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Samsung F4500 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
7.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This TV has been discontinued.

The Samsung F4500 is a great entry-level plasma with beautiful blacks and shadows. If you are sitting close to the television, though, its low resolution (720p) will bother you. Also, the panel reflects a lot of ambient light, so this television is more suitable for a basement or for those who watch television at night.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

If you are sitting closer than 8-10 feet, get the Samsung F5300 Plasma TV instead. Otherwise, this Samsung F4500 Plasma TV is a very good budget plasma TV, assuming you do not have a lot of lights in your room.

Pros
  • Good overall picture quality, especially considering the price.
Cons
  • The resolution is only 720 p. You will notice a screen door effect if you sit close to the TV.
  • Average input lag.
  • It reflects a lot of light.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  1. Updated Jul 14, 2013: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 12, 2013: Our testers have started testing this product.
  3. Updated Apr 15, 2013: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Test Results

Design
Design
Borders

1.14" (2.9 cm)

Design
Thickness

2.05" (5.2 cm)

Picture Quality
8.9
Picture Quality
Dark scene
Black 0.018 cd/m²
White 92.2 cd/m²
Contrast 5,122 : 1

The F4500 performs really well in a dark environment where you can benefit from its deep blacks.

10
Picture Quality
Uniformity

The screen uniformity is perfect.

5.0
Picture Quality
Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection 4.3%

If you have a lot of windows, you won't be able to appreciate this TV during the day. It reflects too much light.

5.0
Picture Quality
Bright scene in a bright room
Max white 92.2 cd/m²

The reflections are a problem even during bright scenes.

9.7
Picture Quality
Viewing angle
Viewing angle 70°

There are no problems with the viewing angle.

Picture Quality
Pixels
4k No
Motion
7.5
Motion
Motion blur

The F4500 has very little motion blur.

Inputs
7.4
Inputs
Input lag
Input lag 50 ms

The input lag is average.

Inputs
Side inputs

2 HDMI
1 USB

Inputs
Rear inputs

1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 RF In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)

Smart Features
Smart Features
Remote