Originally Posted by opus123
Hi Cam... got my TV delivered more than a week ago, but didn't set it up until now. My biggest complaint do far is the remote is impossible to see in the dark. I have a similar "defect" in the same spot you have... but it appears to be ~40% smaller. Only noticeable when you stand close at a sharp angle. Mine isn't white, it's the color of the screen. I think you're correct that the painted on (or however it's correctly described) black border on the screen doesn't extend far enough to run under the slim bezel on the left side.
I'm happy to say it JUST barely fit on my articulating mount/arm... so seems like a good move buying a 50 cheaper than the 43.
It did a bunch of firmware updates when i first turned it on, and appears to have air-play (haven't tested yet). I skipped/didn't agree to T&C so not running their streaming UI... as I'm very comfortable with FireTV as my home screen and switching to TiVo or Blu-ray from there as needed. Not sure if it's related, but my 4K stick decided to update software (twice) shortly after I got up and running. The white screen (with orange firetv logo) seemed cloudy, so likely a panel uniformity issue. It doesn't appear o be anything I'd notice during viewing, and seems a fine compromise for a 50 inch DolbyVision YV for $339.
I'll need more time using to gather a better assessment (e.g. I noticed FireTV home screen show vivid colors at one point, and then more muted later)... so I'm sure there's some setting I have to work out.
Thank you for the update. If yours has the same issue, I might just chalk it up to a design "feature" rather than a defect, and not exchange it. Maybe I'll visit my local best buy (who had 2 of them on display, with one being open-box), and see if I can duplicate it on those.
The controller is really not very good, IMO. It just feels like cheap china plastic. I had a harmony 650 remote prior to this TV that worked really well for any function I could imagine (even my window A/C). It eventually failed after being dropped several times, and I haven't replaced it. You might want to look into a better all-in-one remote.
Search youtube for "tv test colors grey", or something similar. Uniformity can be seen best with a solid partial grey color. FWIW, I haven't noticed any uniformity issues in actual video, or games. I haven't done done any critical testing yet, though.
Mine had weird bugs from time to time, but after the final firmware update about 2 weeks ago, they all magically disappeared.
On your FireTV, it's best to leave it at a fixed 2160p, rather than auto, and/or enable "Full UHD Color" In the input settings for the FireTV input. Mine had trouble reliably switching to 4K until I changed that. My Roku Premiere didn't even realize I had an HDR capable TV until I enabled it on that input. You may want to also play with the "active full array" level in the "More Picture" Menu. Mine did alot of manipulation of brightness when set any higher than low. That may be what you are seeing. I prefer a darker picture, so my settings are very conservative (Calibrated Dark, and lower backlight setting). With HDR, I run a bit brighter, for contrast reasons. Keep in mind you have separate picture settings for HDR, and non-HDR on each input. You can only change the HDR settings while the HDR source is active.
But anyway, I've been going back and forth as to whether I am going to outright return this TV and get something better. I had decided on the X900F, then I started hearing multiple reviews about it crushing highlights in HDR, and that the older X900E was actually better. Heard Rave reviews about the Hisense H9F, then realized it has the same problem. The Vizio really seems like a good compromise, and it has good enough audio (with surround sound off) that a soundbar isn't even needed. The Rtings review is actually of the Mxx8 series. PCMag did a review of the Mxx7 series, and gave it a REALLY terrible contrast ratio, among other things. Even so, I've been impressed with HDR content. LMK if you'd like the link.