Pros: This is my first LCD at home, so I'm not very experienced with these but I have done quite a bit of comparison shopping in local stores. Box arrived undamaged to a business address. Size vs Cost: this is huge and the free shipping is a definite bonus. You get a LOT of monitor for your dollar. The screen is bright and clear and the on-screen adjustments are quite thorough. Lots of different inputs to use (have tested out one of the HDMIs and the side composites). Didn't try out the USB, but picture slideshows via HDMI are outstanding. HDMI video, both from HD movies and video games, is quite impressive and makes it a worthwhile purchase for someone who watches HD video on a regular basis. The monitor felt quite sturdy and the threads for the wall mount were standard and very compatible with a large universal wall bracket (34-60" model).
Cons: After 1 week, found one green pixel lit up constant, but unless the screen is all black and you are looking for it, you'd never notice. I don't think we can return it for that, but I wouldn't bother removing the mounting brackets just for that anyway. Speakers aren't that great, but actually better than some cheap PC speakers I've heard. Remote is very direction sensitive, but we use a MCE-remote for the HTPC. With no outside noise, you can hear a slight buzzing or hum from the power supply. The side buttons aren't easily identifiable as they only have symbols in the black raised plastic adjacent to each button, but we only use the top one: Power.
Overall Review: The stuck pixel is a bit annoying since I know it is there. I purchased the extra warranty, but I feel that this is going to be one of those products that only dies after the warranties run out.
I would highly recommend two people for moving this around anywhere. I used a flat dolly for rolling it around in the box, but for stairs and handling it outside the box, be safe and have a competent friend helping.
Oh, and Half Life 2 is fantastic on this...
Pros: I have been waiting for months to bite the bullet on a large HD set. I bought a Viewsonic 720p 27" in 2005 for 767 USD (from Newegg of course).
I wanted a larger set but wanted the price to come way down, to about 600-700. I kept my eye on prices for a long time, and finally got impatient enough and decided this was a good enough value to pull the trigger.
I am so glad I did. Got the set last week delivered by UPS, he helped me get it in the house, and then I wrestled with it by myself and got it on the entertainment center without any help. One reason I love LCD's, they're "light". (71 pounds)
The picture is fantastic, I really couldn't be happier, there may picture differences compared to more expensive sets but after seeing this I would have a hard time paying an extra 1000 or more.
I have had no dead pixels noticed thus far, since dead pixels have a tendancy to only show themselves against certain colored backgrounds...
Cons: (continued from above)
... I hooked my PC up to it and ran a gamut of various colored backgrounds to see if I could find any dead pixels. To my relief there were none. My Viewsonic had 1 dead pixel so I knew what to look for, but even if you get a dead pixel or two, it's not really noticeable most of the time. However, just the fact that I had zero on this set just made it that much better.
So right now I have hooked up to it;
- An Oppo upconverting DVD player via HDMI (look it up if you want one of the best DVD players).
- Optical out to my Pioneer receiver.
- My PC on the VGA input, which looks great on VGA, I know some might be worried about it versus HDMI.
- Xbox 360 via component (launch console with no HDMI output). Many will be pleased to know that this television DOES output 1080p via component.
- Xbox 360 HD-DVD player add-on (yeah I know...).
Price was just right for this size at 900. There is also no ghosting that I can see.
Overall Review: (continued from above)
So first I checked out Iron Man on DVD in 1080p via upconversion and it looked fantastic. Then I popped in the Transformers on HD-DVD and it looked amazing.
Popped in CoD4 and played around online for a while, at first it took time to adjust, but the enormity of the television helped my game in being able to spot enemies at a distance compared to my 27". Also my scores in Geometry Wars 2 improved in all 6 game modes. The improvements were marginal but they were there, just don't expect to transform into a super gamer.
Ok now for cons;
- Blacks / black levels are not the best, but they're certainly no worse than sets from a few years ago
- Speakers, eh, not great, turn off the effects for a more neutral and natural sound.
- PIP/POP options limited just like my Viewsonic, can't do VGA and component for example.
Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase and would heartily recommend for budget / value oriented consumers like myself.
