Originally Posted by BartMan01
Same boat as you. Picked up a new H1 at CostCo, and it is a 'cheapened' version of my current one. The back is not 'rubbery', the base is missing the light dim/off switch, and the screen is HORRIBLE next to the old one (visible vertical lines). As to the sounds, I have always had them turned off in the remote options (both old and new) so I can't say.
Keeping the new one despite the lower quality so I can have the exact same remote both up and downstairs (no more complaints of 'I don't know how to use this one, it's different).
Originally Posted by sojodave
I got mine at Costco and I have no vertical lines and my station icons look as good as my friend's 1 year old H1. You may have got a bad screen. BTW, I went to Costco today and they have the H1 for $99.99. I was still covered under their price match so I got $10 back. I upgraded from a six year old 670. I love the H1. I was able to transfer my settings from the 670 and I have a Nyko dongle for my PS3 and the H1 works great. I just wish I could use the PS3 button.
The one year old unit is probably just as "bad" as the new one, so they appear similar when comparing. The newer units look and work OK by themselves but put one next to a 4 year old unit and the differences are EXTREMELY obvious. My older unit has an absolutely gorgeous display... crystal clear with deep rich colors. My newer unit (now well over a year old) and my son's unit (about a year old) are similar to each other but obviously different than the older unit. In comparison, the new display is brighter but not as sharp and the colors are washed out in comparison. Also, there is a definite "line structure" visible in the newer displays that is not visible at all in the old unit... it is more obvious to the eye if the remote is moving relative to your eyes, as when picking it up to use it.
In addition to the display differences, the newer units exhibit significantly shorter battery life between charges. Programmed identically and with the same usage patterns (by me in both cases), my old unit regularly went 10-14 days between charges... the new unit is lucky to get four days... three is more typical. Swapping batteries and chargers around between units made absolutely no difference.
Without question there have been running changes over the course of the One's production life. The newer units are not bad, per sé, and the differences are not deal breakers all things considered... but they are not quite as good as the original units, either.