I have had a Samsung ES6100 for about 6 months now and I am very frustrated with it. The TV looked horrible out of the box, really warm and way to bright. It has all these settings for adjusting the colors, brightness, blur, etc. It took a lot of time just to make it look ok. The TV gets good reviews on Amazon, but I feel like I am missing something. I have a couple of questions, that I curious to see if I am alone on.
The first issue, that I am especially curious about is how gamers feel about it is the auto dimming. Not from the ambient light in the room which can be turned off, but the dimming caused by the screen's own brightness, like when the screen is showing a dark scene the TV dims. Supposedly it does this to make blacks look better, but it is horribly distracting. Even game mode does not switch this off. A great example is XCom's load screen, there is a blue badge that rotates on a black screen (like a spinning coin). When the silhouette of badge is passing (very small part showing) the TV very noticeably dims itself, then instantly brightens itself as the face of the badge passes. If the game is a very dark game, the brightness is just too low and you have to manually turn it up. Watching TV it's less noticeable, except with the TVs menus are up or changing channels, etc which also cause it to darken. There are a couple of reviews on Amazon pointing out this is a bad gaming TV, but I am surprised more people don't say something about it. Are gamers not buying these smart TVs? (Other brands than Samsung do it as well.) Am I being too picky? The TV makers don't tell you that their TVs do this, and you can't turn it off so how do you buy a gaming TV?
The second issue is that if the whole scene changes, for instance if the show switches cameras, or lets say the action is fast paced, for a brief second the whole screen gets very blocky. I have all the blur options off because 1) they don't work and 2) all the posts I have read said to turn them off. I am not sure if this is a TV problem though because an Apple TV playing on it rarely does this. My PS3 which is used as a blue ray player, does it a bit. Cable is horrible though, some days worse than others, but it can become very noticeable. Could this be cheap HDMI cables (everything goes through a receiver to the TV)? Does my cable company (Bright House) just really suck? I don't think this is the TV so much just because Apple TV looks great on it.
I really wish I would have bought a simple TV. The "smart" part of the TV has been a pain. My old 40" simple Samsung was MUCH better.