Upside: The 52HM84 has a native resolution of 1,280x720, which means it can display every pixel of 720p HDTV. And compared to similarly sized flat-panel plasma TVs, the 52HM84 is considerably less expensive. The 52HM84 has an average set of inputs and outputs, which are highlighted by an HDMI port and two component-video inputs.
Downside: The 52HM84 doesn't have an HDTV tuner or a CableCard slot, so you'll need an extra set-top box if you want to receive HDTV or digital cable signals. It also lacks the computer input found on Samsung DLP TVs, for example. And as with any DLP TV, be aware that some people may notice rainbow effects.
Outlook: While not as slim and stylish as a plasma, the 52HM84 might be a good option for someone who doesn't need a flat-panel TV. Keep in mind that it will have to compete with other (relatively) low-cost DLPs, such as the Samsung HLP5063W. The Samsung offers a computer input and costs a bit less, but the Toshiba uses a supposedly superior DLP chip (an HD2+ vs. the Samsung's HD3 chip). We won't know how that affects its image quality compared to the Samsung until we review both sets, however.