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Over the past decade or so, there’s been a mad rush to purchase the biggest, flattest, and prettiest television you can get in order to show it off to all your friends and neighbors. And for a while, size was the most important factor. That’s not true anymore.

Nowadays, we have to worry about something called a Smart TV. What the heck is a “smart TV” you ask? It’s a recent trend in electronics that combines traditional television with the Internet. Similar to how consoles have built-in Internet capabilities, smart TVs are able to provide Internet-based content and services like Netflix and web browsing.

And so we’re reviewing Samsung’s ES6500 40-inch 3D Smart TV, a brand new product that launched in March of 2012. We’re giving it away to an extremely lucky MakeUseOf reader. Yes, that’s right — we’re giving away a high-definition 3D smart television valued at $900! Keep reading to find out more.

Introduction

The Samsung ES6500 40″ 1080p 3D Smart TV currently retails at a price of $897.99 from Amazon, and that’s already $600 below its debut price back in March. The TV is available in sizes ranging from 32″ all the way up to 65″. As a Smart TV, it does everything you’d expect from a regular TV and a whole lot more. We’ll get to an overview of its features soon.

To get an idea of what sort of competition this TV has, you may want to take a peek at the LG Infinia 42″ ($684.00), the Panasonic TC-L42E5 42″ ($628), and the Sony NSX 40″ ($899.99).

Before we get into the in-depth portion of this review, you should be aware that I am a television newbie. I’ve watched plenty of high-definition television at all different sizes using all sorts of source material, but I’ve never actually owned one for myself. Therefore, this review should be treated as one from a first-time buyer’s perspective, which will be good in some ways (e.g., no bias).

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Samsung ES6500 Smart TV: Initial Impressions

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My first reaction when I saw the arrived package was, “Holy ****, that’s a big box!” It wasn’t until I opened it that I realized that something so expensive should be wrapped in inches of safety padding. Samsung’s packaging is about as good as I’d expect from any electronics brand. Not a single dent or scratch anywhere.

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Here’s a complete view of all the items that came with the package (minus the actual TV, of course). From top to bottom, the package contained the following items:

  • a non-foldable four-legged metal stand,
  • a zip-bag of 4 holder rings for optional wall mounting,
  • a box with 2 battery-powered 3D glasses,
  • a TV mount
  • a power cord,
  • a wire guide,
  • a remote,
  • batteries for the remote,
  • a zip-bag of 8 screws for mounting the TV on its stand,
  • and a 44-page user’s manual.

Once I got everything out of the box, I was pretty impressed. It comes packaged with everything you need for a clean and quick setup (other than a screwdriver) and the quality of the materials are better than average. The stand for the TV screen is made of smooth, shiny metal which gives it a sturdy feel. The connector between the stand and the TV itself, though, is plastic.

The user’s manual that comes with the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV is actually fairly detailed. Considering this was my very first HDTV purchase (let alone a Smart TV purchase), it should be telling that I was able to get the whole rig set up and functional within half an hour. The manual is complete with illustrations that cover how to do anything and everything. The only thing missing is a table of contents, but I can let that slide.

Oh, and did I mention that the TV has a built-in e-Manual? That’s right. If you lose your manual (like my friends are so prone to doing), then you’re still good to go. Genius!

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The Samsung ES6500 Smart TV’s Design

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The overall look of the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV is minimalistic and sleek. Everything — from the borders to the stand to the remote — is black, black, black. Around the edges you’ll find a slightly-rounded, translucent border that acts as both a protective covering and an aesthetic device.

At the bottom right of the screen, there is a power indicator that shines red when off and doesn’t shine at all when on. It’s only an indicator–not an actual power button. No amount of pushing, swiping, poking, wiping, or rubbing was able to turn on the TV. You must use the remote, apparently.

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On the back of the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV, you’ll find the following connections:

  • 3 HDMI ports
  • 1 component in port
  • 1 composite in port
  • 3 USB ports
  • 1 Ethernet port
  • 1 analog audio input and output
  • 1 optical output (for digital audio systems)
  • and 1 antenna input

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I really like the remote design for this TV. On the surface, it looks very much like 99% of the other TV remotes in the world, which is true for the most part. However, the rounded back fits snugly and comfortably in my hand and the buttons are easy to press. The TV’s power indicator blinks when a button is pressed, so there’s good feedback there.

