Conclusion: The Samsung PN60F8500 is a landmark plasma TV. Picture quality is stunning -- with black levels separated from the best performing plasma TVs ever made by the tiniest of margins, and at the head of this year's class.
Pros: Great picture quality, More features than any other HDTV, Breakthrough performance in well-lit rooms
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.
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, P...
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
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!
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.
Pros: Stunning black levels, Great shadow detail, Brightest plasma yet, Spectacular color, Attractive design