Samsung has always put in a bit more effort than most when it comes to TV styling.  The PS50B650's red-tinted bezel won't be to everyone's taste, but at least it's more interesting than a big, black box.

It also boasts a feature list that ensures it's more than just a rose-tinted proposition. There are four HDMI inputs, two USB sockets (one for music, movie and photo files; one for an optional wireless dongle), 100Hz motion processing and Samsung's Ultra FilterBright panel, which helps improve contrast.

Detailed, accurate picture

But that’s enough about specs – how does it perform? Very impressively. Feed the PS50B650 a Blu-ray and it stakes a claim for being one of the most detailed performers around at this size. It's also got a lovely, accurate way with skin-tones.

Blacks aren't quite as deep as those of the very best, but the overall balance, poise and naturalness of what's on offer more than makes up for this minor shortcoming.

Motion is also just shy of some rivals levels of solidity, but the gap is small enough that this is equally forgivable.


DVD performer

If the Samsung quietly raises its hand for attention with Blu-ray, it jumps up and down screaming for you to take notice when you play a DVD.

Here you get sharpness and detail combining with superb image stability and cleanliness to produce the best standard-def picture we've seen for a while.

Results are similarly impressive with Freeview, ensuring that even slightly ropey pictures like those found on Dave are stable and relatively subtle – an especially impressive feat for a 50in set.

There's just a touch of hardness to the TV's audio, but it's balanced and clear. And that's the Samsung's story all-round: it may not be quite perfect, but the flaws it's got are minor. Taken as a whole, this is a terrific TV.


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Samsung PS50B650 review

Often the best TV is the one that makes fewest sacrifices to achieve all-round ability – the Samsung is that set

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