"Not perfect but a good deal for the money."3.5 starson by InAComaDial999
Pros: Picture quality, connectivity options
Cons: Backlight uniformity, wi-fi range
Summary: I picked up one of these at Target last week. Setting it up was a snap, the HDMI ARC works great with my Denon 1913 receiver, so I only need the one cable to send sound through my HT speakers.
Picture quality out of the box was impressive in Standard mode once I turned off Film Mode. I applied the CNET settings to the Movie mode and it is just outstanding in a dark room. Contrast, shadow detail, and color saturation are all just right.
My major complaint is with the backlight uniformity. The screen shows slight blotchiness when the backlight is on with a black screen, like when you switch inputs, but that is not noticeable even on dark programming. However, there is a blotchy area about 1/4 of the way from the left side of the screen that is noticeably brighter and is sometimes visible when the camera pans in dark scenes. This would probably be a deal breaker with a more expensive set, but the overall PQ is so good that I am willing to live with it.
I originally didn't care about apps -- I would frankly be plenty happy with a "dumb TV" -- but I have to admit it's convenient to have these. They work OK; the Netflix interface isn't as good as the one on my XBox 360 but it is sufficient. The weakness there is that the wifi range is pretty poor. Both this TV and my Linksys wifi router is also in the basement, and yet I only get one bar on the TV's wifi signal meter. Meanwhile, the XBox 360 and the Blu-Ray player that I have in the living room located right above this TV both get 4 bars, even though they're the same horizontal distance and one floor up. I'll have to switch to a wired connection if I want to seriously use the apps on this TV.
Overall, I am happy with this TV; despite a couple of flaws it is a good deal.