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An Unknown Gem
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.