Pros: I'm not one to leave reviews, nor am I prone to hyperbole, but everything about this purchase exceeded my expectations. As always, Newegg shipped promptly and without any issues. Product ordered Monday, arrived Wednesday. Outside of the box was a bit ragged, but inside, pristine. Also ordered Newegg's Rosewill 25 ft. HDMI 1.3 cable (at a ridiculously low price) which shipped from a different warehouse but arrived at the same time, which was nice. Setup was 5 minutes, with 4 of those minutes being unboxing the thing. Oh sure, I spent about an hour tinkering with the video settings, but in the end, I concluded that the factory defaults were perfect. Zero stuck/dead pixels. The thing is just absolutely gorgeous, jaw-dropping, and I was upgrading from a Sony 46" 1080i rear projection, so it's not like HD is new or mindblowing to me. I didn't expect the difference to be nearly as significant as it turned out to be. I am in awe. (continued...)
Cons: Other reviewers, in my opinion, are right about the comparatively poor remote and internal sound system. But I suspect that's because for most people those things are all-but-irrelevant. They are for me. If a manufacturer is gonna "cut corners" on anything, those two things should be right at the top of the list. I also think the remote and sound quality aren't nearly as poor as others have expressed. They're "fine" if a little disappointing. But again, as others have said, if you're buying a 46" 1080p tv, surely you have a cable/satellite box and an external audio system, and 99% of the time you're using those remotes (or a 3rd party universal) and have the tv's internal sound turned off. If that's not the case, then I can't imagine you care enough about those things for this to be a significant drawback. Refresh rate? Meh. If you're looking at this set, then clearly you're not demanding "top of the line" in the first place. (continued...)
Overall Review: You're looking for a deal. And that's what this is. In my opinion, the refresh rate issue is largely academic anyway. Just because people know that there is in fact something "better" out there. My tv is constantly on ESPNHD, and this set is a mindblowing upgrade even from a 1080i HD rear projection. Why would one spend 2 or 3x more for just a slight incremental upgrade over that? This set brought the big jaw-dropping upgrade, and I've still got close to a thousand bucks in my pocket. And fast motion isn't supposed to look like still life. The "blur" is what indicates motion, and you're gonna get that on any tv, because that's just the way vision works. At some point, diminishing returns set in when chasing "the perfect picture." I'm just glad that in this case, it sets in on the low end. This set WILL blow your mind. It blew mine, and that's plenty good enough for me.
Pros: For 8 bens u cannot go wrong with this set w/ a 2 year ext warranty. Remote is solid and works great from 0ft to 20ft. (Note: make sure to remove plastic film on the end of the remote) Pop up source screen is much better than cycling through by pushing button X number of times to get to desired source. Sound is good for what it's worth. If you want theater like sound pick up a sound system that accepts a digital fiber optical audio input and a cable and your good to go. Picture In Picture is a nice feature along with being able to change where it is located, size, plus split screen for 2 sources at the same time. No dead pixels!!! Xbox 360 at 1080i is outstanding and so is my Upscaling DVD player at 1080p. TV is packaged very well with foam at 6 points, box is made with heavy cardboard, and is banded with 3 bands .
Cons: These are all minor cons but wanted to draw attention to these details for others thinking about buying this set. Pictures online make the set look grey but it actually is black. Remote has protective scratch film on the end of it so make sure you remove it to improve its signal strength and distance as I almost did not see it at first glance. Swivel stand is so so and I'm not really impressed with the stand design overall. I set the time up on the set but do not see anywhere on remote where you can bring that information up. I will take more time to look for it later. Brown brought my box to me a little beaten up and a few holes in it :( .
Overall Review: Using DIRECTV remotes use older Sony code 10000 for this set. Acoustic Cinema Enhancement is useless if using just the speakers on the set so turn it off and sound quality should improve. I am waiting on my digital fiber optical audio cable to get here and will check it out further once I have it hooked up to my Pioneer RCVR. Setting for audio and video are for all inputs so check all of them to get this one set up just right. Whites are very bright and dark colors almost look black on initial hook up. I used standard DirecTV box (480i SD), Xbox 360 (1080i), and then upscaling DVD (1080p) to set this one up and everything looks great now. Just waiting for DirecTV to come out and set me up with an HD receiver and programming. Don't cut the bands holding the box together just in case you need them later when moving or worst case repairs. I pulled them off either end and stuffed them in the box for storage for later use if I should ever need them.
Pros: Good contrast, excellent response, and extremely sharp images, even when viewing text edge to edge via a media PC @ 1920x1080 (1080p). The display's tuner displays SD and HD programming as well as anything else I've seen, and while the SDTV channels leave much to be desired in comparison, it's pretty much what you'd expect when everything else looks so much better in 720p/1080i/p. Be sure to make use of the SPDIF capabilities to this display, since the speakers (as many have already mentioned) are lacking for the most part. All in all this display is unbeatable for the price, and well worth considering due to it's size and capabilities.
