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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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Overall Design

The Samsung PN42C450 is an entirely average looking TV: black and boxy. The high-gloss finish attracts fingerprints like nothing you've seen before, so you'll probably be making use of that included cloth wipe in a hurry.

Front

The front of the Samsung PN42C450 has a thickish black bezel. Along the right side of the bezel are a series of touch-sensitive buttons for basic controls like power, volume, and channel up/down.

Front Tour Image

Back

The back of the TV is a metal grill. Along the bottom corner are most of the ports.

Back Tour Image

Sides

The Samsung PN42C450 is not terribly thick for a plasma - at least it's thinner than most comparable Panasonics. There's a couple ports on the side, as well as a few decoys (beware!).

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The base is large and heavy, and the neck does not allow the TV panel to swivel. The parts that Samsung packed in the box feel extremely cheap. It was quite difficult to put in all the screws, like the parts didn't quite fit.

Stand Photo
The stand does not allow you to swivel the TV panel

Controls

The Samsung PN42C450 has a series of touch-sensitive control "buttons" on the front of the frame to control power, volume, channel up/down, source, and menu. Because this whole area is essentially a fingerprint magnet, we recommend just using the remote.

Remote Control

The remote control that ships with the Samsung PN42C450 is simple and effective, similar to the remotes that ship with nearly all the Samsung TVs this year.

Remote Control Photo
A good, simple remote

In the Box

Immediately upon trying to assemble the PN42C450, you can tell that Samsung is an LCD-first company, and that plasmas are an also-ran that the sell just to stay in the market. The parts feel distinctly cheaper and we had real trouble trying to get the screws into the holes. (Keep in mind we assemble and review TVs for a living, so we have a lot of reference to fall back on.) Of course, it makes sense that the plasmas would be made in a different factory than the LCDs, but we expect the same level of quality control. Once assembled, it felt sturdy enough.

The Samsung PN42C450 ships with the stand, remote control, batteries, instruction manual, and a cloth wipe.

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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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