Westinghouse LTV-32w1 32" Widescreen LCD HD-ready TV
I bought this TV a little over a year ago, with my income tax refund, for about $1,000. At the time, that much for a 32" widescreen, especially with the specs this model has, was a bargain. Even now, I'm not sorry I purchased it, though I DO wish they'd been available at the prices I've been seeing lately, for 32" HD monitors. No, it doesn't have a built-in HD tuner, but I bought an ATI TV Wonder 650 to take care of that, along with BeyondTV for recording and watching shows.
Anyway, the TV itself has a DVI input, MUCH better than using VGA, and the resolution is 1366x768, dropping a few pixels at the sides (1360x768) when using it as a PC monitor. As I have my PC set up in my bedroom, I actually DO use it for watching DVDs, which look GREAT, especially with PowerDVD essentially upconverting them. The ONLY areas where this TV leaves anything to be desired is the response to its remote control, the fact that its only aspect-ratio adjustment modes are horizontal stretch and full zoom, which cannot be used with the PC connection, and finally, the lack of an HDMI connection. Curiously, for analog or digital standard definition, it cuts off just a hair from the top and bottom, whether this is due to design limitations, or just so that the picture could fill up a LITTLE more of the screen in 4:3 mode without stretching, I'm not sure.
As I mentioned, the picture quality is superb, and having the extra 33% of screen real estate it GREAT for working on documents side-by-side! There's only one notable downside I can see to using a widescreen monitor with a PC, particularly considering how many laptops have 16:9 (or 16:10) screens. Incredibly, the vast majority of even the newest games for PCs either have no widescreen support, or it is VERY poorly implemented. For example, almost none of EA Sports' 2006 titles (06 line, not 2006 released) support WS resolutions without some unofficial tweak, and most of their 07 titles that support WS merely stretch the image, rather than actually expanding the FOV (field of vision).
In any case, if you're considering a new monitor, and want something BIG, I would highly recommend making sure you get something with a DVI input, or HDMI at the very least. The only reason I would put DVI over HDMI is the fact that most video cards now have DVI outputs, and DVI to HDMI adaptors or cables are VERY expensive, as are HDMI cables themselves, usually.
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