I purchased this TV stand/entertainment center a couple of weeks ago based upon the reviews I had read here, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, after all of the comments about easy assembly, I was a bit surprised at how complicated it was and how many of those danged "cam-lock" fasteners I had to fiddle with during assembly. Let me provide a few pointers to prospective purchasers and offer some details that I couldn't find in the current crop of reviews.
First I want to make one very important point to anyone who, like myself, purchases this piece of furniture to serve as a cabinet for their audio and A/V equipment. (Sorry kiddies, I'm not into gaming. I have this thing called a life, lol.) Measure the width and depth of your components before you buy this, or you may be in for a bad surprise! My components consist of a "standard-width" Sony A/V receiver, DVD player and CD player. All are 17 inches wide and, while their depth varies, the receiver needs at least 16-17 inches for itself and all of the plugs and connections on its back. My initial intent was to place these pieces of equipment on the vertical shelves on the stand's left side; however, going to the store and measuring the display unit revealed that those shelves are only 15 inches wide! So I had to resort to "plan B," which, if you look at my photo, worked out pretty well -- but since the stand is only 15 inches deep, I had to cut off half of the heavy fiberboard backing behind the top shelf to allow room for the connections behind the receiver ... and also to provide ventilation around it. (If you score it with a knife, it'll snap along that line very cleanly.) As you can see in the photo, the receiver just barely fits that shelf vertically too ... the opening is exactly six inches tall ... which you can expand by about an inch and a half if you leave off the trim piece under the top shelf, but I decided not to for aesthetics and the fact that my receiver *just* fit.
OK ... let's move on to assembly. The stand came packed very well ... much better than some pieces of customer-assembled furniture I've purchased that have arrived damaged. There are Styrofoam panels not only between pieces, but also surrounding everything in the box and protecting the contents from the inevitable bumps and slams during shipment. Mine arrived undamaged even though the box had a few dings in it.
I was impressed at the organization and thoughtfulness of packing. A very detailed assembly booklet was included -- one nitpick, however: the diagrams could've been a bit larger. Some were pretty hard to make out. Each piece is numbered or lettered with a decal that corresponds to each step in the booklet, along with each piece of hardware, which also was well-packed and organized (see photo). Make sure you have a sharp knife (like an X-Acto) to slit open the hardware package along the semi-scored slits on its back. Like most blister packaging today, it's nearly impossible to open without destroying the contents or your fingers, and tearing at it risks sending all that stuff flying across the room, under the sofa, etc.! There's a second, orange bag containing the hardware necessary to anchor the stand to your wall if you have a TV on top of it. (Since I wasn't doing this, I didn't open that bag and the stand is very sturdy for my purposes.)
A few pieces of assembly advice:
(1) Have regular and short-handled Phillips screwdrivers at the ready. Some of the cam-locks are in places where a standard-length screwdriver (not to mention your hand) won't fit.
(2) Clean out the holes for the cam-lock cams, which there are a LOT of, before you insert the cams. Many of the holes in my pieces were partially blocked by wood scraps from manufacturing.
(3) Invest in a $15 cordless screwdriver. Believe me when I tell you that many of the screws (especially the dozens of cam-lock anchors) are long and difficult to drive in. Your hands and wrists will thank you!
(4) I have a disability in my legs, and I found this rather short stand much easier to assemble at waist-height on a folding table. If you do this, make sure your support table is sturdy. While this stand isn't huge, it weighs about 75 pounds.
Final thoughts: Yes, it's very well-made and sturdy. No, it's not solid wood; it's that standard particle-board stuff with a (nice) veneer -- which, btw, is darker than the photo at the top of this page suggests. It's very dark brown with some black grain in it, which (as you can see in my photo) worked out well for me since my surrounding bookcases are black. I'm very happy with this piece of furniture, even though I'm not using it as a "TV stand" for my 55-inch ... my main reason for buying it was because I needed a place for my turntable and a rather tall center speaker, not to mention my A/V equipment -- and I hate stands with open sides to show off your rat's nest of wires. This one hides it all nicely (even comes with two Velcro loops to attach to the rear to contain your wiring) and looks good while doing so. Highly recommended ... just be aware that it's well-made, which means it's going to take a couple of hours to put together properly.