Samsung LND550 series: Basic LCD TV with high-end aspirations

The Samsung LND550's mix of features, style and picture quality stands tall among the tough entry-level LCD TV crowd.

A transparent edge helps even this entry-level Samsung stay classy. Sarah Tew/CNET

To judge from the LND630 we checked out earlier and the LND550 reviewed here, Samsung's low-end LCDs are pretty dang good.

These non-LED-based models managed deeper black levels than like-priced competitors, and largely avoid the uniformity problems associated with those razor-thin LED-based sets--while costing hundreds less. The LND550 falls short of the color accuracy of its step-up brother, and we still prefer the entry-level Sony BX420's picture by a nose, but the LND550's superior styling, media file support, and input bay make it a compelling alternative in the budget TV space.

Read the full review of the Samsung LND550 series.

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