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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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Power Consumption

A look at the chart below should spell out a major problem with this TV. It costs a little over $50/year with the brightness maxed out. We don't recommend setting your brightness to 100, as 45 seems to be the optimal placement, but the fact that it can even tax the available electricity so heavily is shocking. It left similarly priced and more expensive plasmas in the dust; for a TV with no internet or 3D options, we're not sure why it needs so much power, but it's something to keep in mind for when the electricity bill shows up.

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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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