There are some welcomed changes, though. Next to the power button is a control light that can be toggled on and off. When it’s on, the remote’s buttons will light up with a backlight whenever they are pressed. Great for watching media in a dark room!

In the center is a colorful cube-shaped button which switches the TV from “television mode” to “Smart TV mode.” Pressing it will take you to the Smart Hub where you can play around with all of the neat Smart TV features. More on that later.

Features Overview

A few years ago, everything you needed to know about a television was stated in its model number: 40-inches. Nowadays, that doesn’t even come close to sufficient. Here are the details of the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV:

  • Display size: 40 inches, LED backlit display
  • Connectivity: Built-in WiFi, Ethernet port
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • Resolution: Full HD 1080p with Clear Motion Rate of 480Hz
  • Image contrast ratio: 5,000,000:1
  • Image aspect ratio: 16:9
  • 3D-capable

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The moment I turned the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV on for the first time, I was presented with a setup wizard. The wizard took me through, presenting me with settings to configure. First I chose my language, then I selected between Home and Demo Use (hint: set it for Home).

The Samsung ES6500 Smart TV is WiFi-ready and doesn’t require any additional hardware to connect to your home wireless network. Alternatively, you may also connect a network cable into its ethernet port. After asking for my wireless network information, it automatically downloaded all of the necessary updates for the firmware.

After that, the TV intelligently began searching for access to channels. I don’t have a cable box so I’m not sure how that would’ve gone, but for analog channels, it went through one by one to check if the channel was available. Sadly, I have none.

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Here we have the main selling point of the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV: the Smart Hub. This is the central gateway to all of the awesome features available in the ES6500 and it is accessed by pressing the colorful cube on the remote. On the home page, you’ll see options to select the various apps you have installed as well as a couple of standard features:

  • Channel: Manage all of your personalized TV channels. You can label and unlabel certain channels as favorites. You can also add and remove certain channels from your channels list (so that when you press Channel Up or Down, you skip the channels you never watch).
  • Web Browser: Lets you browse the Internet. Enough said.
  • Schedule Manager: This is what you’d use to schedule specific shows and channels for viewing. Particularly useful if there are a lot of upcoming shows that you want to watch but don’t have a way to keep track of them all. Smart Hub will remind you.
  • Source: If you connect an external source to your TV (such as a USB flash drive), you can view media files directly from the source.
  • AllShare Play: Lets you access photos, videos, and music that is located on USB devices, digital cameras, cell phones, and PCs. PCs and cell phones can be accessed wirelessly through Wi-Fi.

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The apps for the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV are awesome. Last I checked, there were over 50 apps available and I’m sure Samsung will be adding more as time goes on. The most popular seemed to be Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, and Pandora.

I installed Pandora to see how it was. After validating through my computer’s browser, all of my Pandora settings — including all of my favorite stations — were downloaded straight to the TV. In less than a minute, I was listening to smooth jazz and relaxing on my bed.

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Now let’s talk about those 3D glasses. The Samsung ES6500 Smart TV can be switched into something called “3D mode” in which everything becomes a fuzzy mess of strange colors. The package came with two 3D glasses so you can enjoy whatever 3D movie you’re watching with one other person. Of course, 4 would’ve been better, but at least it wasn’t just one.

The TV has 3 different 3D modes: right-and-left, top-and-bottom, and 2D-to-3D. I do not own any 3D-source media so I was not able to test the efficacy of the glasses using real 3D source. However, I did test the 2D-to-3D mode and it didn’t work very well. Then again, I don’t think a 2D to 3D conversion could ever work that well.

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Changing the actual TV settings is easy. There’s really nothing spectacular about it, but there’s nothing terrible about it, either. I didn’t have to alter any of the video or sound settings to get it working — and best of all, the quality was great! But a slight caveat when talking about picture and sound quality.

I am neither a videophile nor audiophile. I can tell the difference between SD and HD. If I try really hard, I can tell between 720p and 1080p, between 192kbps and 320kbps. But I don’t really care. If I can see and hear, then it’s passable to me and that’s all that matters to me. Fortunately, most user reviews of the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV agree with me on quality, so have no fear.

Should You Buy It?

I prefer to watch Internet streams rather than cable television or DVD releases. Give me Netflix over Blockbuster any day of the week. Because of that preference, I’ve grown used to watching my shows on a computer screen. Samsung has really changed my mind with the ES6500. I love all of the features and I love watching my streams on it.

