"AMAZING!!!"on by SSSwitzer
Pros Picture quality is very good, 3D is simply AMAZING!
Stand is a strong piece of metal
Pretty cool and so thin design
3-HDMI plug-ins on the television
Backlit main remote control
Cons Built in camera can pop up automatically, but must be manually pushed back down.
Summary I haven't upgraded a television in my home in a couple of years, so this TV really blew my mind. There's so much to love about it! I am giving it 5 stars for its capabilities as a 3D television, since that is its primary function.
The 3D is simply AMAZING! I'll be honest, I don't watch much in 3D because it does tend to give me a bit of a headache after an hour or two, but on July 4th, I watched Independence Day and the fiery explosions in that movie were epic in 3D. There is a dedicated button on the remote to switch to 3D or back to 2D and the only other thing you need are the glasses. It's very simple to switch back and forth if you don't like to view something in 3D.
It's VERY important to have a crystal clear picture to get the most out of the 3D function on this television, so if you're watching on satellite television, make sure your dish is getting the best possible signal. The blu-ray movies we watched in 3D turned out to be the best, but this was because the picture is so crisp to begin with. We have not watched any movies specifically made for 3D, instead, we've just used the 3D function on the remote so we could rate the television's ability to convert anything into 3D and it does this very well. Animated, CG movies are spectacular on this. We watched the Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked just to see how it would perform and it's gorgeous in 3D. They really outdid themselves with this 3D feature. Even when 3D is turned off all movies and shows have a much more 3D look to them, particularly if the camera pans around a lot. We've been incredibly pleased, thus far.
It has wireless features which allow you to tap into your home's wireless network and access an "apps" section. If you're into streaming and Netflix, you'll love it because it has a dedicated Netflix button right on the remote (wonder what Netflix paid to be featured there with a bright red button, logo and all?) Personally, I love the access to a web browser in the apps section. It allows me to easily check my local news forecasts and radars directly from my local channels' websites, which is so much better than the Weather Channel and I find myself reaching for my smartphone a lot less than I used to. It's just so convenient and nice to have something displayed on the 55" television screen. Most websites look beautiful on this screen. I have a website, so it was nice to see how pretty the site looked on such a large screen. There is also a Youtube button in the apps. Finally, we can watch favorite Youtube videos on a big screen and streamed through my internet wi-fi, they look even better than they do on my new laptop. I was really impressed with this.
There is an illuminated LED bar on the bottom of this television. It provides great backlighting, which may be necessary to the proper viewing of this television, but may prove bothersome to some. I am not sure if there is an option to turn this off or not. Fortunately, our unit is on top of a dark-stained wood stand and this dampens the bright glow of the LEDs at night.
The television stand is a strong piece of metal with an acrylic piece that just sits inside of it for looks. In the evening, the TV almost looks like it's floating and you hardly notice the stand. Very modern!
The picture on this television goes nearly to all of the edges. There is hardly any frame around this, which is pretty cool and the set is so thin, it will amaze you. The whole thing weighs only around 30 lbs, which is also amazing!
The television comes with a second remote, which is like a small touchpad. I haven't even used it and see no reason to.
The biggest downside is that a some of my older stuff (10 year old BOSE sound system) isn't really all that compatible with the television (we can't get the lips to quite match the words while watching with our Tivo pushing sound through the BOSE.) Using the volume controls on the television solves all of this and fortunately we just got a new Tivo with HDMI, etc, a couple months ago, so all of that was compatible, but now we will have to find a new sound system as swanky as this new television with modern plug-in components. This may or may not solve the problem since there is a slight processing delay on the picture generated by this TV. Might be better to push the sound from the TV to the sound system. We'll get it figured out, eventually. By the way, there are 3 HDMI plug-ins on the television. Right now, we have one devoted to the Tivo and one devoted to the Playstation 3, with only one free. I will come back and update when we find a new sound system that is better compatible to this than our 10 year old one.
I also feel the need to address two things that might really tick off some people.
1. This television features ADVERTISEMENTS, even just adjusting the volume controls can trigger one when watching something full-screen. The ads aren't huge, more like pop-unders at the bottom of the screen, and they go away relatively quickly, but still. This doesn't bother me because I am so used to being advertised to and like I said, I have a website with ads, so I get it, but some people will really hate this. I do question how they have chosen what to show me in those ads and here's why: We set this TV up just a week before a Las Vegas trip. I never used the web browser for anything related to that trip or watched anything related leading up to the trip or since getting back, yet since we got back, ALL of the ads have been for special room rates at Vegas hotels and casinos. How the heck did they know? Is this a coincidence? It kind of makes me wonder if having this television hooked up to your wi-fi allows them to snoop at things you're doing on those other devices using the same network, otherwise, I have to believe this television is spying on me some other way. Very creepy, either way or it's simply a coincidence. The jury remains out on that one.
2. One other slightly creepy feature of this television is the ability to record using it's built-in camera. If you choose to do this, the camera pops out from the top of the television. I guess it's there to leave video messages for family members or use the feature where the tv recognizes different users with the built-in camera (i will never use this), but notably, there is not a button to get the camera to go back down. Instead, you have to manually push it back down, which isn't a big deal, but most people won't bother and I have a feeling this television is snooping. I keep the camera pushed down, simply because I don't like a camera looking at me. I am the type of person that puts tape over the webcam on my phone and laptops. I just don't like the feeling of being watched in my own home. It's one thing to know companies are logging my website visits, etc., and it's another to have a video camera watching my every move in my own house. I do not like it and I will not allow it, so I keep the cameras out of my house or obstruct their view. Maybe I'm too privacy concerned these days, but I don't want cameras in my house watching every little thing unless I'm being paid for it, like the Kardashians.
In the end, I have decided to review this television primarily for its 3D functions and if that's what you're buying it for, you will not be disappointed. I've never seen better 3D and I even went to Best Buy last weekend and tried out a competing model/brand and it had nothing on this one!
There are two things that remain to be seen and I will update when I figure them out: 1. How long will the TV last? Modern electronics notoriously last a short period of time, but I am optimistic this will last for years, we'll see and I will update you. 2. Is this TV really snooping on me through my wi-fi? I have made a commitment with my husband that nobody will use the browser on the television for anything other than weather or Youtube videos. Let's see if it "magically" knows what to market to me next - something that it could only know from my other devices. Very interesting... I'll keep you updated.
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I hope this helps.