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Samsung 51F8500 Series (PN51F8500 / PS51F8500 / PL51F8500)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and sound are on the whole positive. The image quality and value for money are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency and remote control. Comments about the black level and glare are mixed.

usability, value for money, image quality, sound, design

remote control, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Samsung 51F8500 Series (PN51F8500 / PS51F8500 / PL51F8500) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 72 reviews)

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Samsung PN51F8500


Amid the hubbub about Panasonic's financial trouble and questions about how it will affect the future of plasma TV , it's easy to forget about Samsung. The world's No. 1 TV maker has invested substantially in plasma research and production, and has...

The Samsung PNF8500 series exhibits outstanding picture quality with a class-leading bright-room image, exceedingly deep black levels, very good shadow detail, highly accurate colors and superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics; mind-boggling...

Extremely expensive; correct film cadence requires sacrificing some black level; remote lacks numerous direct commands; imperfect cable box control; consumes more power than LCD TVs.

Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.

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Samsung PN51F8500 Review


Models in Samsung F8500 series

Stunning black levels ; Great shadow detail ; Brightest plasma yet ; Spectacular color ; Attractive design

Expensive ; Over-featured ; Steep learning curve

The F8500 plasma is one of those TVs that you don’t want to miss out on purchasing now, or you’ll be regretting it for years to come. It’s just that good.

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Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison


In the past, we've tended to like Panasonic plasma TVs overSamsung, but this year things are starting to change. The F8500 is packed fullof smart features, which is no surprise, but Samsung is touting vastimprovements in picture quality as well. Their...


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"Remote won't work and service at Samsung not reliable."


Called support center and was told the TV needs a software upgrade and was told it would take 2 to 6 weeks for each update to come in the mail. It's been over a month now and the last time I spoke with someone about this they said they would call back...

Great picture, great performance

Remote won't turn tv on at all. That is all I use it for as Samsung will not allow other universal remotes to turn their product on. Now I have to reach behind to turn it on and off feels like 1960 in 2014.

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"Samsung Outperformed Themselves!"


Usually over time you see TV's pricing dropping... month after month. It is very rare when a price stay solid for long time or even goes up. This is the case with the SAMSUNG PNF8500. Samsung simply outperformed themselves with this amazing panel. Its...

Refresh rate

Remote control

Consumer review by:

"Better than ever!"


I just purchased this unit about 2 day ago after having and lcd tv for the last 5 years. I'm a big tv and home theater enthusiast and i've been waiting for this years new plasma tvs since samsung made significant improvements.this tv is outstanding in...

TV is gorgeous, slimmer bezel

Slight buzzing

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Great for movies


I had high hopes for this TV after allot of research. Overall the picture quality is good, after you learn how to tweak the settings. I am a little disappointed with gaming (Xbox1), the lag isnt the best. Also I feel its a bit overpriced. Overall, not...

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Amazing picture quality and life-like depth!


Overall, I love the TV. I originally purchased the Vizio M series. I have been a long time Vizio fan and have had 2 different Vizio's so far. I was ready to upgrade my 120hz to the 240hz for that "life like" picture and depth. Vizio simply did not have...

The picture quality is amazing

The IR for sound bar and set box top changes

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one of the best TV and the price was it feel


I did my research and this is one of the top rated big screen Smart TV the picture is excellent very clear very slim TV perfect size not too big not too small although the sound in my opinion is a little low but could be cuz I'm hard of hearing lolThis...

perfect size not too small not too big very slim

the sound system is not that loud

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Great Tv for anyone


I have this as my primary tv in my living room. For the glare problem that usually haunts these plasma tv I was surprised on how well it repels the sun glare. The picture is bar none in any tv in its price range. The only other tv on the market in...

The picture quality is amazing

the sound like on any other tv now a days is not very good, but is actually isn't all that bad

Product Specifications


2D to 3D Conversion: Yes
Application Store: Yes
DVB-T2: Yes
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HbbTV: Yes
Media Player:Audio/Video
Picture in Picture (PIP):2 Tuner PIP
USB Recording: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Web Content Access: Yes


CI Plus: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
S-Video: No
Secure Digital Card: No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 400 x 400


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

Energy Information

Energy Efficiency Class (EU):C

General Features

3D: Yes
3D Technology:Shutter Glasses
Product Type:Plasma
Screen Format:16:9