Samsung PS64F8500 review

Samsung's 64-inch TV sees the Korean brand making a big step forward with its plasma picture quality

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The Samsung PS64F8500's pictures are a revelation in both 2D and 3D mode, especially when it comes to their brightness and resistance to ambient light.

Samsung's smart TV engine is miles ahead of the pack in terms of its features, content and sophistication too, plus its sound quality is a cut above the norm, and it seems very fairly priced all things considered.

However, Samsung needs to do more to help users understand all the facets of its smart TV platform. Also, the huge boost in brightness has caused some dither and slight image retention issues, and the set's chassis is much more substantial than that of Samsung's LCD TVs.

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The PS64F8500 is easily Samsung's most aggressive assault yet on Panasonic's traditional dominance of the plasma TV market. Particularly remarkable is its brightness, which hits heights never before witnessed from plasma technology.

Couple this with the Samsung PS64F8500's excellent black depths and sharpness levels and you've got a picture of stunning dynamism that makes Samsung's behemoth as usable in a bright living room as it is in a dedicated cinema room.

The set's smart features are unprecedentedly sophisticated too, with the only issues being a little dither noise and momentary image retention.

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We're still waiting for many of 2013's really large screen TVs to appear, but one alternative you could certainly consider is Samsung's F8000 series. We've tested the 55-inch Samsung UE55F8000 already, but a 65-inch model is incoming with a price of around £3,500 (around AU$5,400 / US$5,334).

Another alternative would be Panasonic's P65VT50 - one of 2012's star TVs that can still be had for some pretty aggressive prices. But you might prefer to wait for its imminent replacement, the P65VT65, which has looked spectacular during previews.


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 Family8500
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size162.6 cm (64")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)36.20 kg
Operating Power Consumption230 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4a
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand918 mm
Width with Stand1482.60 mm
Depth with Stand320 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
Energy Consumption per Year336 kWh
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height877.7 mm
Width1482.6 mm
Depth55.4 mm
ColourTitan Black
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8500
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, PC Streaming, Teletext, Web Browser, Auto Program, Auto-off, Sound Leveler, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer
Product ModelPS64F8500ST
Product Name64" F8500 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS64F8500STXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung Plasma TV Series 8 uses features like Real Black Pro to produce the richest, deepest blacks, while the Super Contrast Panel enhances brightness, so you can enjoy the sharpest contrast and most vivid images possible. It's also a stunning addition to your home, with a stunning metal finish and elegant design that unifies the body and stand. With Smart Hub and S Recommendation, your Series 8 Plasma TV even lets you access online content and services, as well as suggestions based on your taste.

Package Contents
  • 64" F8500 Series 8 Smart 3D Full HD Plasma TV
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
  • IR Extender Cable
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)32.80 kg