Charcoal gray...black, what's the difference? It's really dark and you can't see through it. When you change the channel, it blocks half your screen. Yes, the lettering is sharper and the graphics are nicer, but again, none of that enhances the user experience. The responsiveness is really nice. Overall, I give it a C+. If I could keep the responsiveness, I would take back the older interface in a heartbeat, especially with the DVR graphics/status bar, etc.