Samsung PS50B850 TV reviews and prices: 50" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen

27 customer reviews

+ This TV scores high on design. - It scores very poorly on sound quality.

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8.3 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.
Samsung PS50B850 with 50" Full HD 1080p Plasma screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Film and documentary lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Sharp picture, A nice thin set
Bad points:
Had to go for repair after 4 months, sound not up to standard of rest of product. Changing between input sources time consuming.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 3.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2009

kenn, gateshead Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
well this is a really nice tv with a fantastic picture and looks the part
Bad points:
only 1 bad point the tvs speakers are poor to say the least but i already new that before i bought it from the many reviews i read i use a av amp with kef speakers so im happy with this tv overall
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 2.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser High spec fanatic

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Best looking TV on the market, great picture and very nice built-in software that allows users to play movies/music/photos from a USB sticks along with internet access this TV is more than just a TV.
Bad points:
Sound quality although is good to benefit from the SRS properly a home speaker system should be set up.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser Sports and games fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Stylish, great images, strong colours, ultra slim
Bad points:
Sound is poor, but expected given the depth of the unit
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 4.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2009

Paul, Hove Film and documentary lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great picture, although does require some tinkering from the factory default settings, and sound is pretty good although if you want surround you'll obviously have to connect to an amp/home cinema system.

Excellent multimedia connectivity - it has 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports and LAN. This means you can play movies/music/photos from a network drive or USB key and connect to a variety of multimedia devices.

Incredibly thin for a plasma so when mounted on the wall using Samsung's wall mount it is very unobtrusive.
Bad points:
Only negative is that there is a humming noise which I had read about before I bought the set which was a minor worry. However when you're watching anything it's not noticeable so it doesn't bother me. Apparently Samsung have a fix for it which will require a technician visit but as I say it's not a big deal for me.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Dec 2009

raj, chester Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
thinnest best looking plasma money can buy!
Bad points:
tricky stand to set up
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 4.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Film and documentary lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic PQ, great value
Bad points:
Some trouble with noise (whining from the rear, a known problem with this set)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Dec 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 50
Type of screen Plasma
3D No
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Built-in disc player No Disc Player
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of scart ports 1
Connections Ethernet
Connections HDMI
Smart TV Yes
Frequency (Hz) 100
Screen aspect ratio 16:9
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 3000000
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 192
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Brightness (Candela per square metre) 1500
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Headphone Socket No
Weight (kg) 26.1
Release date 2009-03-19

Also known as: SAMSUNG PS50B850Y, Samsung PS50B850Y1, SAMSUNG PS50B850Y1WX, Samsung PS-50B850, Samsung Samsung, Samsung PS50B850Y1W

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Manufacturer's Description

The Ultra Slimm 850 Plasma TV redefines Plasma TV combining Ultra Slim design (just 29.5mm thick) and high performance features.

600Hz subfields
Ever notice how with plasma screens, motions can get a little jerky? Unless you happen to be looking at one of SAMSUNG’s new plasma TVs. Every frame is seamlessly smooth because we put 10 full subfields into each frame. That’s 600Hz. So contours are crisper, scrolling text sharper and the juddering issue is finally put to rest.

The world wide web just got wider
Can’t decide if you’d rather watch TV or a YouTube video or check your stocks on Yahoo? Do it all on the SAMSUNG TV . An easy to use widget lets you watch, add or delete content. View it all on the roomy sidebar or across the incredibly wide screen. With the SAMSUNG TV, TV goes way beyond just TV.

Content Library
Suppose you feel like watching pictures of gallery or cooking instead of watching TV. Content Library let’s you do that too. Enjoy your own content, from children’s song to fitness. There’s so much you can do with SAMSUNG TV. Including watching it.

Your audience awaits
There’s no excuse anymore for leaving all those great digital pictures and videos in your cameras. All you need with the SAMSUNG TV is USB 2.0 movie connection cord. Just plug it in then instantly, play, save or delete. It even works for your music collection. So now anytime is showtime.

4 HDMI
All it takes is one cable to connect your TV to your other audio and video sources. Our HDMI slot allows you to import all kinds of content without compression including pictures and videos from your digital camcorders and multimedia PCs. Now enjoying it all on a wide HD screen couldn’t be easier.

Ultra FilterBright Plus
Let the sun shine in. Glare and ambient light won’t be a problem for our new plasma screens. Ultra FilterBright plus blocks external light reflections. And at the same time it maximises transmission of internal light. The future for plasmas has never looked brighter.

Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Getting a true cinematic experience used to mean going to the cinema. But with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio true cinematic clarity comes to plasmas. Every frame is saturated with dense, rich colour. Blacks have more depth and the whites are unbelievably pristine. The only thing missing is a large head blocking your view.

100Hz Motion Plus
Never has fast – paced animation or special effects in movies looked smoother than they do with 100Hz Motion Plus technology. By analyzing and extending action frames, 100Hz Motion Plus assures nothing goes by in a blur. Instead, special effects are crisper. Animation smoother. Sports sharper. And viewers are more glued to their screens.

Wide Colour Enhancer 3
Next to actually being there, the best way to experience true to life colours is with our Wide Colour Enhancer 3. It covers all the colours in the RGB spectrum, and brings out deeper shades of the most natural colours like magenta, cyan and yellow. Which you get to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa.

Cinema Smooth
The difference between a movie on TV vs. the silver screen has always been, well, big. But the technologies of our Cinema Smooth and our Movie Mode have changed all that. Images are now smoother and colour temperatures closer to real film. Bringing you closer to a movie theater experience.

Energy Saving
Using less energy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing picture quality. Our Energy Saving Mode adjusts the backlight to give you a richer picture while at the same time consuming less energy.


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