I was looking for an upgrade from a 20" TV from 2002. Main concern for me was screen size, and this was the best option at the time w/ no holidays or deals around the time of purchase. Not sure what all of the bad reviews are about, this thing rules on a college budget! I will say this though, those guys talking about a poor stand design hit the nail on the head, DO NOT move this TV around frequently if you decide to have it on the stand it comes with. There is also some truth to the comments about motion blur issues and dark movie scenes being hard to view, but they are not really that bad, and aside from that I think this TV is a great choice.