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conclusion:We like it

92

If you wished you could have Samsung's Smart TV software features alongside picture quality that rivals Panasonic's best plasmas, then you'll be impressed by the F8500. Samsung goes all in with its Smart TV feature set, as TrustedReviews says that the content is right "out in front," with apps like Netflix, the ability to watch videos from your DLNA device, and even access to cloud storage. But maybe it's a bit much, with Digital Trends saying the TV is "loaded with too many features." Looking past the TV's software, FlatPanelsHD says the F8500 color performance is "impressive" and "on par with Panasonic's plasma TVs," and HDTVTest agrees, saying the F8500 produces "outstanding picture quality with extreme contrast performance." If you buy the Samsung F8500 you will be happy with everything it has to offer, but you can get the Panasonic ST60 for about $500 cheaper without sacrificing picture quality.

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Critic reviews

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8.0
CNET May 1, 2013

Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.

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PC World Australia May 31, 2013

If you can afford the $20 a year in extra power, Samsung’s top plasma TV is by far the best choice for watching high quality video. We think it’s equal to Panasonic’s best plasmas for black level and overall contrast, with an extra boost in available brightness.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Televisions Apr 12, 2013

Within the realm of picture quality, Samsung's F8500 is absolutely awesome. The brightness this plasma achieves is worth praise alone, but its deep black levels and the accuracy of its colors are solid gold stamps, branding it as the current TV to beat.

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TrustedReviews May 29, 2013

There should be no doubt that Samsung’s revolutionary work in delivering a plasma TV that combines groundbreaking brightness with truly inky black levels deserves to win the heart of many serious AV fans – especially those whose rooms tend to have a bit of ambient light to contend with.

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10
TechRadar May 15, 2013

Particularly remarkable is its brightness ... 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.

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9.0
HDTVTest May 1, 2013

Samsung have underpromised and overdelivered with this display. We strongly recommend you check the PS64F8500 out if you’re looking for a top-grade, large-sized HDTV.

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9.0
Digital Trends May 28, 2013

It is one of those TVs that you don’t want to miss out on purchasing now, or you’ll be regretting it for years as you read five years from now about how it was a landmark product for Samsung and how sad it is that plasma isn’t around anymore.

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8.0
FlatPanelsHD Jul 31, 2013

All in all, Samsung F8500 is a great plasma TV and one of the best TVs on the market right now. Some of the classic plasma problems remain and F8500 is more expensive than previous plasma TVs from Samsung, but F8500 is still an amazing TV.

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Reviewed.com Televisions Apr 12, 2013

We've only had a short time to test the F8500, and have only been able to take readings for black level, peak white, and color gamut, but the contrast results we've seen so far are absolutely unbelievable.

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TechRadar Jan 10, 2013

If nothing else the 51F8500's ambitious design marks a re-statement of Samsung's confidence in the oft-ignored plasma tech, which is a tad surprising given its runaway success marketing LED-flavoured sets over the past few years.

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Expert Reviews Feb 5, 2013

The internal components and panel are identical to the F8000 that Samsung launched with some fanfare at its Las Vegas press conference – so you get the new quad-core processor, some pretty stunning-looking image quality from the LED-lit panel and the new Samsung Smart Hub 2013 interface.

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ScottFrancis ScottFrancis

I considered this Samsung PN60F8500 against the 60-inch Panasonic ZT60. I didn't see either of them in advance of receiving the Samsung, which just went on sale about two weeks ago. The Panasonic won't be available until May. Since I didn't see either of them in person, I decided based on...

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