"Did not live up to the hype.....:("2.5 starson by saynotodrugs
Pros: Good sound quality, intuitive remote control.
Cons: Picture quality is lacking. Network connectivity was useless for my purpose.
Summary: I wanted an LED HDTV in this price range with an ethernet connection in order to hook it up to my home network and view the shared content from my home PC. My choices were Sony, Vizio, Samsung....among others. I decided to go with the Samsung because, well, everybody said it was the best.
The first thing I noticed was that the picture didn't look right. The colors were off/unnatural, it was either too dark or too light, etc. I played with the settings (backlight, contrast, brightness, color, etc) adjusting them accordingly, but even if I got the picture to look acceptable, I found that when I switched input (going from TV mode to HDMI input, for example) the picture would again not look right. "Auto" settings did not help either.
I decided to put off trying to set the picture correctly until later, and tried the other features instead, and that's when I discovered the other problem: even though I could connect this TV to the network, I could not access my PC share folders. The TV can access photos, videos, or music in the the Windows user account folder, but if you have-like I do-other shared hard drives loaded with content you are not allowed to access them with this system. What is the point of being able to connect to the network if you can't access your content??? When I set up my friend's Sony Bravia I was able to go into his PC, browse any shared folder, and playback the content.
So back to the store the Samsung went. I replaced it with another brand (guess what brand that was...) which has a vibrant and natural picture right out of the box, and which allows me to access the content in my PC with no problems.
This little experience is what I got for going with the hype!!!