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Samsung PN51D490 51-Inch 720p 600Hz 3D Plasma HDTV (Black) [2011 MODEL] (2011 Model)

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  • 51-inch plasma display panel with 720p HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels)
  • 3D-ready HDTV: add Samsung active 3D glasses and 3D content device
  • Six separate HD inputs (three HDMI, two HD component, one PC)
  • USB port for enjoying videos, music, or pictures from your USB devices
  • 600Hz subfield motion and ultra-fast response time for clarity during fastest-moving scenes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 46.8 x 27.8 inches ; 49.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 151 pounds
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  • ASIN: B004MKNQHS
  • Item model number: PN51D490
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,800 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2011
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3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.

February 2011
Samsung's D490 series makes a great entry-point for 3D Plasma HDTVs. With a 720p resolution, an ultra fast response time, and 600Hz subfield motion technology, you get a crystal-clear image. Connect a USB flash drive to enjoy some video, music, or pictures. Better yet, add a Blu-ray 3D player and some Samsung 3D glasses, and you'll have access to ultra-immersive 3D entertainment.

Samsung PN51D490
All the bold contrast and color of plasma, with the advanced features and design that Samsung is known for. Click here for a larger image

Make the Most of Movie Night

Plasma Display

Samsung's Plasma HDTVs deliver all the bold contrast and color of plasma, with the advanced features and design that Samsung is known for. Compared to other types of displays, Plasma offers high contrast ratios, gorgeously saturated colors, and allows for wide viewing angles, so every seat in the house is a great one.

Samsung PN51D490 3D
3D Active Glasses sync up with the 3D TV to produce 3D images that virtually leap off the screen.
Samsung PN51D490 Plus One
Samsung's new Plus One design offers a bigger screen with a narrower outer frame.
Samsung 600Hz subfield
600Hz subfield technology makes contours crisper and scrolling text sharper.
3D Picture Performance

See how 3D HD movies and sports come alive with depth and action that leap from the screen. Connect a Blu-ray 3D Player or other 3D device and enjoy an immersive experience (Samsung active 3D glasses required, sold separately). The processing can even be applied to broadcast TV, gaming content and legacy DVDs to automatically convert 2D viewing into 3D in real time. If you’re not in the 3D mood, you’re back to watching one of the best quality HDTVs on the market with the push of a button.

600Hz Subfield HD Motion

For TV shows and movies, 600Hz subfield motion technology renders even the fastest-moving scenes with the utmost clarity and precision, so that each detail is crystal-clear. 600Hz subfield motion is a measurement for comparing Plasma pixel response and screen refresh rates to that of LCD/LED displays.

"Plus One" Design

Samsung's Plasma Plus One Design sets this TV apart, with a bigger picture and a narrower outer frame, for an extra inch of screen compared to similarly sized competitors' models.

Ultra-Fast Response Time

A fast .001ms response time optimizes fast motion video content. Because it can track fast-moving images without motion blur, plasma is ideal for watching action-packed sports or playing video games.

ConnectShare Movie

Connect a thumb drive or digital camera quickly and easily via the PN51D490's USB port. An intuitive, user-friendly interface allows access to videos, music, or pictures via the remote.

Quality Sound

Get crisp, clear sound with 10 watts through two speakers and advanced SRS technology. SRS' TheaterSound, available in new Samsung HDTVs, is an all-in-one audio suite that directly addresses the three most common consumer TV audio complaints--inconsistent volume levels, unintelligible vocals, and poor, dimension-less sound.

ENERGY STAR Compliant

The PN51D490 exceeds the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.

