Midrange Samsung plasma gives solid picture; sleek style

Samsung's mainstream PNC590 series offers solid performance but won't wow sticklers looking for plasma nirvana.

Samsung's PNC590 series offers an understated, classy look. Sarah Tew/CNET

In 2009 Samsung made significant improvements to the picture quality of its higher-end plasma TVs, bringing videophile cred to bear against category king Panasonic. This year, Samsung has announced an even larger lineup of plasmas, and one of the most intriguing from a potential bang-for-the-buck proposition is the PNC590 series.

It lacks the features--namely Internet connectivity and services--of its like-priced competition from Panasonic and LG, but makes up for it with promising specs. All told, however, C590 can't quite match either the 2010 Panasonic G series or the 2009 Samsungs we reviewed, despite delivering decent picture quality overall. Videophiles seeking a 2010 Samsung plasma might be better served higher in the company's lineup, but less discerning fans of the brand will have few complaints with the C590 series.

Read the full review of the Samsung PNC590 series.

Featured Video
6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

A second phone from OnePlus is coming this year

Co-Founder Carl Pei start talking about their next phone before the OnePlus 2 is even available. Samsung's Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus renders are leaked, and Google gives out Waffles.

by Brian Tong