Samsung PS50C6900 review

Fantastic value 3D TV with Freeview HD tuner and web access

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Samsung ps50c6900

Samsung's previous range of TVs were pretty legendary for falling short in the sound department while over-achieving in most other areas. So it is a pleasant surprise to find the PS50C6900's speakers doing a respectable job, with an open and powerful mid range that's strong enough to prevent the thin, feeble sensation that was Samsung's audio trademark last year.

As with so many flat TVs, a little more extension into both the treble and especially bass frequencies would be much appreciated. But at least the PS50C6900 sees Samsung raising its audio game to the point where it's at least on a par sonically with the majority of its flat TV rivals this year.


It's here that the PS50C6900 makes its biggest impact. Getting a 50in plasma TV with decent performance for £1,300 would be a compelling proposition, even if it was only a 2D set.

Add in Samsung's most engaging 3D performance yet, plus excellent multimedia support, and you've got a bargain of quite colossal proportions.

Ease of use

Although the PS50C6900's main onscreen menus are easy on the eye and look suitably slick, there are one or two oddities about the way they're structured.

The arrangement of the Advanced Settings and Picture Options submenus is particularly peculiar, with some pretty important adjustment features divided along apparently arbitrary grounds.

There's room for improvement with the Internet@TV interface, too. It looks rather clunky by Samsung's usual standards, doesn't structure content particularly helpfully or intuitively, and generally feels a bit like an interface that's been outgrown by the amount of content it needs to support.

On the upside, while the remote control isn't particularly pleasing on the eye and initially looks rather overwhelming with the number of buttons it carries, it doesn't take long to feel comfortable with the layout.

There is also, happily, a dedicated 3D button for quick access to 3D features: something conspicuously, frustratingly absent from the remotes of numerous other 3D TVs.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6900
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.20 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption190 W
Standby Power Consumption290 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand808.50 mm
Width with Stand1211 mm
Depth with Stand227 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height749 mm
Width1211 mm
Depth35.9 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product Series6900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, Picture in Picture, Web Content Access, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto-off, Multimedia Player, PC Streaming, Sleep Timer
Product ModelPS-50C6900
Product NamePS50C6900 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS50C6900
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • PS50C6900 Plasma TV
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Slim Gender Cable
Weight (Approximate)24.50 kg