Samsung Smart TV D5500 40” LED TV

Brian Welsh
Oct 5, 2011
Updated • Oct 18, 2011
Hardware, tv

When it comes to TVs, we are really getting spoiled these days. Never before have we had access to the kind of vibrant picture quality that we can find on the market today. And, even better, they are sleek, elegantly designed units that can be fitted into virtually any space, thanks to ideas like flat panels and wall mounting. It is a new Golden Age.

Samsung are defining themselves as one of the better TV manufacturers out there, with their Smart TV range delivering not only superb performance, but also excellent versatility. See, a TV isn’t just a box to show pictures anymore, and Samsung know this. Rather, it is an important part of a fully integrated entertainment experience and, because of this, Samsung have created a TV that not only displays pretty pictures – and they are very pretty – but also provides a host of connectivity options.

The Samsung Smart TV UA40D5500RR (or D5500 for short) is a beautifully constructed, very thin 40 inch LED TV that delivers awesome clarity and contrast, along with bright colours. It supports a host of added extras, including wireless LAN support and the ability to play media via its USB ports.

samsung smart tv d5500

One complaint that we can level at this otherwise wonderful TV are the inputs. It features four HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports, a LAN port, headphone jack, antenna input, and a number of audio in and out options. That’s a good list (particularly the HDMI ports.) But the still necessary component cable ports are conspicuously absent. The solution is to supply a specialised interface cable… but although this comes with the unit, it cuts down component cable use to one item. Now, realistically, anyone in their right mind should be using HDMI for… well, everything, but there are still older devices that use component cables only. And we found the performance of the D5500’s component cable converter to be disappointing.

But that’s about it. Everything else, with regards to this TV, was great. OK, it’s not a 3D model, but we’re still a little unconvinced about home 3D viewing (or any 3D viewing, for that matter.) Sure, if you’re after a 3D TV, you’ll probably look elsewhere, but undecided users who don’t think that 3D is a ‘must have it or die’ aspect to a TV need look no further.

samsung UA40D5500RR

The extremely user-friendly device is really top notch. It would be difficult to choose another TV over it, except for almost purely cosmetic reasons (like the fact that it has a very shiny screen that reflects light easily and really is a pain to keep clean) or based on its inputs. Price might be an issue too… it’s not the cheapest TV around, but good quality LED TVs cost more than poorer models.

In short, it is a beautifully constructed TV that has a good, solid base, great remote functions and performs excellently. The decision to buy it or not may only come down to a silly reason like brand loyalty, but there are worse brands to support than Samsung. And if you’re still on the fence, a quick demonstration of its excellent picture quality alone will probably make your decision for you.


A great TV, particularly if you’re not after a 3D option


  • Excellent picture
  • Extra functionality
  • 4 HDMI ports


  • Shiny
  • Expensive
  • Component ports lacking


You can buy the Samsung D5500 TV in many online stores, including Amazon.


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  1. mike said on May 28, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Still loving my Samsung 550 series 40″. The only thing is that I wish they’d come up with a software upgrade so that I could have Smart TV/Hub at my disposal. Smart TV is looking like a good replacement for my clunky media server.

  2. Pete. said on October 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Loving my new Samsung :)

    It integrates with my PS3 better than my last Bravia did.

  3. Berttie said on October 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Reflective screens are the bane of my life! What is this obsession manufacturers have with them? Sigh!

    This TV may be the greatest one ever produced, but I would never consider it just because of this.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      I could not agree more.

  4. Mike J said on October 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    One thing I hate about many newer sets is, they don’t have RCA audio-out jacks, so you need a newer AV receiver to get sound out of your hifi speakers. There is a clunky workaround, as you can use the headphone mini-plug jack and stick in a 3.5mm-to-RCA plug Y- adapter. “….a number of audio in and out options.” Does that mean RCA jacks (assuming y’all still use them in Europe)?

  5. Mike J said on October 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    While I am cheaper than most, we must put these HDTV prices in perspective and realize what huge bargains they actually are. In 1976, I bought a 19″ Sanyo click-tune (no remote) set (CRT of course) for $330, which was two months rent on my pretty nice apartment in a good location in Tampa.Now you can get a 42″ 1080p LCD with gobs of features for about two weeks rent.

  6. Paul(us) said on October 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I personly think for $ 545 with 1920 x 1080, 4 HDMI, the Philips 40PFL7505D/F7 40-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED LCD HDTV, Black is a good choice.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      While I do not know the model that you have mentioned, I agree that Philips creates some good televisions. I have made good experiences with Samsung monitor and televisions though.

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