PN51D490 Select Specifications

Video
Screen Size: 51 Inches
Display Type: Plasma Display Panel (PDP)
Resolution: 720p
Inputs
HDMI: 3 (version 1.4)
Component Video (Y/PB/PR): 2
PC Input: 1
USB 2.0 Ports: 1
Component Audio Input: 2
PC Audio Input: 1
Outputs
Digital Audio Output: 1 (Rear)
Weight and Dimensions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 46.8 x 27.8 x 2.2 Inches (46.8 x 30.8 x 12.0 Inches With Stand)
Weight: 49.6 lbs. (59.1 lbs. with stand)

What's in the Box

PN51D490 51-inch PDP 3D HDTV, Stand, Remote Control, Documentation




Samsung 2011 PDP Feature Comparison


Series
D8000
D7000
D6500
D550
D530
D490
D450
Screen Sizes
51", 59", and 64"
51", 59", and 64"
51" and 59"
51", 59", and 64"
51" and 59"
43" and 51"
43" and 51"
Bezel Design
Brushed Metal
Brushed Metal
Brushed
ToC
ToC
High Glossy
High Glossy
Bezel/Depth
Ultra-Slim
Ultra-Slim
Ultra-Slim
Slim
Slim
Slim
Slim
Stand
Quad
Titan Square
Silver Square
Black Square
Black Square
Black Square
Glossy Square
Scan Format
Full HD
Full HD
Full HD
Full HD
Full HD
HD
HD
600Hz Subfield Motion
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
3D Picture
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Rel Black Filter
yes
yes
Local Contrast Enhancer
yes
Samsung Apps
yes
yes
yes
Your Video
yes
yes
yes
Search All
yes
yes
yes
Web Browser (w/ QWERTY remote)
yes
Skype
yes
HDMI Inputs
4
4
4
4
2
3
2
USB Ports
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
Built-in WiFi
yes
yes
yes
Allshare
yes
yes
yes
yes

Product Description

Make the most of movie night, every night, with the magic of Plasma 3D TV. Plasma TV is the true cinema lover’s TV; the 51-inch Samsung PN51D490 Plasma 3D TV delivers all the bold contrast and color of plasma, with the advanced features and design that Samsung is known for. Samsung’s Plasma Plus One Design sets this TV apart, with an extra inch of screen compared to similarly sized competitors’ models. For TV shows and movies, the innovative 600Hz subfield motion technology renders even the fastest-moving scenes with the utmost clarity and precision, so that each detail is crystal-clear. Advanced 3D technology makes the thrills truly come alive once you experience the depth and realism of 3D movie titles and TV programming.

