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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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Connectivity

Connectivity 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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Connectivity*(6.50)*


On the back of the PN51D450, you'll find the rear input panel, home to the shared composite/component video ports, 2 HDMI ports, cable/ANT in, EX-LINK and S/PDIF output and input.

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On the side of the PN51D450 is a single, lonely USB port. From the casing we can tell that there could have been more, but for the PN51D450 Samsung seemed to only want one.

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Overall, though, the PN51D450 seems to be lacking a bit in this department. Still, it's not like there's a complete absence of analog and digital ports, but against the comparison models, it falls short.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung PN51D450 Samsung PN50C550 Panasonic TC-P42X3 Vizio E321VL
HDMI 2 4 2 2
Component 2 2 1 1
Composite 1 1 1 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 0 1
Analog Audio In 3 3 2 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1 0 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 0
WiFi No Require separate purchase Requires separate purchase No
USB 1 2 2 1
Memory Card 0 0 SD/SDHC 0
  DLNA 0 Yes Yes No
Other EX-LINK, S/PDIF in EX-LINK N/A 3.5mm input jack

 

Placement*(6.0)*


The ports of the Samsung PN51D450 are all located on the back of the unit, with only one USB port on a side panel that was built to accommodate up to 4 total. Most of these ports are a pain to reach, as the stand does not swivel, and plasma TVs are heavy.

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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