Date: February 8th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (from Samsung)
SAMSUNG 8 Series plasma HDTVs represent our finest innovation in design and performance. E-Panel technology combined with our Ultra FilterBright™ Plus provide a stunning high contrast picture even in bright rooms. It's not just the images on screen that capture your attention – the ultra-slim cabinet with our Touch of Colour™ design adds beauty to the bezel and stand. Plus new Medi@2.0 connectivity offers customisable online content right on your TV.
So what do you get when you purchase this HUGE plasma TV for around US$2200-2400 depending on the location?
Well first off, you if you buy a huge TV, you also inherit a tremendous box. Make sure you have someone handy to help you lug this behemoth into your house. But I will say, it is not as near as heavy as plasma TVs I have had to handle in the past. This model is actually very light for its size. You will soon see why in the upcoming pages.
As always you will receive a manual along with a quick setup guide and warranty paperwork. But in addition you get some PC sharing software and a lint-free cleaning cloth for occasional dust removal.
The included wall mounting kit is complete with all mounting hardware, safety lines and loom along with the plate to cover the void left when the stand is removed.
With this generation of TVs, Samsung chose to use its newer remote control which has larger backlit keys and a glossy black finish. Although in my opinion it feels and looks a little cheap, it is backlit and is easy to use. Most buttons are properly labeled and intuitive.
And at last you have your new Samsung PN58B850 perched on your TV stand. As mentioned earlier, for the size, this TV is easily 20-30lbs lighter than any other plasma TV I have reviewed in the past. I personally could lift it up and place it on the stand myself. Although I would never recommend this, I was never able to do this in the past. Older models would destroy me.
Other than the weight, the overall aesthetics of this new TV is pretty sharp with a simple design and basic, yet stylish materials. More on that on the next page.