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Samsung 50B850 Series (PN50B850 / PS50B850 / PL50B850)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the glare and usability are overall positive. The color and design also get good feedback. Comments about the energy efficiency and remote control are mixed, while the black level and value for money get negative opinions.

image quality, design, color, usability, glare

value for money, black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Samsung 50B850 Series (PN50B850 / PS50B850 / PL50B850) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 86 reviews)

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Samsung PN50B850

 

Striking design with 1.2 inch-thick panel; reproduces deep black levels; accurate color with superb saturation, properly handles 1080p/24 sources; extensive feature set with Yahoo widgets, network streaming and built-in content; solid connectivity with...

More expensive than thicker plasma HDTVs; no S-Video inputs.

With picture quality that matches its less expensive brother but not the best of the stiff competition, the main appeal of the Samsung PNB850/860 series is based on its sleek, ultrathin panel.

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Samsung PN50B850

 

The term "flat-screen television" has been used to describe any TV with a screen that isn't curved like a classic tube TV. The Samsung PN50B850 ($2,299.99 list) 1080p plasma, however, is a true "flat screen": At only 1.2 inches, it's the thinnest...

Thin panel design. Excellent color. Very good SD picture quality. Energy efficient. Tons of media features

Below-average picture contrast in a dark environment. Some white-balance inconsistencies. No de-judder feature

The Samsung PN50B850 packs great picture quality and numerous network multimedia features into a super-thin design.

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Samsung PN50B850 Review

 

In terms of performance, Samsung PN50B850 is on the same level with the models from the previous 650 series from the same company. One would wonder why spend more on this 50 inch plasma TV, if the performance is the same, but it would only mean that...

Good black levels (improved compared to last year) ; Highly accurate colors (better than Panasonic models) ; Solid video processing ; Solid standard definition processing

No S-video input ; Relatively expensive, being a slim model ; Though anti-glare performance is good, other models are better

As mentioned earlier, there is not much improvement over the 650 series from Samsung, when we talk about these models from the top of the line series. There are even tests that show that the black levels on 650 models are a tad better than on Samsung...

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A near-perfect TV.

 

Amazing TV. At around $1200 its hard to find anything better. Did a side-by-side comparison between various Sony, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba TVs at the store, This one was hands down better than the others.

Great picture. Great picture. Great look. Did I mention great picture

Internet widgets could be improved

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The Best. Simply, the best. LED has nothing on this TV.

 

The best TV i have ever seen. The sytling is incredible, not much on glare, and just overall phenominal picture quality. Since all Samsung ultra-thin displays have terrible speakers I didn't expect much and was impressed or dissapointed with the sound....

EVERYTHING!? Picture!!! Styling, just about everything. The price is a major plus! At the time of this review Sears has this TV for $1399

Poor sound, but most TV's nowadays need a sound bar or HTIB anyway

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Awesome TV, Great Purchase, NO BUZZING!

 

This is an amazing TV that i would recommend to anyone. Great Buy. (Aside from the plastic piece that attaches the TV to the base - see "cons"). I still love Panasonic... but this really raises the bar. I have no buzzing issues, maybe its because my TV...

The picture quality is much better than my Sony Bravia and rivals my Panasonic Viera... First Samsung I have ever owned. Sound is amazing and the slim design adds the perfect touch to the new house. We'll see how the reliability is over itme

Putting the TV on a the base stand was VERY hard. + I was surprised to see it was MADE OF PLASTIC! Being a 50 inch, this is a heavy TV that is held by a heavy metal base but the part that attaches the TV to the base is actually made of plastic

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Best T.V i have ever owned.

 

Great t.v . Spent months trying to decide between Samsung 850 and the Panny G-10. So glad i went with the Samsung. Sears had it on sale for $1489 but did not have any instock. Went to Best buy and they do not advertise that they had the 850 ( they push...

GREAT life like picture. Easy set up. Black and whites are very good and NO BUZZING, Compared to the Panny G-10 and i thing Panny pictire looks fake. Samsung850 looks life like and i love hat it is so thin. looks like a $3000 t.v

P.I.P not user friendly. needs its own input signal and no button on remote for P.I.P

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Beautiful and sleek... Inside and Out!

 

Wow. That's what I say every time I turn this thing on, or just look at it as I walk by. It's also what my friends say when they have a look too... The picture quality is stunning. I had mine callibrated and it blows anything I've ever seen right out...

Amazing picture quality, jaw-dropping design, good feature set, great picture control options, nice remote, intuitive menu

Pricy, slight buzz

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I love this television!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this purchase. Cutting edge everything. Best TV EVER!!!

Best features, picture quality, bright enough for the day, no need for these stupid automotion 240 hz crap, 600 hz keeps it in focus

little slow when loading the yahoo widgets, but i'm telling you ur gonna be playing with ur remote more than watch tv

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Super picture great for sports but I got a buzzer.

 

I called Samsung and the call center person said to return it or a tech would come to check it out. I love the TV but would really like the buzz gone. Trying to decide on trying another one, let the Tech. try, or go to a Panasonic.

Picture is great for sports and movies. In standard mode it doesn't run hot at all. Lots of inputs and speakers sound good. Enough adjustments for the picture and easy to use. I like the swivel and the styling of the TV

I bought mine Jan. 14, 2010 and it buzzes moderately. I can notice it at low volume from 10 feet away. It is worse in the middle of the screen where I like to sit of course. It doesn't bother my wife but she doesn't watch as much TV and I'm pickier

Product Specifications

Configuration

2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified: Yes
DVB-C:DVB-C (MPEG4) / No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2) / DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+ / Yes
HbbTV: No
HDTV:No / Yes
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player:Audio/Video
PC Streaming:Audio/Video / No
Picture and Picture (PAP): No
Picture and Text (PAT): No
Picture in Picture (PIP):1 Tuner PIP
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: Yes

Connectivity

CI Plus:No / Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Front AV Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Headphone Output: No
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming:Audio/Video / No
S-Video: No
Secure Digital Card: No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready
YUV Interface:No / Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 400 x 400

Display

Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:600
Frequency:100 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:Plasma
Screen Format:16:9
Type:Plasma
Type of Monitor:Plasma
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