Originally Posted by sytech
I don't know how many reviews they have you working on at one time, but for future reviews I would suggest just hitting the bullet points. Quick calibration, a few measurements, checked with some real content. Then go back and do the deep review if there is a lot of interest or something unique about the tech.
Yeah I'm on the same page with ya.
The thing is, that's easy when you understand a TV. When you've got a TV that does not even have a finished reviewer's guide to simply explain how the new features work, I'm left figuring things out on my own. This is the first time I've ever dealt with being first to get a new model TV. And even though readers here see an edgelit LCD, nothing new... what I see is a TV that's using different algorithms and presenting new behaviors.
I spent a day baffled by the behavior of the new Brightness control, for example. Things are not the same as in years past, and hasty measurements could easily product an errant, and potentially controversial result.
Watching the Q9F... isn't it sad I can't find the time to enjoy this fine TV, that's calibrated to near perfection? It's ridiculous.
But... I think I'll mostly aim to make the full review exactly what you just described.
Ultimately, I review audio a lot more than TVs, and I've got those reviews down to a fairly standard 2000-2400 words and they contents are just as you describe. Good advice, thanks.
It's important to note I'm not just a reviewer. I also write up press releases, cover trade and audio shows, create polls, share stuff on social media, do "Ask the Editors" pieces, put together the newsletter, organize the homepage, participate in numerous discussions, share stuff on social media, and more. I wish I was a full-time reviewer, but really it's just one of the hats I wear.