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It is a valued priced 42" LCD television with a native resolution of 1366x768 which is equivalent to the more well known 720p.

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Pros

Excellent value for the picture quality

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Independent video settings by input

3 agree

Autosource feature automatically tunes to devices that are turned on

3 agree

Picture-in-picture modes are very convenient

3 agree

Good connectivity (HDMI, 2 x Component, VGA, DVI)

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Accurate color temperature

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Cons

Poor handling of letterboxed standard definition content

3 agree

Clouding issues (non-uniform backlight)

3 agree

Poor black levels and no shadow detail

3 agree

Poor built-in speakers

2 agree

Poor viewing angle

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Limited picture mode capabilities

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Very poor upscaling capabilities

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No HDTV OTA tuning

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The Westinghouse W4207 is a valued priced 42" LCD television with a native resolution of 1366x768 which is equivalent to the more well known 720p. To achieve a price that is lower than most competitors Westinghouse removed some of more standard features found in those other sets. The most notable omission is the absense of tuner capabilities, this means to watch any television content you need a satellite or cable box connected. Receiving over the air broadcasts is not possible, this actually makes the official classification of the W4207 a monitor and not a true HD television.

Feature list
  • 42" LCD panel at 720p (1366x768) native resolution
  • Picture-in-Picture capabilities
  • Inputs: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 2 x Component, 1 x VGA, 2 x Composite, 1 x S-Video

Almost all properties of the displayed picture can be adjusted including backlight levels and color temperature. Furthermore, each input has an independent memory so they all have their own settings that can be changed without affecting each other. The aspect ratio and mode capabilities are lacking compared to other sets, as only 2 options are available: fill and standard. Using the fill mode stretches the picture to fit the screen's dimensions, the problem is that letterboxed DVD movies, or television shows can't be zoomed in to remove the letter boxes. Your only choices are to have 4 black bars around the picture, or stretch and distort the image.

The picture-in-picture capabilities of the set are actually more versatile than many expensive and more modern televisions. The PIP sources can be from any of the inputs, while many modern televisions only allow for one input to be used while the secondardy picture comes from the internal tuner. PIP modes include a smaller inset image, and also two side by side images of the same size.

Input control is a feature that Westinghouse attempted to make more convenient. On the remote control there aer dedicated buttons for each input so you can switch inputs in one press. Furthermore, the television features input sensing capabilities which changes the input to the most recent one that has been "turned on".

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Omar
12/17/2007 11:39

This set came in on friday, and with Erik's help we set it up with a new 5.1 system. First thing is first, if you're going to go the HDTV route then you HAVE to accompany it with a decent sound system. When put together they both come to a total that is far more than the sum of their parts, so keep that in mind when buying a new TV plan for the total cost! That's why I went with this model so that my whole setup cost around $1300.

Now, at $800 and 42" you're not buying this TV to get the perfect picture. It IS an entry level model so keep that in mind. However, don't think you're getting a bad TV either. There are issues, but overall I am extremely happy with this set. Most of the features that are missing, aren't an issue for me so I'm glad I didn't have to pay extra money for technology that I was never going to use. Things like upconversion, Over the Air HDTV tuning, etc.

When I first turned on the set the colors were too "warm" and people's skin was too red, but after adjustment they looked fine. If anything the TV just highlights problems with the source which gets you stuck in this never ending game of looking for the "perfect source". Which makes me understand videophiles obsession with things like Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. With the right source, the picture is sharp, clear, and looks beautiful. As a huge gamer I'm very happy that there are no ghosting/blur issues. Even with a super fast game like Call of Duty 4 the picture was always pristine.

The biggest issue picture quality wise is the black level performance. Even after setting the backlight to 0 and turning the brightness down, you'll never get a really dark blacks. I knew this beforehand from reading prior reviews. Maybe if I never read that I wouldn't know what to look for, so it could be a case of shooting myself in the foot! I pointed out the "gray" blacks to my friend, and he didn't know what I was talking about.

I watched the Punisher in HD, and it is a very dark movie, so the blacks, or lack thereof really stood out. Alongside the not dark enough blacks is lack of details in dark areas. When you have a harsh black scene you don't see the subtle parts of the picture it just looks like a big black shadow.

For me it's not that big of an issue, but other people might care. The average person won't care, while the discerning viewer will definitely care. If you put this set next to a high-end plasma you will notice the difference, just to be clear. Funny enough though, when playing Call of Duty 4 I could still find people hiding in the shadows, so it's not horrible like I may have made it seem.

I would also say that 42" is pretty darn big when you have it setup in your house. Especially the way I have it setup since it's in my bedroom with my chair only 6-7 feet away. I personally think that 42" is sweet spot when it comes to size. It's big, and definitely fills your vision, but it's not obscenely huge (though that's arguable).

Overall, very happy. I finally have my dream system and I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg to get it. Just a kidney.

Omar
12/06/2007 12:06

In Canada Dell has their "days of deals" promotional event happening, and yesterday were selling this exact model for $799CAD with a 3 year warranty. Considering how big of a gamer I am, I pulled the trigger and ordered one. I don't have to eat for a while...

The things that I love most spec-wise are the Picture-in-Picture and input switching features. It supposed to come in next week, so we'll see what happens when it comes in. Expect hands-on impressions then!

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