Samsung PN42B450 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV

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Specifications: Since its launch, the Samsung PN42B450 42-inch plasma HDTV has been topping the best-seller charts. After testing it for a couple of days, it is easy to see why (a low price tag helps too). This model is 790p HD model where its display has a 1024 x 768 resolution. For its sound system, it uses the SRS TruSurround HD technology and has 20 Watt in audio power. In terms of connectivity, the PN42B450 comes with 3 HDMI ports, two component video port, a USB port and a couple more standard connectors. It is also quite energy efficient as it is Energy Star Compliant.

Design: The Samsung PN42B450 has an almost all black glossy frame and stand. On the bottom frame (below the screen) there is a streak of dark red that creates a nice accent to its overall look. It measures 41.7 x12.4 x 28.4 inches in dimensions and weighs at 61.3 pounds. Most of the ports are located on the back of the unit. There are also several connectors (such as a HDMI port and composite AV input) located on the side of the HDTV.

Features & Performance: Although the Samsung PN42B450 is a 720p plasma, from our tests, the video playbacks were much better than many 1080p LCD HDTVs in the market. The black levels were very deep and the colors were accurate. We tested ‘Transformers’ (Blu-ray) and the visuals were just stunning. Fast action sequences were smooth and almost flawless thanks to its 0.001ms response time. I use to think that Panasonic and Pioneer plasma HDTVs are the best in the market, but now, it seems that the Samsung PN42B450 (along with the PN50B450 and other model in its series) is going to give those giants a good run for their money. To top it off, this model currently costs around $680 a piece (with free shipping), making it an unbelievable deal. There are very few HDTVs (42″) in the market that are selling below the $900 mark.

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