Date: June 30th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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WISELINK PRO USB 2.0 FUNCTIONALITY
Wiselink is Samsung's answer to the growing digital age of multimedia. Through this simple interface, you are able to view or listen to multimedia content on your USB device whether it be a iPod or a flash drive. In the past, Samsung's previous model didn't have the Pro version of Wiselink which meant that it could not play video and for me that was a mistake. Thankfully, this is not the case for this model. But first let's walk through each type of media.
(Note: Color difference is from actual color altered photo and not from the TV display)
First off we take a look at the photo functionality. Nothing is as convenient as cueing up some photos to show people on a large screen TV instead of having everyone gathering around a desktop or laptop monitor. Just throw the photos on a flash drive and view them on the TV. You can set up individual viewing or setup a slide show. Nothing can be more simple. The main problem though was that the software on the TV would not go through all the photos and for some reason would always restart at one given photo without going through all the photos on the drive. Samsung needs to simplify this function and get rid of the addition title, folder and other preferences for a simple to use interface that just goes though the photos on a drive. Simpler is always better. All the bells and whistles are not needed.
Music listening was much the same as photo viewing. The interface was overcomplicated with unneeded artist and sorting features and not enough simplicity. When a iPod was connected, it got even worse. The function was nice to use, but it would not read ipod playlists and it seemed that you couldn't find any song you wanted without jumping through 10 sub-menus to get what you wanted. This has to be fixed. It's functional, but not much more.
Now this is where things got really good. If you have a video you want to view on a larger screen, just load it up onto a flash drive and plug it in and select the video you wanted. As long as it was within the supported file and size guidelines, it played fine. In fact, with some Band of Brother 720p movies I had on hand, it was like I was watching a DVD. It was great. This by far is the best feature on this TV other than the 120hz capability.