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Reviewed on Aug 30, 2013

Samsung F5500 Plasma
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.8

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.2
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
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The Samsung F5500 Plasma TV has the same panel as the F5300, but comes packed with more features. It adds 3D and Samsung's Smart TV interface. The screen still reflects a lot of light, so you will need a dark viewing environment to enjoy it.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 8.0
Inputs 7.1
Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
  • Good motion handling.
Cons
  • Reflects a lot of light. The screen appears grayish when the lights are on.
  • Average input lag.

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Design

Borders
Samsung F5500 Plasma Borders

1.3" (3.3 cm)

Thickness
Samsung F5500 Plasma Thickness

2.05" (5.2 cm)

7.0

Picture Quality

4k : No
7.8 Dark scene
Samsung F5500 Plasma Dark scene
Black : 0.039 cd/m2
White : 93.3 cd/m2
Contrast : 2392 : 1

When you turn off the lights, the Samsung F5500 plasma is a solid performer.

10 Uniformity
Samsung F5500 Plasma Uniformity

The screen uniformity is perfect.

5.5 Dark scene in a bright room
Samsung F5500 Plasma Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 4.2 %

As with the F5300, you can't really watch this TV in a bright room. It reflects too much light. You will be better off with the Samsung F8500 if your viewing environment is bright.

5.1 Bright scene in a bright room
Samsung F5500 Plasma Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 93.3 cd/m2

Though it can get brighter than the Panasonic S60, it also has more reflections.

9.7 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 70 °

It has a great viewing angle.

Pixels
8.0

Motion

Score components:
8.0 Motion blur

The F5500 handles motion well and also supports 24p playback.

7.1

Inputs

Score components:
7.1 Input lag
Samsung F5500 Plasma Input lag
Input lag : 54.2 ms

The input lag is average.

Side inputs
Samsung F5500 Plasma Side inputs

3 HDMI
2 USB

Rear inputs
Samsung F5500 Plasma Rear inputs

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

Smart Features

Remote

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7.2Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
The Samsung F5500 Plasma TV has the same picture quality as the lower F5300 model. This means very good picture quality in a dark environment, but a washed out picture when the lights are turned on. Unlike the F5300, though, this TV has a smart TV interface, as well as 3D.

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