Pros: Price, built in DVD player
Cons: Needs an updated chip installed, volume control bad
We were looking for a good deal on a mid size flat screen LCD television to replace our clunky outdated television which took up so much room in the living area. We picked the LCD over Plasma because they supposedly last longer. We use video games, which sometime have icons that stay in the same place on the screen for hours and did not want the plasma to burn the image into the screen. I think it would take a lot to do this but it was just a minor concern and made us lean towards the LCD.
We found the Westinghouse HDTV LCD TV/DVD Combo at Best Buy for $1200 with a $200 gift card for future purchases at Best Buy. It was not in a box and was on a shelf with all the other non-packaged sale items, so we asked what was wrong with it since others similar items started at around $1500. The salesperson told us they had come in with new models and were trying to get rid of the old ones before Christmas and that nothing was wrong with it.
So, we bought the item and took it home, boxless, but with the 1 year manufacturer warranty. The quality of the picture is very nice and the 40 size LCD is great for a small to medium sized television room. We do not subscribe to any HDTV services so were surprised that a few of the local channels do come through in HDTV if you switch to HDTV mode. This is free and must just come through the antennae somehow. It probably depends on where you and the closest antennae are located but we have about 10 good HDTV channels coming through for free. We tried buying a booster antennae to get more HDTV channels to come through but it just did not work so we returned it.
It is easy to switch between HD and regular TV. It is also easy to hook up home security cameras and video games and switch between everything with the one simple remote control that comes with the television.
I really like the built in DVD player. It is easy to use, you just slide the dvd right into the tv and it automatically switches to dvd mode. The controls for the dvd are right on the remote control and are easy to use and understand. You can even eject right from the remote. The only complaint is when you are watching regular tv, the sound is usually on level 3 out of about 100 but when you use a dvd you have to turn it up to about 75. I dont know why this is regulated better but it is annoying when you finish a dvd and turn it back to regular tv and the sound blares out. I have had to train myself to turn the volume way down before switching back to tv mode.
Another thing about the volume is that there is no real LOW volume. There are 1 to I think 100 levels (havent tried the loudest one and dont plan to!) We keep ours to about 3 and level 1 and 2 are just silent. If 3 is normal I with 1 and 2 would actually have some sound and be really quiet instead of just muted.
Another negative about this product is that there is a recall where they need to have a repairman come and update a chip in this particular model. After a month or so, we noticed if you turn off and on the television too quickly (which is easy to do with the sensitive power button on the remote), the television turns on with crazy pink lines going through the screen or just blocks of screen information missing. The only way to fix this is to unplug and replug the television. After this happened a few times we called Westinghouse and after being on hold for a long time they said this is a overall problem and the chip needs to be updated. They said they will put my name on the list and someone local will contact me but it may be a month because they have a lot of people to do this for. It has been 3 months and no one has called so I plan on calling them back and finding out what the problem is. It will be covered under warranty but it is just a pain to have to deal with this type of thing.
Overall, we are happy with the purchase and feel we found a good deal. Once the replacing of the chip ordeal is taken care of, I will be much happier though!