11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but..........., 11 Aug 2012
Having decided to ditch my perfectly OK Philips CRT TV and buy a flat screen for the Olympic Games, I set about looking for a small-ish product for the living room. Samsung TVs are highly thought of and I liked the Scandinavian influence on the design of this TV/monitor.
On switching on the first thing it does is hook onto your wifi network; or at least it tries to. Mine wasn't there apparently, despite the fact that my iPad in the room was hooked up, as well as a PC in the kitchen next door. A second scan showed my network at the bottom of a long list, very weak signal.
I didn't bother scanning for freeview TV stations as the set was connected via HDMI cable to a newly installed Virgin Media HD box.
The picture looked good, but I noticed on power-up and also when the lower part of the screen was in darkness, ie titles sequences at the end of movies or showing dark clothing, that there was an area of slightly higher illumination. This wasn't noticeable when the screen was filled with colour. I'm afraid I watched for it to appear when the screen shot darkened, and it became a source of irritation. I must admit my family thought it not worth worrying about.
After a visit to the Samsung showroom at Stratford, east London, not far from where we live, I decided to get in touch with Amazon. "Light Bleed" was the diagnosis from Stratford, one of the Samsung people having told me, though, that all sets do it.
I was reluctant to retun the set as the Olympics were by now in full swing, the reason for the purchase in the first place. They told me that I could return the set afterwards as it was faulty, and sent out a replacement straight away.
The new set is better; hooked onto my network straightaway, and although to my eyes there is still uneven illumination on the screen, visible when the screen is dark, it is not so pronounced. I'm happier than I was, but not totally sold on the Samsung product in the way I thought I would be.
The "Fitness" feature on the Smart Hub has told me I'm overweight, so maybe the set is getting it's own back!