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This review is from: Samsung 32" Class 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV - UN32F5500AFXZA
Pros: If you get the right panel these are magical. Such an upgrade over my 2 year old sony. I rushed out to buy one as the models with the samsung panels either seem to be drying up, or are being relabeled with a new version that can't be figured out. I bought from a brick store as you can't check the version number online, but as there seems to be new labels coming out, no one really knows what will be inside.
Now back to the tv, mine has the TS 01 panel, and man is it beautiful. The contrast, truly vibrant colors, along with no ghosting whatsoever make this a fabuloust 32 inch unit. I prefered it to the 40 with it's higher pixel density, and since I only use it for my ps3 that i play 4 feet away from, its a non issue.
Cons: Sucks that you might have to gamble. I understand why they would use sharp, and chi mei panels (they simply can't make enough themselves) but when I buy a samsung tv I want it to be a guaranteed samsung panel, and sadly this is not the case.
But seriously, this seems to be a bigger issue these days, because when it comes down to it, the panel is basically all that you are paying for, and frankly I would rather have a guaranteed quality panel than any of the smart tv junk, I just want a GUARANTEED good screen.
Is that really so much to ask?
There were new boxes for this model at the store i bought it from, they were labeled UD03 i believe, while there were only 2 remaining boxes of the old TS01.
Other Thoughts: Frankly I dunno If i will buy tvs online again, I feel like i need to see the serial number to make sure i'm not getting the bait and switch.
And frankly it makes me wonder if they use the good panels for display models, and then sell the lower quality panel units to the unknowing customer.
Def something to think about.
Pros: Pretty fast all around speeds with this unit.
Very simple interface, which isn't as attractive as say an Asus gui, but it definitely gets the job done. Expert modes gives you pretty much every thing you need access too, this is nice coming from featureless routers. Really like the live updates of traffic on the network with the provided map, really nifty if you needed to limit some traffic from a certain source, or provide a boost in another area.
Speaking of features, this one has them in spades. It pretty much does everything you could want a modern router to do, sans a few of the fancy custom things you can do with other units (large communities mean custom everything). The media sharing is simple, with the provided usb ports on the side (I would have preferred an additional on the back).
Cons: If this unit isn't on sale I would say the 250 msrp is rather unreasonable. I bought it primarily for the bundle with the cable modem, and it was 50 off, so I feel like it wasn't a bad deal.
The antennas aren't external, this was almost a dealbreaker for me when i was looking at it, but then I figured I won't be living in any Mcmansions any time soon, so the reasonable good coverage would suffice. Don't get me wrong, it's maxing my cable connection (only 50d/10u) from most places in the house, but the 5ghz band does seem to show some weakness, while the 2.4 is really solid throughout our 1600sq foot house.
Other Thoughts: The design is pretty lame, but it will sit under a desk so this doesn't concern me, nor would it ever really concern me, but its something to consider if you do display it. The affixed stand is also bothersome if you had other plans for its placement. The leds seem nice, but they don't have anything explaining what they are ( I liked this fact, clean, but may confuse grandma).
Also, in all the spec sheets I couldn't find how much memory it had, just that it had a dual core 800mhz cpu.
Dunno if i would reccomend this to a friend, I really doubt it will catch on in either the mainstream or enthusiast markets, but it really isn't bad at all. I had never really heard of Zyxel, but their background is basically wireless technology, so it really isn't much of a gamble with quality as you may think, their design is just uninspired.
Pros: Color and brightness (to a non visual arts professional) are outstanding on this unit. The stand is probably one of the better ones I have used as well and feels sturdy. The variety of inputs is also welcome for the small price increase over cheaper korean units. It was also nice that they supplied all cables, and the hdmi and display port cables were of decent length, dvi was a standard short cable though. Really like the plain look of the bezel, and the width (while not great) looks a lot better than a ton of the korean units.
Cons: Where to begin, like others have stated mine had an audible buzzing that would occur in the top middle part of the bezel. I thought I could live with it but it shows itself in really nasty ways at times. Its not only a buzzing, but it changes in loudness and frequency based on text size and contrast with the background. It makes viewing webpages unbearable, and this is all droning through the sound my tower makes (which isn't that quiet). The noise would die down to a "tolerable" level when playing games and watching movies, but would rear it's head when viewing web pages again.
All in all, it made the unit unusable for me, and will be sending it back for refund.
Other Thoughts: I didn't know whether or not to put this in cons, but i feel like some should be warned that Acer appears to have put an anti-glare coating on the screen. This may be a positive to many, and shows that I should have done more research into the screen, but to some it may appear as dark lines crosshatching the screen, or at least this is what it appeared like to me. While it could be ignored, on white backgrounds it was almost like i was looking at a zebra at times, really threw off my eyes while reading text.
Combined with the buzzing, this made it a simple choice to return.
I like acer, own a projector and another monitor by them, and this would have been a winner as well if not for the defect, and the fact that my eyes easily pick up the anti glare coating.
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