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Reviewed on Oct 25, 2013

Samsung F8500

Usage Ratings - Version 0.8

Test Benches:

  • 1.3: Spring 2019
  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
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The Samsung F8500 is the brightest plasma TV ever, and is even able to challenge some LEDs. While its blacks don't beat plasmas from Panasonic (like the ST60), they are still very good. The only downside is the anti-glare filter produces some slight horizontal dark lines.

Test Results
Picture Quality 8.2
Motion 9.0
Inputs 8.4
  • Brighter than any plasma. It is the only plasma that can be put in a bright room.
  • Good anti-glare filter with very few reflections.
  • Low input lag.
  • Although its blacks are good, they aren't as good as in equivalent models from Panasonic.

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Samsung F8500 Borders

1.26" (3.2 cm)

Samsung F8500 Thickness

1.69" (4.3 cm)


Picture Quality

4k : No
8.3 Dark scene
Samsung F8500 Dark scene
Black : 0.032 cd/m2
White : 103.5 cd/m2
Contrast : 3324 : 1

The F8500 has deep blacks and good detail in the shadows. However, it is about the same as the lower-end models from Samsung. Also, the Panasonic ST60 performs slightly better in a dark environment for a significantly lower price.

10 Uniformity
Samsung F8500 Uniformity

The uniformity is perfect.

10 Dark scene in a bright room
Samsung F8500 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 0.9 %

Not only does it have very few reflections thanks to its anti glare filter, but it can get very bright. This is definitely the best plasma to have in a bright room. It has a subtle blue tint and some minor horizontal bars visible, though.

6.5 Bright scene in a bright room
Samsung F8500 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 185.2 cd/m2

The F8500 is capable in any type of room.

9.7 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 70 °

The horizontal viewing angle is really good, but its vertical one is limited by its anti glare filter to about 30°.



Score components:
9.0 Motion blur

There is no noticeable motion blur or judder.



Score components:
8.4 Input lag
Samsung F8500 Input lag
Input lag : 37.5 ms

When setting the input type to PC, the input lag of the F8500 is very low.

Additional Details.

Side inputs
Samsung F8500 Side inputs

1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)

Rear inputs
Samsung F8500 Rear inputs

1 Ethernet
1 RF In
1 Composite In
1 Component In

Smart Features



8.4Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
Without a doubt, Samsung has created the best plasma TV for use in bright rooms. The Samsung F8500 Plasma TV can get almost twice as bright as the competitors while still maintaining a respectable black. There is pretty much no downside to this TV. If it is within your budget, it is a no-brainer.



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