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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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Formats

The Samsung PN42C450 is a native 720p display, which is almost unusual for a 2010 TV. Nearly every TV we've reviewed this year has been a 1080p. The Samsung PN42C450 is clearly flummoxed with higher resolutions, as evinced in our Resolution Scaling tests. However, it can display technically display all types of NTSC content (just don't expect amazing performance).

Viewing Angle

The Samsung PN42C450 is a plasma display, and despite any other weaknesses, the viewing angle is quite good. According to our tests, it measured approximately 153 degrees (77 degrees from center in either direction). That far exceeds what an LCD display can do, making plasmas an arguably better choice for servicing wide rooms.

Viewing Angle Chart

Reflectance

The Samsung PN42C450, like most plasma displays, casts a wide, soft glow when hit with ambient light. The problem with this type of glow is that it takes a serious toll on the already low contrast ratio. Shadows details are completely washed out. If you buy this TV, you'll need to take care where you position it and other lights in the room.

Video Processing

The Samsung PN42C450 has a handful of video processing features. We turned most of them off in order to get the best video quality. You should feel free to experiment, though, and decide for yourself.

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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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