Pros 1) 2D Quality: amazing deep blacks, crystal clear picture, no blurring or artifacts during fast motion scenes.
2) 3D Quality: limited cross-talk, bright, clear picture, smooth
3) Design: beautiful barely there bezel, super slim, and ultra light
Cons 1) Clouding/light leak
2) Not quite a work station
Summary We have owned this TV for about 3 solid months and watch a lot of movies, DirecTV, streaming (both in-home via PS3/XBox piped through windows Media Center and/or direct), Blu-ray (again, PS3) and video games from the two aforementioned consoles. Overall we are very pleased.
I'm a bit of a video snob and could easily see spending more to get a more uniform, professional picture ... but you know what? It simply looks great. When the screen goes black, yes, there is bleeding at the edges. Who cares? There are some shows that look a little unnatural, as if they are videotaped rather than filmed. I'm sure this could be improved upon but I just haven't put the time into calibrating it any further (we did go through some basic steps with a calibration Blu-ray, but nothing super fancy). It's my living room, and admission is free. The picture pops in all sorts of lighting situations and the reflective glare is not bad at all. The 3D features work well, and with the newer 3D glasses provide a very compelling experience. I'm sure there is a bit more tweaking we could do to improve the image, but honestly just haven't gotten around to it. Still, it's enough that nearly everyone who has visited with us for movies and whatnot has remarked on the overall impressive picture, and a couple of friends have even gone out to buy similar Samsung models (ours is the UN55D7000LFXZA).
Physically, the unit is very thin compared to the competition in this price range, and the thin bezel completes its overall graceful design. The Cylon base star swivel base in the box is just gravy.
The remote is very unique, but unreliable (our Harmony universal remote, as with many other devices, does a much better job at getting the infrared signal to the TV than the TV's native remote does). The keyboard is fairly tricky to use, and frankly many of the apps we have downloaded don't recognize its input (which, rather frustratingly, requires text be entered via arrow and select keys instead of the Qwerty keyboard). There is an optical sensor in the middle of the mouse keys that should allow us to easily manipulate the mouse cursor on the screen, but this has been a frustrating experience as well, meaning we rarely actually "surf" anything that way. Also, due to its pie-shaped side profile design, the remote is a bit unwieldy compared to those with a more ergonomic design.
The sound is more than adequate, though we typically (as many probably do) listen to the sound via surround through our receiver. The built in apps work well. The set currently offers the newer version of the NetFlix app that lets you search for titles not already in your queue (very handy). We have used other apps as well and there seem to be regular updates to the firmware and market.
Some of the drawbacks, though minor, have included no ability to watch Amazon VOD (which, arguably, will probably become more of an issue as Netflix's "per view" pre-paid streaming contracts keep expiring) with apparently no plans to change this, and a somewhat cluttered 1.0 feel to the "Smart TV" interface (or whatever it's called) ... we even reconfigured this once to nest things in newly created folders--it was quite a chore, and in the end the whole interface kept locking up so we had to a hard reset to get it to work again.
Toll-free technical support has been fairly lackluster, delivering a feeling that you are reaching the typical non-Samsung customer service center, outsourced from some phone farm somewhere (though it does seem domestically based) where the "technicians" know how to read their screens, but do not really have commanding knowledge of the product or its function, deliver a very "scripty" sort of experience, and are probably trained very little and not well paid to hone their craft. The 3d glasses advertising "Prescription Ready" for these sets are a bit oversold--they are quite comfortable, and the effect works well, but they are not prescription ready ophthalmic frames in the sense that any optometrist can just slap optometric lenses ground to your prescription in--they must be taken to a specially-equipped optometrist that deals with the exclusive Hoya-branded product.
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Overall, I feel I got a good value for this set and do not think it was a bad investment or a decision I should not have made.
Pros + Picture quality is just crisp, beautiful and sharp
+ Thin and light
+ Easy setup
+ Sleek and nice UI
+ 3D feature
Cons - Not a lot of apps yet
- Sound is not great
Summary This TV is simply amazing not only from a design standpoint but also feature-wise. Indeed, it's so thin and light that I was able to hand carry the box by myself. I was able to install it almost alone (my wife helped me a bit just to avoid damaging it). The look is a killer (bezel, depth and color). I do care about the design in general and especially for something that will take so much space in my living room. The unboxing and installation is pretty straight forward and easy. Just need to be patience and I advise to connect it to your LAN or WLAN from the get-go. TV will download few important updates before launching the Smart HUB (where you can see and download your apps). Sleek and nice UI but not a lot of apps yet.Edit Link
Samsung need to work on that if they want their Smart Hub to be used therefore relevant.I wish I can connect my TV with my Bluetooth keyboard for a better browsing experience as it nice to surf the web on a 55 inch full HD screen. Once the install is over you just need to plug in your stuff (Directv,Xbox, PS3 in my case) on the available 4 HDMI ports. Mine came with the brand new 3d starter kit and 5 movies (4 Shreck and one Megamind -Blu ray format) for free. Two out of 5 should be redeemed through mailing but you can do it online. Also there is a qwerty remote supposedly but that also need to be redeemed. Allow 7-10 days to receive it.
The TV spec are amazing (aside the fact that I'm still not used to the image of LED vs plasma that I had previously). But when you fire-up a BR or any TV show in 1080 i or p, then wow the picture quality is just crisp, beautiful and sharp. The sound is not the greatest feature of the screen but for such a thin device, I'm cool with that (I have an amazing soundbar already anyway). I've watched 3D content (there is actually more and more content available) and it's nice but the glasses from the kit are not (ugly and cumbersome).
Get yourself the 3D BR on the International space station to really enjoy your 3D feature or there are 3D channels on Directv that are good enough for a start. Overall I'm really satisfied with this TV and it worths the price.
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Updated on Oct 16, 2011
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Pros Great design with a great picture in bright scenes
Cons Awful picture in dark scenes, blacks seem "cloudy"
Summary I keept the tv for 3 weeks could not take the " clouding " any more returned it and got a samsug 8000 plasma hope I like it better
"Superb picture"on by fredgross54
Pros Picture is stunning. Styling is amazing.
Cons Sound is a little weak but normal by flat screen TV's. Setup is a little bit cumbersome but manageable.
Summary Best TV value I found. I may purchase another of these units for another room.
Pros Picture quality and ease of use of online features
Cons Price is high.
Summary Lots of wow factor