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Samsung PN50C490 50-Inch 720p Plasma 3D HDTV

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  • Mega Dynamic Contrast
  • E3-panel single filter design
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR Standards
  • Game Mode
  • Clear Image Panel
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  • 3D Compatiblity
  • Sleep Timer

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 47.8 x 2.8 x 28.8 inches ; 62.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 75 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003XDU6EQ
  • Item model number: PN50C490B3DXZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,724 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 26, 2010

Product Description

Get a true cinematic experience without going to the cinema with a Samsung3D plasma HDTV. This Samsung PN50C490, with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio makes sure every frame is saturated with dense, rich color. Samsung is also ENERGY STAR compliant so you are assured that your 50 -inch plasma HDTV is helping the environment by using less enery while saving you money.

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We've only had this tv for 3 days and we're already in love! Watched an old movie on PBS last night and the picture was just stunning! Haven't tried 3D yet at all. Read more ›
Thus ALL content is always scaled to fit this…It still looks fairly good for blu-ray movies, but for any other content the picture is so awful it is essentially unusable. Read more ›
The TV is great, it gives you a great 2D picture and an awesome 3D picture. You can convert 3D to 2D and 2D to 3D. Read more ›
I found this tv fr $850 with two free glasses and have not regretted a single moment. This tv has a great picture even at default settings. Blurays, 3d blurays_ PS3 (3d and… Read more ›
I'll try to post an update on PS3 3D gaming impressions as well (which Sony limits to 720p anyway). Overall, I am VERY impressed with the 2D quality of this set. Love the… Read more ›
Update: I compared the video quality of the same files (some randome HD content of the HDTV capture, HD camera clips, as well as HD movie rips) between PC-VGA-TV playback… Read more ›
The resolution is great when connected to a source of 720P. The 3D is not that good I do not know why..the 3Dexperience I had on other 3D TVs in the store were much better. Read more ›
The sound quality is great - which was a bonus for us. We had a problem with glare on our other TV, since it sits in a room with a wall of windows. This TV has a bit of… Read more ›
Blu-rays look crisp and clear with great color. I think the color in a plasma TV is the best over LCD and LED tvs. Its real color. Read more ›
I will update this review once I get some more 3D movies and check out that function in more detail. I have only watched Resident Evil: Afterlife and it was decent but I am… Read more ›
Fourthly, we have a kid…Although we do not expect TVs to endure flying objects, it is good that Plasma screen is tougher than LCD/LED screen (according to a CNET forum). Read more ›
I can say without a shadow of doubt that…Not sure how that is possible since this set is at a lower resolution but there is no fooling my eyes and what I am saying is true. Read more ›
Blu rays look awesome as well. The only complain I have is that when viewing a dvd that is 4:3 it looks horrible you get black lines on the side of the tv. However this can… Read more ›
The 720P looks at least as good as the 1020P . Blu-rays look crisp and clear with great color. I think the color in a plasma TV is the best over LCD and LED tvs. Read more ›
To get the effect for 3d you have to adjust it a little bit .Go into the menu then 3d…2D is just as impressive ,the colors are rich ,black is actually black not greyish. Read more ›
I tried the VGA port connected to a PC. The tv display native 1360x768 resolution and the image is clear, sharp, and rich in color. So it's like a PC monitor but lot bigger. Read more ›
Not sure how that is possible since this set is at a lower resolution but there is no fooling my eyes and what I am…The colors are vivid and the blacks are REAL black. T… Read more ›
Update: I compared the video quality of the same files (some randome HD content of the HDTV capture, HD camera clips, as well as HD movie rips) between PC-VGA-TV playback… Read more ›
Sound - If someone got this TV with bad…The built-in sound system is awesome> I work from home and I stream pandora from my 3D Blu-ray player w/WIFI and it sounds great. Read more ›
So, the music player there is just useless. Plus, it only plays mp3 anyway and the sound quality wasn't great. So, please forget about it, just so you know. Read more ›
The remote control is easy to switch back and forth among inputs (VCR, DVD, cable decoder) and I think the sound is great. Read more ›
It really makes the whole TV watching experience more captivating. The sound quality is great - which was a bonus for us. We had a problem with glare on our other TV, since… Read more ›
Sound - If someone got this TV with bad sound then the need to return it because that is just not the case. The built-in sound system is awesome> I work from home and I… Read more ›
Now more about the media play's function, not on movie but on music. This is just sounds like a great feature but it's implementation is a complete fail. Yes like movie you… Read more ›
This is my first plasma and I have to say the…This set looks 10 times more expensive than what it is, i love the modern design which goes perfect with my furniture. If… Read more ›
We're considering switching to DirectTV, which has some 3D…We really like the 3D feature on this TV - the novelty hasn't worn off yet and we've been using it over a month. Read more ›
This TV has a bit of glare, but not as much as we'd…The ability to swivel on the stand is a huge help in preventing the glare while watching in some parts of the room. A… Read more ›
I've e tried to tilt it on its side and have applied a good amount of pressure to it…I have no issues with the stand although I can see how one could think it is flimsy. Read more ›
I watched Shrek Forever and a few others and they were fantastic 3D…I would highly reommend this TV to anyone that wants a lower priced unit with a high priced ability. J… Read more ›
The ability to swivel on the stand is a huge help in preventing the…All in all, this is a really good TV at a great price - and the 3D feature just puts it over the top. Read more ›
Nonetheless awesome tv for Gaming, Blu rays and 3d blu rays for an affordable price.. I recommend this to everyone Read more ›
It's a pure delight and my favorite television in the house. It works great for gaming too and the 3d looks fantastic ! I haven't done an energy comparison yet for 3d but… Read more ›
I paid $678 and no taxes and got free shipping! I am very happy with the size of this television this set is huge at 50 inches! I have an Xbox 360 and I have played games… Read more ›
Overall, I am VERY impressed with the 2D quality of this set. Love the size improvement for our master bedroom given our viewing distances. And both 2.5D and 3D viewing was… Read more ›
It certainly did something to the picture, and I liked it. It really added some depth that made the game more enjoyable to watch. Not quite as good as a proper 3D broadcast… Read more ›
The remote control is easy to switch back and forth among inputs (VCR, DVD, cable decoder) and I think the sound is great. Read more ›
But first I had the guy display a 3d movie on it and it worked flawlessly. Took it home ,setup is very easy. I had my ps3 so I didn't need to buy 3d blu ray player… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By All Powerful Wizard Of Oz VINE VOICE on October 29, 2010
I had been wanting to make the leap to 3D ever since I heard 3D would become available to the public for home use on HDTVs. Having priced a few out I just did not feel it was worth the jump quite yet. Then I came across this TV on Amazon. I did a lot of research finding reviews and reading impressions from various HD forums. Finally I went to Best Buy to try this out for myself and was quite impressed.