For the hardcore TV enthusiasts out there, the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV might not be top-notch enough for you. The 40″ screen is large and satisfying for me but I can see how it could be too small in certain situations — especially if you live in a big suburban house. The quality is definitely above average, but if you’re looking for the absolute best of the best, you may want to look at a smart TV in the next price bracket.

On the other hand, if all you want is a place to hook up your cable box or your Playstation 3, then a smart TV is going to be overkill. If you’re willing to shell out around $900 for a TV and you don’t plan on using the smart features, then you might as well put that money towards a more traditional flat-screen of a bigger size. Your future self will thank you.

But as an entry-level smart TV, the Samsung ES6500 Smart TV is hands-down one of the best in the market. Crisp and vivid pictures, loud and clear sound, and a handful of features that will make your life easier.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it.

But hold on! Before you go searching Amazon, I’d like to remind you that we’re giving away a brand new Samsung ES6500 40″ Smart TV valued at $897.99! If you want a chance to win it, keep reading below.

How do I win the Samsung ES6500 40-inch 3D Smart TV?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. MakeUseOf giveaways are open to readers worldwide.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Sarah Jane Card! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please get in touch with him before Oct 20 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Don Wasylyk
    November 8, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I wouldn't mind at all wining this. In any case " Good Luck to all" !

  2. Hana
    October 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

    who won? who won? I was just checking back to see when the final date was, and turned out it was weeks ago. Somebody won, right? Lucky person. Congrats!

    • Saikat Basu
      October 27, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Just look at the comment above yours :)

  3. Brandon Boyer
    October 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So is a winner ever going to be announced or is Makeuseof just keeping it for themselves?

    • Joel Lee
      October 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      The article has been updated with the winner. Here's the quote:

      The giveaway is over. Congratulations, Kevin Fegan! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please get in touch with him before Oct 20 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

  4. Matt Bryerton
    October 23, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I recently replaced my 32 inch back-breaker JVC(tube style) with a Samsung 43 inch plasma. The picture is awesome and not just because I don't have to wear my glasses when playing RockBand. The colors are so rich and even though the speakers aren't very big it has very good sound. Other than the picture and sound quality I didn't have to use a forklift to move it.

  5. Rashelle Puno
    October 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

    no winner yet?? i really like to know who won...

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      October 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Me too!!!

      • mustak
        October 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        after 5th oct nobody won ps ps

      • mustak
        October 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        nobody will

  6. Carolyn Barnett
    October 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Who Won? Congats to the winner!

  7. Rashelle Puno
    October 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

    good luck!!

  8. Anonymous
    October 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Legendary!!!!!!!

  9. Ntz Phyr
    October 6, 2012 at 12:06 am

    This would complete my gaming setup(for now} Super monitor!

  10. Kavita
    October 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    woa...how do u get amount to spencer such bid things...

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    October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Samsung HDTV....YES

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    October 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    What a fantastic prize. Wow! I'd love to win!!

  13. Hiren Patel
    October 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Good Luck every Participant ....

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    October 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

    How awesome I hope I win

  15. Sean Jennings
    October 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Love the review and that you give your testers away. Very cool!

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    October 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    If I don't win, I know what i am going to get!

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    October 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Amazing TV. I want it:-)

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    October 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    woow i like this smart tv.

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    October 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Would I make better use of it than anyone else? Any takers?

  20. Jacob Mathew
    October 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

    LIke the author of this article said: It's sleek and has a minimalist look

  21. Iva Krstik
    October 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Great review, Samsung is coming out with pretty nice TVs now.

  22. Heman Adams
    October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Awesome review, Joel Lee. Who wouldn't want to go for this HDTV after reading this informative review? I hope luck smiles on me this time as I am dying to have this cozy TV to replace my old 8 years old uninteresting TV.

    • Joel Lee
      October 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. :)

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    October 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This thing looks sweet.

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    October 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I just HOPE I win this!

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    October 2, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Great One!

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    October 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Who woldnt want to win a big ,nice, smarttv?? Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    September 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I hope to win.

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    September 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Whoa this is HUGEEE!!! :) I Really Hope I get one <3

  29. Diane Whistler
    September 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Informative review, Joel. Thanks!

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    September 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I still have the panasonic 22" television set, LCD will be a totally new experience for me.
    I am sure I will win this giveway this time.

