I’d consider myself somewhat of an enthusiast when it comes to televisions even though I haven’t been able to upgrade as much as I want over the past few years. That’s mostly in large part to 2 kids so when it came time to finally upgrade I couldn’t wait to get knee deep in reviews and research. I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for plasma so when I found the 64″ Samsung PN64E550 it went to the top of my short list. Samsung’s plasma line it probably the biggest in the industry and can be tricky to figure out what is what. Bottom line is that this is a 1080p 3D Smart TV and even though it was a little bit above my budget I’m very happy with it(lowest price).
Key Features of the Samsung PN64E550
The Samsung PN64E550 falls right into the E550 series which is right above the middle of Samsung’s plasma lineup. For me this is where I found the most value and all the features I was looking for without going overboard. Do I wish I could have bought a 64″ E8000? Sure, but not at the price. With the PN64E550 I believe it’s the best bang for your buck from the lineup. It’s got stunning good looks, a killer display, great performing 3D, and decent apps.
Notice I didn’t go wild over the internet apps as the interface takes a bit of getting used. But to be fair I haven’t really played with any smart TVs that have got it completely right either. I basically wanted the internet connectivity to kind of “future-proof” myself as I believe it will certainly get better with firmware updates.
Where this HDTV really does well is with it’s picture quality and was the main reason why I bought it. The depth of the colors is really impressive and there’s such a good balance to the image as a whole. I game a lot on this thing and there is no issues whatsoever. Keep in mind that there is a “game” mode in the picture settings which I use to cut down any lag input while playing, it makes a huge difference.
If I had to do it all over again I’d be more than happy to get the Samsung PN64E550 as it hits all the right marks for me without going over the bend in terms of price.