"Impressive product superior to others in price-class."4.5 starson by fencer1964
Pros: Picture quality is brilliant, even w/AV cables; no sign of artifcacts, not even with sunlit water (the bane of many digital signals). User menus a pleasure to view, and *tell you* what each setting does. A lot of thought went into this product.
Cons: The remote. Purchase was based in part on showroom floor remote, with *no* clickwheel. Remote included in box was older model...with clickwheel. HD-TIVO remote does NOT work with this model. INFO-LINK a waste of a good idea.
Summary: First Impressions
"Touch of Color" is right--and it's just a touch. Seriously, get over it, with our model (mf'd Feb'09), the red color is so subtle as not be an issue in the least. We've wall-mounted it, and discovered 52" is simply, in a word huge. 52" is perfect for sweeping epics...but single-camera TV comedies are frankly difficult to watch. We haven't used the smaller picture sizes because it just seems wrong...somehow.
Hook up and usabililty were simple and fast. We use TiVo, which apparently strips the time code from the regular cable input, so we set the clock manually; that's fine.
WiseLink is nice, but of limited use save for slide shows. There are no transition controls, so it's pretty basic. Mind you "Basic" on a 52" LCDHDTV is pretty amazing.
You are NOT buying/considering this TV for the Info-Link option! Position of other elements (newsfeed, stock market info) is only semi-adjustable. Weather: you get today's (a weather graphic with a high temp) or 5-day forecast that does NOT include today's weather. 5-day forecast must be at bottom right of screen, which obscures many graphics and information provided by broadcasters. Newsfeed is as advertised, and cannot be customized to handle your favorite RSS feeds. Stocks are better, and include major market indicators and the ability to customize your favorites, either NYSE or NASDAQ.
The much-maligned backlit remote was not so bad; we do not experience the lag CNET reviewers did. The clickwheel's response is fast enough not to be annoying and in the absence of any "page down" button, is often much-needed, but no substitute for page-down. The remote is also larger than needed, and vaguely musket-shaped, which would be nice if one actually were repelling pirates trying to board your TV, but otherwise is merely "OK." Would still prefer remote from showroom floor, w/out scroll wheel for its size and ease of use.
DVDs were viewed running off a first-version XBOX with DVD accessory, using Composite AV cables only.
Picture quality was stellar, and is as good or better than any other brand we researched. Dark detail is excellent, even with motion (test movies were "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man"), with no artifacts, dropouts or blurry shadows. Freeze-frames were sharp, but showed some fringing; even small text was easily readable in every test.
Some reviewers have had issue with "edge flash" where the picture distractingly illuminates the edges of the plastic panel under dark conditions. This model has a slightly beveled edges, no such distraction was noticed.
You will be very pleased with this product overall; we cannot say enough good things about it, and will be recommending Samsung products to any who ask.