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A great set, with the convenience of a built in DVD player.
on October 30, 2012
The Honeywell 24" LCD TV with a built-in DVD player is a good value, has decent picture quality, and a nice feature set.
In appearance the Honeywell is standard flat screen TV. It has a simple piano black bezel and a rectangular base, also done in piano black. Disappointingly, the base does not swivel. On the right hand side is the slot load DVD player, on the top are some basic controls, and on the left hand side are the inputs. While the included remote is done in a rubberized black plastic, most of the buttons are small and similar looking, unfortunately. Overall, it's a very simple looking, but classy, set. The material's quality is high, and the set feels well put together. The only weak points are the buttons on the top of the TV that feel very cheap and "click-clacky" in operation, and the single dead pixel on the lower left of the screen, which is always green.
Assembling the Honeywell is easy. You simply twist on the base, and insert a handful of screws. The set is not heavy or cumbersome so it's an easy job for one person to do. Speaking of, the box the TV comes in is also very compact and easy for one person to carry.
Features wise the Honeywell is nicely equipped. The inputs on the left side of the set are as follows; digital audio out, RF coaxial, VGA video and audio, a component / composite set (you can only use one or the other), a USB input, and 3 HDMI ports (which is quite generous given the size and price of the set). The set's resolution is full HD at 1080p (also nice for a set this size). The picture settings are the basics, however, the audio settings are more advanced and include a graphic equalizer. There is a sleep timer, but no timer to turn the TV on and off. A feature I really appreciate is the ability to turn off the screen, while still listening to the audio. This is helpful for those who like to fall asleep to the TV, but don't want the screen's light to keep them awake. The DVD player built into the side of the set works as expected, and offers all the standard features most DVD players have. It would be even nicer if the Honeywell had a Bluray player, however, to take advantage of its full HD screen.
The Honeywell's picture quality is about what you'd expect for a set in this price range. After lowering the brightness, color saturation, and sharpness a bit the HD video is crisp and sharp, while SD picture quality (and DVDs) are a bit pixilated, but still very watchable. Colors are bright a vivid, and the Honeywell has a fairly wide viewing angle. You have to be at an extreme angle for the picture to wash out noticeably. The Honeywell does not suffer from light bleed, so the screen is universal in its brightness. There also doesn't seem to be any noticeable motion blur. The only areas where Honeywell falters are in the shadows (where details are muddy and hard to make out) and the blacks (which are more of a very deep gray).
The little speakers on the bottom of the set put out decent quality sound, but you have to turn the bass up a lot to even notice it. Moreover, when you turn the volume up the bass sounds boomy and distorted. The Honeywell gets very loud, however, so you should have no problems hearing it in a noisy environment.
All in all...a great combo TV set, with lots of inputs, at a good price.