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Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch

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Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch

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  • Customer Rating Just fantastic, 2011-07-06
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    What can I say – I am amazed and speechless !!

    This bad boy is huge – massive. I spent 3 days in my local Best Buy comparing the HIGH end LED TV’s and LCDs to this Plasma. And somehow could not pass the price point. I also did a lot of research on Plasma’s before I pulled the trigger. AVS forum is a good place. This TV is supposed to consume relatively low power compared to older Plasma with bills of only 28$ / year. It may be a tad more than LCD and LED’s but I am not ready to pay 500$ just to save 10$ in electricity bills every year. The final decision was the 3D, a 51 inch 3D for 750$ – was a steal. Cannot beat that price.

    Pros –
    a. Beautiful Build, slim and elegant – much much better than any LCD I saw in store.
    b. Glass stand, and solid glass construction – feels awesome….
    c. Picture Quality – Outstanding
    d. Though only 720p – I could not make out the difference between Full HD and 720p unless I think I stand very close to it. Played Full HD Blu Ray Batman Dark Knight as a test, and was truly blown away. Rem – it may not be as awesome as an LED – I think Full HD LED’s give a better picture – but this is largely sufficient for any person. Also remember the seating arrangement, unless you are seating within 5 feet of the TV, you will never make out the difference between Full HD and 720p. It is hard to believe but that is a fact.
    d. Inputs – 3 HDMI, USB, PC input etc. Connected to USB drives and pronto – nice menu to navigate and play your favs
    e. Pretty decent Sound inbuilt
    f. Awesome clarity even from an angle

    Cons –
    a. The only con I can think of is that the glass reflects a little bit, but that can be taken care of by adjusting the lighting in the room, if you are watching a movie etc. Reflection only present during day time. Play with the controls a little bit before you decide which setting works best for you.

    All I can say is – that Plasmas throw out an awesome picture / beautiful blacks great contrast and are better off than the LCD TVs. If you are looking to save a few hundred dollars, and still get a killer picture and a beautiful piece – this is the one.

    The Burn in issue is over rated, the new Plasma’s do not seem to suffer from it. Atleast this one does not. I just played full screen content for about 2 days, and den got tired of it. Its been a week since I have it, and it is just awesome….Samsung has released a statement that their TV’s do not require a break in. Its all your comfort level. If you are not comfortable, just avoid playing content that has static images for more than 30 mins. The TV also has burn-in protection modes.

    Apparently this model is better than 51D450 since it has a better panel.

  • Frosty says:

    Customer Rating for the price, it can’t be beat, 2011-07-13
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    Just received this tv a week ago to replace a faulty 2010 model (free under warranty) I absolutely love this TV as I did the original before it stopped working properly. I was a little leery of it only being 720p but after a trip to Best Buy to see it side by side with similar sized full HD tv’s I couldn’t pass up the deal. The resolution difference is negligible unless you’re sitting with your nose pressed to the screen. It does suffer from some temporary burn-in while playing video games but it’s gone within a few minutes and hardly worth complaining about. I’ve yet to try out 3D with this set, the glasses I bought for the 2010 model aren’t compatible with this set as Samsung has switched from IR reception to Bluetooth for the 2011 model TV’s. Thankfully they are super nice and swapping out my old glasses for the new Bluetooth models at no charge. The old glasses had some trouble staying in sync due to interference from other light sources and possibly light from the screen itself, b-tooth should eliminate that issue completely so I’m super excited to try it out in a few days. I think the only semi-complaint I have is the lack of built in internet apps, though it’s not really needed as game consoles and a large number of the blu-ray players out there have them built in. As for technical support and repairs I couldn’t ask for better than Samsung has given.

    If it wasn’t for the lack of internet apps and not being able to use the 3d on this set *yet* I would have given a full 5 stars. Oh, also…Glasses have some down in price by a good amount, when I bought the first TV Samsung’s glasses were sitting around 100-120 dollars, now they can be had for $50 a pair for the battery type, making it much more affordable to get the whole family in on it.

