Pros: Bright light saturation good even for lighter rooms, Color, Contrast, and Black Levels are some of the best on the market, Light-flow though competes with top tier LED TVs, Smart Hub offers a wide range of apps (paid and free), Touch Pad remote is a useful addition compared to standard remotes, Perfect side angle viewing, Quad Core processor helps with quickly loading apps and web pages, Standard definition upconverting provides nearly HD images with strong contrast, ...
Cons: Sound quality lacks fullness with a hollow characteristic, Gaming input lag pronounced even in Game Mode, Motion Judder Canceller adds Soap Opera effect unless disabled, Pricey
Excerpt: Let's cut to the chase. If you are shopping for the most fully featured HDTV with the highest picture quality, then the Samsung F8500 series of plasmas, should be at the top of your list. Indeed, it earns our Highly Recommended award.
Summary: The Panasonic plasma TV offers black levels that are near reference level -- but only slightly better than what's seen on the PNF8500 -- and the Samsung set does a little better job of maintaining its picture quality in bright rooms. Also, no plasma TV offers more features than the PNF8500.
Pros: Great picture quality, More features than any other HDTV, Breakthrough performance in well-lit rooms
Conclusion: The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote while you're at it.
Pros: Very dark blacks. Accurate colors that pop. Strong feature set. Good 3D depth.
Excerpt: When Samsung launched its new line of plasma HDTVs at last January’s CES, we were impressed. Those early demos indicated improved black levels and overall good performance. We were surprised to find later that the prices, though not exactly “Attention, K-Mart shoppers!” specials, aren’t Beverly Hills exclusives, either. From what we see here, these new Samsung plasmas, while unlikely to alter the market dominance of LCD, are welcome additions to the battle.