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).
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.
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.