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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  • Excellent 3D Blu-ray
  • Upscaling of SD sources
  • Smart Hub interface
  • Freeview HD & Freesat HD


  • Can't customise Smart Hub
  • Motion judder
  • Only three HDMI ins
  • Remote not responsive enough

Some are suspicious of a plasma, we suspect as a result of LED-backlighting TVs' dominance in advertising, but plasma is the tech to head to if you're after a good value all-rounder like the enormous PS60E6500.

Capable of supplying some of the best 3D pictures we've ever seen, alongside thoroughly watchable digital TV programmes – no mean feat on a 60-inch panel – Samsung has packed this beast with most of its latest smart features.

Arriving not only with a Freeview HD tuner but also a Freesat HD version, the PS60E6500 boasts active shutter 3D readiness and a couple of in-box glasses, the full suite of Samsung's Smart Hub apps, and a price tag that may make a lot of you wince.

However, when compared to the competition the PS60E6500 looks a good deal – it's cheaper, for instance, than both Samsung's flagship 55-inch 55ES5800 and step-down 55-inch 55ES6500 Edge LED TVs.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

Though it's not to be confused with the Samsung HT-E6500, a 5.1 system with 3D Blu-ray and streaming galore, the PS60E6500 would make the perfect complement.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

We've seen friendlier-looking TVs than the PS60E6500; its combination of a 24mm titanium-looking plastic frame rimmed by a 7mm transparent lip gives it a slightly industrial finish, though it's not unpleasant.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

The desktop stand, which does swivel slightly, is huge and heavy, with a transparent column. At 56mm in depth the PS60E6500 isn't the slimmest, though that's not something we're overly bothered by.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

Similar models

If 60-inch is too big, this Series 8 also includes the 51-inch PS51E6500 (£1,299), while step-down plasma options – in terms of quality and features – are myriad.

Elsewhere in Samsung's range is the Series 5 models, which comprise the 51-inch PS51E550D (£999) and 60-inch PS60E550D (£1599).

These have a different design, with a lesser black level response than the PS60E6500.

Samsung's Series 4 screens, all of which are HD-ready only and don't include the Smart Hub, comprise the 43-inch PS43E490 (£799) and 51-inch PS51E490 (£599), and the 43-inch PS43E450 (£679) and 51-inch PS51E450 (£479).

If the PS60E6500 we're reviewing here just isn't big enough, Samsung's flagship plasma, the PS64E8000 (£2,999) might be for you. Accompanied by the 51-inch PS51E8000 (£1,699), both include an extra USB input and Samsung's impressive 'smart interaction' features such as voice and gesture control.

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
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35.20 kg
Operating Power Consumption259 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand908.20 mm
Width with Stand1394.30 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product ModelPS60E6500EU
Product Name60" E6500 Series 6 Smart Full HD Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS60E6500EUXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)29.50 kg