Samsung PN51E8000 3D Smart Plasma HDTV Review$2,199.00
Samsung's flagship LCD for 2012, this is an impressive, high-end TV.
We were first introduced to Samsung's ES8000 series back in May. It's their flagship LCD for 2012, and on top of being an impressive, high-end TV, it also operated with some innovative voice and gesture controls, and showed off Samsung's content-heavy Smart Hub, their 2012 smart TV platform.
Meet the E8000--the plasma version of Samsung's high-quality LCD flagship. It's got all the same features: voice and gesture controls, full HD 3D, the Smart Hub, and Samsung's new Smart Touch remote. But this time around, it's all bundled up into a relatively thin Plasma TV.
The E8000 is an odd bird for being a flagship plasma. Plasma televisions are known for their deep black levels, wide viewing angles, and smooth motion. Oddly enough, the E8000 showed us neither particularly deep black levels, nor completely blur-free motion (though both were good enough, if not better). On the other hand, the E8000 has some of the most accurate 2D and 3D color production we've seen this year, and a viewing angle that almost maxed out the possible 180° from center.
Combining these eccentric, but nevertheless impressive, core specs with solid 3D technology, Samsung's well-designed Smart Hub, and a smart, aesthetically sound design centric makes for one top-notch plasma. It's also important to consider the relation of screen size to price when comparing the E8000 (a plasma television) to its LCD-twin, the ES8000. Larger screen sizes for the E8000 will be considerably cheaper than those same size screens for the ES8000. This is another advantage the E8000 holds as Samsung's flagship plasma.