  • Trevor says:

    Customer Rating Amazing tv for the price, 2011-08-10
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    When my old Samsung Dlp started to fail on me I knew I wanted to get another Samsung since I had enjoyed it for six long years. While looking through the Samsung selection and found this one. I thought I was almost too good to be true, only $800 for 51′ 3D tv. After reading user reviews and other reviews online I decided it was the right choice and ordered it, and i was not only not disappointed , I was still shocked I got all this tv for $800.
    First off I went from a 42′ to a 51′, so the size imcrease was great right off the bat. Now for the actual picture, it only gets better. The colors are bright and vivid amd it does blacks very well. The color contrast is excellent and the colors really pop. As for the refresh rate, I cant see any pixelation or artifacts when fast motion happens in an action movie or sports game. I found this especially impressive since i was looking for some and couldn’t find any.
    Being a self admitted gadget dork I was very excited for the 3D, but had no idea what expect, especially being a “entry level” 3D tv. The first thing I watched on my tv was Despicable Me in 3D, and it was absolutely eye candy. The 3D effects were great and not at all gimmicky. Right off the bat I wasnin love. Since 3D television is a relatively new technology there are currently only 2 3D channels. There is however several movies available on HBO on demand which is very nice. I also own a PS3 which not only plays 3D blu-rays, but also has 3D games! My nerdgasm is complete!
    All in all this is a fantastic TV and is an unbelievable deal at this price point.

  • R. Clark says:

    Customer Rating Great Deal! Great TV!, 2011-09-18
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    I’ve only had this for a week, but I’m very pleased. My other large TV is a 50″ Pioneer Kuro Elite Plasma, which was almost 5x the price. I wasn’t truly considering this 490d until I saw it in the store, where the picture looked “cleaner” and PQ was equal (to my aging eyes) to the 1080p’s it was close to…and I didn’t feel the need to needlessly spend money. My goal was to replace and edge lit LED LCD that was 42″ in the family room I decided was too small, and gain internet video which I’ll do via a blu ray. This did that for half the price I was about to spend. I received 2 free glasses and the 3d is pretty cool…not something I was looking for originally but definitely something we’ll continue to use after watching 2 movies so far in 3d. This looked just as good in 3d as the Panasonic 3d I saw in the Magnolia Display room. Downside is glare (reflection on the panel) with windows during the day, but it’s not a deal breaker for me, and not too severe in my situation – expect some of that with any plasma. The upside of these reflective screens is a clear, clean picture. I’m very happy for the price…or should I say I’d be unfortunate to have missed this if I bought something more expensive which I was about to do…just for a bunch of “specifications”.

    I’ve noticed no degradation in PQ from the 1080p LED this replaced…I’ve not compared the 2 via blu ray which might reveal that, but I use this TV most of the time @ 1080i fios (down-scaled to 720p I guess now) input and the TV shows look just a great as before- but bigger which is waht I wanted. No regrets – from someone who knows in most cases “you get what you pay for”.

  • Customer Rating Nice TV, 2011-06-20
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    The TV was easy to assemble. The picture needed a little adjustment, but once I got that straight, it looks very nice. Not as crystal clear as what I saw in the store, so maybe it was a blue ray movie or something. Still, I am very happy with it. And I like that I can watch 3d movies on it.

  • Customer Rating Amazing Picture, 2011-05-07
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    Recieved this TV on April 26 directly from Samsung as a Replacement to a four year old DLP 3D 50″ HLT series TV I had when it came out in 2007, all I had to do was caugh up $300 out of pocket, this TV is Great with both HiDef and Great with Standard def which cant be said of all HDTV’s, I was comparing at J&R it to the 2011 Panansonics and this year I believe the 2011 Samsungs Plasma’s blows the Pannys in their class out of the water!! The colors and the blacks just pop! I have a 7.1 surround system but this TV has pretty decent built in speakers much better than my old TV, I have not tried the 3D yet since I do not have the 3D glasses not sure if I will even buy them in the future. its a beautiful looking TV in terms of the thick All Glass Stand and the 51″ slim Bezel at the J&R store I can barely tell the diff between this 720p set and the more Expensive 1080p version.

  • Customer Rating Well worth your consideration!, 2011-12-05
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    We just bought this HDTV at Walmart online on Thanksgiving Night for $599 plus sales tax with free shipping “Site to Store”. At the time, Amazon vendors were selling this TV for a higher price. Now Amazon has a lower price – $598 and no sales tax for many online customers. We set up this TV today easily. The default Standard Picture setting was very dark, but the colors literally pop when you select Dynamic. You can see variation in the quality of the picture based on the broadcast or source, but that’s to be expected. Older movies are grainier. TV broadcast picture quality will vary depending on the production. We got our Blu Ray player with NetFlix up and running and one of the series offered on NetFlix set with “Dynamic” Picture and “Fit to Screen” is dazzlingly gloriously colorful – surreal but fun “eye candy”.We also called Samsung with one technical question and in less than a minute, our question was answered by a live human being in the USA.

