"I was worried at first, but I love it."4.5 starson by Firefly3347
Pros: - You can turn off the Auto-Motion feature
- Power button on the TV is a directional pad
- Wifi features allow me to watch videos from my media server
Cons: - Remote is ok
- TV cannot play .mkv files (but I do not think any device besides computers or just VLC can)
Summary: I got this TV about 5 days ago and I love it so far. I am mostly using this for gaming and Netflix/Web TV viewing. When I first connected my Xbox 360 I used the RBG Component Cables. I was playing Dark Souls, and the game is really dark, and I was initially disappointed with the blacks. It seemed if the scene was dark, the Tv would darken everything. However, once I bought an HDMI cable for it, and messed with the black settings, the game looked spectacular again.
A key for me is the Auto-motion (Trumotion on some TVs). This seems to be rampant on TVs, and makes any movie or show look like a Soap Opera. This has the option to turn it off and several other settings. You can also set the TV to have Auto-motion on or off depending on what Input you are using. For games and sports I like it on, but for any TV or Movies I want it off.
The "Smart Hub" is the central area for all of the Tv's smart tv features. At first it had to download a bunch of apps and features. These apps are nice, but it is slightly annoying when you are an impatient human who requires instant gratification (like myself). I recommend not doing anything while these updates happen. I started netflix as soon as it downloaded, and I had to turn off my TV several times before it worked. Netflix works just as well as it does on a PS3. Have not tried many of the other apps.
My favorite bit is that this can play videos from my media server. It picks up automatically anything that is connected to your network. Like the PS3 and the Xbox, and every other media streaming device I have come across, it cannot play .mkv compressed video files. This is the majority of my files. It is annoying that I have to re-encode any episode I want to watch to mp4, but there are tools (handbrake) that make it rather simple. However once it is in mp4 form, it looks beautiful. The controls to fast forward and rewind the videos is a bit hokey, but it works.
Overall I love this TV. It was the upper limit of my price range (1500), but I am happy with my purchase. If you do not care about 3d, and want a good picture, and want the ability to turn Auto-motion off (If you cannot tell, this is important to me), this is perfect. Really it is hard to find a bad TV, the only ones I didn't consider were the ones I could not turn that feature off. Just make sure you have HDMI for everything :)