Customer Questions & Answers

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For sure a must have!!!! the picture quality is amazing. I've been glued to the TV ever since I hooked it up. Read more ›
Big deal, the 2011 will be last years' model in 2012. The picture quality is fantastic, easily programable and adjustable. The price is killer--almost craigslist pricing on… Read more ›
I set it up and after 15 minutes I had my TV up'n running. The Picture was just gorgeous as the 600Hz really does make a difference. I could not even detail the difference… Read more ›
Outstanding picture quality. Amazing 3D, I want to duck when Captain America throws his shield at the screen! Read more ›
Just received…I was a little leery of it only being 720p but after a trip to Best Buy to see it side by side with similar sized full HD tv's I couldn't pass up the deal. Read more ›
This is my second Samsung HD and I love it. Easy set up, super sharp picture and 3d for around $700.00 is very hard to beat! I highly recommend this TV to anyone in the market Read more ›
The picture quality is outstanding, both in 2D and 3D. The colors are very vivid, the blacks appear quite deep and I don't notice any blurring or artifacting to speak of. It… Read more ›
Even black and white movies look great on this TV. You will experience bold blacks and astoundingly gorgeous color. We added horizontal blinds to several of our windows to… Read more ›
I watch a lot of sports and…I've tested a lot of video games(360 and PS3) with a lot of action, everything looks greats, the colors pop, the menu's are straight forward. Read more ›
This is an amazing tv. Super clear and vibrant colors dark blacks. 3d glasses work great. Read more ›
I had read countless reviews saying that plasma's are better for contrast, or for deeper blacks, but having been around primarily LCD's all my life, I really didn't know… Read more ›
All I can say is WOW. The PQ is amazing, the blacks are Inky dark, there is no motion blur when watching sports and all this from a 720P, budget 3D TV! I have not any… Read more ›
2nd month of owning this TV and have been very happy. By no means is this the best option out there, but I might say it's the best at this price. Read more ›
3D features I have found to be very cool, many of my current games work great in 3D mode, plus Time Warner has several 3D films for free on demand. 3D Blu Rays are costly… Read more ›
I am afraid to keep the TV in full dynamic mode. So I am watching in a mode were TV is not used in its full potential.(Less contrast less brightness etc) Read more ›
You can choose the intensity of the colors to your…You have a choice of brightness including several settings(Standard/Dynamic/Movie) plus you can adjust to your taste. I… Read more ›
Another really nice feature is the extra thin bezel surrounding the TV. It also helps to make the images "pop". Read more ›
This one is an easy one. OUTSTANDING performance, price, features. I have 3 other flat screens, all panasonic (which I have never had a problem with). Read more ›
If you have a viewing area of less than 6' I would…The audio is surprisingly good considering the thickness of the TV, but we added an Onkyo 7.1 surround sound and WOW. H… Read more ›
I bought my 43inch in August of 2011. Picture great, sound great, really liked the tv. Now 15 months later I am watching TV and the picture just goes out, black screen. Read more ›
Next lets talk about Audio. The d490 has the best audio of any television I have heard(when set to movie mode). I was shocked when I put the volume up. Read more ›
Loved this TV when I got it. Great picture and sound. Really an upgrade from my old tube tv. Read more ›
Connected to USB drives and pronto - nice menu to navigate and play your favs e. Pretty decent Sound inbuilt f. Awesome clarity even from an angle Read more ›
All in all I am extremely happy with the picture quality in comparison with my 1080 LCD; I am also happy with the sound quality. If you are looking into buying one but the… Read more ›
Downside is glare (reflection on the panel) with windows during the day, but it's not a deal breaker for…The upside of these reflective screens is a clear, clean picture. Read more ›
the glasses comfortable and well designed for…The colors, brightness and clarity of the screen made it difficult at first to realize that I had NOT YET ENGAGED THE 3D. A… Read more ›
I…Default settings seem to be set at some kind of energy saving mode, and I was worried that the brightness displayed when I first turned it on was as bright as it went. Read more ›
e. Pretty decent Sound inbuilt f. Awesome clarity even from an angle Read more ›
Atleast this one does not. I just played full screen content for about 2 days, and den got tired of it. Its been a week since I have it, and it is just awesome....Samsung… Read more ›
Thank…To Amazon and Abt Electronics, Please keep up the Excellent Work, I recommend You both to any and everyone in need of Tech, for an Low Price and very Good Quality. Read more ›
At the time, Amazon vendors were selling this TV for a higher price. Now Amazon has a lower price - $598 and no sales tax for many online customers. We set up this TV today… Read more ›
If you are looking for a good deal, then look no further. The current price of $598 for this 51 inch plasma with 3D capability is one of the best values out there. Read more ›
Update: Well, the low price from Amazon has come and gone, but this TV is still a "showstopper" with incredibly vivid colors. So if you want your onscreen viewing world to… Read more ›
Overall a great buy and for anyone looking for a great high def tv for an amazing price I dont know why you would not consider this. Also the warranty here is much better… Read more ›
I did (made it about $480) and picked up 3 sets of 3d glasses for $30 each, also since it was under $500 the 3 yr additional warranty was…Took it home and setup was easy. Read more ›
My other units are 1080p and, in terms of general performance (other than using the monitor as a computer monitor), there is no…the 3d effects are unreal, easy to set up. Read more ›
The TV was easy to assemble. The picture needed a little adjustment, but once I got that straight, it looks very nice. Read more ›
Replaced massive bundles of wires with a single HDMI cable. It had an optical out for my surround so very simple setup. Tried my Comcast 3D no matter what I did it didn't… Read more ›
He was very nice but what the heck would he have done if I had been an old lady? The TV is easy to set up and easy to wall mount (not included). The stand is great even… Read more ›
The TV is easy to set up and easy to wall mount (not included). The stand is great even though we will not be using it. Amazon needs to double check who they are… Read more ›
I purchased the Walker Edison Regal 60-In. 4-in-1 TV Stand with Mount, and mounted on the stand it looks gorgeous. For anyone looking for a nice stand,… Read more ›
4-in-1 TV Stand with Mount]], and mounted on the stand it looks gorgeous. For anyone looking for a nice stand, this one is great, and it makes mounting your tv very easy. Read more ›
This was my fourth Samsung HDTV in the last 5 years (Still…As expected, the TV build quality is outstanding, and the picture quality in both 720p and 1080i is incredible. Read more ›
Pros - a. Beautiful Build, slim and elegant - much much better than any LCD I saw in store. b. Glass stand, and solid glass construction - feels awesome.... Read more ›
a. Beautiful Build, slim and elegant - much much better than any LCD I saw in store. b. Glass stand, and solid glass construction - feels awesome.... c. Picture Quality -… Read more ›
Has scrolling to clear any ghost image, also has active pixel shift to prevent screen burn. Good audio easy to use remote. 2 hdmi inputs on back. Read more ›
d. Inputs - 3 HDMI, USB, PC input etc. Connected to USB drives and pronto - nice menu to navigate and play your favs e. Pretty decent Sound inbuilt Read more ›
We recently purchased a Samsung 3D home theater system to go with it. They linked up perfectly, and the remote for the tv works for both without having to program them. Very… Read more ›
Has scrolling to clear any ghost image, also has active pixel shift to prevent screen burn. Good audio easy to use remote. 2 hdmi inputs on back. Read more ›
After reading user reviews and other reviews online I decided it was the right…First off I went from a 42' to a 51', so the size imcrease was great right off the bat. N… Read more ›
I searched for several months for a 3d tv with the perfect combination of size, quality and 3d for me for under 1k. This matched everything for me. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2011
Size Name: 43-Inch
So let me start off by saying I rarely write reviews on here but I use them quite often when making a decision on whether or not to buy something. I bought this TV from Vann's, and it came with 2 pair of 3D glasses for free. Amazon use's Paul's TV as the primary seller and they are a very good company as well, so purchasing this TV through Amazon would have been my first choice, but Vann's had the better deal at the time.

