Samsung PN64E8000 64in. Plasma Smart TV - Closer Look and Features

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Samsung PN64E8000 64in. Plasma Smart TV
Closer Look and Features
PN64E8000 Specifications
TV Menus and Features
TV Testing And Final Thoughts

Closer Look:

This TV isn't that thin - and in fact, I was a bit surprised at how thick it actually was. After spending time with the 9000-Series a while back, it seems like everything should be thinner and sleeker.  The truth is the 9000-Series will not work with Plasma technology.  

Rear Ports

The back of the TV houses all of the connections and there is quite a decent sized area that is dedicated to hold the three USB ports, three HDMI ports, optical audio out, component video, LAN and tuner.  All of these add up to give you a nice selection of connection options.  I did notice one thing missing on this TV however; a VGA connection.  This 15-pin connection wasn't even missed until I went to plug it into my laptop for a presentation and then realized that it wasn't possible.

Auxilary Inputs Extra Inputs

Features:

The following information has all been pulled from the Samsung product page and posted here for your convenience.  If you need more information, please head on over to the product page and get all the details.  We've posted only a few here for your convenience.

Take Control of Your TV in New Ways with Smart Interaction.
The built-in microphone on the Smart Touch Remote Control, gesture controls, face recognition, and the Smart View Mobile App all provide unique ways to interact with your TV.
 
Voice Control
Tell your TV what you want. Say a command to easily navigate through menus.
 
Gesture Control
Your hand is now the remote. Use your hand to control TV functions.
 
Face Recognition
Auto login and more. Automatically logs you into your apps account.
 
Smart Content
Connect to Smart Content and Find More to Watch
Cutting-edge TV Apps and new Signature Services, plus web browsing, enhance the TV experience.
 
New Signature Services
Stay connected to more entertaining experiences for everyone: Family, Fitness and Kids.
 
Web Browser & Search
Discover even more possibilities with full web browser, plus "search" for content across all connected services.
 
Samsung TV Apps
Watch, play and explore with a wide variety of Samsung Apps built for your TV.
 
Smart Hub
Connect to new content, apps and much more. 
 
Evolution Kit
Soon you will be able to update your Smart TV every year with the latest technology. Samsung’s Smart Evolution Kit* completely reengineers your Smart Evolution enabled TV without having to replace the whole set. With increased processor speed, more functions and additional content, your TV will never be the same again.
 
Faster Speed - The powerful built-in processor will help boost performance to speed acccess to content and Smart TV features, as well as enhanced multitasking.
 
More Content - The Evolution Kit will expand the breadth and depth of your content choices. Tap into a broader range of new content without having to buy a new TV.
 
More Features - With the Evolution Kit, you will be able to enjoy Samsung's latest interactive features, so you can stay up-to-date with our latest technology while enjoying a better viewing experience.
 
Skype™
Skype™ on your TV lets you make video calls from the comfort of your living room. Using the TV's remote control, you can create free Skype accounts, log into existing accounts and navigate via a simple Skype interface made for the big screen. Do a better job staying in touch with friends and family almost anywhere in the world. Calls to other Skype users are often free. Skype camera kit sold separately.
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Dual Core
Samsung's Dual Core's processing speeds allow you to perform multiple tasks at the same time, such as using an app while downloading another one. It also enables faster web browsing while playing apps or TV programs that you've recently opened through the Recent History feature.
 
Captivating 2D & 3D in Full HD 1080p
Whether you’re watching in 2D or 3D, Samsung Full HD 1080p displays picture quality that’s crisp, clear, and breathtakingly life-like. It’s as close as you can get to the real thing. Put on the 3D glasses to immerse yourself in the picture — Samsung only uses Active shutter technology, which provides the experience of 3D in Full HD 1080p (when coupled with a 3D source such as a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player or a Full HD broadcast from satellite or cable providers). You can also convert 2D viewing to 3D, so you can watch sports, TV shows, and all your favorite programming in immersive 3D.
 
Cinema Smooth
Movies are shot at 24 fps (frames per second) - Cinema Smooth is a refined playback process of 24p movies from Blu-ray and Satellite TV sources that accurately converts and displays content originally shot on film at 24fps as compared to the 30fps of DVD and Blu-ray disc. This allows for smoother motion scenes when watching sources shot at the standard movie rate of 24fps.
 
Wide Color Enhancer Plus
Wide Color Enhancer Plus allows you to see picture color the way the director originally intended. Witness the entire RGB spectrum brought to life on your screen to bring you exceptionally vibrant, yet natural-looking images faithful to the director's original intent.
 
600Hz Subfield Motion
Our plasma TVs make fast-moving action look more life-like and natural. Motion is never choppy or distorted. By flashing a single image up to 600 times a second, the 600Hz Subfield Motion technology displays movement that is smoother and more fluid. Contours are crisper and scrolling text is sharper. Your favorite action movies and sporting events are always super clear, and filled with rich, vivid detail.
 
Real Black Pro Panel
An advancement within the panel structure of the plasma and a software improvement that depicts blacker blacks, bolder color, higher contrast and exceptional picture quality. This technological improvement provides the most cinematic viewing experience available.
 
AllShare™ Play
Enjoy your favorite digital content from any of your DLNA-connected Samsung Devices. Whether it’s your music library on your PC, videos on your Smart TV, or photos on your Smart phone — AllShare™ Play lets you wirelessly access and share that content between your Samsung devices regardless of where you are. And there’s no need for any cables or connecting devices. AllShare Play is also equipped with Cloud technology, so you can upload your favorite content to a central web storage account and access it wherever you are.
 
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Built-in WiFi
With built-in Wi-Fi, no additional wires are needed to connect with an existing wireless router in your home network and start accessing Samsung Apps or other Smart TV features.
 
Anynet + (HDMI-CEC)
With Samsung's Anynet+ you'll enjoy one-touch control for all your Samsung HDMI-connected compatible devices like your Samsung TV, Blu-ray Disc player, AV Receiver and Home Theater.
 
ConnectShare Movie
ConnectShare Movie lets you watch videos, play music or view photos from a USB connection without needing to use a PC or special equipment. Simply plug your USB device or drive directly into your Samsung TV's USB port and watch on the big screen with friends and family.
 
Smart Touch Remote Control
A remote control designed specifically to complementyour Smart TV. The Smart Touch Remote Control offers features that enhance navigation through your entertainment, settings and Smart TV features. With a microphone, touchpad, and buttons matched to key navigation functions, it's a unique and intuitive tool to get the most out of your Smart TV.

 

On the next page, we 'll take a look at the specifications before we jump into testing.