Samsung PN60E8000 Review
60" Plasma 3D HDTV, $3080
The 8000 series is the top of Samsung's line of 2012 plasma HDTVs, which means that every feature in Samsung's arsenal is packed into the PN60E8000 3D Smart TV.
Of course, some may think that there may be one or two or a few too many features stuffed in to this high-end TV. Do we really need both voice and gesture control, especially when neither work flawlessly?
The saving grace of the PN60E8000 is that you never need to fiddle with many of these features if you don't want to, and you can still enjoy the luscious picture quality that this top notch plasma produces.
(Editor's Note: Samsung makes two other sizes of the 8000 plasma series, the 51" PN51E8000 and the 64" PN64E8000. Both have similar specifications and this review of the 60" PN60E8000 can apply to its plasma siblings.)
Our Star Ratings
I'm a big fan of plasma displays and the Samsung PN60E8000 does not disappoint. The picture quality is lovely with deep blacks and rich, true colors. The audio quality from the integrated speakers is above average. But give this plasma its due respect and pair the picture quality with an equally excellent dedicated speaker system.
I'm conflicted about this rating. There is no doubt that Samsung has included all the features that you could desire. But in that laundry list, there may be some that simply detract from the pleasure of using the TV.
Ease of Use: 4.0
Again this category can be broken into different levels. The initial setup of the TV is easy, but when you start exploring Smart TV and other features, plan on spending some serious study time with the manual and remote in hand.
At the time of this review, you could purchase the PN60E8000GF on the Samsung site for $2340, marked down from its MSRP of $3080. And I'm seeing it for $200 less on Amazon. Considering that Samsung is selling other, less feature rich 60" plasma models for under $1400, you will be paying an extra chunk of change for all the extras that the PN60E8000 offers.
Star Ratings Description
Ratings are relative to when the review was written. The obvious example is Value, what you could purchase for $2000 two years ago or even two months ago would seem like a bad value for that price now. We give very few 5 Star ratings, which we reserve for truly outstanding accomplishment.