My TV arrived via Fed Ex freight on April 21, and I immediately un boxed it and put it in my bedroom. This TV is replacing an Vizio 37" 1080P LCD which was working fine, but I really wanted a 3D set!

Initial Physical Impression was WOW. Very Sleek looking, much thinner than my Vizio, nice sturdy swiveling base, and has an almost Dark Cherry Touch of Color to it, which I was unaware of prior to purchasing but looks great with my Cherry Bedroom set.

Performance: I have the TV hooked up to a PS3 with the most current software (3D Capable), and Panasonic BDT-110 3D bluray player (Was a gift) and a Directv Hr-21 3D capable DVR Receiver. All I can say is WOW. The PQ is amazing, the blacks are Inky dark, there is no motion blur when watching sports and all this from a 720P, budget 3D TV! I have not any gaming on the unit yet, as I am nearing the end of the break in period, but I have been doing a TON of 3D Blu Ray and TV Watching. I must say that the new Bluetooth 3D Glasses from Samsung are great! This unit came with 2 free pair, and they retail right around $70.00 each. They sync with the TV quickly and I have yet to lose signal during a movie.

3D Performance: I have now watched about 10 3D Blu Ray movies on the TV and have seen zero Crosstalk/Ghosting.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Huckleberry Finn on July 6, 2011
Size Name: 51-Inch
What can I say - I am amazed and speechless !!

