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It's perfect for our bedroom
on November 19, 2010
This was meant as a 'bedroom' TV - replacing a 15 yr. old 27-incher; the 32" size was constrained by the size of our TV cabinet - and, so far, it fully met our expectations.
We made the initial decision to order this specific TV because it was on sale at the time (low price) and because I had a very positive experience with PHILIPS as a customer in the past. Since we set it up in our bedroom we liked it even more for its ease of setup and operation, high quality picture and sound (the context is the bedroom) and for its versatility/flexibility (many ports and options). The all-shiny-black, minimalist design, with all buttons invisible, hidden behind the frame is not too bad either.
So, let's get into some details.
SETUP AND OPERATIONS
As I noted already, it's as easy as plugging it in and hooking it up to either an antenna (coax) or cable box. The first time you turn on the TV it's going to ask about your language - English, French and Spanish are supported - look for 'channels' and then do a very clever color setup test where all you do is answer which side (right or left) you prefer for the 5 or 6 pictures displayed. You're done.
Later on, you can personalize your color and sound preferences by setting up various parameters individually or by picking any of the pre-configured sets: standard, sports, movie, gaming for colors. You can set the sound parameters such as virtual surround, volume leveling, stereo/mono/SAP and you can pick form 'auto' sound or pre-set configurations such as movie, music or news.
Like any modern TV, this one is upgradeable too. If you really feel the need to do so, you can pick the latest software at the Philips site, loaded on a USB drive and your TV should update itself once the USB drive is plugged into TV's USB port. NOTE: the USB port is ONLY for upgrading, it CAN'T be used to display pictures or play home videos.
The small remote control is well laid out, uncluttered, with the most important functions - on/off, input source, sleep, picture format and, of course, channel and volume - accessible through dedicated buttons and the less frequently needed functions available through the 'menu' option.
This is clearly not a top of the line device and it's not meant to be so. At this size (32" to be used in the bedroom) we didn't care about 1080p so we saved by getting this good quality model at a great price. So, here's what you get:
- Picture: WXGA (1366x768 at 60Hz) - typically you'll be getting 720p if watching a Blu-ray video.
- Aspect ration: 16:9, also known as 'wide screen'.
- Viewing angle: 170 degrees. Really, no issues viewing the picture from whatever angle.
- Sound: 20W and supports virtual surround
- PC input: supported via HDMI
- Power: 120V, 60Hz (don't take it to Europe)
Quite impressive for a TV this inexpensive. Everything that might be possibly needed from coax to HDMI (3) ports is there. No TOSLINK (optical) port, it's true but I can't see why you would need one given the TV's tiny speakers.
- Antenna jack (coax)
- Component video and audio (on the side)
- S-Video (on the side)
- Composite video
- HDMI ports (three ports, 2 on the back and one on the side)
- USB (for software upgrades only)
- Analog audio
- Digital audio output
The limited 1 year warranty covers everything other than accident (you drop it) or abuse and either the original purchaser or someone who received the item as a gift - proof of purchase still needed. It's worth noting that you will be responsible for shipping and shipping costs if there is a need to have your TV fixed so make sure that you save your receipt and the original box.
Since I mentioned on the first paragraph that I picked a PHILIPS because of a prior good customer experience, maybe it's worth sharing it because not all companies treat their customers with respect AFTER the sale. A couple of years ago my old PHILIPS monitor decided to stop working. It was covered by a 2-year warranty and 'I thought' it was still under warranty but I could not find the proof of purchase. To make it short, the Philips person established the date the monitor was manufactured from the serial number and, even if it was a little over '2 years ago' agreed to have my monitor repaired under warranty even though I could not produce a receipt. They added '3 months' to the manufacture date because they estimated it would take that long for a unit to be sold. I don't believe that many companies would do this much for their FORMER customers.
It should be clear by now that it's a 5-star and it's so because it does everything a bedroom TV is expected to do: it fits inside the TV cabinet, it was inexpensive, it's easy to operate and, so far, it has delivered good-quality pictures reliably.
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