Just a strong suggestion: If you buy one of these make sure you’re home when it’s delivered. In fact, sit outside and wait for the truck. When i got it (in this case from Amazon, not Woot and new, not refurbished) the delivery company – which wasnt UPS or Fedex – sent one old guy. He had to be close to seventy. I happened to see him out my window literally rolling the giant TV on it’s edges up my driveway. Lord knows what would have happened to that TV if I hadnt run out to help. They are way too heavy for one person and the size makes it even harder for one person to deal with it.
One other hint – I’ve only purchased a refurb TV once. It burned out after maybe a year. I looked online for a solution and it appears that quite often the backlight goes on refurbs. When that happens you basically get a black screen of death. You can replace the back light but you have to know what you are doing, and it’s a real pain.
Thanks for the tips! So, did you buy this model from Amazon and do you love it?
The backlight on many of these new ones are thousands of tiny LEDs on circuit boards. Not a job for the average owner to replace.
Samsung makes a good product but their customer service is among the worst. No probs with my TV, however.
I take it you have never replace the back light. The backlight is the long thin tube in the clear plastic casing once you open up the TV’s back. TV backlight repair costs $100 to $125, including replacement parts and labor. You will pay more in trip fees to have the unit repaired at home. The price of backlight replacement parts averages around $2.50 for each LED and between $20 and $25 for each CCFL strip.
There arent “thousands” of LEDs.
On the samsung website 65" Class The Frame QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020) for $1,899.99 with a 1 yr warranty and the option to buy accessories like a studio stand at what appears to be half price. Does anyone know if the studio stand is stable enough for household use?
@arfdawg now anytime I see this listed I am going to think of your post
Refurbished items are better than new items because they’ve been personally inspected and repaired/updated. You might have had 1 issue but ask any IT or tech professional & they will tell you to buy refurbished over new any day!
It can be if done properly. But a poorly done refurbish is way worse because the underlying cause of the problem isn’t necessarily fixed.
Also, certain products are better bets refurbished than others. Like laptops are usually good bets as refurbs and get extensive testing. Televisions get quite a bit less. Also with televisions there’s a risk of getting a display model, which work fine but have already been on for hundreds of hours.
You haven’t replaced a backlight on a modern TV. What you’re describing is the old “edge lit” backlight, which might be used on a really cheap no-name TV still. Modern non-OLED tvs (within the last year), and especially high-end models like these, use zoned backlighting with hundreds of tiny LEDs over the entire back of the screen, on little circuit boards. You really shouldn’t castigate others when you’re the one that is uninformed.
Because it was so wrong? LoL
Try again. Who do you think is “inspecting” them? Tech guys who can’t get real jobs with Samsung.
Sure. You just don’t know what you are talking about.
I FULL set of backlights for THIS MODEL is under twenty bucks. You shouldnt post when you know nothing.