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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2010
First of all, let me say that it took a lot of research to find this TV but I'm glad I made the effort. I have a 20 year-old AV center in my living room made of real wood and I won't part with it for anything. Unfortunately, it's age means that the bay for the TV is square and pretty small by today's standards. The best that could fit in it before was a Magnavox 25" CRT weighing over 60 lbs. In my research, I found that most 26" HDTV s barely fit. I wanted a Sony Bravia 26" to match my Sony Bravia-aware receiver but the price was too high, they only offered a 22" in that size range, and it was only 720p. Their loss.
Then, I discovered this unit from ViewSonic. They call it a 27" and trust me, unlike other manufacturers, it really is a full 27". Best of all, it's 1080p capable, weights only 19 lbs., and the thin left and right borders meant that it fit in my bay with an inch on both sides to spare! Plus, that extra inch in screen size translates into a noticeably larger viewing area. It arrived via UPS in the same box that it would be found if you bought it in a store. That's fine for store-bought, but it's pretty flimsy for a shipment delivery. The plastic handle was broken and the box was slightly damaged on one edge. I'm amazed that the TV was OK.
The picture is excellent and just a little less in quality that the big-name brands. However, the sound is a little weak, even in stereo mode. That won't matter to me since it is attached to my surround sound system. There are _lots_ of connections in the back meaning that you can turn this TV into the core of a media center without the need of a surround sound system to pull everything together.
Pluses: Great picture, excellent price, easy setup, lots of connection options, great for small spaces or a bedroom.
Minuses: Average sound.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
I ended up exchanging this TV once, and then returning the second one as well. This is because of two reasons, one being more important. The more important issue I have with this TV is the annoying amount of backlight bleeding that is emitted around the edge of the display. This makes viewing any movie or TV show with a letterbox almost unbearable. Because the letterbox is black, the backlight bleeding is much more noticeable and therefore the black's are more gray/blue. Another bad feature of this TV is the viewing angle. Unless you are looking at it straight on, you are going to have a problem viewing it. Especially from a lower angle. But one thing I did like about it was the fact that is was 1080P and only 27", that is great pixel density. When I hooked up my Xbox, the quality was excellent. But the cons outweighed the pros on this one. Now I have bought the LG 26LD350 26-Inch 720p 60 Hz LCD HDTV and I'm in love. It is a great 26" TV for my bedroom. Of course now, they have the 26" LED's that I would go for.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
This little HDTV is incredible. The picture quality is as good as larger quality HDTVs like the Mitsubishi and high end Sony's. You won't make a mistake with this HDTV it's picture performance is out of this world, at a very friendly price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
Awesome picture, amazing sound from the small speakers (in a small bedroom, probably not so much for larger rooms). The on screen menu has a good layout and is easy to understand. I bought Viewsonic for their good quality of PC monitors. I wanted to make sure I bought a good brand set, since my mother is the one who uses it.

Although a little pricer than the Vizios, AOCs, Haiers, etc., I believe that the build quality makes it a good alternative for those who want a set that lasts over the long haul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
Update 2.5 yeara later: It seemed that this HDTV failed. I couldn't get it to come on. I called ViewSonic, who told me to replace it. It was out of warranty and I seemed to be out of luck. I ordered a new HDTV, plugged it in, but had to call the cable company. While working that out, I realized that might be the problem with the ViewSonic too. It was. So it's working fine. Their tech support was ready to have me through out a perfectly good HDTV, rather than genuinely providing support. Aggravated with the company, although I still like the set. That's a good way to earn a bad reputation -- but through poor customer service.

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This is the only HDTV I've owned and it's an upgrade from a 20-yr-old Panasonic CRT that started to die. I can't say enough about how nice I think it is, how well it's worked during the first month and how easy it was to set up. It's perfect for my smaller space. I've used it with my HDTV cable box, to view Blu-rays and DVDs, as a photo frame, and as an external monitor. Everything has worked fine. I didn't have to ask a man or teenager to help me with anything (LOL). I'm using it with small external speakers that I like better than those that are built-in.

