I bought this TV on a whim, in order to complement a 42" Vizio Television I bought a few weeks before.
It's a great "Bedroom TV" size, although I think it's a bit small for most living rooms.
I purchased the TV for $538 at my local Wal-Mart. The boxed TV is surprisingly light. Included is the TV (LCD) Panel, a stand, a remote control, five phillips screws and associated washers, and two AA Batteries (for the remote).
Unpacking the TV was simple. You lay the box on the floor and slide the television out. There are four styrofoam pieces that hold the unit in the box. The LCD is shipped double wrapped in a protective foam bag, to prevent any scratching. The remote, manual, screws, and batteries are in a protective bag taped to the TV wrapping. The Stand comes wrapped in a foam bag, and encased in cardboard to protect it.
Once the LCD panel is unwrapped, the stand attaches with five phillips screws to the bottom of the unit. Assembly took less than two minutes, but a phillips screwdriver is an absolute necessity when purchasing this unit. Slide in the two heavy duty locking tabs, then put in the screws. Simple.
The remote control is very attractive, with a glossy finish, and all available functions labeled clearly. The keys are very responsive, yet require a deliberate push to register, which I thought was an excellent touch.
As soon as the input (in this case, standard coaxial cable) is connected and the television is turned on, the onboard software guides you through channel scanning and setup. By default, the television displays standard "Pan and Scan" 4:3, but two presses of the display button on the remote control puts it in the proper aspect ratio.
There are plenty of inputs, including 1 HDMI, 2 Standard AV, 2 composite, and S-Video. Inclusion of a digital audio input was a very nice touch.
The television can be operated without the remote, with basic function keys located on the top of the unit. (Which may be an annoyance if the TV is placed in an enclosed entertainment center).
Personally, for the price, this television is an excellent value. The contrast ratio (1000:1) is better or equal to similarly-sized consumer-quality TV's that are priced higher. The only shortcoming I could find is the lack of a second HDMI port. With more and more consumer electronics shipping with HDMI, and the fidelity of an HDMI signal as opposed to other inputs, I am surprised it did not ship with a second HDMI input.
I would have gladly sacrificed one AV input and both component inputs for the inclusion of a second HDMI port. This isn't a TV I would use for a high-end home theater setup, but hooking up standard cable, a DVD player, and a PS3 or Xbox 360, this unit should prove more than adequate.
In conclusion, this LCDTV is an excellent value for the price.
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