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Solid basic TV with lots of ports but anemic speakers
on August 31, 2014
This is a solid, aesthetically-pleasing 55" flat panel TV that you're likely looking at for its low-low price. The anemic audio can be overcome using its headphone-style jack output to a sound bar or other external speakers. It includes 3 HDMI ports and even 1 VGA computer input port. I wouldn't make much of the USB port unless you plan on having rotating JPEG images, or, as the manual notes, MJPEG video files which is not actually the same as MPEG4 or any other modern consumer video formats, say, from your camera.
You probably are thinking of picking this up at that *Club* that belongs to Sam ("Sam's"), or getting a *Buy* at the *Best* store you can think of, but also looking at other budget-range TVs are realizing they usually clock in at around at least seven Benjamins. If you can get this for four, that's about the lowest I've seen, and that's an astonishing amount of screen diagonal size for the price. Viewing angle is okay, black levels are okay, and interestingly, I didn't see any of the weird soap opera anti-blue/smooth motion. That's right -- this low-end TV trumps the Samsung and LGs of the world by demonstrating restraint and *not* actually going overboard with special features.
The display is satisfactory -- over-the-air HD tuner works fine and renders HD images without any perceptible problems, and there's also a default "brighter" more vibrant mode called "retail" that you can set from the initial set-up or else a crummier dimmer version called "home" or "Eco" if you'd like to save a little money on electricity.
So the question is: do you need another TV? Are you that concerned and insecure that others will see a Westinghouse logo on your TV and think less of you? Are you living both the American Dream and the American Nightmare, worrying that because you don't have the brand-name top-of-the-line TV, you'll be inferior to your neighbors?
Or would you like to save three or four Benjamins and buy something else with that hard-earned cash instead (I'd take about 75 of it and invest in a extended warranty like SquareTrade), and enjoy a fairly decent TV?