Samsung PND8000 Series Plasma Video
Samsung PND8000 Series Plasma Video Transcript
-Hi! I'm Sharon Vaknin for cnet.com, here with the first look at the Samsung PND 8000 series plasma. Now, this is an ultra-slim display. It's only 1.5 inches deep. It's also a 3D TV and has Samsung's Real Black Filter, so black levels are preserved even in really bright rooms. It's also internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi and access to Samsung's app store where you can download apps like Pandora or Netflix. Another nice feature is that this TV comes with a touchscreen remote. Pricing isn't available, but Samsung tells us that this TV will be out in the spring. For cnet.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin and this is a first look at the Samsung PND 8000 plasma TV.
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The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
With picture quality that's nearly the equal of the tough competition, as well as best-in-class design and features, the Samsung PND8000 makes a strong case the best overall plasma TV of 2011.
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Samsung PN51D8000 Review
The good: The Samsung PND8000 series has outstanding overall picture quality, with excellent black-level performance, and the most accurate color of any TV we've ever reviewed. It can handle bright rooms well and exhibits the nearly perfect screen uniformity of plasma, as well as superb 3D picture quality. It includes built-in Wi-Fi and a comprehensive set of picture controls. The Smart Hub Internet portal boasts more apps and streaming services than the competition, along with a functional Web browser, and is easier to use thanks to the included dual-sided Bluetooth keyboard with a screen and QWERTY keyboard. The PND8000's design is one the most attractive of any plasma we've seen.
The bad: The relatively expensive PND8000 cannot produce full shadow detail or proper 1080p/24 cadence without sacrificing some black-level performance. Smart Hub lacks Amazon Instant, its search is next to useless, and its interface can be cluttered and confusing.
The bottom line: With picture quality that's nearly the equal of the tough competition, as well as best-in-class design and features, the Samsung PND8000 makes a strong case for being the best overall plasma TV of 2011.
Samsung PN51D8000 Specs
Part number: PN51D8000
- Product Specifications