Pros: Bright and lifelike picture quality, viewable from many angles.
Cons: Some may find speakers insufficient, stand doesn't tilt or rotate.
My husband and I purchased the Dynex 19" 720p LCD television in November to replace our old 13" boxy set for our bedroom.
We had been researching LCD televisions for over a year when we came across a good deal for this set. After reading many brand reviews, we decided the Dynex had a good enough reputation for us to try, despite not being one of the "big guns" that typically come to mind when purchasing electronic items.
The 19" Dynex was extremely easy to install and set up. My husband had a picture on the screen literally one minute out of the box. Our Dish TV remote syncronized with the TV perfectly, no hangups or frustrations. The instructions and steps were easy to interpret and perform.
The power button on this TV has a tiny red light inside, which makes it easy to find in the dark. The light turns green when powering on. Once you push the button, it takes about 2-3 seconds to turn off or on.
Picture quality is as expected while not hooked up to HD. If you are close to the screen, blockiness and fuzziness is visible. But when viewed from our bed (about 3-4 feet) the picture is quite clear and true to life. My husband and I noticed there is a lot more "depth" to the screen images as compared to a regular old tube TV, and the colors are more true to life, especially when fine-tuned using the built in adjustment capabilities. For a clearer picture, we plan on using a small attached antenna and HDMI cable to pick up local channels being broadcast in HD for free.
When viewing from the sides, there is very little if any darkening or shadowing. You can view the picture from almost any angle perfectly. The backlighting is bright and crisp.
Adjusting the picture settings gives options for brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, etc. There are also presets available. A zoom menu gives several choices for viewing widescreen, fullscreen, etc.
The sleep timer counts down the seconds when the timer is under a minute.
Sound quality is about what we expected from a small TV. We are satisfied, as all we watch are TV shows (moview rarely), and usually at a lower volume level so as not to wake our sleeping toddler. You are not going to get booming bass from this television without installing supplementary speakers. But with this small of a TV in a bedroom, we don't see this as being desired or necessary! We are pleased with the level and quality of sound.
There is no buzzing or humming sound emmited, which seems to be a problem some of these type of TVs have.
The stand clicks into place on the bottom of the TV, and doesn't rotate or tilt. To move the TV you simply move the whole unit. With such a small and lightweight TV, this is not really a problem. We just turn it to whatever direction we need. However, it would be helpful if the screen was able to tilt some.