Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma HDTV Review
The Samsung PN50C550 is a 50-inch, 1080p plasma with a very attractive price.
Samsung has definitely taken the lead in slick TV design this year. The PNxxC550 series is certainly not as cutting edge as something like the C7000 series, but when you put it side by side with a comparable LG or Panasonic, you can see how far ahead they really are. It's a smart move when you realize how close TVs are to a commoditized product, with few distinguishing characteristics beyond eye appeal and a few meaningless specs on a Best Buy tag.
The Samsung PN50C550 has an elegant looking design from the front. Along the bezel on one side is a series of buttons to control power, volume, channel up/down, etc.
The back of the Samsung PN50C550 has a metal frame on the back, which certainly seems more formidable than the plastic back on a cheap LCD TV. Most of the ports are gathered in one corner.
The Samsung PN50C550 is surprisingly slim, for a 50-inch TV. There is enough room, however, for ports on the left side.
The stand is very heavy – heavier, in fact, than some smaller LCD TVs we've reviewed. It's a welcomed weight, though, because the TV panel is so tall and top-heavy. Remarkably, the stand still allows the panel to swivel back and forth.
The onboard controls are located on the front of the TV, on the bezel. They're difficult to see because they're touch sensitive controls rather than hard, plastic buttons. You're welcome to use them, but be aware that the whole surface is a fingerprint magnet.
The remote control that ships with the Samsung PN50C550 has an efficient design and a great backlight feature that can be handy in a dark room.
In the Box
The Samsung PN50C550 ships with the stand, remote control, batteries, AC power cable, a wipe cloth, instruction manual, and assorted documents. You'll want a hand setting this TV up because it's so heavy.
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