For the price, this TV is a good value, but I keep having this feeling that I should have spent a few more dollars and been totally satisfied.
The features of this product are admirable. Four HDMI inputs, I needed 3, and really nice to have a spare.
Set up, picture and audio adjustments are convenient and simple.
Very good looking product, beauty in simplicity.
Swivel stand is another feature I was looking for, and this product has it. Not much of a swivel, but a swivel.
The sound is good, no complaints.
The picture is OK, nothing spectacular. The Toshiba 26" that was replaced had a much better picture.
So what don't I like about the product?
In the manual, it lists "a wide viewing angle" as one of the TV's features ---- WRONG!
The viewing angle is, by far, the biggest short coming of this product. The viewing angle is, at best, mediocre. At a 6' distance from the TV, if you move 4' to the left or right, the picture will begin losing color intensity, sharpness and contract. So, the picture is OK if you are looking at it pretty much straight on.
Two small irritations, neither one a show stopper.
When viewing channels from antenna input, say channel 5.1, and you want to go to a channel that is not the next channel, say channel 9.1, you can not enter "9", and have it find 9.1, which is the first sub-channel. You have to enter "9-1", or enter "9" and then press the channel up key. Not a big deal, but this is the only TV I have seen that does not have an option to find the first sub-channel.
Second irritation; it takes at least 5 seconds to switch between inputs. Five seconds doesn't seem like a long time, but when you are going between inputs it certainly is. The first time it happened, I kept pressing the "input" key, thinking something was wrong. Again. no big deal, but it irritates the heck out of me.
Bottom line, would I buy it again?
This is the first time I ever bought a TV without "test driving" it. A lesson learned, I will never do that again.
Online, the features were what I wanted, and the price certainly was right. The Hitachi brand has a good rep, and I felt comfortable making the leap, plus it was returnable.
Given the short comings of the product, versus the good price and being without a TV if I returned it, I decided to keep it. It just wasn't bad enough to return it, and there are things I definitely like about it.
Never again an online TV purchase, unless I have been able to see, hear and touch it first.
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