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Good, but not perfect
on 10 June 2012
I've had this TV for about 2 weeks now, apologies for the length of the review, but this is the kind of info I would have liked to have had before splashing out this kind of money. First off we'll start with how it looks. Obviously it is huge, the thin bezel makes it look even bigger, it's around 1" around the top and sides and about 2" at the bottom, so it really doesn't distract you too much when you are watching. It is surprisingly light for it's size, around 35kg and also really thin at 57mm, in fact it is thinner and lighter than the 47" LCD TV it has replaced.
Next let's talk picture, being full HD it is as good as you would expect, sharp, bright and colourful. Standard definition viewing, as with nearly all large HD sets is somewhat poor, but as I watch very little non HD content this isn't a problem for me. 3D is good, I bought a few 3D blu-rays to try and they appear pretty much flicker & ghost free, although this varies greatly depending upon which film you are watching.
I have mixed feelings about the "smart" part of the TV, some bits are good, like the 3D app, where you can watch film trailers, or short films/documentaries, and the DLNA compatibility which allows you to stream content from your PC, smart phone or other compatible devices, other bits, like the web browser are kind of pointless, it's much easier to do it on a PC or even a smart phone. Maybe in the future it may come in to it's own as they add more features, but for now, to me at least, it just seems a bit gimmicky.
Now for the bad bits, it does tend to suffer from noticeable (to me anyway) brightness pops, where the picture seems to flicker up and down in brightness as you are watching. Hopefully this is something Samsung may address in a future firmware update, as I had the same problem with my Philips TV and that was sorted after an update. My TV also produces a buzzing noise, which is only noticeable at extremely low volumes, or when the screen is blank, like when a film is loading, I have read that this is only a problem with a small number of sets, if it gets any worse I can always send it back under warranty, but at the moment it doesn't bother me. Also the power lead is comically short, I mean pathetic, it's probably about 18", so if you wall mount it, like I have, you'll have to run an extension to it, unless you mysteriously have a power socket in the middle of the wall. Lastly, the anti reflective coating isn't as good as it could, or for the price, should be, it isn't bad enough to distract you whilst you are viewing, but for a high end TV it just doesn't seem good enough.