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Samsung PS51D6900 review

Top value active 3D TV with impressive Smart TV multimedia capability

Our Verdict

For

  • Great value
  • Good looks
  • Impressive 2D and 3D performance
  • Expansive feature count
  • Lots of multimedia support
  • Good online service
  • Helpful operating system

Against

  • Minor crosstalk with 3D
  • Average black levels
  • No web browser
  • Some odd menu organisation

The Samsung PS51D6900 sells for a paltry £1,300, despite its active 3D technology and 51-inch screen.

Its unusual screen size doesn't seem to have made its body bigger than Samsung's 50-inch sets, thanks to a narrow bezel that is finished in attractive deep grey and tastefully offset by some transparent trim.

The bodywork lacks the dazzle of Samsung's D7000 and D8000-series edge LED TVs, but it's undoubtedly a looker.

Samsung's new Smart TV platform improves on the previous Internet@TV service by dramatically increasing the amount of content available to browsers and by revamping the user interface.

The PS51D6900, like most mid-range to high-end sets, employs 600Hz sub-field driving to improve motion fluency and general image stability and also benefits from one of Samsung's new Clear Image Panels with anti-reflection filtering.

Joining the PS51D6900 in the D6900 series is the 59-inch PS59D6900, but there are other 3D models above and below, too. Samsung's entry-level 3D model is the PS43D490 (note that this has an inch more than the usual 42-inch TVs too), which costs barely half as much but doesn't have a full HD resolution, a Freeview HD tuner, or any Smart TV online capability. There are also two D550 models, the 51-inch PS51D550 and 59-inch PS59D550, which up the size and adds a Freeview HD tuner.

Above the PS51D6900, meanwhile, can be found the D7000 and D8000 series. The D7000s come in 51-inch and 59-inch sizes, and introduce an ultra-slim design as well as the potential picture-boosting Real Black Filter.

The D8000s feature a metallic design and ultra-slim profile, and come in two sizes: the 64-inch PS64D8000 and 51-inch PS51D8000. The D8000 models add open Internet browsing and Skype to the feature list, as well as shipping with a so-called TwinView touch-control remote.

It's the PS51D6900 that feels likely to be the mass market favourite, though, pitched as it is against the likes of Panasonic's active 3D TX-P50GT30B and LG's passive 3D 47LW550T.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6900
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size129.5 cm (51")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand783.10 mm
Width with Stand1195.90 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height719.4 mm
Width1195.9 mm
Depth38 mm
ColourStructural Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series6900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Teletext, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS51D6900
Product NamePS51D6900 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS51D6900DKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Package Contents
  • PS51D6900 Plasma TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Adapter Cable
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)22.40 kg