As much as we love plasmas' image quality here at CNET, there's no denying that they're power hogs . However, at CES 2009 we've seen several plasma manufacturers showing off new energy-efficient panels. Like , the Samsung PNB550 series of plasmas claim to consume nearly 50 percent less energy compared to past models. Here are the full details.
Key features of the Samsung PNB550 series:
- Nearly 50 percent less energy consumption compared to past models
- Ultra FilterBright antiglare screen
- Real Movie (24fps mode)
- Real 600Hz processing
- Energy Star 3.0 compatible
- 50-, 58-, and 63-inch models
- Available in first half of 2009
Like Panasonic, Samsung is touting "600Hz processing." Here's our effort to staunch consumer confusion: ignore this feature. It basically means plasmas have very good motion resolution, but as usual, it's very difficult to discern the difference for most people. Samsung also announced a higher-end series of plasmas, the. It includes several step-ups, including a better antiglare screen and Internet@TV functionality over Ethernet or Wi-Fi (with an adapter).
Update 03-25-09: Originally this article indicated that these plasmas had a slim, one-inch-thick cabinet design, but that is incorrect. The panels are the standard depth of around 3 inches.