"Low priced entry model"3.5 starson by RebelTele
Pros: Took a while to dial in the settings for a good picture and at first I wasn't too thrilled with what I was seeing but patience and experimenting paid off and now the display looks like a Panasonic should.
Cons: Very limited settings available to tweak. It's obvious that Panasonic limited both features and controls to keep the cost down so this really isn't a con. If I wanted more setting controls I could have paid more for the next model up.
Summary: In reference to the unfortunate buyer with the early failure if he had done a little more research he would have found that blinking red LEDs can happen on ALL panel TVs including all the big players in this market. It's not CNET responsibility to report an issue that can happen on any display at any time and this 60" model hasn't even been on the market for 4 months yet. It would be irresponsible to report any believed reliability issues with such a short history available. If history can be counted on Panasonic is at the top of most reliability ratings for all electronic manufacturers. Unfortunately they are at the mercy - as are all manufacturers - of their component suppliers and at times in their efforts to control costs this will lead to bad components with short lives before failure. Electrolytic capacitors are one of the top component failures on not just TVs but computers, audio amplifiers and other electronic devices. My profession involves maintaining computer controlled mechanical equipment and I have seen many high $ machines break down due to a $1.69 component failure.
I feel this guys pain about his experience but don't think that buying any other brand will insulate you from this type of problem. If this had happened to me I would have called Panasonic's concierge service and see how they would have handled first before going through the hassle of repacking it for a return. As part of Amazon's delivery service this display was unpacked and plugged in before the truck left so it was working then. I left mine for a few hours connected to a network channel to make sure it wasn't going to fail before I wrestled it onto the stand and final viewing location.
This display is a good value @ $900 delivered.