The plasma that tries harder.
The Samsung PNE7000 series, Samsung's second-best plasma TV for 2012, will offer deeper blacks than its Editors' Choice Award-winning predecessor.
While a cool idea and an innovative way to somewhat ward against Smart TV obsolescence, the 2013 Evolution Kit is definitely a niche product.
Samsung's new Smart Interaction technology, built into its high-end 2012 TVs, uses a camera and microphone to enable watchers to control TV functions via voice and gestures.
The Samsung PNE8000 series, the company's flagship plasma TV for 2012, appears in its CES debut to improve on the already-excellent 2011 version with world-beating features and image quality.
CNET compares the 2012 lineups of major TV makers based on their CES announcements.
The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
An artifact known as "brightness pops" exists on Samsung's PND7000 and PND8000 plasma TVs, and reports of peeling abound, but neither is a big enough deal to spoil our recommendation.
While not quite the best in its class, the Samsung PNE550 plasma still merits a look with its very good picture quality, sophisticated Smart TV platform, and attractive price.