Samsung PS60E6500 review

Great value 60-inch plasma that brings down both the price and the house with its all-round performance

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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

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6500
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size152.4 cm (60")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35.20 kg
Operating Power Consumption259 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGANo
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand908.20 mm
Width with Stand1394.30 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1000
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year378 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height832.6 mm
Width1394.3 mm
Depth56 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series6500
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Teletext, Media Player, PC Streaming, Web Content Access
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS60E6500EU
Product Name60" E6500 Series 6 Smart Full HD Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS60E6500EUXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bring sophisticated premium design into your home
Now you can complement your decor with an elegant television that fits in perfectly, yet stands out with style. A slim profile will be pleasing to the eye, impressive to visitors and a convenient for space-saver. The titan black premium finish and luxurious quad stand deliver sophistication that positions Samsung plasma televisions above the rest. You won't be able to take your eyes off this beautiful design.

Share and access all your multimedia and devices
Watch all your content with ease thanks to advanced connectivity. Built-in Wi-Fi and AllShare Play functionality allow wireless access to devices without needing equipment like a wireless LAN adaptor. Access video, music and photos from your USB storage with ConnectShare Movie and enjoy content on your TV that you previously had to watch on a PC. PVR gives you to ability to record and store your favourite content right onto the TV's HDD. Three HDMI inputs mean you can make the most of breathtaking full HD entertainment, too. Free your multimedia with better-connected technology.

Package Contents
  • 60" E6500 Series 6 Smart Full HD Plasma TV
  • 2 x 3D Active Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)29.50 kg