Samsung smart LED TV discounted to $213, including eGift card

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Whether or not this deal is "smart" turns out to depend on how much you shop at Dell Home, as the HDTV involved is cheaper in other locations -- unless you include a free gift card.

Dell Home has the 32-inch Samsung UN32EH5300 wi-fi enabled 1080p LED Smart HDTV for $348. That includes free shipping, but is slightly more than Amazon.com's price, which is $329.

Ah, but then the frequent Dell shopper angle comes in. The deal includes a $125 Dell eGift Card. A frequent Dell shopper sees the price drop to the equivalent of $213, in that case. Dell charges sales tax in most states, whereas Amazon.com charges sales tax in some states.

Specifications for the Samsung UN32EH5300 HDTV include:

Resolution: 1920x1080
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Built-In WiFi
Inputs
3x HDMI
1x Component input
2x USB
1x Ethernet

The dimensions are 29.1 x 19.6 x 7.6 Inches (29.1 x 17.5 x 3.7 Inches without the stand)
W14.3 lbs. (or 12.8 lbs. without the stand).

This television includes Auto Volume control, which automatically adjusts the volume of a channel, lowering the volume when the modulation signal is high or raising it when the modulation signal is low. One can imagine that this could ameliorate issues with louder than normal commercials, but it can also help when channels have differing volumes, too. The Auto Volume feature can be set to Normal, Night or Off.

One caveat involves real-life use of a Samsung smart TV -- though not this specific TV. Speaking to an owner of a Samsung smart TV, the television likes to stay connected to Samsung servers, as you might expect. However, if those servers are down you'll get an annoying error message on the screen.

There is no way to permanently dismiss the warning, so it might appear every few minutes or so, meaning that your viewing experience will be lowered.

It's not clear that this is the situation with this particular unit, but it is something to keep in mind.

In addition, this 32-inch Samsung UN32EH5300 wi-fi enabled 1080p LED Smart HDTV has 906 ratings overall, with a 4.3-star out of 5 average.

LED-backlit LCD screens have been said to be the best choice for consumers, at least now. Previously it was hard to pick between plasma and LED-backlit LCD screens, but advances have made LED-backlit screens the way to go. CCFL-backlit LED screens -- where CCFL stands for cold cathode fluorescent lights, similar to light fixtures, are now usually only seen in budget HDTVs.