Setup and Usage
Getting the display setup is quite easy, plug in the power and connect up your sources. I like that this display uses the standard power connector so if you end up losing the power cable you can easily replace it without having to buy an expensive proprietary cable. Once you have power to the display you can turn in on and go into the settings by hitting the menu button. The settings are categorized into 3 sections: picture, audio, and setup. There a quite a few settings in each category, but you will mainly be adjusting the brightness and contrast. Interesting enough there is a setting for the backlight as well.
So to test the display I did what most people do with their TV, watch it! I connected the display to my Comcast HD cable box via HDMI. I not only watched regular TV but also many HDTV channels. The picture quality was really great, especially on the small display. I usually watch TV on my 42-inch HDTV but watching a 1080i broadcast on a small display really makes things stand out a lot!
So what else can we do with this display? Of course play some Xbox 360 on it! A small display like this is perfect for gaming because you can take it with you to LAN parties or a friend’s house to use. We connected the display to our Xbox 360 via component. I played quite a few games and they all looked great. This display does have a 8ms response time so you don’t have to worry about ghosting when playing games.
As I mentioned before this display does have an RGB input, which means you can connect a computer up to it. I connected my main computer up to the display and it looked great. You get a 1366 x 768 max resolution which is still good for getting things done and surfing the web. Since you can use multiple devices with this display it is perfect for a dorm room or small living space.
While I had the display connected to my computer I ran a few monitor calibration tests. Everything was good, contrast and brightness were on par, color reproduction was good, but there was some noticeable backlighting that we would see in the all black test. Now it is definitely not the worst we have seen, but it is noticeable. You can turn the backlighting down in the settings, but that makes the display not as bright. Overall the display quality of the HDTV is very good.