Samsung PS43E490 43-inch Widescreen 3D Plasma Television with Freeview and 2 Glasses (New for 2012) [Energy Class C]
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- Incredible high definition 3D entertainment
- Smoother images for greater clarity
- Sleek and simple design
- High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
- Real Black Panel
- Clear Image Panel
- Watch movies from your USB
- Wi-Fi Ready
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Energy efficiency classA+ to F
On-mode power consumption118 Watts
Energy consumption172 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.
Visible screen diagonal43" / 109 cm
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The Samsung E490 Series 4 Plasma TV delivers BIG screen entertainment with HD picture quality and full 3D at a truly affordable price. The Real Black minimises glare and ensures that dark shades are enhanced even when the room is bright, while Clear Image Panel eliminates image layering and blurring, giving you a clearer picture from almost every angle. Moving images are smoother too, thanks to sophisticated Subfield Motion technology. There is Freeview HD providing access to a wealth of content, plus easy connectivity, offering even more choice. You’ll love both the performance and the price.
3D--The ultimate viewing experience
3D TV offers the ultimate immersive viewing experience by liberating content from the flat confines of the TV and turning it into explosive imagery. The effect is breathtaking--ultra-real picture quality that rivals the cinema--in your own living room. Samsung innovation even makes it possible to convert your favourite 2D movies to 3D. There’s only one way to experience 3D when you’re not in a cinema--and it’s Samsung.
Real Black Panel
The Real Black on the Samsung E490 reduces the on-screen glare caused by ambient light, so blacks and shadow details are as crisp and defined as possible. So with minimal reflection caused by the light conditions, images are clean, crisp and distraction-free. There’s a new filter and panel structure to eliminate layered images and produce clear images from almost every angle, eliminating dual images and blurring, increasing your viewing pleasure.
Smoother images for greater clarity
Using the latest in Subfield Motion technology, Samsung Plasma TV flashes a single image up to 600 times a second. The result is smoother images with unprecedented picture quality, no matter how fast the images are moving.
Bringing a full multimedia experience into your living room
With High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) inputs, the Samsung TV will transform your living room into a multimedia entertainment centre. HDMI provides high-speed transmission of high definition digital data from multiple devices straight into your TV. That means you can enjoy a wide variety of content on the big screen.
Watch movies from your USB
With ConnectShare Movie, simply plug your USB memory drive or HDD into the TV and instantaneously enjoy movies, photos or music. Now, you can experience a wide variety of content in the comfort of your living room on your TV.
Gaining access to the infinite possibilities of next generation entertainment is as easy as plugging the Wireless LAN Adaptor into the Samsung TV. Content from your PC can be directly streamed to the TV, allowing you to enjoy your favourite videos and other media files from the comfort of your couch. PC Streaming turns your living room into the ultimate multimedia cinema.
- 1024 x 768 Resolution
- Real Black available
- Clear Image Panel available
- Wide Colour Enhancer available
- 600Hz Subfield Motion available
- Digital Noise Filter available
- 1 USB
- 2 HDMI
- Headphone x 1
- Dolby Digital Plus / Pulse
- SRS TheatreSound HD
- Dts 2.0 + Digital Out available
- 10W x 2 Sound Output (RMS)
- Down Firing + Full Range
- Auto Volume Leveller available
- Remote Controller Model TM 1240
- Batteries for remote control
- Power Cable
- User Manual
Energy efficiency class:
On-mode power consumption:
172 kWh per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.
Visible screen diagonal:
43 " / 109.22 cm
Remote Controller Model TM 1240
Batteries for remote control
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Its worth mentioning also that Samsung TV's are about the only ones i know of that accept just about every codec on earth. Most TV's claiming to have USB cannot play .mkv's or even some .avi's which means you have to spend time compressing all your files into a readable format. Not so with this set. It just takes what you give it and displays it in all its glory.
However this is where minor flaws creep in. For starters the remote is awful. Its too small (half the size of my dads remote) so everything is WAY to close together making hitting the wrong button really easy and the navigational pad is hard to get by touch alone. There is also the odd fact that i cannot in any way get the skip forward and backward functions to work. There is an normal fastforward and reverse with skip supposedly as secondary functions but they just dont work. This can be annoying if you need to get half way into a video file playing through the USB. For this along I've bought a £10 Samsung upgraded remote for 3D TV's that has spaced out keys with a backlight.
Next issue is the glasses. Ill save the argument for Active vs Passive 3D for another time but this TV uses the former. This means that the glasses have a small button battery and an 'on/off' button to pair over bluetooth. This is easy to set up and the glasses work well to produces an effective 3D image however they are ugly as hell and uncomfortable. In fact they're bad enough to warrant their own mini con list
-The arms do not fold, they are fixed
- The Lenses are small
- They have an open design meaning peripheral light can get in
- The battery in on the nose bridge making them heaviest here
- The above coupled with lack of bridge support means the glasses are uncomfortable and slip down easy
- I imagine they would be terrible with prescription glasses.
Luckily you can buy replacements from Samsung or any other compatible brand that address all of the above for around £15 for two pairs. Still not as cheap as 99p a pair for passive glasses but the gain in 3D image quality is worth it.
The next major issue is the menu system of the TV. Its a mess. The one on my dads is great; simple and functional. However on this every page has a different design and react differently to different keys. The worst menu of all is All Share which is essentially what you use to navigate external storage devices. Its slow as hell. Sometimes the time between clicking a folder and being able to see the contents runs into tens of seconds. This is unacceptable and made worse for huge libraries of backed up films. I think the TV just needs a better processor.
The final issue is the sound. Now im really not sure how this stack up against even other premium tv's but at least compared to my old SONY TV, they're just tinny and washed out. In all fairness i was expecting this as my SONY essentially had its own soundbar below the panel just for speakers producing fantastic sound. This TV's design does not permit this much space and so for all i can tell it could be above average for flat screen tv's.
It probably sounds like i hate the TV but i don't. Its a great set as long as you remind yourself of the price tag. Nothing comes close to a panel like this at this money but the other feature suffer for it. Even so you can budget £50-£100 on top and right these wrongs with new glasses, a new remote and a media stream box to bypass slow menus. If you just want the TV to work out the box then you have two options. Double your budget for a premium model of this size or go with another budget tv and sacrifice massively on the actual picture quality and USB codec support. If i were able to go back to before buying this TV. Knowing what i knew now i would still order it and i would recommend it to others on a budget.
- Colour repoduction
- USB Support (supports most codecs unlike others)
- Attractive design with some premium features (glass stand)
- quick response time (important for gaming)
- Excellent 3D effect with good depth and little to no crosstalk (image is clear and doesn't have that out of focus look)
- Good 2D to 3D effect (doesnt match the above but can improve certain media)
- Plenty of picture and sound adjustment options to get it just right.
- Badly designed glasses (see list in text)
- Poor Remote
- Not the best Sound
- Slow Menus
- Convoluted Navigation
3D quality is great, 2D-3D conversion is a waste of time really, but thanks for trying!
You can open up the service menu and enable 24px4 "cinema smooth" mode normally only on the higher models.
Sound is really sub-par to be honest, not atrocious, but you will be spending some time with the EQ to tone down the mid-top frequencies and give it some bass. News channels are fine, but don't listen to music on it.(yeah I know, if you care about sound get a soundbar/separate system - but this is a TV review and in 2012 you'd expect a half decent speaker to cost the same as something poor)
A really great TV for the money, However I do like the odd movie and might couple this with a soundbar in the near future.
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