Samsung PS51D8000 review

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

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Samsung ps51d8000 review

We're pretty sure the 'new kind of TV' promised by Apple TV and Sony, among others, will improve on Samsung's Smart Hub - but, for now, it's a good place to start.

Boasting enough features to be deemed at least a mid-to-high-end TV, the Samsung PS51D8000 keeps plasma at the forefront for anyone after picture perfection, but it's 3D that this set excels with.

We liked

Although Freeview HD has come to be regarded as almost the bare minimum for a TV in the UK, any set that adds built-in Freesat HD gets a hearty slap on the back from us. Doing so might set the super-slim Samsung PS51D8000 tumbling, but there's a lot more to get head over heels about - its nicely designed, all-encompassing and content-stuffed Smart Hub user interface, for one.

The appearance of the Explore 3D app is a great addition, particularly since those buying 3D glasses will get one of the best - and certainly the best value - 3D performances available anywhere in the TV market.

We disliked

Smart Hub looks great and is an advanced piece of software, but it's slow and gets in a muddle. After waiting for several apps to load and umpteen connection problems (even when wired to a router), we declare this a rather moody GUI.

Aside from middling contrast for 2D fare, our only other complaint is that there are no 3D glasses included in the box - and the Samsung PS51D8000's awesome 3D pictures make that an especially bitter pill to swallow.

Final verdict

Sensibly - in our view - sticking to active shutter 3D while the slow trickle to the less impressive passive 3D tech continues, Samsung is quickly becoming as known for its good value 3D plasma as it is for its impossibly slim LED TVs.

It's sculpted another stunner with the Samsung PS51D8000, and although Smart Hub could do with debugging and super-charging, this is an easy to use TV with all the latest features - and a cracking 3D performance.

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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.40 kg
Standby Power Consumption1 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand802 mm
Width with Stand1195.90 mm
Depth with Stand309.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height719.4 mm
Width1195.9 mm
Depth37.1 mm
ColourSilver
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS51D8000
Product NamePS51D8000 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS51D8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Adding intelligence to Smart TV
With Samsung at the forefront of Smart TVs, it's only natural that the Plasma +1 TV is fully equipped with all of the latest Smart TV technology. Tap into the world's first built-in TV app store to make using your TV more exciting.

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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.20 kg