The Samsung UE49NU7100 is a smart TV so you can connect it to the internet to watch catchup services, like the BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Connection to these services can be done in two ways, either via Ethernet or via the more popular connection, Wi-Fi. There is also an option to connect a keyboard and mouse (via USB port) to make browsing the internet more fluid instead of using the provided remote which can get a bit clunky when navigating the inbuilt web browser. This model also allows you to use your smart phone or laptop to share content using the mirroring technology which also allows you to stream Steam games directly from the laptop to the substantial 49” screen.
The Samsung UE49NU7100 offers excellent picture quality thanks to the panel quality and the 4k resolution. The NU7100 is Samsung’s entry level UHD 49” TV but still gives outstanding quality on all types of viewing. A major part of why this is so clear and bright, with such vivid colours, is that it features the HDR10+ technology, which combined with a Samsung 4k Blu-Ray or gaming device will provide ultra-colourful images and sensational shadow detail.
This TV set has two 10 watt per channel speakers built into the body of the set totaling 20wpc. This power is usually enough if you have a normal size living room but will get a bit lost in a larger area, in this case it would be advisable to purchase an accompanying sound bar. My recommendation would be the Samsung HWN400 all in one sound bar which would connect to this TV via HDMI audio return channel allowing one remote to control both products – no need to juggle 2 remotes!
Design-wise, the UE49NU7100 definitely looks the part. The thin, dark bezel reminds me of a picture frame. Even though the bezel is plastic it is of good quality. The cable management of this set is well designed especially if you like an organised and clutter-free space around your TV. Cables are hidden / concealed in one of the TV’s feet which can house 2 to 3 cables.
There should be more than enough inputs and outputs for the average household which include HDMI ports x 3 (1 x ARC), USB ports x 2, Ethernet x 1 and an optical / digital out. There’s no scart, headphone/audio out or Bluetooth, but you just don’t need them with this TV.
Purchasing the Samsung sound bar mentioned earlier would not just greatly improve the sound quality but also give the ability to stream music from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth directly to the soundbar
Tech-fans are in for a special treat, thanks to the “Smart Things App” which allows you remote access other Samsung devices on your home network. Devices includes other TV’s, washing machines, fridge freezers, robot vacuums, Wi-Fi lighting and thermostat heating. In the case of the washing machine there is a sensor that can turn the machine on and off and one that can detect water leaks. The lighting scenario gives full control over up to 50 lights on one hub with dimming control also. For those less tech-savvy folks who still like the idea of smart homes, help is at hand with Hughes Smart. Hughes Smart, an offshoot of the main company, arranges a visit to come and see those who need that little extra help in the comfort of your own home, and the best thing is that it’s free! They can help you plan everything from wireless speakers throughout your home, to home cinemas and smart solutions to make life easier and more secure.
The retail price of the Samsung UE49NU7100 at time of launch in April 2018 was £749 but at time of writing is available from us for just £549, which – considering what it can do – is remarkable value.
Would I recommend this TV for those on a budget requiring a smart TV with the ability to integrate into home automation? ABSOLUTELY! To see why I rate this TV so much, ask your local store about a demo. You can buy online, use Click & Collect to pick one up in as little as one hour or why not rent? Renting gives you a hassle-free, convenient way to own the latest technology. The Samsung UE49NU7100 is available to rent for just £6.46 per week.