Samsung's Cheap 50" 3DTV: Worth Buying?

Posted: Sep 15 2010, 9:49am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 15 2010, 9:54am CDT, in Shopping | Home Entertainment


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Take the 3D plunge.

Looking to give 3D a try? Want a big, fancy HDTV but don't have a lot of money to throw at the purchase? This Samsung deal may be just what you're looking for. Explore3DTV reports that the manufacturer has just added two pairs of glasses to the 50" Samsung PN50C490.

The grand total? $973.34. That sounds pretty amazing but, as we noted when we first covered this this plasma TV is only capable of 720p. If you're a true nerd, the thought of going with something less than full 1080p is probably painful. But there's something you should be aware of.

According to this nerd's chart the differences between 1080p and 720p do not become apparent to the human eye until you are closer than 9.8 feet. When you're talking about a 50" display, odds are good that everyone will be seated around ten feet away.

This isn't to say that 1080p isn't a wonderful thing to have, but it is not at its best until you get to around 6.5 feet away. Sound a little claustrophobic to you?

Samsung's 50" 3DTV deal would be a solid deal if it weren't 3D. As it stands, you're getting Black Friday prices on a September purchase. If you're looking to get onto the 3D bandwagon without breaking the bank, this remains the single best deal I've seen out there.

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