Samsung PN50C590

TVs
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> David Katzmaier, senior editor from CNET here with the Samsung PNC590 series. This is a 50-inch plasma TV. There is also a 58- and a 63-inch, a lot larger models in this series, but this review does apply to all three. We expect their picture quality to be pretty much identical. This is one of Samsung's mainstream plasmas for 2010. It doesn't have the Internet features or some of the extra whiz-bang picture quality adjustments found on the higher-end models, nor is it 3D, but it is a pretty much basic plasma TV. Samsung dressed the TV in basic black around the edges here. It's a similar size bezel. It's coated in glossy black. There's also a transparent border that adds a touch of class. The stand itself is also transparent along the base and matching along the edge of the stand, so overall it's a very sleek look. You'll notice from the side that this TV is not as thin as a lot of others on the market. It's about 2.8-inches deep. We really don't mind that extra thickness, however. Most people watch their TV from the front and not the side. We mention features at the top. This TV doesn't have all that many but its conductivity is fairly solid with three HDMI, two-component video, and a PC input on the back panel. There's also this Ethernet connection that's really only for firmware updates and to stream photos, videos, and music from a home network. It doesn't actually connect to the Internet to do things like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand. The side panel also has a USB port and a fourth HDMI input. The picture quality adjustments are a little bit truncated compared to some higher-end TVs, but there is a full white balance menu as well as the ability to tweak gamma and a couple of other picture quality features. There's also a cinema smooth selection and a film menu. That's designed for 1080 P24 sources, but in our testing we found that it didn't work all that well. Speaking of testing, this TV delivered decent performance, not as good as some of the better Samsung plasmas we tested and not as good as a Panasonic from this year, but there are relatively deep black levels. The shadow detail was also pretty good, but again, not the best we've seen. Color accuracy was the same story. The gray scale tended to a little bit towards blue, although overall it was again, pretty accurate. The TV also doesn't retain its black level as well under bright lighting as some other Samsungs we've seen, but on the flip side it does reduce reflections a little bit better. So that's a quick look at the Samsung PNC590 series, and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:02:21 [ Music ]

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

Dreamfoam Essential Mattress Review: The Ultimate Mattress for RVs and Trailers?
The Dreamfoam Essential mattress against a colorful background with a man's hands pushing down on the side of the bed.

Dreamfoam Essential Mattress Review: The Ultimate Mattress for RVs and Trailers?

Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress Review: Should You Buy It?
The Saatva Latex Hybrid mattress sits on a bed frame while a man tests the edge of the mattress against a colorful background.

Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress Review: Should You Buy It?

Lull Original Premium Mattress Review: A Cut Above Lull's Original Bed
The Lull Original Premium mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background.

Lull Original Premium Mattress Review: A Cut Above Lull's Original Bed

Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Best Bed for Side Sleepers?
The Casper Wave mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background.

Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Best Bed for Side Sleepers?

Our Mattress Experts Unbox Bear's Brand With Scott Paladini
Three people in a room filled with mattresses against a colorful background

Our Mattress Experts Unbox Bear's Brand With Scott Paladini

Tempur-Pedic Adapt Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Tempur-Pedic Adapt mattress against a colorful background with a man's hands pushing down on the side of the bed.

Tempur-Pedic Adapt Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Casper Snow mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background with a man smiling in the front.

Casper Snow Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Casper Dream Hybrid Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy
The Casper Dream mattress with a man laying on top of the bed against a colorful background with a man smiling in the front.

Casper Dream Hybrid Mattress Review: Reasons to Buy or Not Buy

Viture Pro XR Review: A Great Upgrade to One of My Favorite Display Glasses
240610-yt-viture-glasses-v05

Viture Pro XR Review: A Great Upgrade to One of My Favorite Display Glasses

Helix Plus Mattress Receives the Helix Treatment: Helix Plus Mattress Review
The Helix Plus mattress placed on a wooden bed frame bed frame in front of a colorful background.

Helix Plus Mattress Receives the Helix Treatment: Helix Plus Mattress Review