My wife and I fought for almost a year over the LCD to Plasma debate, she works in Electronics and is able to make her own opinion of these TVs but I've always been a plasma man. Walmart was holding a nice tv for us but upon arrival, found the person in front of us was purchasing it so we had to make an impulse buy. I did not want a 50" without HDMI or SVGA but I settled for the price. We dont use HDTV devices, cable box or Satellite, just basic cable as we only watch 3 channels so I can tell you based on basic cable - the picture is the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life. Now, some channels are delivered with better signal and resolutions so its not bad all the time. When using an HDDVD, Blueray, PS3, XBox 360 etc on either component or HDMI the picture quality is superb. I love turning on the Xbox and seeing the crisp clear picture, it makes me clap and smile big like a small child. There is a picture resize option on the remote to choose between 4 different aspect ratios since its 720p, most of what we watch on basic cable is stretched so people look fat as well as circles being turned into ovals etc... I can deal with this because I know the technology and I know its not permanent where as other people might not understand why this is happening. The menu controls are a tad weak, no real options available but of course I suppose it is a cheaper version so there you go. Lack of PiP is a negative too, Sanyo is known for this feature and it would be nice on all their product line. Screen saver does not work on certain inputs. If you have a DVD on the main title screen for a while, this image will remain on the tv as a ghost for some time. There is a white wash feature to help cleanse the ghost that usually helps. The wife watches "True TV", in just about 4 weeks, the logo was burnt into the bottom corner of the TV and I see it all the time now. Same with XBox, I played religiously when we got the TV (GTA3) and now I see a small circle where my "Location map" would be in the game. I have always had the "power saver" on high since we plugged it in, this is a feature to dim the backlight, as I repair laptops and other devices that have burnt out CCFL lighting so its just second nature to ensure long life.
I've also had it on UPS/Joule protection since purchased as it seems its more and more common for light bulbs to fail quicker now days. Overall:
If your on a budget or need to purchase 4 or 8 tvs in bulk, this is not a bad choice at all. The size makes it a little difficult to move into a dwelling, but its only 100lbs. Offers plenty of HDMI and other input choices for 'normal users', and the casing looks pretty nice too. If your looking for performance and a good high-end comparison then keep looking. This TV is the E-Machine of computing and will never compare to an XPS or Alien-ware. I tried to include a couple photos although edited for copyright purposes. These depict both color and distortion as well as the screen burn in on the bottom right corner. Next to it is my 15" laptop screen for comparison.
Edit: It looks like their uploader rescaled the photos and made it look bad so you cant see the burn in very well.
It would be nice to have stated the size dimensions that you request!
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