Take a thin view of things

We recently had the opportunity to test out the new impossibly slender Samsung LED 9000 television, and despite the impressive specs — details of which below — what we couldn’t quite get over was the sheer beauty of the design.

The device itself is literally pencil thin, less than 8mm, making it the slimmest set on the market, with a chic, brushed titanium case – and it’s this complete lack of black plastic which affords the TV superior standing.

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The picture, as one would expect from backlit LED, is remarkable with pitch blacks and strong contrast, but the 9000 also comes complete with full 3D compatibility, enabling users to convert 2D content into 3D. This means that at the touch of a button, you can enjoy your favourite games, movies and sport in three dimensions — though don’t try this with Top Gear as we did, the horror of being enveloped by Clarkson’s frizz was all too much.

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Add to this built-in internet connections to Lovefilm, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter with Samsung’s Internet@TV service plus the finest remote control we’ve seen (a 3in touch-screen device that also serves as a viewer to watch alternate channels at the same time), and you have a telly you would sell your grandmother for.

As an added bonus, The Soho House group has just signed a deal with Samsung to turn the entire group 3D - and readers who frequent Somerset’s Babington House have something to smile about as the West Country institution will be the first to receive the televisual makeover in September.

www.samsung.com/uk