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Samsung PS50Q97HD Reviewed

Samsung PS50Q97HDIf you like your HDTV large, you will love the Samsung PS50Q97HD 50-inch plasma HDTV. The PS50Q97HD looks great with a slim continuous black bezel sounding the large screen with the power button on the bottom center with a cool looking blue light. The light can be set to be on all the time, off, or on when in standby mode, we would recommend either off, or standby mode as it can be distracting from the image during dark scenes.
The Samsung PS50Q97HD has a great selection of three HDMI inputs, two of which are at the rear and one on the side for easy access, along with 2x scart, component, composite, VGA PC input, s-video and digital audio out. The PS50Q97HD is a 720p / 1080i HD format panel with a native resolution of 1360 x 768 pixels and has a high contrast ratio of 15000:1 with a brightness of 1300 cd/m2 and includes an internal digital tuner. Samsung are plugging this HDTV as “Ideal for sports fans” as plasma’s have a high refresh rate which is ideal for fast moving images such as sports. This set is good for more than just sports, and includes specific movie modes and gaming modes to get the most out of the set. Cnet UK say, High definition was great, with nice, sharp images and natural-looking motion. The TV’s built-in movie mode does a good job of smoothing out the jerkiness associated with film, but it does so in such a way that the look of the film isn’t altered too much.
If you’re looking for a massive TV, the Samsung PS50Q97HD is a good option at a sensible price. We’ve seen better pictures on plasmas from Pioneer and Panasonic, but they cost a lot more.