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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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Tour & Design

Tour & Design 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.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-PN51D450-vanity.jpg']}} • Appealing bezel • Glossy, non-swivel stand • Good remote • Touch-sensitive controls
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Front


The front of the Samsung PN51D450 is very pretty, with a very small bezel for its size, a clean face and stand.

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Back


The back of the Samsung PN51D450 is a fairly standard black metal casing, with all the ports located on the lower right of the TV. For information about the ports on the back of the Samsung PN51D450 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


There is virtually nothing on the thin sides of the Samsung PN51D450, save for a single USB port near the main port panel on the left side of the TV set. For information about the ports on the sides of the Samsung PN51D450 see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


It may have been a simple one-in-a-million manufacturing defect, but the stand of the Samsung PN51D450 that we got didn't fit quite right, and wobbled under the weight of the 50-pound plasma screen. Assuming that this was just an unfortunate coincidence, the stand itself is breathtakingly average. It doesn't swivel, which for plasmas enhances the annoyance factor because the heavier screen needs to be lifted and moved in order to reach the ports in the back.

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*Much like the screen, the PN51D450's stand is reflective *

As you can see from the picture above, the stand itself is a high-gloss black plastic. It goes without saying, but this finish makes it a magnet for fingerprints, so keep the included cleaning cloth handy.

Controls


The Samsung PN51D450's controls are a touch-sensitive area of the lower left side of the front bezel.

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Remote Control


We love this remote: it fits well in the hand, is a good weight and it doesn't require repositioning the hand too often to reach all the basic functions on it.  

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*The well-balanced remote *

In The Box*(7.0)*


The Samsung PN51D450 comes packaged with a stand, user manual, cleaning cloth, remote and batteries.

 

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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