Bought this last year (2011) during the black friday special.
Been using it as a computer monitor (1920 x 1080 resolution) and so far the picture is excellent. No dead pixels.
Gloss black, fingerprint magnet, but doesn't bother me as i don't touch it much at all. I used this t.v not only as a monitor, but also for an xbox 360, wii, and regular t.v cable.
The switch between inputs is satisfactory, it is nowhere instant, but surely not slow to the normal user.
Switching channels from lets say channel 5 to 6 would take about 1.3 seconds, feels the same as switching channels from a brighthouse cable hd receiver mabob. As for computer gaming, there is no "ghosting" or noticeable lag when playing graphically intense games such as Battlefield 3.
A note for using as a computer monitor. You may have to resize the desktop using the program for your specific graphics card. For example, i run a Nvidia card, i must resize the desktop with Nvidia control panel from 1920 x 1080 to 1824 x 1026 to make the picture fit within the screen, this was expected as it isn't a computer monitor but a t.v.
There is no degradation of picture quality going from 1920 x 1080 to the lower resolution. Xbox 360 looks nice, but Xbox games are usually rendered in 720 so it might look less sharper when trying to be upscaled to 1080p this isn't the TV's fault, but rather the graphically limits on the xbox. Wii looks meh since it is hooked up through composite a/v cables, and is no where near 1080p, i believe it is rendered in standard definition which is 480p or something like that. Again, not Tv's fault but the graphical limitations of the hardware. For 248 dollars.... this is a steal i don't notice any difference in quality from other 1080p computers... it's just a resolution....
There is a difference between those tv's with the insane Mhz making it have the slow motion effect, though those make me seasick for somereason. Great deal.
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