An expensive, but feature packed plasma from Samsung
An expensive, but feature packed plasma from Samsung
3:57

An expensive, but feature packed plasma from Samsung

TVs
How is it going. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and I'm standing next to the Samsung PN60E8000. This is a 60-inch Plasma TV. This is Samsung's Best Television for 2012 that has more features, bells, whistle, do-thats and what have you then you could care to mention of course I'm gonna try in the following video. This video will apply to the 51 and 64 inch members of the series as well. Now, the real stand-out feature for this TV is Smart Interaction. It's unlike anything on any other TV. There's a built-in camera and microphone that enables the TV to interpret your gestures and voice commands. I went to this feature in-depth. So you can check out CNET for the full details but the sure story is that it doesn't really work all that well. Microsoft Connect for example is a lot better in interpreting gestures and voice and we really don't think it's all that useful unless you are, you know, gonna loose your remote control on a constant basis. Speaking of remotes, another big step-up feature is a touch remote. Samsung includes two clickers for this TV. One is standard multi-button remote and one a touch version that actually has a thumb pad sort of like a laptop computer. In practice, it wasn't as sensitive as a laptop and is actually a little bit more frustrating to use than a regular remote but it's pretty useful if you're gonna be, you know, navigating the web browser built-in to the TV. Of course if you're gonna be using the web browser significantly, I recommend you get the $99 optional keyboard which has a built-in touchpad. It actually works with Samsung's Android devices as well so that's a lot cooler and worked a lot better. Of course, I mentioned the built-in web browser. It's the best found on any SmartTV suite. Samsung's SmartTV Suite has more apps than any other TV manufacturer. In terms of major apps, they are missing Amazon Instant which is ind of a big knock that they more than make up for by having exclusive access to HBO Go which for HBO subscribers is one of the best TV apps you can get. Samsung also offers a few custom apps like Family Story which enables sharing among Samsung devices and a couple of other things including built-in Cloud storage. So you can actually upload things from the TV and vice versa into the Cloud. So all those are pretty unique and make for a very robust SmartTV Suite. One other feature Samsung throws in into this TV is it's IR Blaster that actually uses Bluetooth to send commands to a cable box or a Blu-ray player. That means you can use your gestures or voice to control those devices. Although the controller is really rudimentary and not really worth it. The Smart Touch remote also works with the IR Blaster to allow control with a sort of Harmony remote-esque set up but it's really not nearly as good a Harmony and in practice, we just recommend that you go ahead and get a standard third-party remote like those Harmony. Other stand-put features on this set include an excellent selection of picture adjustments, a 10 point grade scale and the best color management system in the business. So if you're gonna get the TV calibrated, it should turn out very nice. Speaking of picture quality, Samsung's E8000 is the best Plasma the company has ever made. Superb black levels, extremely deep. It also has that very accurate color that we like to see. Of course it has all the Plasma perks including excellent uniformity and outstanding performance. On the down side, the shadow detail wasn't quite as good as we've seen on some of the best TVs. The TV also has slightly worst ability to reject ambient light in some other TVs we've seen. That's compounded by the fact that the 60-incher didn't get as bright as we've seen on some other TVs of it's size but also the Samsung PNE800 has excellent picture quality in 2D. In 3D, it's picture is also very good. Actually, better than a competing Panasonic plasma we've tested recently. Samsung has thrown in two pairs of #D glasses there. Not all that comfortable but of course they are free and that's where they could be set for a lot of TV manufacturers. On the back, Samsung actually has one or fewer HDMI inputs with only three. That might be an issue with a lot of stuff connected to this TV. I like the design of this Samsung as much as any plasma I've ever seen except for the stand. I find the spider stand a little bit weird but of course to each his own. The minimal styling around the edge here is really nice. It's got a nice dark bevel, very thin and of course seeing from the side, it's also a good thing. You might mistake it for an LCD TV. And that's a not-so-quick look at Samsung's Best Plasma TV for 2012, the PNE8000. I'm David Katzmaier for CNET.

Up Next

TCL Debuts 115-inch TV for $20,000
screenshot-2024-05-11-at-11-37-48am.png

Up Next

TCL Debuts 115-inch TV for $20,000

Super Bowl TV Shopping? Here Are Our Favorite Picks
superbowltvs-00-00-05-01-still001

Super Bowl TV Shopping? Here Are Our Favorite Picks

Best TVs of CES 2024
ces-besttvs-00-02-21-17-still001

Best TVs of CES 2024

The Hisense 110UX Could Be the Brightest TV Yet
240110-cnet-hisense-tvs-ces

The Hisense 110UX Could Be the Brightest TV Yet

I Saw C-Seed's $200,000 Folding TV
cseed-folding-tv-seq-00-09-21-18-still003

I Saw C-Seed's $200,000 Folding TV

This 115-Inch TCL TV Makes Your Screen Seem Tiny
screenshot-2024-01-08-at-15-35-59.png

This 115-Inch TCL TV Makes Your Screen Seem Tiny

LG's 2024 OLED TVs Cut Wires, Boost Brightness
ces-lgm4-00-00-15-19-still001

LG's 2024 OLED TVs Cut Wires, Boost Brightness

LG Transparent OLED Turns From TV Into Animated Art
240107-site-lg-tv-oled-t-first-look-v2

LG Transparent OLED Turns From TV Into Animated Art

Samsung Shows World's First Transparent MicroLED, 8K Wireless Projector
samsungces024

Samsung Shows World's First Transparent MicroLED, 8K Wireless Projector

Best TVs of 2023: From High-End to Budget, to the Price-to-Picture Sweet Spot
samsunglgcompare-v2-00-00-07-23-still002

Best TVs of 2023: From High-End to Budget, to the Price-to-Picture Sweet Spot

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

Apple's Find My vs. Android's Find My Device Network
find-my-thumb.png

Apple's Find My vs. Android's Find My Device Network

The Galaxy S24 Ultra With Samsung DeX Replaced My Laptop
240613-site-samsung-dex-1

The Galaxy S24 Ultra With Samsung DeX Replaced My Laptop

The Great Apple AI Divide Is Coming
240613-yt-omt-apple-ai-divide-wwdc-v07

The Great Apple AI Divide Is Coming

All the Big News from Elon Musk at Tesla's 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting
elon-1

All the Big News from Elon Musk at Tesla's 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting

Our Fave EV Truck Gets Even Better: Testing the New Rivian R1T, R1S
240610-yt-rivian-off-road-experience-v04

Our Fave EV Truck Gets Even Better: Testing the New Rivian R1T, R1S

Home Security Cams Like My Nest Doorbell Are Getting Smarter With AI
must-use-subject-ring-doorbell-device

Home Security Cams Like My Nest Doorbell Are Getting Smarter With AI

Apple Watch: New Features Coming in WatchOS 11
cnet

Apple Watch: New Features Coming in WatchOS 11

Apple's MacOS Sequoia: The New Features You'll Want to Try
240610-yt-macos-ai-mac-vs-ai-pc-v06

Apple's MacOS Sequoia: The New Features You'll Want to Try

Apple Intelligence: What to Know About Apple's Gen AI
cnet

Apple Intelligence: What to Know About Apple's Gen AI

Apple Reveals InSight for TVOS
screenshot-2024-06-10-at-12-20-29pm.png

Apple Reveals InSight for TVOS