On todayís menu are two 32-inch entry-level LCDs perfect for those looking to finally upgrade to a flat panel television. First up is the budget-minded Vizio VO320E, followed by the highly attractive Samsung LN32B360.
Vizio VO320E LCD TV
Television fans still stuck in the tube television rut but looking to get into a new LCD might like what the Vizio VO320E has to offer. Itís not the prettiest television on the market, but it does provide solid performance, good adjustability settings, and satisfactory connectivity that make it hard to pass up as an entry-level LCD television in the 32-inch size category. Its price is easy on the wallet too, at around $400 or less, depending on where you shop.
The Vizio VO320E has a native resolution of 1,366x768, making it a 720p HDTV. Of course, 1080p televisions get all of the limelight and cost more, but at the 32-inch display size of this particular model, you really wouldnít see that much of a difference in picture from the two resolutions, so the 720p rating of the VO320E should suffice for most casual viewers. The noticeable difference between 720p and 1080p really occurs with larger sets.
As far as its picture goes, the set produces accurate color for the most part, although its black levels are not the deepest. For an entry level budget price, though, you do get a decent picture. It also offers wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees, so you do not have to be directly in front of it to get a good view of the action.
For an entry-level LCD, the VO320E offers you some flexibility when it comes to adjusting its picture settings. You can manually adjust basics such as the color, tint, brightness, contrast, and more. Color temperature can be adjusted by changing its red, green, and blue levels. There is a noise reduction setting to help optimize your picture when a channelís reception is bad. Another setting is onboard that will automatically adjust the brightness of the TV through its backlight as ambient lighting or picture content changes.
If you arenít technically savvy and donít want to mess with such specific settings, there are also nine preset modes that are available. The different modes correspond to different content sources, such as movies, games, sports, and more. Sports fans will love the fact that four specific modes exist just for them for baseball, basketball, football, and golf that are tweaked to enhance each eventís best features. There are three different aspect ratio settings for high definition sources and four for standard definition sources.
Proponents of ďgoing greenĒ will enjoy the fact that the Vizio VO320E is an eco-friendly television. Its power consumption exceeds Energy Star standards by 15 percent to help you not only save the planet but also save on your monthly electricity bills. Although there are no specific Eco modes on the television that adjust its brightness or turn the television off after long periods of non-usage, you at least get peace of mind knowing that it is not a power hog.
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