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Cons See Below for details
Summary Just as many of you have spent plenty of time researching your purchase I did too, almost two full months. I?m sure if your anything like me you?ve already read the reviews so I won?t bore you with stuff you already know. Secondly, I?m very particular about my electronics. I pick them apart early and learn everything about them. After two solid weeks of deliberation, back and forth, testing, tweaking, and retesting I am happy to say I?ve decided to keep it and here?s why in all its detail, both my likes and dislikes.To be entirely fair I decided to update my review. I have since been able to correct the blurry red text. Samsung mandates that if you connect a PC to your TV you must do so using ONLY the first HDMI slot. Then, you must change the label/name of the input to "PC" or "DVI PC." Initially I thought this should have no effect, because all I was doing was labeling the input so that I knew what was connected to it. But, apparently this enables "PC Mode" and by using this mode the red text is now PERFECTLY clear. Even though I feel this was a poor implementation of such a mode, I'm very happy that it corrected the issue.
Best reasons to buy this TV:
1) First and foremost this TV has AMAZING picture quality when set correctly.
2) Superb contrast! Deeply detailed blacks (Caveat) and clear bright whites = AMAZING PQ!
3) 120hz processing! I know some have said it?s a gimmick, but I guarantee you I won?t ever buy another TV without it. What you will find is that some programming is better seen with it on while some are better seen without it and still others will be better half half, but that will be up to you to decide. 120hz processing has a 3D effect that it is awe inspiring when seen with select HD programming. When you have it on I can?t think of any other way to describe it other than what others have called ?hyper real.? It?s a must have in my book.
4) Clean & crisp as a computer monitor but ONLY through HDMI @ 1080P (with a caveat.)
5) Very sleek design. The red is not very noticeable and even when it is it still looks great.
6) You can upgrade your firmware via USB drive and Samsung just released a new one NOV.
1) The remote design is pretty good. It is sleek black, easy in the hand, and is backlit.
2) Glass stand swivel is something I didn?t think I needed but has come in handy.
3) Plenty of picture adjustments and each source remembers its own separate settings.
4) Quiet, there is zero buzz noise like my outgoing LCD.
Reasons not to buy this TV:
1) Huge smearing Problem. Took me two full weeks to realize I wasn?t the only one. It really only makes itself shown under certain circumstances but can be reduced by adjusting some picture settings. Here is an example I recorded.
I was going to return it just because of this, but after working around it I am willing to give a little bit, because it only happens during fast, dark scenes with certain colors and when it does happen it?s not TOO bothersome. I?m a gamer and 75% of the reason I bought this was to game better and I?m somewhat satisfied.
2) Slow on screen menu. Its painful sometimes how unresponsive it can be.
3) Here is my caveat for the computer display. Everything is super sharp until you get certain color text on certain color backgrounds. There are too many variables to explain here but red text is the biggest offender.
Macro shot down to the pixels on my display of the problem here.
Keep in mind those are single pixels that are shot really close up and magnified.
4) This is my caveat for the good black levels. After researching online via forums galore I came across something interesting that some people call a ?Panel lottery.? Apparently, Samsung out sources some of the work to other panel manufacturers and some have ?bluish blacks.? If mine had this I would return it immediately. I think if you are interested in buying one I recommend doing some research on this.
Other small dislikes:
1) I have tried contacting Samsung via email and their responses were not helpful and slow to get back. I have not tried to call them.
2) The shiny bezel is a dust magnet. I constantly clean it because it looks so much dustier than everything surrounding it.
3) VGA is not an option as a PC connection. Absolutely, invest in a DVI to HDMI cable/dongle.
4) Buttons on the TV itself are touch sensitive and are hard to see and press.
1) With all these different adjustments take your time to find your perfect settings and write them down somewhere.
2) I registered mine online with Samsung and they extended my warranty by 3 months
3) The screen is slightly glossy and WILL reflect direct light. But, it helps with the black levels.
P.S. I will post this on a few other places so don?t be shocked if you see it elsewhere.
Hope this helps!
Updated on Dec 30, 2009
Because of this I would rate this TV 4 1/2 Stars. (It spends a majority of the day in PC mode)
Pros Great viewing size Blu-rays are crisp. Easy use of the plug n play digital cameras and HDD to view and watch movies and photos.USB ports are really handy and internet connection is a sweet touch. Samsung HIT!!!
Cons Somewhat of a dust magnet, but they give you a dust cloth to wipe the unit down.
But that it.
Summary A great buy if your going to upgrade from 720p 32 inch LCD screen. And once again a great buy for 1299 at the time. I know this model has gone up to $1444.99 at all of the eletronic retailers.
Pros very clear HD picture, bright/vivid colors, good sound quality, contemporary design, 4 HDMI inputs, ability to customize tv and name inputs, remote, internet features
Cons pricey, very reflective screen (not ideal for bright rooms), connectivity issues faced with Comcast cable box connected via HDMI, some features such as AnyNet+ confusing/confounding, TV internet widgets slow to load and use
Summary To be short, I feel that the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to this TV. My girlfriend found this set on sale at Sears due to the fact that the model was discontinued and it was the last one left. Since it was a shelf model and she was a Kmart employee (pharmacist), she paid less than $700 for a TV that went for $1499 only a month ago.
Do not spend $1499 on this TV if that's the price. There are so many better sets out there for the price. But for under $700, it's a steal. The HD picture is bright, vivid, clear, and crisp especially considering that it's hooked up to a Comcast box (Comcast HD is notoriously poor). But, she had to swap the box out for an older box due to connectivity issues between Samsung and Motorola DVRs.
The worst part is the reflective screen and contemporary styling (not for everyone). If you are considering placing this set in a bedroom and/or basement, it will be an ideal TV for your purposes But do not place it in a bright room with a lot of ambient lighting like most American household living rooms. Samsungs have notoriously reflective screens, go with an LG or Vizio. My girlfriend plans on eventually placing this TV in her bedroom one day. s
Pros The setup you can do yourself. It takes at the most 15 minutes. The extras that come with it our cool and a nice surprising touch. Anyways, we love the TV and is the perfect size for viewing from about 8 feet away in an apartment.
Cons No cons with the TV. Be aware, however of your cable or satelite provider. We had been given a crappy HD receiver and at first thought it could be the TV. It was not the TV. The receiver was bad!!!!
Summary Great TV for the features -- lots of extras. If you want a larger TV with no extras but GREAT picture then get an LN46C630 Samsung -- they are on sale right now.
Pros Great performance for the price!
Cons Could always be bigger...
Summary Picked this tv up at a Sears store yesterday for $599 on clearance!!! Can't beat that deal!