HDMI Up-Converting Multi Region DVD Player with USB. Plays PAL/NTSC DVDs and comes With the Remote . It is both NTSC and PAL compatible, so if you have a penchant for watching foreign movies, this DVD player is great and it's relatively inexpensive as single play DVD players go. I've never really seen any need to have a disc changer, but some people might see that as a benefit. As of 11/7/13 this DVD player is selling for under $65.00 (prices are subject to change without notice).
I can't really tell you much about wall mounts, as I have never had one and only know what I read and see. I suggest that you go read the reviews on TV wall mounts from other authors on HubPages.
I am not going to review sound bars at this time, as I do not own one yet. When I make a purchase decision and have one of my own that I can evaluate, then I will do a review of assorted models based on my observations and findings. However, at this time you can visit my fellow Hubber who has reviewed sound bars for smaller TVs at http://thrillofthechase.hubpages.com/hub/Best-Soundbar-for-Small-TV