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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Although judged purely on picture quality the PS60E6500 isn't in quite the same league as Panasonic's high-end plasmas, it's a closer run thing than we'd imagined.

We liked

As smart as any TV out there, the PS60E6500 excels with 3D. We're talking smooth, depth-filled images that are comfortable to watch, though 2D action is none too shabby either.

It's great to see both Freesat HD and Freevew HD tuners inside, too, with HD channels playing a star role against standard definition channels that somehow look watchable on a 60-inch screen.

We disliked

The PS60E6500 does have some minor issues with motion, brightness and black response, though our main criticisms are rather minor; a backlit, more responsive remote control would be nice, as would a fourth HDMI input and a third USB slot.

The ability to customise the Smart Hub home screen – which is cluttered with apps that appeal to everyone individually, though to no-one en masse – would also make for a more streamlined look and feel.

Final verdict

A very good, but not a great plasma, this 60-incher still steals a march on similarly-sized LCD/LED TVs on versatility, picture quality and value.

Some minor issues with motion and brightness aside, this app-packed, media-savvy giant is a fine all-rounder that excels with 3D.

Also consider

If you're set on achieving a 60-inch screen and you want a 3D telly, the best option is a plasma. Kinder to low quality sources than LED-backlit LCD TVs, plasmas of this size are sold by Samsung, LG and – most notably – by Panasonic.

The latter goes either side of this size, with the 55-inch TX-P55ST50B (£2,000) and 65-inch TX-P65ST50B (£2,500) worth considering for ultimate picture quality and smart TV features galore.

If money's no problem, consider the range-topping Panasonic TX-P65VT50B (£3,499).

Meanwhile, LG's flagship 3D plasma is the 60-inch 60PM970T (£1,500), though if you forgo both 3D and smart TV apps, its low-priced 60PA650T (£999) plasma could be worth investigating.

For 60-inch options in the Edge LED world of similar low price, Sharp's LC60LE636E (£999) could be an option, though this Freeview HD-endowed set doesn't have 3D compatibility.

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