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Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

The Samsung PN50C550 is a 50-inch, 1080p plasma with a very attractive price.

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Conclusion

The Samsung PN50C550 ($799 MSRP) offers a lot for its relatively low price. First, there's the huge 50-inch screen. It's tough to find a comparably priced TV of this size with equal performance. Secondly, the C550 has a few add-ons, like DLNA support, that make you feel like you're not settling for an entry-level model.

But the TV is certainly not perfect. The color performance was weak, with choppy gradient transitions and a lack of detail in both shadows and highlights. The biggest problem, though, was screen burn-in. Regular movie watchers may not even notice a problem if the scene is constantly shifting, but sports fans and gamers frequently have graphics fixed in the same position for hours. That could mean lingering ghost images for hours afterwards.

Overall, the Samsung PN50C550 is certainly not the best 50-inch we've reviewed, but it could be the right TV for the right kind of buyer. It got all the makings of a great choice for the serious movie cinephile.

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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-P50G25 Comparison
  14. LG 50PQ30 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-52EX700 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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