Date: September 23rd, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
For around US$2000, what hardware do you actually get?
First out of the box is your usual owner's manual complete with warranty registration and warranty paperwork. Let me inform you of one thing, and that is to keep the owner's manual close at hand to aid in you exploring the features of this TV. There was some features I didn't even know this TV had until I was having my morning coffee and was thumbing through this manual in the office. It will surprise just how much you don't know about this TV.
Although the TV is large, don't expect a huge hardware bundle. As seen above, you get a lint-free cloth for cleaning the TV's glossy black surface, a remote control complete with batteries and a power cord. The black door to the right is used to fill in the void created if you decide to take off the TV base and utilize a wall mount.
I won't go to much into the universal remote, but it is complete and full featured and is able to control 5 different multimedia items regardless of brand. Other than that, it is just like any other remote control. Everyone has used one and this remote is exactly the same other than some small differences which can easily be picked up through day to day use. As always, consult your owner's manual for any questions arising. It will do a far better job than anything I would be able to convey through a review.
And at last with a hand from your friend you were able to haul out this almost 80lb TV onto your TV stand. This TV by far is heavier than any LCD TV I have reviewed in the past.
First impressions are good. With the weight comes some excellent build quality with all LCD structural panels being extremely stiff with no give or squeaks associated with cheaper shoddy construction. Next is the glossy finish. The black surround is so reflective that it could be mistaken for a mirror. The screen itself is remarkably reflective when compared to other LCD TV's from the past and this will serve as both a positive and a negative in this review. for one it does up the picture clarity, but it also reflects surrounding room light and point sources from lamps and can make them a distraction. More on this later.