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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Usability

Initial set-up is simple, though we were irritated by the need to completely repeat the whole process when trying to re-tune digital channels in a new location.

A four-minute software update download was necessary before this review.

Freeview HD is well handled, with schedules for six channels over two hours on a page below a thumbnail of live TV and a short description of each programme.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

Graphics are hi-res, nicely nuanced and use impactful colours.

The remote control itself is excellent as a piece of hardware.

Large number buttons are up top, with a clearly labeled 'HDMI' button for accessing whatever is attached to the HDMI1 input – probably a Blu-ray player.

Samsung PS60E6500 Review

We do like the Smart Hub logo as a shortcut to apps, as well as the matching titanium-like plastic finish and how it feels in the hand, though it's not as responsive as it could be.

Some backlighting would be handy, too – this is a serious plasma TV that is likely to be used by those with home cinema ambitions.

Thus it will almost certainly find itself being used in a blackout.

The PS60E6500 is also media-savvy, though arguably this side of its character isn't as slick as on LG's current crop of TVs.

USB recording is a nice option, as is the option to pause live TV if a USB stick is inserted (a 2GB stick ought to give you around 50 minutes of pausing), but digital file handling is a little cumbersome.

It's great being able to stream AVC HD, AVI, MKV, MOV, MPEG4, WMV and WMV HD video, MP3, M4A, lossless FLAC and OGG music, and JPEG photos, but it's all a bit too manual.

At least USB-housed material is instantly located and displayed as thumbnails.

It's also possible to access media files stored on the remote cloud storage service SugarSync.

That's good news for owners of Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone, which also has AllShare Play feature, though personally we'd like to have seen Dropbox integration.

Sound

Audio is rarely a flat TV's strongpoint, though the extra girth of the PS60E6500 ensures a better-than-average performance.

It's still not got anything on a soundbar, let alone a home cinema set-up, but there's noticeably more low end; dialogue sounds full and rounded, with even movie soundtracks coped with reasonably well.

Value

Feature-packed as it is, the PS60E6500's list price of £1,899 is relatively good value for such a monster-sized screen.

Even though we found it online for a shade over £1,600, you'll struggle to find many plasmas to match the PS60E6500 in either size or price.

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Panasonic does make its TX-P65VT50B, but that's five inches bigger (that might not sound much, but it's measured diagonally, so means roughly a 17% increase in screen area) and thus goes for a much higher price – £3,499 was the lowest we found.

The PS60E6500 is also bigger, and better value – in terms of price – than its Edge LED equal, the 55-inch UE55ES6800 (£1,900).

It's also worth bearing in mind that the PS60E6500 comes with two pairs of Samsung's slinky, lightweight SSG-4100GB 3D glasses, which is more than can be said for all but the flagship VT50 Series of Panasonic's plasmas. What's more, they cost a mere £15 each.

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