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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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Menu Interface

The main menu for the PN51E530A3 is the same menu you'll find on all of Samsung's "dumb" 2012 TVs this year. It's a traditional and simple layout that'll be the back of your hand if you've used any HDTV from the last few years. It features Samsung's trademark azure blue color, and is mostly opaque to allow for real-time viewing of changes to content in the background. The usual offenders--Picture, Sound, Settings, Input--are all present.

For this TV's purported use, it's probably the perfect menu, but it's about as exciting as diet tofu.

Menu Main Photo

Media Menu

Samsung's media menu can be accessed via the main menu, or by pressing the "P.MEDIA" key on the remote control. It's a simple sub-menu for the separate categories of Pictures, Music, and Movies, and users can then view USB-stored files of that nature. There's no viewing of wirelessly shared files, so whatever you want to scope out will need to be stored on a USB memory device first. Like the main menu, the USB menu is severely simple.

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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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