The Samsung 490 Series 3D plasma television may be the key on your search for a budget friendly 3D television. With a slim 2.2" profile, SRS theater sound, 600 Hz subfield motion and 3 HDMI inputs means you can make the leap to 3D for only $550.
What You Need to Know
The Samsung D490 3D plasma TV has a 43" screen and measures only 2.2" deep.
The TV also features a reduced bezel, which gives more screen real estate.
The D490 weighs about 40 lbs which means it's wall mountable.
There are 3 HDMI inputs but only on one side.
We wish there were more available.
There are also 2 component and PC inputs on the back.
The Samsung plasma TV also has built in speakers on the bottom and an SRS theater sound feature, which sounds surprisingly great.
The sounds are crisp and the highs are really good.
There's no distortion when you crank up the volume.
The SRS theater surround sound feature works and makes this a great TV for a small room.
There's also a USB Connect Share feature to watch your media.
The USB port is along the side, which is convenient, allowing users to play music, view images and watch video files.
In 2D, the Samsung TV displays in 720p with bright colors that are a bit grainy.
The blacks are deep but the display is glossy.
The 600 Hz subfield motion smooths out action scenes.
The 3D capabilities are pretty good: it requires Active 3D glasses, which you'll have to charge between usage.
The 3D images look sharp with no ghost, but prolong viewing may give you a headache.
Best Buy has a current promotion where you can get two free pairs of glasses with the purchase of a 3D TV, which is a $100 value.