Cheap LED-LCD TV Review: Sansui 24″ HDTV

cheap led tv sansui 24 inch

I’ve been doing most of my work at a kitchen table/desk after a recent move and recently decided I probably should go ahead and buy a small tv for the space.  These days you can watch many programs on your computer, but it seemed easier to just go ahead and get a cable box/DVR down here so I won’t miss entire seasons of my shows (like I did with Mad Men this summer).  I haven’t been in the market for a tv since January 2005 when I bought an early Vizio plasma – since then I’ve inherited a very nice Samsung LCD and have not had the need to add another tv.  I typically do WAY too much research before making a purchase, and since this was just going to be a small set for the desktop (and occasionally, to act as a second monitor) I decided I would just head down to Wal-Mart and check out the offerings.

The 24″ Sansui LED-LCD set was on sale for $178 and looked like it would be perfect for my needs: 1080P, dual HDMI inputs and a brand name I recognized (albeit from the 70s when it was a Sony-esque force; I assume they are “rebooting” the brand name in America.  Or else I just hadn’t heard much about them in a long time.)  Anyway, the online reviews were pretty positive so I went ahead and picked one up (pictured here – hadn’t removed the protective tape at the time I decided to take the pictures).

sansui 24 inch led lcd tv

Netflix Instant via laptop and HDMI cable

Setup was quite simple, obviously, as I’m currently just running coaxial cable directly to the TV.  After a brief channel scan I was up and running.  The picture looks okay with SD programming; I’m assuming it will look better when I get a cable box down here.  The remote is as expected, but it seems to have a pretty narrow reception window – I frequently find myself having to press buttons multiple times and point directly toward the blue light.  This will also presumably not be an issue when I am using the DVR remote.  The Sansui is very thin, light and wall-mountable.  Apparently the LED-LCD designation means that the set uses LED technology for backlighting – which apparently reduces energy usage (thus the Energy Star designation).

I also bought an HDMI cable to use the Sansui as a secondary monitor – I will post an additonal entry about how to set it up in Windows 7; it’s pretty simple but there are a couple of little things that can speed up the process.  The picture quality looks fine to me as a monitor when set at the correct resolution (1920×1080) and streaming Netflix, for example.  Sometimes the picture quality deteriorates and looks a little blocky, but I suspect that is more a function of the wifi/internet connectivity than television performance.  Pictured below is the right side of the back of the television, where the HDMI and other connections are located.

Back Panel of Sansui LED LCD 24 in tv

Back panel connections

Summary: The Sansui 24″ LED-LCD HDTV provides reasonable bang for the buck, is easy to set up and can serve as both a television and an auxiliary computer monitor via HDMI connection.  The model number for the Wal-Mart version is SLED2453W; I’ve linked to an Amazon version below as well – be sure to click the link for updated pricing.


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