  31. Hoku Sarroca
    September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    wonder how many 3d glasses they provide per unit, or if you could use just any 3d glasses from the movies

    • Hoku Sarroca
      September 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      duhhh reread it and for sure I know I'm losing it... I totally agree it would of been much better if it had included more than 2 glasses , but all in all it would be great to win this

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    September 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    This is a great giveaway. I have entered an I hope I win !!

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      October 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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      October 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Congratulations, Kevin! :)

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    My 8 year old 30" flatscreen is getting bit long in the tooth and has a bit of light irregular shadow across it about a third of the way from the top; I think because of a nearby lightening strike that made it at least partially through all of my protection. (I suspect this was thanks to my cable supplier.) At any rate a replacement would be nice.

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    September 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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    September 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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    September 23, 2012 at 7:47 am

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    September 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

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    September 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

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    September 23, 2012 at 5:36 am

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    September 22, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I desperately need a new tv and I have been researching this Samsung ES6500 since the day it came out ! I recently just had a beautiful daughter Lily with my Fiancé and this would be a great way to let my family enjoy the best smart tv on the market which would fit perfect in our living room at 40 in.

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    September 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

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    September 20, 2012 at 4:58 am

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    September 20, 2012 at 2:56 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

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    (I can't believe I'm saying things my mother used to say)

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:20 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

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    September 19, 2012 at 5:53 am

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  111. Karthik Venkatraman
    September 19, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Samsung is the best of all the competitors in presenting the digital electronic products for the consumers. The ES6500 is one of the addition to its product line E series.ES6500 belongs to the slim led smart tv category and is loaded with lots of features. The clear motion rate is 480 which makes the tv to produce more clearer pictures. THe TV has many audio options like Dolby® Digital Plus / Dolby® Pulse
    SRS TheaterSound HD™, dts 2.0+Digital Out available etc and comes with a 20w RMS output using the down firing speakers which makes the audio to be effective. The tv comes with the ConnectShare Movie which allows the consumers to simply plugin their USB device into the tv and watch the photos and movies stored in the USB device.

    The TV has lots of features loaded in it and I wish I could get a chance of wining this giveaway.

    Thanks,
    Karthik Venkatraman

  112. Professor G
    September 19, 2012 at 2:59 am

    My TV, washer and dryer and the brakes on my car all went out around the same time. My family certainly could use this TV right about now...lol.

  113. Abdussamad Mulla
    September 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Great offer, Iwould like to win it,

  114. Ivan
    September 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Good luck to all of us... This is really awesome.

  115. Ivan
    September 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Good for those who will become the owner of this awesome item from samsung.

  116. Valentin Tudor
    September 19, 2012 at 2:04 am

    great giveaway!

  117. jeffery a collins
    September 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

    This is sure an awsome gift. Thanks to the people who sponser this. Jeff

  118. Sharon
    September 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Please, pretty please.

  119. Rigoberto Garcia
    September 19, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Great Joel. Thanks...

  120. stephaniekevans
    September 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I already won the ASUS Netbook from Make Use Of...but I am going to try to win this!

  121. Marv Wood
    September 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I neeed this really really bad...

  122. Sebastian Hadinata
    September 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Awesome giveaway! MuO is the best :3

  123. Lambvolution
    September 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

    hopefully i can win this giveaway

  124. Amit Chandila
    September 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Thank for the Great Giveaway. Hope to to win. Good luck to Every one.

  125. Jennifer Roberson
    September 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    This is a wonderful giveaway. I've been using a box CRT tv for 15 years. This would be a great birthday present for my birthday next month. :)

  126. Orlff
    September 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    thanks for the chance to win

  127. p.karthik
    September 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    i don't believe in luck,still believe in chances.well hope for d best guys

  128. Harold Craig
    September 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    sweeeeeeeeet

  129. Charlie Anderson
    September 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Give the geeky set top boxes to the neighborhood nerd. 'cause you'll be styling it with this fine appliance. It's the perfect sized product to get rid of those cluttered gizmos and wires on your bed stand.

  130. Bart Aronoff
    September 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What's this about points?

    • Tina
      September 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

      You gain points for sharing articles or commenting. You need an account with MakeUseOf to collect points. You can sign in using a social media profile like Google, Facebook or Twitter. You can exchange your points to enter our Giveaways. Does that answer your question?

