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Samsung LE40F86 - 40'' Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV
on 13 June 2008
I bought this TV back in January 08. Initially I was extremely impressed with the TV, especially the picture quality on HD movies but as time has gone on, a few nigglely things started to annoy me.
My main disappointment is the remote control sensor, you literally have to point the remote facing the direction of the sensor otherwise more often than not, you'll be repeatedly pressing the button without anything happening. I don't recall any of my home audio/visual equipment ever having this problem (this is the first time I have ever bought a Samsung home audio/visual device!) and more to the fact, with my old Sony TV, you could be pointing the remote at the opposite direction to the TV and press the channel button and it'll change. This to me is a pretty elementary thing, one that I didn't think Samsung could possibly mess up on, right? This issue is the most troubling and if you can live with this fact then the TV is a fantastic piece of kit, exceptionally beautiful too, imho.
The other things I don't like about this TV is the AV input select button and the fact that it has about round 8 (3 hdmi, 2 scart, component, rgb and Svideo) different inputs. Navigating through to the input you want to get to is painfully slow, if you want to get from one end to the other end of the input selection, you have to wait for the input of the one you don't want to come on screen before you can change to the next input and wait again for the screen to come on, again and again till finally you get to the input you want.
If you have many inputs, like XBOX360, cable, satellite, DVD-PVR and wii, you'll soon easily get frustrated like me. If Samsung, you ever read this post, just look at Sony LCD TV for ideas on improving the usability of your TV's. I am saying this because, my sister-in-law has just bought the cheapest Sony LCD P range TV and guess what, it does not have this problem, input selection is a delight, you press it, a little on screen menu comes up and you scroll using the cursor arrows on the remote and hit OK and it's there in a flash, isn't that nice! And guess what, her remote, you can be pointing it anywhere, press the channel button and it'll change.
All in all, if you still can live with these issues then it'll be perfect for you. Hope this honest assessment has been useful to you.