So after much debate I picked one up with one pair of glasses since it's just me. Got a deal for $969 and that is with tax. Prior to I owned a 47inch 1080p Vizio which I've had for 3 years and was a great set for the price point as well. I can say without a shadow of doubt that even without the 3D feature the picture quality of this TV for Bluray blows away my old 1080p Vizio. Not sure how that is possible since this set is at a lower resolution but there is no fooling my eyes and what I am saying is true. The colors are vivid and the blacks are REAL black. The Vizio which was an LCD always had a white glare from back light issues of the bulbs.

Video games look fantastic. My only issue with the set is two things. My PC did look better on the Vizio because it offered a much brighter picture and on the Samsung it's not as bright. Not a deal killer but this should be noted. The other issue is with 3D games only such as Avatar, Pacific Drift 3D and MLB the show the resolution is also meh in 3D mode compared to non 3D games which look banging.

I have yet to try out a 3D movie but ordered Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Monster House on Amazon and will edit this review to include impressions of those two true 3D movies.

The 2D-3D conversion looks fantastic on Blurays and broadcast TV so that's a win for this set.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Critter_FL on September 14, 2010
Been in the market for a new Master Bedroom HDTV since our 30" HD CRT broke (yay!). Been following this model (PN50C490) since it was announced recently. I found a great deal at a local B&M store the week this was released (2 free pair of 3D glasses included) for the same price as elsewhere. I've been watching this plasma for over a week, and just love it!

We feed it HD service from DirecTV and it looks stunning. Realistic colors and very dark blacks, no ghosting on sports (it is a plasma after all), and we love the upgrade in the size (30" to 50") as viewed from 12-15 feet away in bed. The 2D picture quality beats the old CRT and even our main DLP set in the family room. DirecTV has a few 3D channels, so those were demoed immediately. The X-Games replay looked awesome. I think most sports are recorded in 720p anyway, so there was no loss of quality on this 720p set. I was able to watch the football games this weekend in a pseudo 3D upscale (I'm calling it 2.5D). It certainly did something to the picture, and I liked it. It really added some depth that made the game more enjoyable to watch. Not quite as good as a proper 3D broadcast or actually being there in person, but given the little bit of 3D programming available, the 2.5D conversion was pretty impressive and worked on demand.

No eye strain noticed when wearing the glasses as I was able to watch 3 hours of football without issue. Waiting for the PS3 firmware update to try some 3D Blu-rays on this set, but I don't think that there will be any issues in the 720p versus 1080p resolutions. I'll try to post an update on PS3 3D gaming impressions as well (which Sony limits to 720p anyway). Overall, I am VERY impressed with the 2D quality of this set.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad Masud Hasan on December 6, 2010
First of all, seeing is believing. Me and my wife both visit Sears and HHGREGG stores multiple times to compare plasma vs. LCD/LED and 720p vs. 1080p. We find that plasma is better than LCD/LED in terms of color and other features for picture quality. The lower brightness of plasma is not an issue since there is not much light in our TV room. (In fact, Samsung PN50C490 plasma has "Dynamic" picture mode to view at higher brightness, but we mostly use less bright "Movie" picture mode so that it is less stressful to eyes at night.) We both cannot differentiate much between 720p and 1080p plasma TVs, even watching as close as suggested for 3D viewing (e.g., about 7 feet for 50 inch). Moreover, because of plasma's superior color contrast, saturation, accuracy, and frequency, both me and my wife feel better viewing experience in a 720p plasma than in a 1080p (yes!) LCD/LED when we compare those in store display side by side. Therefore, we decide not to spend another $400+ just to get 1080p or LCD/LED. Those who are still confused, please read CNET TV buying guide. "According to the Imaging Science Foundation, a group that consults for home-theater manufacturers and trains professional video calibrators, the most important aspect of picture quality is contrast ratio the second most important is color saturation, and the third is color accuracy. Resolution comes in fourth, despite being the most-cited HDTV specification." Thus, resolution is the feature that we can compromise to save money.

Secondly, we think about energy-efficiency. From power specifications available online, we calculate how much energy would be saved if we buy LCD/LED rather than this plasma. We find the purchase price to be paid for LCD/LED is much higher than the energy-cost we would save, even for 10 years!
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