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Best HDTV Deals: A Killer Price on the Best Plasma TV Samsung Has Ever Made


Plasma TVs may be dead, but their legacy continues. This week's best HDTV deals includes a deal on Samsung's videophile-worthy PNF8500 plasma TV — a TV that CNET called Samsung's best TV ever made. We've also got deals on a top-performing 65" Vizio and a no-frills 40" Sony LCD.

  1. TCL 40FS4610R HDTVTCL Roku 40" 1080p LED-Backlit LCD Smart HD Television
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $298.88 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $26

    Is It Worth It?: "The TCL FS4610R series Roku TV delivers the simplest, slickest, most comprehensive smart-TV experience on the market," says CNET. Unlike other Smart TVs, this 40" set has the entire Roku platform baked right in, so there's no need for an external set-top box. The 40" TV is currently $26 off and features 1080p resolution, LED-backlight, WiFi, Roku Smart TV (with Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, and more), and three HDMI ports.

  2. Panasonic TC-60AS530U HDTVPanasonic 60" 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HD Television
    Store: Panasonic
    Price: $799.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $500

    Is It Worth It?: Black Friday may be a distant memory, but Panasonic still offers its 60" TC-60AS530U for the same rock-bottom price it did last month. According to CNET, the AS530 series is firmly in the good-value camp, with a smart design and decent performance. It won't challenge the Japanese manufacturer's now defunct plasma sets, but it "offers attractive design and decent image quality for a budget price." The 60" 1080p set includes a 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, WiFi, SmartTV Internet applications (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video), and two HDMI inputs.

  3. Sony KDL-40R350B HDTVSony 40" 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $348 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $52

    Is It Worth It?: The Sony KDL-40R350B isn't brimming with features. It lacks the Smart TV capabilities of its competitors and it doesn't have WiFi built-in. However, at $348, it's $52 off list and the best price we've seen all year for this 1080p TV. It features LED backlighting and two HDMI inputs.

  4. Samsung PN51F8500 HDTVSamsung 51" 600Hz 1080p WiFi 3D Plasma HD Television
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $997.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $551

    Is It Worth It?: Plasma technology may be dead, but for diehard picture aficionados, few — if any — HDTVs will top Samsung's PNF8500. CNET calls this "Samsung's best-performing TV ever" praising its outstanding picture quality, deep black levels, shadow detail, and highly accurate colors. Make no mistake, this plasma is a videophile's dream TV and a current low by $551. If interested, we suggest snatching one up fast since Samsung has ceased all future plasma TV production. This top-rated TV features four pairs of 3D glasses, 1080p resolution, Smart TV support with built-in WiFi, and four HDMI inputs.

  5. Vizio M652i-B2 HDTVVizio 65" 240Hz 1080p LED-Backlit LCD Smart HD Television
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $997.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $2

    Is It Worth It?: "Excellent picture quality, well thought-out features and distinctive design make the Vizio M-Series seem like a much more expensive TV than it really is," says CNET. Although we saw it for $51 less on Black Friday, Walmart is currently offering it at its second-best price of the year. The 65" ultra slim TV features a 1080p resolution, full-array LED backlight, built-in WiFi with Smart TV support (with Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, and more), and four HDMI ports.

Senior Features Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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@latintrident @mrwintexas I agree with both of you. I personally own the Panasonic ST60. Along with the PNF8500 -- these plasmas ruled the HDTV landscape in terms of picture quality. (You could prob argue they still do). The ST60 is impossible to find these days, so yeah, I'd snatch up the PNF8500 before it too vanishes.
I snapped up the PNF 8500 Samsung plasma several months ago just after the company announced they were discontinuing it (the current price is a steal - I paid $400 more in October at Crutchfields). Plasma is a superior technology - but apparently the profit margins were not good enough to keep in production. Pity. This is a great TV (although some of the advanced features are not to my taste (I prefer to change channels by pressing a button on a remote rather than yelling at my TV or waving my hands at it). If you want the best picture quality out there and don't need a giant size screen (51 inches really is more than enough for the average room) buy this while you can.
It is too bad that Plasma TVs are being discontinued. They were and continue to be the best TVs on the market with less blur and richer, dark colors compared to LED, LCD, Ultra 4k, oled, etc TVs. Plasmas also don't "wash out" when you aren't directly in front of it. It looks gorgeous on all sides.
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