    This is a great TV for the price, but with the Samsung D550 1080p with 3D going for just $150 more right now on Amazon, if I had to do it over again, I might opt for the better picture quality of the 1080p plasma (though the D550 model with 1080p and 3D has less favorable reviews as does the D530 with no 3D capability – hope the D490 is a less problematic model). You can definitely see the pixels up close and older movies will definitely look grainier on the TV. If you are looking for a good deal, then look no further. The current price of $598 for this 51 inch plasma with 3D capability is one of the best values out there.Make sure that you closely follow the Plug N Play settings step by step. It is an easy process, but necessary.I will add more to this review once I have the Samsung D6500 3D Blu Ray player attached and check out the 3D settings.
    NetFlix is working so beautifully on our current LG Blu Ray player that I may keep the LG Blu Ray player attached as well and pick and choose the best player for the situation. We’ll see! I have the LG Blu Ray player connected directly to the router (or is it the modem?) – hard wiring seems to work better for us.I hope that my non-technical review is helpful. Happy Viewing!Update: Well, the low price from Amazon has come and gone, but this TV is still a “showstopper” with incredibly vivid colors. So if you want your onscreen viewing world to be brighter and more vivid than real life, consider this plasma TV. As stated, older shows (such as “Two and Half Men” reruns on Fox) will still look somewhat drab, but acceptable. New programs (such as the Country Music Awards) will truly be eye-candy if you want them to be. You can choose the intensity of the colors to your liking. You have a choice of brightness including several settings(Standard/Dynamic/Movie) plus you can adjust to your taste. In addition, you can adjust the sound based on what you are viewing, such as for music or to bring out the voices for those who have trouble hearing. The sound quality is acceptable even when no additional speakers are attached.
    Update #2: We have now tried out the 3D feature with the first Shrek movie and it works great! The colors are “to die for” and the images are sharp and stunning. We paired the TV with the Samsung BD D6500 3D Blu Ray player and the 3100 glasses (with side blinders). All 3 products synched perfectly.
    What’s nice is that you can switch from 3D to 2D with the touch of a button on the remote. Of course, at one point our kitten must have activated the 3D setting while we were watching regular TV and we were wondering why the image was blurred. I felt a little queasy after about 20 minutes of viewing in 3D, so I am sure that will have to build up a tolerance. Also it’s probably not advisable to have the 3D images on the TV while some of the viewers don’t have their glasses on. It won’t be enjoyable for them, that’s for sure.
    “Glee” and “New Girl” look great on this plasma TV. I am very impressed. Another really nice feature is the extra thin bezel surrounding the TV. It also helps to make the images “pop”. This is a very attractive and fairly lightweight TV. The TV does not protude much in the back and the rotating glass stand included with the TV is very minimalistic. That said, you won’t want any “rough-housing” around your TV. Make sure that you install the base securely and that you set up the TV so that it is very stable.The menu offers lots of options for color, sound, brightness, etc. Even black and white movies look great on this TV. You will experience bold blacks and astoundingly gorgeous color. We added horizontal blinds to several of our windows to block out glare when needed. If plasma can offer so much color intensity, then it’s well worth it to make accommodations for getting rid of the glare that is currently the primary argument against buying plasma. For those of you who looked at plasma TVs in the past, but were concerned about energy use, take a second look. This TV is very energy efficient. The energy usage for this TV is $28 per year based on a comparison of similar TVs (50 to 54 in) that range from $21 to $67 per year (at 11 cents per kwh, 5 hours per day). As you can see this TV is on the low end for energy usage.December 21, 2011
    We are still loving this TV. I watched George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” Live from Lincoln Center last night and it was spectacular – a virtual feast for the eyes and ears. Several days ago we watched “Tahiti: Ultimate Wave” with the Samsung 3100 3D glasses (the TV synchs up easily with the 3D glasses with Bluetooth). It was such an amazing experience to see schools of fish, sharks and barracudas – as if we were snorkeling in the coral reefs of Tahiti. XFinity has a handful of free 3D movies offered at their On Demand channel. The design of this TV with very narrow bezel all around only serves to enhance the viewing experience.It is also important to note on the technical side that this HDTV has 3 HDMI inputs. I wouldn’t consider buying an HDTV with less HDMI inputs. Until we are up and running we have our LG Blu-ray player and our new Samsung D6500 Blu-ray player with 3D capability connected. I haven’t taken the time yet to set up the Samsung player for wifi or ethernet connection, so we are still viewing NetFlix by using the hard-wired LG player.
    Sorry if I have repeated myself a bit! Happy Viewing!

  • Customer Rating First Review, 2011-05-05
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    So let me start off by saying I rarely write reviews on here but I use them quite often when making a decision on whether or not to buy something. I bought this TV from Vann’s, and it came with 2 pair of 3D glasses for free. Amazon use’s Paul’s TV as the primary seller and they are a very good company as well, so purchasing this TV through Amazon would have been my first choice, but Vann’s had the better deal at the time.

    My TV arrived via Fed Ex freight on April 21, and I immediately un boxed it and put it in my bedroom. This TV is replacing an Vizio 37″ 1080P LCD which was working fine, but I really wanted a 3D set!

