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Samsung PN58B850 Plasma HDTV First Impressions Review

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The Samsung PN58B850 certainly looks like an impressive display with a number of interesting features.

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Tour & Design

**Front**

The front of the PN58B850 has a clean, modern look, with just a small Samsung logo at the bottom. The controls are located in the bottom right corner, but most of the time they are invisible, as they are touch controls with lights that only come on when you touch the panel. 

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The Samsung PN58B850 in all its glory

**Back**

The major feature on the back of the PN 5B850 is the cover that goes over the ports, at the bottom right. To the right of this is the power socket, and near this are the 4 screws that connect to the wall mount. Any standard VESA mount can be used with this large TV, but make sure that it can handle the weight; this is a heavy display. 

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*The port cover is the major feature on the back of the display

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**Sides**

Given the slim profile of the display, it's no surprise that there are no major features on the sides. 

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The left side is too thin to hold any major features. 

 

**Stand/Mount**

The stand of the PN58B850 is in the form of a clear plastic pillar atop a base that comes in either aluminum or black (Samsung have not decided which color to use in the final version). For wall mounting,  Samsung have announced a new wall mount that holds the display just 0.6 inches off the wall, making it look almost like a high-end picture frame. 

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The stylish mount of the PN 5B8500

**Aesthetics**

Simple elegance is the best way to describe the PN58B850; it looks great, but doesn't distract from the image on the screen. There are a few nice touches as well, such as the clear edge to the bezel which softens the look of the display and catches interesting reflections. 

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
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