Samsung PN43D490A1D Plasma HDTV Review

More overgrown monitor than TV, with an unusual native resolution that doesn't match any broadcast standard.

$649.00 MSRP
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43 in.


The Samsung PN43D490 is an odd one, to be sure. It's 3D-enabled, but has the very odd native resolution of 1024 x 768, which makes it more of an overgrown computer monitor than a TV. Practically speaking, this means that no broadcast standards are natively supported – everything has to be shrunk to fit the screen. Let us be the first to tell you, it doesn't do the best job of it.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
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  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs