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It might amuse you to consider the size of the box in which this TV ships.
It's fairly heavy at over 35kg, but more importantly, its dimensions make it
impossibly awkward for any single person except perhaps someone with the arms
of the tallest basketball player to handle. The TV, once out of the box, can
be handled by one person, but it is still awkward to do so, and much easier
with two people.
The Samsung UN55B7100 carton wrapped in packing cellophane, placed
temporarily behind >8' sofa.
The unit was difficult to photograph due to its size and high reflectivity.
Here it is, atop a typical stand (measuring 60"W x 22"D x 14"H).
The tower speakers on either side are 39" tall.
The Bourne Identity (1080i HD feed) on Samsung UN55B7100
with Samsung BluRay player, Bell ExpressVu satellite HD PVR, and HTPC
on shelf below.
SPCR home page , uTorrent, etc on the Windows 7 desktop of the HTPC.
For more flattering photos of the UN55B7100, you're advised to visit Samsung's
product web pages. Here are photos of some details you may not find there.
Corner detail showing clear acrylic frame. The edge is quite thin and
will bite into your palm if you try to grasp it on the bottom to carry
The power light seems a bit bright and oversized, but it's unobtrusive
when you're watching any programming and it can be turned off altogether,
along with the chiming on/off sound effects. Note clear acrylic post in
A power switch is just below the Samsung logo, and there are similarly
near-invisible touch buttons for source, menu, volume and channel on the
right side of the lower bezel. Perhaps they are supposed to light up when
touched, but this did not happen on our sample. These controls are moot,
anyway, because no one will want to access them that close to the TV;
the remote is the only control you really want to use.
Essential user interface: It's a fairly intuitive remote with a good onscreen
menu. Rare were the times when the manual had to be consulted.
A shot of the back: The top vent grill appears
to be for heat convection; there is no fan. The round vents are for
speakers, which are back-firing, which makes one wonder about sound
for close on-wall placement. The center lower vent appears to be for
convection cooling of power components, as the power cable goes in around
there. The bottom vents on the left and right may be for convection
air intake as well as for bass speakers that are in those spots.
How can down-pointing bass drivers be mounted in an edge that's only
30mm wide? More on that later. Note the input connections on the right,
set flush in a recess, with HDMI and USB connectors facing sideways,
and the rest pointing down.
Closeup of those input connections. Thick "high end" HDMI/phono
cables and/or connectors may not fit.
The optional USB wireless ethernet device comes with a right angle adapter
that allows it to extend away from the back panel for better connectivity.
The right angle adapter is probably not to be used when the TV is wall
A tag on the back panel shows the rated power as a relatively modest
220W and tells us that this sample is a product of the globalized "free
enterprise" economy. It is a product of Samsung Electronics America
in New Jersey, which is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, the largest
company in Korea and the biggest electronics company in the world; made
(assembled?) in Tijuana, Mexico; distributed by Samsung Canada; safety
approved by UL(US) and CSA(Canada).
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