The Bottom Line
- On-screen menu well-designed and easy to use
- Remote control bulky, but has all necessary functions
- Good picture with DVD and video game play
- Connections on back panel labeled clearly
- Affordable - priced at $1099 at time of review
- Monitor stand is fixed - incapable of horizontal/vertical adjustment
- Plastic panel protecting inputs comes off, and has breakable connectors
- Ghosting on text crawls
- Images have soft edges
- HD-ready - requires an external HD tuner to receive and decode HD signals
- Has all needed input types - Composite(2), Component(2), S-Video(2), Analog RGB, RF antenna
- Inputs on back panel are protected by a plastic shield
- 550:1 contrast ratio and 10m/s typical response time
- 16x9 aspect ratio, 170-degree viewing angles, and maximum resolution of 1366 x 768
- Two non-removable 10W speakers built-in front panel - one subwoofer audio output on back panel
- Slim design - (WxDxH) 39" x 11.02" x 22.85"
weighs about 49 lbs
Guide Review - WinBook LC32 32" Wide-Screen LCD TV
The remote control is bulky, but well-designed and good for those with large hands. It has convenient buttons for switching input types between TV, composite, PC, etc. The audio is good, and all functions on the television are easy to adjust through the on-screen menu.
The picture is average - 550:1 contrast ratio. I was disappointed with the sharpness, and how the screen pixilated when trying to improve it. This was only a problem with digital satellite, not with DVD and video game play. I imagine the picture issues are partially due to a combination of the picture size and lack of a picture enhancer plus the low 550:1 contrast ratio. I also noticed ghosting/blurring of moving text.
As for DVD and video game play, the LC32 performed well. The picture lagged a couple of times on fast moving images, but it wasn't a major issue. Overall, the picture looked pretty good from a distance of over 5 feet away on the digital satellite.
FINAL WORD: When considering WinBook's MSRP of $1099, the LC32 is a good TV for the bargain shopper wanting a flat panel LCD TV for half the cost. It has its limitations, but for the money it's a pretty good buy.