Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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So what do you get when you purchase the PN64E8000 SMART Plasma TV from anywhere between US$3000-$3500? Well other than a much lighter wallet, you can expect almost everything you will ned to get things up and running. Just make sure you already have an HDMI cable.
As with any monster TV, you can expect an equally tremendous box. Please keep in mind that installation will be a two person job. When fully assembled with stand, it weighs in close to 85lbs. Although I am stronger than you average guy, this is one task I chose not to tackle on my own. Installing the stand was about all I could accomplish on my own and that in itself was quite a daunting task that I shouldn't have struggled through alone.
As always you will receive a manual along with a quick setup guide and warranty paperwork. But in addition you get a lint-free cleaning cloth for occasional dust removal. Also expect two pairs of complimentary active 3D glasses included.
Seeing this TV is just crying to be wall mounted, as previously mentioned, the stand does not come attached. Installation takes no more than 5-10 minutes. Just be careful not to scratch the TV during the install.
Seeing this is Samsung's flagship plasma model, it also some with some interesting additional features. Pictured above is the basic voice command remote with allows you to setup and use voice commands to accomplish basic TV commands such as changing the channel and turning the TV on and off without touching a single remote control button. To be honest, although it may be used by some, my remote is used to navigate the smart TV interface and turn the TV on and off. I personally tested, but never found myself actually using the voice control feature at all during 4 months of real world testing within my livingroom. It fell more into the realm of "check out what this TV can do guys...." when I had company over, but when they left, this remote never left the shelf storage.
When needed, I took full advantage of the included fully functional backlit remote control to accomplish tasks when I needed to do the initial setup via the menu system, to access the SMART TV, or to upgrade the TVs firmware from time to time via the integrated WIFI connection.