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Samsung PN51E530A3F Plasma HDTV Review

51 in.

The perfect example of a relatively cheap, entry-level plasma that does nothing more than it needs to.

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Design

Other than the jog stick on the bottom of the bezel, there's nothing about this TV's design that needs explaining. It's not much changed from last year's D530, and has the same trappings as a large majority of modern HDTVs. Being a plasma, it's not very thin, and when fully assembled weighs about 50 lbs., so it's not the kind of TV you're going to be hefting around very often. We like the placement of the jog stick (see the controls section if you're not sure what a jog stick is), but think it unfortunate that its bottom-bezel placement was likely only initiated because the E530 doesn't swivel, which is heresy for a 51-inch panel display.

This TV will blend comfortably into almost any room, but don't expect its appearance to wow anyone, either.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Software & Interface
  13. Conclusion
  14. Series Comparison
  15. Photo Gallery
  16. Ratings & Specs
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