Summary: However, Vizio's E-Series TVs have changed the value equation for 2014. Those sets, such as the 55-inch Vizio E550i-B2 (Est. $680) and 60-inch Vizio E600i-B3 (Est. $800) are still handily outperformed by the Samsung PNF8500 plasma's, but are considerably less expensive and produce a very nice picture for an LED TV.
Pros: Great picture quality, More features than any other HDTV, Breakthrough performance in well-lit rooms
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.
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.
Conclusion: Until we’ve thoroughly tested the Panasonic VT60, we can’t declare any winners in the battle for this year’s best TV, but we can say that Samsung’s F8500 is going to give the Panny a serious run for its money. Though the F8500 is a little rich on novelty features for our taste (we could do without voice commands and gesture control entirely) it’s Smart Hub TV interface is one of the best platforms available.
Pros: Stunning black levels, Great shadow detail, Brightest plasma yet, Spectacular color, Attractive design