Conclusion: Those looking for top-notch picture quality in a 50-inch TV under $1000 will be hard pressed to do better than Samsung’s PN51F5500. And for that matter, the larger sizes offer excellent value as well. We were treated to a beautiful overall picture, with stellar color and contrast, impressive black levels, respectable shadow detail and silky smooth motion.
Pros: Brilliant color contrast, Deep black levels, Good shadow detail, Intuitive and feature packed interface, Affordable
Cons: Not stellar in bright rooms, Some noticeable lag in gaming
Excerpt: The Samsung PN51F5500 (MSRP $849.99) is an excellent mid-range plasma outfitted with a cheap design and the company's formidable Smart Hub . The series offers terrified wallets a perfect stepping stone between mega high-end plasma quality and low-end, no-frills fodder.
Conclusion: The PN51F5500 is the smallest size in the mid tier plasma series from Samsung. Picture quality is strong here but it lacks a bit when compared to the top tier F8500 plasma. This is to be expected, but the feature set is still quite good. The F5500 uses Active 3D to create 3D images, Samsung's new Smart Hub is offered with all the apps and online content you would ever need.
Pros: Deep and rich black levels, Color rendition rated slightly higher than Panasonic plasmas, Horizontal and vertical side angle viewing is perfect, 2.2 inch depth for a plasma TV is helpful for wall mounting, Excellent active 3D performance with comfortable glasses, This TV offers a perfect balance of price, quality, and value, Smart Touch remote helps with Smart TV navigation and web browsing, Lacking the stellar bright room performance of the F8500 plasma, Long life re...