This is a great piece, and I'm very happy I bought it. The picture here is very accurate (i.e. the finish of the wood matches the color in the picture). You do have to assemble it, but I put it together by myself in a couple of hours (and I'm a stereotypical 5'3 female). That said, the instructions for assembly are not helpful at all. The print is so tiny you can barely make out which pieces are supposed to go where, and it's not always clear from them which way you should be positioning something so that you don't end up with an inside-out version of the console. Thankfully, though, it's pretty obvious where things should fit together in most cases (although I did end up having to re-do the hinges on the doors a couple of times before I got them facing the right way). The doors shut with magnets, which you wouldn't know from the pictures, and I thought that was a nice added touch. Also, the light and the heat from the electric fireplace are both great - and the controller allows you to have one without the other, which is great for when I just want the firelight. Finally, when I first bought this, I was slightly worried about the concept of having my flatscreen right on top of something that was emitting a lot of heat (what if something went wrong and it overheated the TV?), but having had it for a couple of weeks now, every time I go to turn the heat off, the top shelf that the TV rests on is still cool, so I don't feel nervous about that anymore. Overall, a great piece, and one that I'd highly recommend.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? accurate