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
Summary: The Samsung F5500 plasma offers great features and very good picture quality, but its performance suffers significantly under the lights.
Pros: The Samsung E5500 plasma TV offers a very attractive mix of features, performance, and design for the right price; black levels are very good for the money; Smart TV and a usable Web browser are unexpected bonuses; 51-inch version is relatively energy efficient.
Cons: Picture quality deteriorates quickly as room lighting brightens; relatively inaccurate color of red; poor sound quality.