This traditional technologically-speaking LCD HDTV, sports a full 1920x1080 progressive resolution, a dot pitch of 0.248 mm, an integrated NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner, 5 ms response time, 16.7 Million colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 that can be boosted to 5000:1 when in the dynamic mode, and a respectable viewable angle at 170 degree horizontally & 160 degree vertically. It has a removable and adjustable base and it's wall-mountable. The TV can operate both at 50 (PAL) and 60 Hz (NTSC). Other hardware features include two 3 Watt speakers, one RF input, two HDMI with HDCP ports, 1 component YPbPr port, 1 composite port, 1 S-Video port, and a 15-pin VGA port with a 3.5mm stereo port (only works when the VGA port is connected). It also has an SPDIF digital optical audio and a Stereo Mini Jack for headphone operations.
I was positively surprised to see the amount of options the user can play with: backlight, brightness, contrast, color saturation, tint, sharpness, color temperature, black level extension on/off, white peak limiter, CTI on/off, flesh tone on/off, adaptive luma on/off (to automatically change the settings depending on how much light is in the room), volume, bass, treble, audio balance, surround audio on/off, sleep timer, H/V picture position, English, Spanish and French languages. The TV has only two picture modes though, Wide and 4:3 (most TVs have more settings, e.g. panorama, cinema, smart stretch etc).
The picture mode has four presets: Movie (low contrast, more natural look), Game (for gaming, to help with burn in), Custom, and Standard (super-saturated and contrasty). Each one of these are customizable with the above mentioned settings. Thankfully, the Movie mode was the default setting. I played with all the settings and tried to create an even more natural look: lower contrast, lower sharpness and color, a look that I absolutely love as it's more "filmic", and more in line with what plasma TVs do. The angle of viewing was pretty good, and the black levels were considerably better than the previous TV I reviewed last year, so for a cheap LCD, these aspects were very acceptable. Of course, quality-wise this TV can not compete with our $3600 Pioneer Kuro plasma TV, but I didn't expect it to anyway.
The positive surprise was the quality of the sound out of these small speakers. Definitely better than what I expected, and better than my PC speakers.
Overall, this is a good product though, with enough settings and picture quality compared to most cheap TVs out there, it's just that there are 2-3 things that could have been done better, especially its PC support.