This bad boy is huge - massive. I spent 3 days in my local Best Buy comparing the HIGH end LED TV's and LCDs to this Plasma. And somehow could not pass the price point. I also did a lot of research on Plasma's before I pulled the trigger. AVS forum is a good place. This TV is supposed to consume relatively low power compared to older Plasma with bills of only 28$ / year. It may be a tad more than LCD and LED's but I am not ready to pay 500$ just to save 10$ in electricity bills every year. The final decision was the 3D, a 51 inch 3D for 750$ - was a steal. Cannot beat that price.

Pros -
a. Beautiful Build, slim and elegant - much much better than any LCD I saw in store.
b. Glass stand, and solid glass construction - feels awesome....
c. Picture Quality - Outstanding
d. Though only 720p - I could not make out the difference between Full HD and 720p unless I think I stand very close to it. Played Full HD Blu Ray Batman Dark Knight as a test, and was truly blown away. Rem - it may not be as awesome as an LED - I think Full HD LED's give a better picture - but this is largely sufficient for any person. Also remember the seating arrangement, unless you are seating within 5 feet of the TV, you will never make out the difference between Full HD and 720p. It is hard to believe but that is a fact.
d. Inputs - 3 HDMI, USB, PC input etc. Connected to USB drives and pronto - nice menu to navigate and play your favs
e. Pretty decent Sound inbuilt
f. Awesome clarity even from an angle

Cons -
a. The only con I can think of is that the glass reflects a little bit, but that can be taken care of by adjusting the lighting in the room, if you are watching a movie etc.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Schieller Desire on May 7, 2011
Size Name: 51-Inch
Recieved this TV on April 26 directly from Samsung as a Replacement to a four year old DLP 3D 50" HLT series TV I had when it came out in 2007, all I had to do was caugh up $300 out of pocket, this TV is Great with both HiDef and Great with Standard def which cant be said of all HDTV's, I was comparing at J&R it to the 2011 Panansonics and this year I believe the 2011 Samsungs Plasma's blows the Pannys in their class out of the water!! The colors and the blacks just pop! I have a 7.1 surround system but this TV has pretty decent built in speakers much better than my old TV, I have not tried the 3D yet since I do not have the 3D glasses not sure if I will even buy them in the future. its a beautiful looking TV in terms of the thick All Glass Stand and the 51" slim Bezel at the J&R store I can barely tell the diff between this 720p set and the more Expensive 1080p version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frosty on July 13, 2011
Size Name: 51-Inch
Just received this tv a week ago to replace a faulty 2010 model (free under warranty) I absolutely love this TV as I did the original before it stopped working properly. I was a little leery of it only being 720p but after a trip to Best Buy to see it side by side with similar sized full HD tv's I couldn't pass up the deal. The resolution difference is negligible unless you're sitting with your nose pressed to the screen. It does suffer from some temporary burn-in while playing video games but it's gone within a few minutes and hardly worth complaining about. I've yet to try out 3D with this set, the glasses I bought for the 2010 model aren't compatible with this set as Samsung has switched from IR reception to Bluetooth for the 2011 model TV's. Thankfully they are super nice and swapping out my old glasses for the new Bluetooth models at no charge. The old glasses had some trouble staying in sync due to interference from other light sources and possibly light from the screen itself, b-tooth should eliminate that issue completely so I'm super excited to try it out in a few days. I think the only semi-complaint I have is the lack of built in internet apps, though it's not really needed as game consoles and a large number of the blu-ray players out there have them built in. As for technical support and repairs I couldn't ask for better than Samsung has given.

If it wasn't for the lack of internet apps and not being able to use the 3d on this set *yet* I would have given a full 5 stars. Oh, also...Glasses have some down in price by a good amount, when I bought the first TV Samsung's glasses were sitting around 100-120 dollars, now they can be had for $50 a pair for the battery type, making it much more affordable to get the whole family in on it.
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