Type : LED     Resolution : 720p     Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Samsung K4300 is a mid-range 32 inch TV with good picture quality. The TV is very stylish and gives a premium look with its metallic table stand. It is only a HD Ready TV and also screen has uniformity issues, despite this picture looks pretty good because of good contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the TV does not get very bright and input lag is also high compared to the competition. The Smart platform works well and the TV has decent sound quality.

Advantages :

  Modern Design

  Good build quality

  Good picture quality

  Smart TV

Disadvantages :

  Slightly expensive

  Bulky

Design

 

Curved : No

The Samsung K4300 has a trendy design which looks modern and unique with speakers on the front. The build quality is good and the TV is made up of good quality plastic but attracts fingerprints and dust. Although looks fashionable but table stand do not hold the TV well and seems as if it will break down easily. The borders are average and not very wide.

Stand
The table stand has 4 legs, two for the front and two for the back. Although there are no screws, still we find it hard to install the legs in the TV and also it does not support the TV well and appears to get broken easily. The stand has a wide footprint and takes a lot of table space, it’s almost the width of the TV.
Back
The back of the Samsung K4300 is also stylish and is made of solid good quality plastic but prone to fingerprints and dust. The ports are located on the side and are easily accessible while the TV is wall mounted.
Borders

Top & Side Border : 0.6" (1.4cm)
Bottom Borders : 2.1" (5.3cm)

Top and side borders are made of shiny black plastic and are not very wide. The speakers are placed on the front and thus the bottom border is quite wide.

Thickness

Max Thickness : 3.1" (8.0cm)

Although the TV is thick from top to bottom but do not look odd because of its good design.

Picture Quality

 
The Samsung K4300 has a good picture quality overall. The main thing is high contrast ratio thanks to its peak brightness which although is not very high but sufficient to deliver a good bright room performance. This is despite of the fact that the TV is only HD Ready and there are also some uniformity issues with the screen. Also the viewing angle is limited due to its VA panel and the TV is moderately good in handling the reflections and upscaling the low quality DVD content. SD content looks good but it’s not very crisp and sharp.
Contrast

Black : 0.038 cd/m2
White : 125.874 cd/m2
Contrast : 3332:1

The TV has very good contrast ratio.

Viewing Angle
The Samsung K4300 has bad viewing angle. At 45 degrees, the saturation and colour reduces by more than 50% and entire image looks washed out.
Black Uniformity
The black uniformity is average. Blacks are not very deep and there is a dark patch in center visible in the test image, this is however not very noticeable during normal viewing.
Local Dimming

The Samsung K4300 does not have a local dimming feature. The entire backlight is ON even when a single pixel line is diaplayed on the edges and in the middle of the TV screen. As a result, blacks are not very deep and appears blueish.

There are no visible halos or blooming effects visible around the line on the edges and in the middle.

Gray Uniformity
The TV has a decent gray uniformity. It matters mostly while watching sports where a single solid colour is visible throughout the TV screen. This however not very noticeable during normal viewing unless the TV has very bad gray uniformity or if a person is really sensitive to this issue.
24p Playback
The TV is not able to play the exact 24p content and thus displays judder but it’s not much of an issue since most people won’t notice it.
Motion Blur
The Samsung K4300 has a bad motion blur performance. The response time is high and thus there is a lengthy trail of blur following the moving object.
Motion Interpolation

This feature is available by the name of LED Clear Motion. It helps to reduce motion blur and judder.

Motion Blur test is done by connecting the TV to PC. Unfortunately, the LED Clear Motion feature is not available in PC mode. Hence, its effect is not seen on Motion Blur.

Input Lag

Game mode : 38.0 ms
Outside Game mode : 57.6 ms

Input Lag is high outside the game mode. The TV is good for gamers provided the games are played in game mode.

Peak Brightness

Peak 2% Window : 159.4 cd/m2
Peak 10% Window : 289.2 cd/m2
Peak 25% Window : 286.4 cd/m2
Peak 50% Window : 285.6 cd/m2
Peak 100% Window : 285.2 cd/m2

The K4300 has mediocre peak brightness which is not particularly bad compared to the competition. The 2% window is very dim hence the small highlights in the picture do not pop out much specially in a very bright room. Otherwise bright room performance is good considering the other mid-range led TV’s.

Reflections - Bright Room
The Samsung K4300 is good at handling reflection in a very bright room.
Reflections - Dark Room
Reflections can create a little problem in a dark room. It’s suggested to increase the backlight a bit to overcome this situation.
480p Input
Low quality content like DVDs is upscaled well.
720p Input
The cable TV resolution or 720p looks quite good. Details are handled well.
1080p Input
Since the TV is HD Ready, 1080p looks almost similar to 720p with minor improvements in clarity.

Calibration

Pre Calibration

White Balance dE : 9.12
Color dE : 5.70
Gamma : 1.86

The pre calibration results are bad. White Balance & Colour De are very high out of the box. Also Gamma is below average.

Post Calibration

White Balance dE : 0.61
Color dE : 2.42
Gamma : 2.23

There are a lot of controls available to tweak the picture settings on this TV. As a result, post calibration quality improved a lot.

Inputs

Side Inputs
USB : 2 Ports
HDMI(DVI) : 1 Port
HDMI(ARC) : 1 Port
Composite In : 1 Port
Component In : 1 Port
Headphone Out : 1 Port
RF Connection(Cable/Antenna) : 1 Port
Rear Inputs
Power : 1 Port

Sound Quality

The TV has decent sound quality. The sound remains clear even at higher levels.

Smart Features

 

Curved : No

The Samsung K4300 comes loaded with Tizen Smart OS, which is same as found in the last year J Series. The user interface is clean and easy to use and because the TV comes only with a basic remote, there is some resistance in switching and using the apps in absence of a Smart remote. The TV comes loaded with lots of apps specifically tailored for the Indian users. There is also one option which displays the live twitter updates on the right side of the TV screen while watching the normal TV.

The TV automatically detects the external media connected and also it’s easy to play the content via USB drive.

Apps
The TV supports most of the popular apps like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Netflix, YuppTV etc. The TV also has a Tizen Web Browser which looks similar to Google Chrome.
TV Controls
There is a power button located at the bottom of the TV. It helps in basic functions such as changing volume, channels, choosing source etc. The button is easy to access even if the TV is wall mounted.
Power Consumption
The readings are taken after calibration.
Power Consumption (Standby)
Remote
The TV comes with a basic standard remote similar to those supplied with other low to mid-range models. The remote fits in the hand well and is simple & easy to use.
In the Box
- Remote
- Batteries
- User Manual
- Cable Antenna Adapter
- Table Stand
- Component In adapter
- Composite In adapter
- Power Cord

Conclusion

Overall, the TV has good picture quality and there are no major issues noticed during the normal viewing unless someone is very picky. The sound quality is also good for an average user and the TV has all the popular apps available. The TV performance is good and there are many options available in the TV menu to customise the picture quality.

For a 32 Inch TV, the Samsung K4300 is a good option for a durable and stylish modern TV but it’s definitely not the best if picture and sound quality is considered. There are better options available for the same price range by Sony and this makes it hard to recommend in some cases.