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Samsung PN51D450A2D Plasma HDTV Review

51 in.

An inappropriately low resolution for a TV its size, and it lacks much else to make up for this shortcoming.

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Multimedia & Internet

  Multimedia & Internet Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the PNxxD450 series. The PNxxD450 series includes the following models: the PN43D450 and the PN51D450.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Internet Features*(0.0)*


As the Samsung PN51D450 has no internet access, there are no native internet features. If you would like these, we suggest looking elsewhere or purchasing an HTPC or media streaming device.

 

Local Media Playback*(4.50)*


The Samsung PN51D450 is capable of limited media playback through its 1 USB port on the side of the set. As of the time we're writing this review, it only supports.jpeg and.mp3 playback. Each of the playback menus are very basic, as pictured below.

 

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*The ultra-basic photo menu *

The music menu is straight-up awful, as you can hardly tell by any visual cue that the music is playing. In the picture below, a music file is playing, but there is no obvious indication of how long the track has left, if a track is playing, or what the controls are.

 

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*The music menu is both terrible and bad, and one may call it "terribad" *

Other Media*(0.0)*


The Samsung PN51D450 supports no other media options.

Other Models in the PNxxD450 Series
This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Samsung PN43D450 43 inches Samsung PN51D450 51 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs. Samsung PN50C550
  13. Vs. Panasonic TC-P42X3
  14. Vs. Vizio E321VL
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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