Not everyone needs a big-screen TV at an equally big price. The Samsung UNF4000 is just the right size for smaller viewing settings like a bedroom or dorm room. It's also a great kitchen TV since the picture quality stands up well under bright lights. Performance is above average for a set of this screen size and price class. Available models include the 19-inch Samsung UN19F4000 (Est. $170) and 29-inch Samsung UN29F4000 (Est. $280) .
Small wonder. Among low-priced, small-screen LED TVs, the Samsung UNF4000 offers very good picture performance. You won't see "plasma blacks or graphics monitor colors," says TelevisionInfo.com, but shoppers with reasonable expectations should be "well-satisfied," Lee Neikirk adds. Other reviewers are even more pleased, citing excellent color performance and good contrast. Brightness is a high point, helping the TV to perform well in well-lit settings, and a matte screen is a further boon. Some viewers might be put off by the set's 720p resolution, but expert after expert says that unless you're viewing the UNF4000 extremely up close, the benefits of 1,080p resolution are completely lost in its available screen sizes.
Just the basics. The good news is that the UNF4000 doesn't ask you to pay for high-end features you might not want. The bad news is it doesn't have many features. Forget about streaming content, but you can play back videos, images and music from a USB thumb drive. The backlight is an edge-lit LED, the new normal even among budget sets.
It's a TV. High-end LED TVs try to look the part with disappearing bezels, chrome and steel accents -- or at least plastic that looks like chrome or steel accents -- and curved and cutout stands. The Samsung UNF4000 has no such pretentions. It looks like what it is: a flat-screen TV with a thick, black, plastic bezel. Setup and use is also straightforward. With two HDMI inputs and a shared component/composite analog video input, connectivity is fine for a set in this size class. The included universal clicker works well.
You get what you pay for. There are cheaper 19- and 29-inch sets available, but the Samsung UNF4000 performs better than most. Given that any savings would be modest, TelevisionInfo.com says it makes sense to pay a little extra for the UNF4000, and we agree.
Although it doesn't get a high score here, the Samsung UN29F4000 and similar 19-inch UN19F4000 are good sets for their price and screen size, TelevisionInfo.com says. "The F4000 has the performance chops to make plenty of content look good," Lee Neikirk adds.
Review: Samsung UN29F4000 Review, Lee Neikirk, July 2, 2013
ConsumerReports.org reviews lots of LED TVs, including the Samsung UN29F4000. The site provides ratings and rankings for more sets measuring 29 inches and smaller than any other, but not all are this year's models. Testing is done, but discussion is briefer than at some other sites.
Review: Samsung UN29F4000, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
About 75 users post comments about the UNF4000 at Amazon.com. Its rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 reflects reviews for both the 19-inch UN19F4000 and 29-inch UN29F4000.
Review: Samsung UN19F4000 19-Inch 720p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013
More than 90 users review the 29-inch Samsung UN29F4000 here. Satisfaction is high, with 98 percent saying they'd recommend the LED TV to a friend. The 19-inch UN19F4000 is listed elsewhere on the site and gets slightly less feedback, but 99 percent of owners would recommend the TV.
Review: Samsung - 29" Class (28-1/2" Diag.) - LED - 720p - 60Hz - HDTV, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013