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
Conclusion: The 64 inch PN64F5500 is the largest mid level plasma TV in Smasung's 2013/2014 lineup. The F5500 has a number of features found on the F8500, but most of them are missing. What you get is active 3D functionality and the new and improved Smart Hub. The quad core processor is missing, but the dual core processor in its place will be fine for light use. The built-in camera is missing as well. Picture performance is strong for 3D and 2D content alike.
Pros: Deep black levels, Color accuracy on Samsung plasmas is preferred over Panasonic's, Side angle viewing is perfect as expected, Thin depth of 2.2 inches is attractive and helpful for wall mounting, Active 3D performance with comfortable and affordable 3D glasses, This TV offers a perfect balance of price, quality, and value (especially at the size), Smart Touch remote helps with Smart TV navigation and web browsing, Not the best bright room performance (typical of plas...