  131. Alan
    September 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Excellent Advertising - Thank you

  132. Thomas Stachelski
    September 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Sure would love me one of these!

  133. Kevin Whittenburg
    September 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Hope I'm lucky!

  134. Dandy Putra
    September 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    awesome giveaway.
    complete explanation.
    samsung smart tv, I like it

  135. LunaTicket
    September 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Another great giveaway from MakeUseOf! My birthday's next week, too...

  136. Ron Reid
    September 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Enter me to win.

    Smart TV

  137. Garry
    September 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I intend to donate this fabulous prize item to a charity

  138. Halim3050
    September 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Good Luck Every Body :)

  139. Jack Davis
    September 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    My Man-Cave is aching for one of these!
    It is all I need (other than fill the beer fridge) to finish of my dream!

  140. Robert Riley
    September 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This would look fantastic attached to my current entertainment setup!

  141. Fred Miranda
    September 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    thanks!

  142. Brian Pearson
    September 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Type your comment here.

  143. Ayan Barik
    September 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I'm from Serampore,a town near Kolkata,India.Not sure if that wonderful TV can make journey to me from such far away,whatever the TV seems really pretty.

  144. Lisa Rothstein
    September 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    We have a previous generation of this TV and love it. Hope we win!!

  145. Justin Lemuel A. Ocampo
    September 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    great giveaways, hope I can win one...;))

  146. JediMaster
    September 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Neither I owned a HDTV so far, but I think you deserve it better (if the rules allow you to have it).
    At least I have plenty of analogical channels to watch.
    You should make a subscription for a local cable tv though. We are living in 21-st century after all.
    Anyway, if you already decided to give it to me, I want to thank you for your generosity. If I don't ask too much, please add also a plug-in cable for Europe.
    I will tell you later how it works with full HD movies.

  147. Deepanshu
    September 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Well when I saw the arrived email about this review and giveaway, I was like “Holy ****, that’s a big giveaway!”

  148. Steven
    September 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    beauty
    I want to win this!

  149. Hana
    September 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Wow! Fantastic review, and so useful. We have been looking into getting a new TV (for the last decade) but even more so now, and this would be a dreamy TV to get!

  150. Kingsly
    September 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Wow Great Offer..!!! Good luck everyone... :D

  151. Monica Garcia Miranda
    September 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    i want it! :D

  152. Narayan Iyer
    September 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Good Luck

  153. stanley rozenfeld
    September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    hope i win

  154. John Plontus
    September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    last chance for me 90 yrs old

  155. Malkhaz Abuladze
    September 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you very much. Really the greatest giveaway

  156. Deborah
    September 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Holy mole...this is awesome! Good luck to all entrants.

  157. Deborah
    September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Holy mole...awesome! Good luck to all entrants.

  158. yum
    September 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Nice! I would like to have it for free. All most recent Samsung TVs are the same; I have the latest ES8000, 55’’. Let me add something from my experience. The picture quality and 3D are just amazing, best on the today’s market. Internet browsing is slow due to a processor but acceptable. Don’t expect to be equal to your computer browsing. One thing to expedite the browsing/loading speed is connect a TV through Ethernet cable (although I have mine connected through Wi-Fi). NO FLASH!! I mean no Flash in the browser! Sure, you can connect your laptop using USB or HDMI connection but in this case what is the purpose of Smart TV? Well, you can overcome Flash issue by buying $100 Visio Co-Star (www.vizio.com/costar) which will give you a lot more applications and Google Chrome browser with full access to Flash. Generally, Samsung Smart TV applications are not bad and growing. You need to buy a separate Webcam for this model (mine has built-in camera) and you can use Skype on a big screen! I would like to win Samsung ES6500!

  159. Carli Connors
    September 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I have my fingers crossed. I never win anything!

  160. Rachel K
    September 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Great review as always!!! Now this would be a lovely giveaway to win!!!

  161. Tony Butka
    September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Worth a shot.

  162. HAz
    September 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Really looking forward to win this from MakeUseOf...:-)

  163. HAz
    September 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Really looking forward to win this from MakeUseOf..

  164. sachiny009
    September 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hope to get my hands on this awesome piece........

  165. Glenn Elliott
    September 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Excellent test writeup. As soon as I win this thing I'll tell more about it.

