I decided it was time to upgrade my Xbox games from picture tube to High Definition and I wanted a small, inexpensive HDTV for this purpose. I currently have my gaming systems, comfy chair, etc setup in my walk-in closet (it's a big closet) so I needed something sensible in size but not so small that I was squinting. A 19" TV seemed about right. Circuit City was selling this Element TV for $269.99 plus I had a 10% off coupon, so the price was right.
Recommend this product?
My requirements were component cable connections plus HDMI connection for when I upgrade my Xbox to an Xbox 360.
The Element has a 720P resolution with widescreen aspect. Not the very high end but more than enough for my gaming needs.
The TV is lightweight and compact, easily lifted with one hand. The case is silver in color. Buttons are located on the right side of the TV but for maximum functionality you'll want to use the remote. Component cables and composite cables are included with the set. If you want HDMI you'll need to buy that cable separately (HDMI is the BEST connection you can get for high def).
The TV assembly consists of putting the screen onto it's stand. It's quite sturdy once you put it together, no tools needed.
The Video can be adjusted with a number of presets (HiBrite, etc) that will give you various levels of color, contrast, etc. There is also a User mode that allows you to adjust these levels yourself. Play around until you find something you like.
The Audio also has a number of options (surround, Live, etc). Again, you'll want to play around to find something you like. The audio is adequate for the TV. When playing NCAA Football, I could hear crowd and ambient noises that I could not hear on my old TV, so I knew right off that the quality was better. That said, you're not going to get the sort of quality you could have if you have a seperate receiver and multiple speakers located around the room (as we do in our family room). For gaming, I find the audio to be acceptable. I have not watched movies or TV with it at a distance so I can't comment on how it would sound in that regard.
The High Def picture quality using 420P Xbox games is very good and, to me, is akin to a brand new video game system. Even at 420P the TV picture looks really great.
The picture size can be adjusted from Normal, Wide, Cinema, and Zoom. Again, play around until you find something you prefer.
The remote control allows you to get Info and Guide information if you're hooked into a cable broadcast. Handy feature that we have on our family HD set. I don't use this feature for gaming but if you're buying this TV for watching TV, you'll like it. I found the remote to be of adequate size and easy to use.
I have had no technical problems with this TV despite never hearing of the brand "Element". For the price paid ($250 after coupon), I found this HDTV to be an exceptional choice for gaming. As an FYI, I'm 34 and have been playing video games since I was 7. I opted to get a small, dedicated HDTV rather than move my game systems to the family room as I don't want my children (2.5 years and 5 months) exposed to these sorts of games.
Amount Paid (US$): 257