Samsung PN51E550D1F Plasma TV Review
Best Value 3D TV 2012
The Samsung PN51E550 tested with solid color accuracy and a decent contrast ratio. In the area of screen performance, it tested with very impressive motion, making it perfect for sports or video games. It also offers a 168° total viewing angle, which—combined with its swiveling—gives you a huge range of options as to where you view the screen from.
As a bonus, Samsung’s included ECO mode allows for user-controlled leveling of power consumption: You can lock the cell light to particular brightnesses and cut back on wasteful measures, ending up with a plasma that’s much cheaper than similar models within Samsung’s line-up.
The E550's deep black level boosts its contrast ratio into an impressive range.
The E550 series tested with a black level of 0.04cd/m2, and a peak brightness of 140.86cd/m2. This renders a maximum contrast ratio of 3522:1, which is roughly three times what we would consider "average" or "acceptable." More on how we test contrast.
A wide viewing angle makes the E550 ideal for group watching.
Because of their light-producing technology, plasma TVs tend to have much wider viewing angles than LCDs. The Samsung PN51E550 is a testament to that result.
The E550 tested with a total viewing angle of 155°, or 78° from center in either direction. This is a really good result, proving that the E550 is a great choice for most rooms, and offers ample options for viewing location, especially when you consider that its glassy stand allows it to swivel. More on how we test viewing angle.
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