  166. Susan Magrini
    September 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Nice giveaway. I love this site!

  167. Charles Baker
    September 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Great review. I like the Samsung brand and would love to own one of these.

  168. Christel
    September 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    PLEASE!!!!?? Don't ever win anything, but hey, gotta keep on trying! Nice TV!

  169. Elaina Karen
    September 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Wow...Great TV

  170. apoorv
    September 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    hii everybody..
    hope that i am the lucky one..

  171. Mike Klubok
    September 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Looking forward. Hope I win. I follow on Twitter @mklubok

  172. Richard Niddrie
    September 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Need a new TV hope I am picked, but good luck to all.

  173. Richard Niddrie
    September 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I really need a new TV!!!! Hope I am picked to win. Good Luck to all.

  174. Vishal Gaikar
    September 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    great giveaway, I hope I will win this time!

  175. Frank Hernandez
    September 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Smart tvs are the smart way to go.

  176. Ron S
    September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    One point most people forget is the "ideal" viewing distance. To get the full benefit of the HD experience for a 40" screen you should be only 3-5 feet away from it. "In your face" distance! My 17" laptop is that close!
    http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter/

    It would be really great timing to win this. The red bulb on my projector TV just died.

  177. Debbie Strain
    September 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Good Article, Great Giveaway, Goodluck to everyone!

  178. Ernest Klassen
    September 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    No flat screen in this house. My grandkids would love it! So would grandma!!

  179. Antone dePina
    September 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    This is one sweet giveaway....count me in..thanks

  180. Steve Tanner
    September 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Nice review. Covered just about all there is.

    I currently have a "Not Smart" Samsung TV
    There is a touch button just to the left of the red indicator for switching On/Off
    and going left from that there are touch pads for vol change -- channel change -- and input source change.

    Would like to win this as I could not afford the Smart Tv but am a lover of the Samsungs.

  181. Steve Tanner
    September 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Nice review. Covered just about all there is.

    I currently have a "Not Smart" Samsung TV
    There is a touch button just to the left of the red indicator for switching On/Off
    and going left from that there are touch pads for vol change -- channel change -- and input source change.

    Would like to win this as I could not afford the Smart Tv but am a lover of the Samsungs.

  182. Dave
    September 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway great prize MUO count me in please and thanks. Now this is one giveaway I really could do with as my 40" Sony Bravo is on it's last legs and almost ready to lie down and die, has it a few years now but served us well. I am sure that a Samsung Tv is as good or if not better than my old Sony, great review by the way.

  183. Joseph John Soreng
    September 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    My neighbor would envy if I win it

  184. Joseph John Soreng
    September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Good luck to all

  185. Amer
    September 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This one looks pretty nice. Hope you all win and I get nothing!

  186. Joe Duggan
    September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    It would make my day to win this as I have not been able to afford a flat-screen tv. Good luck to all!

  187. Joe Duggan
    September 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This TV would make my day since I have yet been able to afford a flat-screen TV.

  188. Darrell Thomas
    September 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I've never won anything thing in my life Fingers crossed X in with a chance i hope lol
    thanks makeusof.com

  189. Darrell Thomas
    September 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I've never won anything thing in my life Fingers crossed X in with a chance i hope lol
    makeusof.com

  190. kelley giffen
    September 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I really really want this tv. We do not have a HD tv, we have a roku, and the older tv is going. We're both college students in our mid-40's... this would be awesome.

  191. Tony
    September 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for a great opportunity

  192. Tim Calvert
    September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Another great giveaway, thanks guty's

  193. Walter Pitterna
    September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I would love to win this smartv

    Thank you.

  194. josemon maliakal
    September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Great idea

  195. Darrell Thomas
    September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I've never won anythanks thing in my life Fingerscrossed X in with a chance i hope lol
    makeusof.com

  196. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    September 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What the FFFFFFFFreak!
    awesome giveaways!

  197. Lee Palmer
    September 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    If I don't WIN I hope you do!

  198. Vinod
    September 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Never won anything in a free giveaway. But no harm in entering. Good luck to all.

  199. Charles Clem
    September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    It would be so cool to win this, if my entrance is accepted! (For some reason the website didn't like my first submission, so here goes again!)

  200. Teresa
    September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Would love to win this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck everyone!!!

  201. Lewis
    September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I really would love to win this!

  202. cody c bailey
    September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I hope I get it

  203. Audrey Deza
    September 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    praying to win this!!!

  204. Sivananda Prabhu V
    September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Nice and Neat one. One can try. This is always Useful.