I checked out and returned first a 720 dpi HDTV. Doing my research, I read that many claim that 1080 doesn't matter with a smaller set. Don't believe it! The difference in the resolution is enormous. It makes a difference as well when you're also using it as a computer monitor and streaming 1080. There are minimal jaggies with this set, which means that your own photos will look better too (not pixelated), if you display them on the HDTV and saved them with decent resolution. There aren't many smaller HDTVs with 1080 this year. (I too wanted Sony Bravia, but their smaller size is too small and 720 dpi and too expensive as well. I don't miss it a bit.)

Only small quibbles: One HDMI and earphone port (not so easy to find these days) are easy to reach, but the one USB is in the back. I took a gamble based on liking ViewSonic monitors and because it has a few options that I wanted. Amazon sent the set quickly and honored their best-price guarantee. The value therefore is excellent, since I got it at a near rock-bottom price during the holiday season. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
After much searching I finally decided to go with the ViewSonic VT2730 for my "man cave". I have had very good luck with their monitors for my desktops in the past and figured that the same quality would be extended to their HDTV's, I was right. The picture is great and the native 1080p resolution is a great thing to have. The sound is also very good, admittedly the default sound settings are very "tinny" but all I had to do was customize it and the sound improved to a very acceptable quality. My old TV had problems with some channels volume coming in way too low even at full blast but this HDTV handles that low volume channel perfectly well, what a relief. The setup menu is user friendly and I had no problems setting up the unit with little need to use the owners manual. The only issue I have is that I don't get closed captioning while using the HDMI cable (yes it is in the owners manual that this limitation exists). I am not sure if it is a limitation while using the HDMI cable or not but I find it very annoying. Many times I mute the sound while doing something else and the ability to read the closed captioning while the HDTV is muted is something I miss. I would prefer to not have to use the component in but I may have to in order to get this functionality. Hopefully the picture quality is the same if I do decide to go that route.

Don't be afraid to get this HDTV just don't expect it to have the same sound quality as a larger 40+ screen size HDTV, it's made for smaller rooms like a bedroom or a dorm room, definitely not a big living room though, you could do so as long as you don't sit too far away from the unit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
I bought this for my mother. Her cable bill went up and she refuses to pay more so she cut the cord. While her old tube TV doesnt have a HD tuner built in obviously. I figure she needed an upgrade. From what I can see, The picture is pretty good and the speakers does the job. The thing has like 3 HDMI most likely she will never use. It even has the old RCA yellow, red, white plug in. How awesome is that. It even has a component plug-in and 1080p for picture.

Plug in a antenna and she's happy. What more could you want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
I now own two ViewSonic LCD's. I replaced a Coby which I returned to another vendor for poor electronic reliability and very OVER DRIVEN SOUND, distorted. The ViewSonic is highly recommended. For my money, I would not waste it on a higher end Name as it is throwing money away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2011
ViewSonic VT2730 27-Inch 1920x1080 LCD Flat-Panel HDTV
Set up well, easy to program. When dynamic contrast is set, the tv screen tends to turn toal black on very dark scenes with some little light areas. Lacks video output. Other wise the performance is good. Manual lacks details about on screen set up and adjustment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
Product shipped on time in a box that was adequate for shipping (as opposed to the reports of other reviewers - TV was packaged in it's display box, but there was enough padding to ensure safe delivery)

The screen quality has proven acceptable for all manners of tasks, from gaming, to use with a computer through vga port, to watching tv, excluding a single dead pixel in the bottom left corner (which I understand is essentially expected with monitors past a certain size). The interface for switching between inputs is more than a little clunky, requiring the selection of one of all available (note: including the ones with nothing attached) inputs, and then another several seconds to actually switch inputs. Not a huge issue for me, since I rarely switch from my computer, but still potentially an issue for someone who, for instance, both wants to watch tv and play video games during commercial breaks. Also, the sound quality is horrible, partly because of bad speakers, and partly because the noise causes the thin, light frame to vibrate frequently after a certain volume level.

That said, this computer is literally the cheapest I could find for it's size on any site (including newegg, tiger direct, and a random google search) and it's definitely worth the money, even when it's flaws are taken into account. The monitor is visible from a wide angle, even if the monitor doesn't tilt down (kind of a disappointment, none the less, seeing as my futon is far below where the monitor is placed, making it difficult to watch tv without sitting up straight) and it is quite aesthetically pleasing. Definitely worth purchasing if you're looking for a 1080p, 27" monitor.
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