Pros Swivel base that's easy to move, easy menu layout, better looking design than the LN-S3241D model
Cons Fairly unuseful light-up feature on remote control
Summary Samsung has done a wonderful job on the new 42 and 53 series LCD's. The TV has kept the same basic design of its earlier cousin (the LN-S3241D), but Samsung has made a few improvements in its overall design. 2 rear HDMI inputs, and one on the left side (next to composite inputs) for those ever popular gaming systems, as well as the standard PC input and 2 components, making the LN-T3242H a good solid TV for all sorts of components. Black level detail, although not perfect, is near perfect, and definitely an improvement from its earlier model. Remote is the same design from previous models. Menu layout is still just as easy, and a couple of improvements have been made. Last years models had no backlight level controls like its competitors do, just a basic "enery saving" mode, which acted as a crude backlight control. This years model has a seperate backlight and energy saving mode, thereby caught up with most standard LCD's. TV is responsive, and the clarity and color detail is great, although the standard out-of-the-box picture setting (Dynamic) seems to be a bit overwhelming in the brightness section. All in all, another great line from Samsung.
Pros The Best HD picture for the price.
Cons Factory settings are not the best for picture quality
Summary I did a lot of internet research before buying this TV. Samsung and Sharp were tops on my list and when I saw this LCD and the price, I was sold. The picture is superb after some adjustments from the factory defaults. All the bells and whistles are included and for the price, this Samsung is a GREAT Television,
Pros I love the way the picture looks when watching HD channels, Price was right (799.99 @ circuit city), More than enough Inputs, Looks very nice sitting in my living room.
Cons Haven't run into any thus far
Summary I did my research before buying this Tv and for quality and price at this size this Tv is the best you can get. The quality/features of the ln-t3253h were not enough to justify the extra 150-200$. I have had this Tv for 2 months now and I have had no problems. DVD's with HDMI look great, HD channels look great, Football is a whole new experience in HD.
Pros Numerous! Love all the connections.
Cons None that I'm aware of - exceptional value & "big screen feel" & superb picture for its size!
Pros Great HD picture, sturdy swivel top, simplistic menu.
Cons Less than par picture quality for non HD devices, optical output port doesn't support 5.1 (was told it was disabled)
Summary Not sure if I'm missing something or have been ill-informed, but I get no Dolby Digital sound out of the optical port. while researching for what TV to buy, I was at a well known retail chain (1st mistake) when I asked one of their professionally dressed employees (2nd mistake) if the optical port on the TV was for Dolby Digital 5.1 & was told yes. I first bought the 26” version, and couldn’t get any sound out of the optical port. I couldn’t find the option from the menu so I read the manual and it said that the 26” did not support Dolby Digital (though it had the port for it!) but the 32” version did. So I took the 26” back, paid the difference and bought the 32” version, same problem. I call Samsung’s tech support and was told that none of them support Dolby Digital thanks to the FCC, even though they still have the port. Still debating about taking it back, but if anyone knows that this feature has a simple fix OR can point me in the right direction please let me know.
Bought this TV for the bedroom & to play games on.
The HD quality is great for both HDTV shows (I have Comcast) and my Xbox 360 through its HDMI port. Easy to understand menu, simplistic remote with universal programming, the connections ports are easy to see and accessible, and a nice swivel top.
The downside is the quality of non HD images; they tend to look pixelated, way worst than they looked like on my old 20” that I had in my bedroom. I noticed this while using my PS2, Xbox, DVD player (that only supported up to S-Video) & my VCR. Also, the Whites tend to look a little too white.
Good value for its price.