  205. Charles Clem
    September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    It would be too cool to win this!!!

  206. Sivananda Prabhu V
    September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Nice & Neat one. One can try.

  207. Ed Konczal
    September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I'm in it.

  208. Susan Stead
    September 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    What a great giveaway!

  209. Darci
    September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    My mom just bought the 6000 series and loves it.

  210. Darci
    September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    My mom just bought the 6000 series and loves it. what a smartv!

  211. Paul McKenna
    September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Sweet offer. Great review. Fingers crossed

  212. Mark Monteiro
    September 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Want!

  213. Stephanie w
    September 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I am signed in, but the page is saying that I am not, and therefore cannot enter the contest.

    I put a question on the help part of the website, but it turns out what worked for access the 'ask a question' form did not work for this page.

  214. claudine ratelle
    September 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Oh wow, I don't know much about televisions, but this looks fun

  215. Carl Venzon De Vera
    September 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Goodluck to all of us.. thanks make use of ^_^

  216. Patrick Jackson
    September 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I really wish two things (at least one gets true),

    1. I win this give away (why not? ;)),
    2. Samsung allows users to use Ubuntu TV in it. (If in doubt, just search it!).

    Really!!!

  217. Patrick Jackson
    September 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    FYI, I have claim one entry for me too!

  218. Patrick Jackson
    September 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Wow! Just the thing I was waiting for. I can see a day right now when MUO will give away a 4k or 'ultra-definition' 3D TV, you decide whether Smart or Not! :)

  219. ferdinan Sitohang
    September 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    This is a really awesome TV with a high features. Wish me luck to win it..

  220. Satinder Kumar Aggarwal
    September 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    hoping to win this!
    I really need this
    fed up with my old 21 inch crt

  221. Muhammad Ahmad
    September 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I really deserve it.

  222. Uttam Shrestha
    September 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

    great giveaway.....good luck to everyone...

  223. Calvin Scarber
    September 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Everyone is invited over to my house when my TV is delivered, lol

  224. SRChiP
    September 18, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Great review.

  225. illegal3alien
    September 18, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Looks like one awesome TV

  226. Michael Jan Moratalla
    September 18, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I hope to win this thx MUO!

  227. Rain Gatdula
    September 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I really do hope to win.

  228. Emmalyn C. Salavaria
    September 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    wow! hoping to win this!

  229. Kp Rao
    September 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    great offer idon't beleave but we stay in make use of.com

  230. Rezy143
    September 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This looks like such a cool tv. Hope I win this. :)

  231. Richard Otoo
    September 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    this is amazing.i would like to have it.

  232. anthonymonori
    September 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    AwwAww man, this would come so handy!

  233. Vanja Gorgiev
    September 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    the best give to give to a tech geek in macedonia, in macedonia in order to get this you need to be outside of the country

  234. Ron Bailey
    September 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Would really love to win one of these.

  235. GrrGrrr
    September 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I hope to win this..

  236. EDITOR
    September 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    want!

  237. Froivy Cruz
    September 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    i've always dreamed of watching 3d movies in my own space. thanks for giving me a chance for it to become true!

  238. Ted
    September 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This TV would be PERFECT for my remodeled bedroom!

  239. KamilKozyra
    September 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Looks like an awesome TV!!!

  240. Mamed
    September 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    WAOW GREAT,GREATER IF I WIN IT.
    THANKS.

  241. Vincent Tsie
    September 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Great review! Joel Very informative. Thank you. Now wait till October 5th :D

  242. Hevesi János
    September 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Great giveaway!

  243. Andrei Anikin
    September 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    freakin' hell!!! you guys are way too generous, our appreciation! good luck everyone!

  244. Jasper John S. Cecilio
    September 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks!This would be a nice birthday present for me :3

  245. Kao Vang
    September 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I want this.

  246. Carolyn Barnett
    September 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This is awesome and HUGE! I follow on twitter as @swephoarder and follow on fb as Carolyn Barnett.I subscribe too!!

    • Carolyn Barnett
      October 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I do not have the @sweephoarder(which i mispelled anyway) i have @CarolynRBarnett on twitter now.I am following and tweeting and sharing on facebook.

  247. Chaz Banto
    September 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I really hope I win this! Good luck to everyone.

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