Date: November 28th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (from Samsung)
Touch of Color™
Make a statement with SAMSUNG's new Touch of Colour™ design. It features a hint of color naturally blended into the traditional piano black frame. Transforming our already stylish TVs into a work of art, it truly is unlike anything you've ever seen.
1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
Contrast and brightness levels achieve new heights in this HDTV. Get a more realistic, sharper picture quality that's sure to catch your eye and watch movies and shows come to life.
1080 24p Film Source Input Capability
Real Cinema Experience.
- Pure digital source input with film format
- Display contents without any noise due to frame converting
With 24p input capability, the noise that can result from the conversion of a 24 frame signal to 60.
Ultra FilterBright™ anti glare filter
Minimized image glare and maximized contrast make this HDTV perfect for the ultimate viewing experience day or night. The anti-glare filter reduces reflections noticeably while maintaining ultra-high picture contrast. Daytime sports events look crisp and bright, while movies at night feature rich blacks and realistic shadow detail.
Wiselink (USB 2.0)
SAMSUNG ToC Plasma provides USB 2.0 for your convenience in using many portable digital devices. Through USB connection, you can display photo/image files in your digital camera, USB memory stick or memory cards and listen to MP3.
Three High Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI) connections make your TV a multimedia centerpiece. Connect HD digital devices like disc players, game consoles and satellite dish components into the 3 rear connections and use the side-mounted input for cameras, camcorders and laptops. HDMI is the best performing interface for displaying an HD source on an HDTV.
With a price tag falling around the range of US$1500, the PN50A650 is not the cheapest plasma TV on the market. Though you should keep in mind that this TV is rather large and has the features list of a TV much more expensive.
The first thing you will have to realize is that this TV is large and thus, comes in an even larger product box. Getting this TV to your home will require at least two people and keep that second person around when you have to lift the TV itself up and onto a stand. Although plasmas are not as heavy as what I have witnessed 3-4 years ago, it is still not something a single person can tackle.
As always you will receive a manual along with a quick setup guide, a set of RF suppression line magnets along with a trim piece that can be installed in place of the removed stand if you plan to wall mount the unit. Other than that, you will receive a power cable.
With this generation of TVs, Samsung chose to use its newer remote control which has larger backlit keys and a glossy black finish. Although these are improvements, the overall feel of the remote is cheap and has the aesthetics of a universal remote you pick up at a dollar store. But hey, this could be just my personal tastes.
And at last with some help you can perch your new TV up on your stand for all to admire. First impressions are that the overall construction of this TV is rigid, sturdy and built exceptionally well. There was little to no flex in the casing, but wasn't heavy enough to be deemed a tank or a dinosaur. Second thing I noticed was the "Touch of Color" Samsung is bringing to this series of TVs this year. It's tasteful, yet not boring like all the other glossy black TV cases on the market today.