Samsung UN55C6500 55 inch Series 6 LED TV

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By Simon

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The TV Menu has only seen minor revisions from when I started reviewing Samsung TVs. We still have the same primary menu pages: Picture, Sound, Channel, Setup, Input, Application and Support. One thing I did notice is the default picture modes have changed, in addition to Standard we have Dynamic and Movie but new to the group is Relax. Everything else appears to be pretty well the same.

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Samsung continues to use Media Play as the interactive menu to watch movies, view pictures or play songs off USB devices or computers on your home network.

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The active device is listed at the bottom left, for me I have my Patriot Memory thumbdrive plugged in. You can change the devices by navigating to the button with the remote or pressing the color coded quick keys.

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To watch a video you need to first select the device where the media file is saved and open up the video file.

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Whether your watch the video file from a USB drive or a shared folder on your network the TV is able to play any file without skipping. It’s like you’re watching the file off a connected DVD player or directly from your cable provider.

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The process for playing music is no different. You need to select the device where your songs are stored and then create your play list.

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Last but not least in Media Play we have the picture viewer. The process is again the same, select the device with the pictures and load them into a slideshow or view them individually. If you create a slideshow you can enable play background music.

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Yahoo! is does not make any TVs themselves but they’ve partnered with Samsung in providing widgets for users. The widgets require internet access and once provided offer a wealth of information including: news, weather, Facebook and flickr.

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All of the models but the C6300 have Internet @ TV but to be perfectly honest, it would not be a must have feature in my books if I would be able to save a hundred bucks or two off the retail price. Internet @ TV is similar to the Yahoo! widgets in that it provides users with access to fun and informative content. You could spend time watching favourite YouTube videos, use Google maps to plan your next trip or stay up-to-date on USA Today. If the app you want is not shown on the front page, you can search for additional ones.

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If you use the 55C6500 has a monitor for your HTPC, most of the included features are redundant and I wouldn’t spend too much time finding out what you could potentially be missing out on. I keep my PC on and when I want to watch a YouTube video or see what’s happening in the news I just fired it up from Internet Explorer. I also use VLC to play all my videos and songs directly from the hard drive. Call me old fashion, but some of the extra features don’t bring too much extra value to the table.

Let’s move onto how I used the 55C6500 and I’ll share you my experience over the past two months.

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