Samsung PS51F5500 review

5 stars
£700 for a 51in flatscreen with awesome picture quality and great smarts seems too good to be true. It's not.

The £700 price tag for this 51in plasma TV is verging on the ridiculous, given the vast amount of screen estate you’re getting for the money.

Of course lots of screen for little money sounds like the perfect combination, but have corners been cut elsewhere? Time to find out.


There’s more to the F5500 than just a big package – it also finds room for stacks of Smart Hub features and apps. There’s a Freeview HD tuner built in, two pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses thrown in for free, and even a voice-recognising smart remote. If you’re working to a tight budget but still want the most exciting tech 2013 has to offer, the Sammy looks good.

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And a strong performer

Although plain English seemed too much of a language barrier for the smart remote, the rest of this TV’s performance is top notch. There’s stacks of detail on offer, with the TV really coming into its own with high-def TV channels and Blu-ray discs. Natural colours and impressive blacks are also the order of the day. On-demand content from the likes of BBC iPlayer and 4oD doesn’t look too shabby, and even sound quality is weighty and textured – a nice surprise, given the usual sonic constraints of wafer-thin TVs.


It's hard to find a rubbish TV these days, but it's equally hard to find a brilliant big TV on a budget.

But that's exactly what the PS51F5500 is. It produces a truly superb picture for the money, it looks great, and it's as smart as many TVs that cost three-times as much. That's why it occupies such a prominent position on our list of the best TVs in the world.


Samsung PS51F5500

Big TV on a budget, but with the smarts you'd expect from a wallet-buster

Samsung PS51F5500 review
5 stars
Loads of screen for little money
Strong picture quality
Loads of smart TV content
Voice control is patchy at best



I was looking to upgrade my old samsung 37 lcd panel with something a bit newer and larger. Of course, the first place I look are the top tens dotted around the net, and always seems like a good resource for this sort of thing. My budget is sort of middle range and, having scanned your list, number 2 grabbed me. (Number one being a bit pricey).

Having looked around though i cannot seem to find ths panel anywhere in the 51 inch size. Even ebay and amazon marketplace dont seem to have any. Does this model go by another name that i'm missing?

Were only five built and are they all owned by yourselves and Dave Samsung?

Finally, does it still deserve a place in your top ten if penny pinchers like myself cannot get there hands on it?




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