Revision as of 19:25, 27 August 2007 by Trout
- 42" (diagonal) widescreen LCD television
- Good build quality on the whole, though some edges on the plastic casing were left "sharp" (I'm OCD about fit and finish)
- Not that heavy for its size (one person can lift it, in or out of packing carton)
Special features and nice touches:
- RS232 port at the back to allow external control (by LinuxMCE for example)
- Power LED is red on standby, and switches to green when set is on (thank goodness, blue-LED fever is abating! :-)
- Brightness can be instantly adjusted via two remote buttons -- the only thing better would be a photosensor that adjusts things automatically for ambient light (but that's what hacking is all about ;-)
- Crisp picture when provided with full quality source (e.g. true HD)
- Crisp picture with some ghosting when using the RGB-PC input with a standard (though longer than average) VGA video cable -- I will try to add a photo of the effect; the lowest-tech connections (S-Video, RF, and the like) for PC video are NOT recommended!
- A touch blurry with low-end sources (S-Video, RF) like older game systems, but still a fairly good overall picture; I have yet to test other signal methods with my game systems (requires special cables I don't yet have).
- The OSD UI and remote are excellent. Both the menus and the buttons are laid out sensibly, and the system incorporates a great idea for settings that are cyclic (most are): the first time you press a button (e.g. aspect ratio), it brings up an OSD reminder of the current setting; subsequent presses will cycle through the available options. It's simple, and effective at preventing accidental setting changes by a single inadvertent button press on the remote.
Warning: This TV is not one of the Plug and Play TVs. It does have a serial port, but it is not recognized by the Setup Wizard.