Pros Vibrant colors, resolution, input options
Cons Backlight, viewing angle, black levels, white/black decoding differences for progressive and interlaced sources
Summary I owned the Dell W3706MC for two months before returning it and purchasing a Panasonic TH-37PHD8UK. The Dell is at its best when displaying bright HD sources. It's ability to display vibrant colors and a crystal clear image really shine through. The large number of inputs also means you should never have a connectivity issue.
That is not to say this display is not without its problems. The biggest issues come out when displaying darker scenes in a darkend display area. Then it becomes apparent that the backlight is uneven, with more light bleeding through in the corners. Black levels are not very good, coming out as deep grays in the best situations. Despite advertising 160 degree viewing angles, watching at any more than a 30 degree offset results in a washed out image. Finally, the television decodes white and black levels differently for interlaced and progressive scan sources; after being properly setup from an interlaced input, a progessive signal will be displayed with white levels too low and black levels too high, resulting in a noticably grayer image. This will be an issue for viewers switching from a 1080i HDTV signal to a progessive scan DVD source (note that this flaw went unnoticed by the CNET reviewers).
All in all the Panasonic TH-37PHD8UK provides a better display in the same size and price range. True, it has a lower resolution (1024 x 720 compared to the Dell's 1366 x 768) but at this screen size that is practically unnoticable. In my estimation, the Panasonic more than makes up for the slightly lower resolution with superior black levels, accurate decoding between progessive and interlaced sources, and large range of viewing angles.
Pros Essy to set up and use, more inputs than most will ever need.
Cons Probably could get more "bang for your buck" with a no-name TV.
Summary With HDTV, the pix on this TV really does look like 35mm photo/slide. Vivid colors, crisp pix, and detail beyond expectations. Regular TV looks OK; the set does have adjustments to help produce as good a pix as possible. The SRS sound system and 30 watt total speakers do a very good job of creating a "surround sound" effect. There are tons of inputs on the set allowing for a variety of video sources to be connected in several different ways. My DVD with RCA and S-VHS hookup produced some very nice results. All in all I think this TV does an awesome job. Dell currently has special pricing and financing deals that make it even more attractive.
Pros Two HDMI Ports, Bright Picture
Cons Video Games appear dark at times
Summary I needed to replace a 15 year old 27" TV in my entertainment cabinet. This Dell fits perfectly without the speakers attached. The picture with Directv HDTV will take your breath away, also local HD channels look great. I'm not as impressed with dark scenes in my kids video games (gamecube) but I have not played with the tv settings to see if I can improve the image. Compared to similar sized plasma this tv has more connectivity options and at the electronic stores you should compare pictures between the plasmas and lcd's the detail the LCDs offer is better....
Pros Great picture for HD content, great connectivity.
Cons Black levels, shadow detail lacking some. No backlight control
Summary I researched LCD and Plasmas for months before deciding on this one, in large part because I wanted a screen approaching 40" that would fit in my cabinet. This is one of the only ones out there that would fit, other than 32" screens, the standard size down from this one.
I chose LCD because I play video games and didn't want to deal with possible screen burn-in issues with plasmas...plus, the price was right. Overall, I'm very happy with the set. When I first installed it, I only had analog cable (was purchased to use with an Xbox 360 and DVD movies). Analog cable looks awful on this TV, but digital cable is somewhat better. I mostly stick to HD channels because the picture quality is amazing. I have had no issues with dead pixels or connectivity problems as in other reviews here. Everything works as it should. The biggest flaw for me is the lack of a backlighting control, which makes the lines above and below a DVD movie appear gray vs. true black. But you get used to this. It bothered me for a few days; now it doesn't. I've had the TV for about six weeks.
Pros A fantastic array of features; Good connections; Aesthetically pleasing design
Cons DVB tuner fails to initialize which often requires a restart.
Summary This LCD TV has it all. A pleasing design that adheres to the basics of design-it balances form with ******* and does it all within a reasonable price. With respect to the latter, the number of functions this set possesses make this set not only value for money but also a versatile TV. For those who measure the quality of a TV by simply looking at its display, then fear not this TV excells in this department by incorporating a 1366 by 768 display screen, and the colours it displays are truly out of this world. For those who have Sky HD this set is then truly remarkable. The images are out of this world and lives up to the hype surrounding HDTV. For audophiles, this set incorporates SRS technology that give a sound quality to die for. Again we see a balance between form and function in the design of Piano black speakers that truly utilize the 30watts speakers to its fullest. My only criticisms of this product are that this set's digital tuner sometimes fails to initialize and this requires you to restart the TV. Other problems with the set relate to the digital tuner and the remote control. The problem relates to the fact that the channels can only be changed via the programme table which renders the numeric pad obsolete. Other than these minor niggles this LCD set is truly amazing. Well done Dell.