The world is now being introduced to Samsung's first ever 3D compatible television series, the PNC7000 Plasmas. This series has just recently been released and is one of several 3D capable TVs that were announced this year at CES 2010. As the least expensive plasma TV released in 2010 to feature 3D compatibility, the PNC7000 is perfect for people who want a plasma TV and are looking for a good deal.
Samsung is offering the PNC7000 in three different sizes: 50 inches, 58 inches, and 63 inches. All three TVs are identical in every way apart from the size. The PNC7000 has one of the best appearances of any television released so far in 2010. It is both sleek and modern. It features a dark gray bezel with a matte finish and has Samsung's signature transparent stalk and frame edge to increase the appeal. It sits on a fantastic stainless-steel base that swivels very nicely. The PNC7000 is also the thinnest among its competitors at an amazing 1.4 inches thick.
The PNC7000 remote is a nice size and shape, easy to use, and features standard, raised buttons. There are a total of 49 button, and 44 of them are backlit, which is a convenient feature. Fortunately, Samsung has done away with the fingerprint-prone finish from last year's remote style and replaced it with a finish that will be much easier to keep clean.
Now due to the fact that the PNC7000 is so incredible thin, the jack pack placement on it may seem a little odd at first, but after spending a little time with it, it shouldn’t be a problem. On the back of the TV, there is a horizontal and a vertical row of jacks that are arranged so the cables run parallel to the panel, instead of plugging in perpendicular. The PNC7000 has a variety of different jacks including: 4 HDMI inputs, 1 composite video input, 1 VGA-style PC input, 1 AV output, 2 USB ports, 1 component video input, 1 RF input, a Digital audio output, and a Ethernet (LAN) port.
The PNC7000 offers the best set of media streaming in TV today. It comes equipped with Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Vudu video, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and more. Dailymotion, CinemaNow and Blockbuster are not found on other TVs and Hulu Plus is exclusive only to Samsung.
Like the media streaming on the PNC7000, the apps are also top notch. Samsung has worked hard to create a fabulous app platform. It’s no Apple Store but they really have done a great job. In addition to Apps within the main interface, there's a separate Yahoo widgets interface with 19 total add-ons available. There’s weather, news, sports, and widgets like Drivecast, Flickr, and Facebook.
So now let’s talk about the feature that is drawing so much attention towards this TV, the 3D capability. The PNC7000 is compatible with multiple 3D standards, including FullHD, BluRay, and Half Standard. The 3D on this television is brilliant. It is much better than the 3D on an LCD TV. The PNC7000's 3D capabilities truly make it standout from the competition. The downside is that it doesn’t come with the 3D glasses necessary for the 3D to be effective. The glasses themselves are $150 a pair, but considering the PNC7000 is one of the less pricey 3D televisions out there, it leaves more money in the budget to purchase the glasses. This TV also features a bonus that most of its competitors lack, a 2D to 3D converter. This feature can definitely come in handy.
Overall, the PNC7000 provides excellent picture quality in 2D as well. It has deep black levels and relatively accurate color. It lacks the 1080p/24 processing, inky blacks, and spot-on color of some high-end TVs, but it’s not really a big issue. The PNC7000 really delivers in the areas where it counts.
3D is a very interesting and fun quality that people are beginning to consider when they think of purchasing a new television. What people don’t realize are all the extra things you have to purchase in order to make the 3D work to the best of its ability. So before you go rushing out to buy your first 3D TV, you should consider everything that you will need to make it work the way that you imagine it. First off, you will need a 3D television receiver. If you don’t have Direct TV, you will most likely be switching over to it since it’s the only provider offering 3D service at this time. Your next purchase will be a 3D BluRay player so your movies can be watched in 3D as well. Then of course there’s the 3D glasses at about a $150 a pair and the must have $100 Wi-Fi hook-up. With all the extra equipment you need you’re going to have to factor in a few extra hundred dollars plus the price of the TV.
So, if you feel that, even after hearing about all the additional purchases you will have to make, that a 3D TV is right for you, the PNC7000 is an excellent choice. Not only does it have a great 2D performance, but the Samsung PNC7000 series plasma also delivers 3D for less than the competition with its price ranging from $1,419.00 to $2,699.98, depending on the size you select.
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