Cons: The sound is obviously lacking, but it's so rare to find a LCD display that doesn't suffer from the same. Get yourself a good 5.1/6.1/7.1 surround sound system that accepts optical input and you'll have a great visual and sound experience.
Overall Review: BE SURE to buy alkaline or lithium AAA batteries for the remote! This will extend your range for it DRAMATICALLY! I use it just like any other remote after switching out the generic batteries and it's range is 3 times what it had before.
Pros: Great price and picture goes without saying. After downloading a free tweak program and doing some adjustments to the picture it looks amazing. Streaming 1080p online is unbelievable. Most have said that the speakers are a con but i consider them a pro. They are very low profile, i couldn't tell you how they sound though because honestly if you bought a 1080p tv and you're not using surround sound then just send the tv back. I wish manufacturers would stop putting speakers on tv's just to stop this complaint altogether.
Some other pros are:
Inputs (Enough to satisfy me anyway)
Light weight (I can lift this tv myself when i need to)
Split screen (For when friends bring over their xbox)
Accurately displays colors after some tweaking (You can't use the default settings)
Cons: This tv made me realize how terrible cable's picture really is so i had to upgrade to fiber lol. (Not sure if that's really a con)
Remote sensor. Not the remote itself but the sensor on the tv is not very good. I overcame this with my universal remote, it has the option to send the signal for a number of seconds instead of just a quick burst. Kills the battery faster but i use rechargeables anyway.
Overall Review: I would have liked to have seen the usb port on the side instead of the av input.
Very good packaging, the box was beat up a lot but the tv was without a scratch.
UPS guy actually helped me carry the box up the stairs which was nice of him considering it isn't his job.
Neweggs fast processing and shipping got the tv here the same week i ordered it.
Overall very good experience, i've already recommended this tv to others who have bought and are happy with theirs.
Pros: Just hooked this up a few days ago and it's looking great. I love the picture quality, the viewing angle is quite nice, and it's easy to use. The sound is not bad at all compared to some real terrible speakers I used to have on my old CRT TV.
This may not mean much to some people, but the design is quite sleek too - it looks very nice even when off. I prefer to keep it on a stand as I live in an apartment and don't want to pay a fee for the walls being drilled.
Cons: It has 5 dead pixels. Out of 2,073,600, I can live with that. If that's not the right number of pixels, please don't yell at me math nerds :D It does have "brighter" blacks than some TVs. I can also live with that. When a movie is on, I honestly am unable to tell the difference - I can only tell when the screen goes to all black. For those having issues with the remote - aim it at the TOP of the TV. It works fine.
I sat down and thought "Would I rather have a very nice tax-free $900 TV, or would I like to get a *spectacular* $1600 TV?"
In my case, the $700 difference swayed me, and this TV still gets 5 eggs. I like it a lot.
Overall Review: Responds fine to HDMI. I have an XP box hooked up to it with a DVI -> HDMI adapter (on Geforce 8800GTX). It's running at 1920x1080 60hz, with working HDCP.
This TV will give a "No Signal!" message when the 3d card can't live up to the HDMI resolution.
This is not about the TV, but note to anyone using older Geforce cards that claim HDCP compatibility - some work and some don't with HDMI, and the card maker often doesn't know. It will work at low analog resolutions, but not at higher resolutions with digital signal and HDCP. In my case, I was unable to get the Geforce 8400GS PCI-E working. However, the 8800GTX works fine using the exact same drivers (newest).
Pros: Excellent picture in all resolutions! Very bright image. Very sharp VGA image (with a 6' VGA cable...see "Other thoughts"). Lots of inputs! Can't beat the price!
Cons: Remote control range leaves something to be desired. Speakers are so-so...recommend external sound system for movie-watching. USB and headphone jack are in the back instead of on the side. Whites are very bright, but the darks could be a little darker. A little on the heavy side...but hey...its a 46"!
Overall Review: If you want to use a VGA cable greater than 25' with this, you may end up needing a VGA splitter/amplifier. Although my 50' cable works with other external monitors, the picture flickers very badly with the TV. A VGA amplifier fixed this problem. Although now, at full 1080 VGA resolution, the pixels are not as clear and sharp as they were with the 6' VGA cable. But that may be due to minor signal degradation over the long cable.