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Superb picture quality.
Wide variety of smart TV apps.
Ability to download lots more apps.
Upgrade capability via plugin box.
Active shutter 3D glasses with Bluetooth/RF sync.
Builtin camera for Skype.
Very dark blacks.
Accurate colors that pop.
Strong feature set.
Good 3D depth.
The whole remote control system leaves much to be desired (touch pad, gesture and voice control).
No analog audio output/headphone output (seems to be a trend these days).
Nonrechargeable 3D glasses come standard (rechargeable ones cost extra).
Not energy efficient.
Steep learning curve.
By T3 on October 10, 2013
Samsung's Allshare functionality also does a good job playing multimedia files from a networked NAS as well as local USB. Factor in the refined design and the PS51F8500ST can be considered a smart set that warrants its premium price tag.80
By Whathifi.com on September 12, 2013
No set is perfect, of course and it's fair to say that in some respects – most noticeably the way voice and gesture control works – there is clear room for improvement. But, given the vast range of smart content and generally excellent...100
By Home Cinema Choice on September 12, 2013
According to the current AV buzz, plasma TV technology is on its death bed. Having spent a week with Samsung's sensational new PS64F8500 plasma TV, though, I can't help but think that plasma has never felt more alive. This is a bit surprising,...100
By Big Picture Big Sound on July 30, 2013
While Samsung touts the F8500's high-tech features, such as the touch pad remote, the facial and arm/hand gesture recognition and voice recognition, for me these features weren't nearly as compelling as the overall picture quality I experienced....88
By Expert Reviews on July 25, 2013
Samsung's best plasma TV to date makes an impression, but it's very expensive...100
By Canada HiFi on July 15, 2013
July 15th, 2013, In Reviews, Television Sets, by Mike OsadciwNews of new video technologies is dominating consumer electronics media. With all of the hype surrounding OLED and 4K TVs, it’s very hard not to get excited about the future of video....-
By PC Mag on July 09, 2013
The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote...90
By Smarthouse on July 01, 2013
s Samsung 8500 - A Few Minor Flaws Despite being a glorious home cinema TV we'd install in our own movie rooms in a heartbeat, the Samsung 8500 isn't wholly flawless. The push for extra brightness, for starters, has caused a couple of minor...100
By soundandvision.com on June 14, 2013
I had some issues with the Samsung's 3D performance, though it's likely to satisfy all but the most rabid 3D purist. But 2D on the set was a joy to watch, with rich color, superb resolution, and subjectively fine black levels and overall image...80
By Good Gear Guide on May 31, 2013
If you can afford the $20 a year in extra power, Samsung’s top plasma TV is by far the best choice for watching high quality video. We think it’s equal to Panasonic’s best plasmas for black level and overall contrast, with an extra...100