I posted this in a generalized LeEco thread, but more appropriate for this thread now>>>
I just bought the X43 direct from LeEco, taking advantage of the 200 bux off deal.
Most here seem to be talking about the X85, but there's no owners thread or the like for the smaller models, so posting here.
I was looking for an upgrade replacement for my current daily TV duties handled by a 7-8 year old Sharp LED LE700UN 32". Back in the day it was a rather good LCD with fairly good contrast (native was tested to around 3,000:1). Full backlit LED (not edgelit).
Now you're thinking 'what a tiny TV!' = Yes, BUT, I run a HT Projector on a 80" screen for movies. The 32" was just for news and the such. In a small room sitting 8-9ft back.
My needs for an upgrade were twofold: Wanted slightly larger and had to be very thin. I wanted to wall mount it to fit behind my drop down electric screen. Had about 2.75" of space when screen is down. With my 32" Sharp I had mounted it on an upside down ceiling tube mount which I had to manually lower and raise every time I fired the PJ up. This was getting annoying.
I went to BB and looked at some TV's....but due to my thinness requirements, I had narrowed it down to a $650 Sony XBR43X800D (1.81" thick 43") and a $600 Sammy UN40KU7000FXZA (2.1" thick 40") or $750 2.2" thick 43".
I read some of the LeEco reviews @ Secrets of HT&Hi-Fi and Rtings and was impressed. But Amazon reviews had me worried and a brief scan of posts on AVS had me worried too. Being the price was about the same, I decided to pass. Until I noticed the direct buy discount, which brings the cost to about 1/2 as much or better than the other TV's mentioned.
Now here's the thing> I don't currently need or use any smart TV features. I don't stream TV content at ALL. For movies I stick to Blu Ray on my projector (JVC RS57/X700!). With a large projection screen I can see the PQ difference between Blu Ray and HD streaming. For TV duties I have TWC (Spectrum now) and get a lot of HD channels there. The only TWC HD shows I fire up the PJ for Mr. Robot, Better call Saul and The Americans. But Mr. Robot is the one that benefits the most from the big screen (it's the most cinematic of the 3 to me). HD Cable is adequate for me here on the PJ.
So essentially I just need it to be a good 'display' when feed into it's hdmi inputs. It seems most of the issues I've read are in regards to smart TV features or with the X85 full array backlit panel.
I read LeEco's return policy and it's 30 days with a 15% restocking on the purchase price, but they send you a free ship return label. So essentially a $50 something short term risk. Long term is more iffy as it's a typical 1 year warranty. LeEco appears to be new players, at least compared to Sammy/Sharp/Sony, etc. My Sharp has been rock solid for 8 years. Though I read LeEco has been making their own panels for a while and has a presence outside of the US. Regardless, I certainly have more of a concern regarding reliability vs my trusty Sharp.
For about 350 bux on what appears to be a pretty darn good (and very thin) 43" 'TV', I figured it was worth the risk, especially since I'm not really interested in Smart TV features. If it performs well as just a regular 'TV', I'll be happy. I wasn't sure how long the 200 bux discount was gonna live (being as they had deleted it before), so I admittedly felt pressured to 'buy', lol.
Perhaps as I try to read more of this thread or others, I'll get buyers remorse before UPS even shows up! Anyone feel free to comment on my choice for my specific needs??