A Hitachi Bargain to Believe In

Don't let the price tag on the Ultravision P50S601 plasma HDTV make you nervousit's a handsome set that delivers the requisite bells and whistles

Editor's Rating:

The Good: An inexpensive, full HD set with great color detail and a motorized swivel stand

The Bad: Oddly placed inputs for components; awkward remote layout; heavy with stand attached

The Bottom Line: Hitachi delivers one of the cheapest full HD sets on the market

With the exception of Panasonic, plasma TV makers have been struggling with declining market share against an onslaught of competition from high-definition LCD televisions. To better compete, many have rushed to upgrade their technology to display so-called "full HD" resolution despite the added cost and the limited options for delivering such content to these sets (mostly Blu-ray DVDs and PlayStation 3 games).

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