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The More Than Adequate Samsung HDTV


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The Samsung LN-T3253H, a 32-in., LCD, high-def TV, has lots of input options and lifelike images, but takes a few shortcuts

Over the years, I've argued that bigger is better when shopping for high-definition TVs. While this might be true if your aim is a home theater that lets you catch every minor detail of a movie or TV show, space can be a problem when you're equipping a smaller room.

Samsung's latest HDTV, the LN-T3253H, fits that second niche nicely. Indeed, this 32-in. liquid crystal display (LCD) set, priced modestly at about $830, offers great style and function in a compact package. The entire set—even the screen—is finished in glossy black. A clear plastic edge at the bottom and a swiveling black oval base add some flair.

There's a blue accent light just below the Samsung label on the bottom that lights up when the set is turned on or is in standby mode (if you find it distracting, this indicator can be disabled). The TV's controls, which reside on the lower right front of the bezel, are unusual in that there are no physical buttons to press: they're all touch-sensitive. Some users may find these difficult to find or tell apart in a darkened room, given the glossy black bezel, but I only found myself using the on-off button, picking up the wand-like remote for all other commands.

Bristling With Connectivity

Like many Samsung sets, the T3253H doesn


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