Samsung’s innovative plasma series
The Samsung PNE8000 is being regarded as the most full-featured plasma TV in the market. Experts recommend the Samsung PNE8000 series for exhibiting outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels, accurate colors, rapid video processing and high quality 3D. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma TV it has off-angle and uniformity characteristics of consumer choice. Its massive feature set includes a touch-pad remote, IR blaster, two pairs of 3D glasses, motion and voice command, and one of the industry’s capable Smart TV platforms.
The PNE8000 is the only 2012 Samsung plasma to get the company’s dual-core processor, and the only plasma that can be upgraded via the Smart Evolution feature. Samsung says the TV’s processor and memory can be swapped out and upgraded at a later date (as early as 2013) and for an unspecified fee to allow improved functionality.
Samsung’s 2012 TV menus look the same as last year and remain among the easiest to use. They are bright opaque blue with rounded edges and good-sized text. Each major menu item gets a text explanation
Like all Samsung 3D models, and unlike other major-brand TVs that use active 3D technology, the PNE8000 actually comes with 3D glasses; the new Samsung SSG-4100GBs and two pairs are packed into every box.
Aside from Smart Interaction, the other major step-up is the remote control. In addition to a standard clicker, there is another that omits numerous buttons in favour of a touch pad that is supposed to ease navigation of the menus and Smart TV functions, especially the Web browser. With bluetooth connectivity the user does not need a line of sight to the TV.
Samsung includes a battery-powered Bluetooth-to-IR blaster that allows the TV to directly control a cable box or Blu-ray/DVD player or both. The idea is to use voice and gesture commands, as well as the touch-pad remote, with these external devices.