    Initial Physical Impression was WOW. Very Sleek looking, much thinner than my Vizio, nice sturdy swiveling base, and has an almost Dark Cherry Touch of Color to it, which I was unaware of prior to purchasing but looks great with my Cherry Bedroom set.

    Performance: I have the TV hooked up to a PS3 with the most current software (3D Capable), and Panasonic BDT-110 3D bluray player (Was a gift) and a Directv Hr-21 3D capable DVR Receiver. All I can say is WOW. The PQ is amazing, the blacks are Inky dark, there is no motion blur when watching sports and all this from a 720P, budget 3D TV! I have not any gaming on the unit yet, as I am nearing the end of the break in period, but I have been doing a TON of 3D Blu Ray and TV Watching. I must say that the new Bluetooth 3D Glasses from Samsung are great! This unit came with 2 free pair, and they retail right around $70.00 each. They sync with the TV quickly and I have yet to lose signal during a movie.

    3D Performance: I have now watched about 10 3D Blu Ray movies on the TV and have seen zero Crosstalk/Ghosting. The picture looks at great in 3D as it does on standard bluray but with the Added 3D effect. You can even convert 2D television programming to 3D, while this is cool, it is not as in depth as original 3D Material (Blu Ray 3D or Directv 3D).

    In conclusion, this is a great tv for any price. I am sure if you wanted to you could nit pick a few things (Mostly the adequate speakers) but overall I am very pleased, and I will be picking up a Samsung PN64D7000 to replace my current non 3D TV in the living room!

  • Fernando says:

    Customer Rating Great TV if you have a very, very dark room!, 2011-09-15
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    First off, let me say that I love Samsung TVs. This was my fourth Samsung HDTV in the last 5 years (Still have 3 of them) and I purchased it to replace a 40″ Samsung LCD that had been moved from the living room to a bedroom. As expected, the TV build quality is outstanding, and the picture quality in both 720p and 1080i is incredible. The only drawback (and the reason why I returned it) is that the TV is too reflective and has too much glare. It becomes distracting and all you see is the glare instead of the picture. However, if you watch your TV at night, with no lights on in the room, you will not find a better TV than this one.

  • Customer Rating I think I’m in love, 2011-10-11
    This review is from: Samsung PN43D490 43-Inch
    I was originally planning on buying a 60 inch LG 1080p plasma tv, but after I saw this at Target, I really couldn’t pass it up. For my apartment, I know I am not going to miss that extra 9 inches, and after seeing the picture quality (“only” 720p resolution), I’m sold. Plus it has 3D capability (not that I really have a use for it) and I saved almost $400.This is my first Samsung tv, and after a week I am seriously in love with this product. Setup out of the box was simple. I purchased the Walker Edison Regal 60-In. 4-in-1 TV Stand with Mount, and mounted on the stand it looks gorgeous. For anyone looking for a nice stand, this one is great, and it makes mounting your tv very easy.I had the tv out of the box, mounted and hooked up in maybe twenty minutes. After that it’s pretty much just the fun stuff. I had my laptop hooked up to it and was watching The Mentalist as I adjusted the color settings, which look a little strange at first. Default settings seem to be set at some kind of energy saving mode, and I was worried that the brightness displayed when I first turned it on was as bright as it went. Not so, of course, there is a vast range of picture options available, and it only took maybe 10 minutes to get a setting I was happy with.Picture quality even watching The Mentalist (which is DVD quality) was amazing. The colors are really vibrant, and the contrast really is something you have to see. I had read countless reviews saying that plasma’s are better for contrast, or for deeper blacks, but having been around primarily LCD’s all my life, I really didn’t know what I was missing. I am really looking forward to watching something of Blu Ray quality on it, I already know it will be incredible.The only real con, of course, is that being plasma, the screen surface is highly reflective. I got this tv to go in my new apartment, and while in my old bedroom I could see a reflection of the blinds behind me, it is even more noticeable with this tv if the picture on the tv is anything dark (less noticeable for lighter colors, obviously). It is a bearable distraction right now, as I’m still a bit punch-drunk over this tv, but I have also purchased the Redi Shade 1617201 Black Out Pleated Shade 36-by-72-Inch, 6-Pack to try to cut down all the light so I can have unimpeded daytime viewing as well. I have two large windows and a huge sliding glass door in my living room, so it will be a challenge, I’m sure. I will update once that is set up.For now though, I am extremely happy with my tv. If you have a Prime membership, I would recommend buying from Amazon since there is no tax and that will save you almost a hundred dollars. If anything changes I will update this review, but all things being equal, I think this tv will last me quite a long time. Highly recommended.

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