"Can anyone comment on the delay? I'm thinking about picking this TV up in January, and I'll be doing a lot of gaming on it - let me know!"
I've had a 55LM8600 for over a week now thanks to Microcenter. I was looking for an LED over a Plasma, even though the PQ is superior on the later (the GT50 was my second choice). The TV has excellent aspects but there's still some negatives to it (like the edge lit bleed). If I had paid top dollar I might feel I overpaid, but at the end of the day the pluses out way the minuses.
If you're going to use this for gaming though I think you might be disappointed. There is an immense amount of lag that I've so far been unable to get rid of. I have a PS3 and games are near unplayable, particularly if you use 3D. It's puzzling since LG even advertises COD BO II 3D on its website. I haven't tried Dual Play yet but I can't imagine it's going to work any better with it on.
1. Smart TV functions. More than you can count and they actually work. Performance is quick and so far no freezing or rebooting. A browser, 3D apps, games, Netflix, etc. It has it all and more.
2. DNLA support. I'm using PLEX media server and after a long setup process 1080p .mkv movies stream seamlessly, even over wireless. I've tried to get both of my PS3's to stream and they continually error out. I have to add the wireless performance this TV is better than most of the other devices I own.
3. HD PQ. Blu ray's look great along with HD TV and steaming. This is really the TV's strong point along with the 3D.
4. 3D. As has been mentioned here before the 3D is very easy on the eyes. It's so easy you forget your aware of it, which is I guess the point. The quality is excellent but I will say it's dependent on the source. Bad transfers will have crosstalk whereas better ones won't. What's also nice is the passive 3D glasses from the movie theater will work with this TV too. It's a cheap way to add a lot of glasses.
5. Black levels. It's no Plasma but it has pretty good blacks for an LED. For reference sake I own a Pro-111FD Kuro.
5. Magic remote. It's takes some getting used to but it really helps navigate the web functions with some ease. I would recommend getting the regular remote for normal use though. The magic remote can be cumbersome for basic viewing.
6. The design. The TV is very thin and not too heavy and the thin bezel is really attractive.
7. Calibration settings. If you know what you're doing this TV has it all. Greyscale, CMS, Gamma, onboard filters (blue, red & green) etc. That's great because the out of box color is all over the place.
1. Flashlighting and screen uniformity. I've been able to get rid of most of it using local dimming but it's still visible at the top corners. The local dimming also hides shadow detail so it's a bit of a trade off. This may be the single biggest disappointment of the TV and others like it.. I can't for the life of me understand why edge lit TV's are being sold like this. At this point in the game it feels like a step back from CCFL LCD's. Just unacceptable.
2. Color. Although the color does pop, it's way out of spec and screams for a professional calibration.
3. It has a soft image. Although 1080p sources look good with some softness, SD sources look way to over processed and soft. In addition the TV is uncompromising in showing flaws, so the combination can really do damage to poor source material. I've turned off almost every setting and calibrated the sharpness but it's had very little effect. This and the edge bleed are it's two biggest weakness's when it comes to PQ.
4. Game lag. No luck so far in sorting it out. I've noticed there's a delay in audio when I have two TV's turned to the same channel that isn't present on my other TV's. Even with most settings turned off. There's just a lot of processing going on with this TV and bottom line FPSs are almost unplayable. I haven't given up on it, but so far I haven't found a work around.
1 Although I was worried about screen glare it's not very noticeable. The screen is sort off semi gloss, somewhere between a matte screen and a glossy Samsung. It's really a non factor.
2. The LG logo won't turn off. It's a minor bug but still a distraction..