Samsung PN64E6500 Review

64" 3D Plasma HDTV with Smart TV

Samsung PN64E6500 Plasma TVThe PN64E6500 will add 3D and full web browser to its feature set. It will not offer the new Google TV search feature of the higher end Samsung plasma TVs. Still it has a pretty complete feature set. Picture quality from these Samsung Plasma TVs such as the E6500 is very smooth and gives you very much an experience akin to being in the theater. These are the best TVs on the market for the movie buff bar none.

Picture Quality

You get most of the top picture quality characteristics and features on this TV that you do on the top ones with the exception that the plasma screen is not as louvered so it does not have Samsung's top anti glare screen technology in it. Otherwise, you will love the the side viewing angles which are perfect. The picture is somewhat dim (by design) so best for low light rooms. The price is also excellent and value runs deep in this model.

Black Level and Contrast

The PN64E6500 has Samsung's new All Black Pure Filter, this is new technology for 2012 available exclusively in Samsung's top tier plasma televisions. The All Black Pure Filter improves the contrast and black levels over previous models by 10%. The increased black levels do not hamper shadow detail and you can see every fold in a dark shirt or all the detail in a dark scene.

Color

The All Black Pure Filter's primary purpose is to increase black level and contrast but this has an effect on the color performance of the E6500 as well. Putting a color next to a stronger black makes the color "pop" more and the stronger black levels improve overall color rendition. We've always felt that realistic color was a strong point with Samsung's plasma televisions and the E6500 is no exception.

Samsung E6500 Series Plasma TV

3D Viewing

Put on Samsung's improved and lighter weight 3D glasses and images jump off the screen or sink back into it, the full HD active 3D delivers 1080p images to each eye with stunning clarity and detail. The E6500's 3D performance is improved over the previous year models with less cross talk an none of the blurry corners in the screen.

Appearance

The PN64E6500 has a 1" wide brushed metal, matte charcoal bezel that surrounds the screen, it's about the same look as last year's models but it is a good look so we have no complaints about that. The E6500 isn't ultra slim like the series above it, it is just about 3" in depth.

Internet Options and Connectivity

Samsung Smart TV
Samsung's Internet Apps Games section includes more options than other manufacturers. Whether or not these games appeal to you is another matter. Texas Holdem is the most popular. Sodoku is next.

The Smart TV feature has been expanded for 2012, the E6500 has access to the app store which has grown to over 1500 apps. There are apps ranging from social media to streaming video and even games you can play on your TV. Stream video from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu, Vudu and more. Stay updated on the latest news, financial numbers, sports scores and the weather and new for 2012 on mid tier models: surf the web on the inlcluded full web browser.

The E6500 has built in WiFi so there is no need to run extra cable to get your plasma television on your home network.

Quick Specs

  • 1080p Full HD
  • 3D Compatibility
  • Smart Hub
  • Full Web Browser


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