With so many startling innovations coming out of Samsung's labs in 2012, it's probably best to start with what the PS60E6500 doesn't possess.

Stripped of all of those voice, gesture and touchpad controls that occupy Samsung's high-end plasmas and LCD/LED TVs, the PS60E6500 nevertheless has Wi-Fi-powered Smart Hub apps, active shutter-flavoured 3D compatibility – with two pairs of 3D shades in the box – both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, and some nifty media streaming.

The slightly unusual rear panel of ins and outs is to the left of the screen as you look at it, and contains two HDMI, a USB slot and a Common Interface slot on its near side.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

On the back of the connections panel – so protruding outwards – are connections for both the Freeview and Freesat tuners, component video and associated phonos (though the green component input can instead be used for composite video, thanks to an adaptor in the box), a digital optical audio output, Ethernet LAN and the third HDMI input.

That grand total of three HDMIs is a tad stingy for a TV costing this much, as is the two USB slots – one more of each are found on most mid-to-high-end TVs these days, including most of Samsung's range.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

At least there's enough picture settings for everyone, with everything from white balance and gamma levels to colour space and even the level of cell-light emissions tweakable.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

The PS60E6500's key core panel tech is Real Black Pro, which explains Samsung's ever-improving black response, though whether it matches up to Panasonic's high standards in this department remains to be seen.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

Smart Hub, accessed straight from a shortcut on the remote, contains a thumbnail of live TV and some shortcuts to its headline apps – BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, Netflix, YouTube and Explore 3D.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

There's also a link to Samsung Apps, which contains links to a host of other apps and games including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Acetrax Movies, Absolute Radio, Teletext Holidays, Aol HD, Dailymotion, Bollywood Movies, Vimeo, Muzu.tv and PictureBox.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

There's also a selection of games apps (MiniGolf, Minesweeper, Suduku Plus) and sports apps (Your Yoga, Your Squat, Fitness VOD).

Samsung has also seen fit to provide a second-rung of apps and links that are dominated by some of its own less than essential app-based ideas.

Family Story (online photo and video albums), Fitness (tracks your progress through a fitness regime that can be linked to Wi-Fi scales) and Kids (on-demand children's programmes, but limited to Canimals and some Korean animation) all have a whiff of passing novelty about them, and anyone with either no interest in this type of thing, or with a Flickr account and a Wii Fit, won't want them.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

Unfortunately, these three services dominate the middle of the Smart Hub home screen, and can't be removed.

The PS60E6500 also indulges in AllShare Play streaming to such an extent that a networked PC or Mac nearby appears as one of the sources besides AV2, HDMI1, TV, and so on.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review