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Samsung PN58B550 Plasma HDTV First Impressions Review
The PN58B550 is at the bottom of the scale in terms of features, but this is also likely to be reflected in price.
Tour & Design
The front of the PN58B550 has the same clean, simple design as the other models Samsung announced this year, with a stand made of aluminum and glass. There are some differences from the other models, though; the bezel is slightly wider than the more expensive 7 and 8 models, and the glass panel has a more rounded edge. You can see this detail better in the close up below.
The Samsung PN58B550
*The edge of the Samsung PN58B550 has a rounded edge
We weren't able to get a photo of the back of the PN58B550, as the back of many of their new models were veiled in secrecy.
On the left side is a recessed indentation that contains the side ports. There are no major features on the right side, but you can see the interesting profile of the back; the display is about 3 inches deep.
The stand has the same styling as all of Samsung's 2009 line, with a large piece of aluminum forming the base plate, and a glass pillar holding up the main part of the screen. It's a very attractive look that makes the panel look rather like it is floating on air.
The stand of the PN58B550
The PN58B550 has the same clean, stylish design as the other models in the 2009 lineup, and we like it; the glass pillar gives the illusion of the panel floating on air.
The 58-inch PN58B550 (bottom) and the 40-inch PN40B550 (top)