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Samsung PN42C450 Plasma HDTV Review

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The Samsung PN42C450 is a 720p entry-level plasma that fails to dispel the notion that Samsung is an LCD-maker first, followed – at some distance – by plasma manufacturing.

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Connectivity

Input Ports (5.5)

The Samsung PN42C450 has enough ports to get you set up for a home theater, but it doesn't have the bells and whistles of some more expensive TVs. There are 3 HDMIs, though most HDTVs have 4. We appreciate the analog audio output (missing on Panasonic plasmas), but it lacks an ethernet port for streaming content or even DLNA support.

Connectivity Tour Image 1

The ports are spread out along the back. On the side, you'll find an HDMI, USB, and three things that look like ports, but are not. These are just holes punched in the chassis. They probably get used in more expensive models, but not the C450 series.

Connectivity Tour Image 2

Output Ports (2.0)

The Samsung PN42C450 has two output ports, a digital audio output and an analog audio output. Between the two, you'll be able to connect to any home audio system, new or old.

Other Connections (0.0)

The Samsung PN42C450 has no LAN port or WiFi option.

Media (1.0)

The Samsung PN42C450 has a USB port that can read thumb drives to play photos and music.

Placement

The Samsung PN42C450's ports can be a little difficult to reach, thanks to a non-swivel base. All ports are clearly labeled, as well.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42S2 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40NX700 Comparison
  15. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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