Samsung PS51D8000 review

Clean, comfortable 3D and smart TV on a plasma screen

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Samsung ps51d8000 review

The PS51D8000 is not Samsung's flagship TV - that honour goes to the plasma-less D9000 Series - and, in some ways, this set is almost fighting against the Edge LED TVs within its stable.

Apart from its Full HD plasma panel (complete with Real Black Filter and 18-bit Natural True Colour system), the Samsung PS51D8000 is identical to its liquid crystal brethren, such as the Samsung UE46D8000 and Samsung UE60D8000, in terms of features.

The headline grabber is Smart Hub, a collection of apps for video and entertainment, although the set's built-in Wi-Fi and Timeshift feature (the latter using a USB stick or HDD to pause or record live TV) will attract just as many.

It uses Wi-Fi to power Smart Hub, which includes apps for BBC iPlayer, LOVEFiLM, Google Chat, Acetrax, Facebook, YouTube and Blinkbox, among many, many others - it's a hefty offering indeed, with a polished user interface.

Samsung ps51d8000 review

Also accessed via a Smart Hub shortcut, AVI, MKV, AVC HD, MOV and MPEG video files can be read from a USB flash drive or streamed from a networked computer (using the PC-centric AllShare DLNA protocol, which Mac users can fool by using UPnP software such as TwonkyMedia), as well as MP3 music and JPEG photo files.

The Samsung PS51D8000 is well connected and specifically designed with wall mounting in mind. Along an easily reachable side panel are four HDMI inputs, one of them Audio Return Channel-compatible, while nearby are two USB inputs.

Two audio connections also reside on that side panel - optical digital audio and a minijack for PC audio, while the bottom panel includes the RF and LNB for powering the free-to-air cable and satellite TV tuners, Ethernet LAN for hardwiring to a broadband router, and a legacy VGA 15-pin hook-up for a PC.

Adaptors are supplied in the box for RGB Scart and component video. Audio, meanwhile, is dealt with by downfiring 10W stereo speakers along the Samsung PS51D8000's slim undercarriage.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size129.5 cm (51")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.40 kg
Standby Power Consumption1 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand802 mm
Width with Stand1195.90 mm
Depth with Stand309.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height719.4 mm
Width1195.9 mm
Depth37.1 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Auto Program, Closed Caption, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto-off
Product ModelPS51D8000
Product NamePS51D8000 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS51D8000
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Adding intelligence to Smart TV
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True 3D experience in a whole new light
Experience 3D TV at it best with the PDP 8000, which produces the ultimate in 3D picture quality that is utterly immersive. This is possible thanks to Samsung's innovative 3D HyperReal Engine, which delivers superior performance and crystal-clear Full HD images. The unique Plasma +1 design has a much slimmer bezel, and delivers a huge and immersive viewing experience with its +1 inch screen. And with cinematic 3D Sound, featherweight 3D glasses with ergonomic design, and an integrated converter that lets you enjoy 2D games and shows in 3D too - home entertainment has entered a new dimension.

Package Contents
  • PS51D8000 Plasma TV
  • Remote Control
  • Battery
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.20 kg