ViewSonic N3760W

ViewSonic N3760W
Rating
Overall:

For Neat design; reasonable-quality DVD pictures

Against Poor TV reception; doesn’t undercut the opposition like it did

Price
Price: $1500
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Specs
Dimensions (hwd, cm) 73x96x28 Type LCD HDMI in 1 Weight (kg) 31 Aspect Ratio 16:9 DVI in 0 HD Ready Yes PC in 1 Full HD No Component in 1 Screen size (in) 37 RGB Scart in 1 Resolution 1366x768 Scart in 1 Accepts 1080p No S-Video in 1 24fps No Composite in 1 HDMI 1.3a 0 USB in 0 Integrated analogue tuner Yes Memory card in 0 Integrated digital tuner No Phono audio in 1 Phono audio out 1 Digital audio out 0

An older LCD. A bargain option, but not one we’d recommend as once we might have

When we first looked at this tidy, blandly attractive screen it was one of the cheapest 37in sets you could buy. The N3760W lit all the ‘bargain’ buttons and, as a consequence, scored a healthy four stars.

These days you can find the Viewsonic online for around $1,200, so should be even better value, right? Well, no. In the meantime, rivals have brought out next-gen screens that offer more, and at less (if any) of a premium.

However, this is still a likeable TV: it’s got great flexibility in set-up terms, and getting the best from it is easy thanks to an intuitive remote and correspondingly sensible menus. The analogue-only tuner is a bit ‘thud and blunder’, delivering unyieldingly soft, smeary images that lack some low-light detail, though the colour balance is agreeable and static edges are drawn well.

The Viewsonic gives a far better account of itself when playing back DVDs. Its analogue-derived pictures are nothing like as soft-boiled as the TV reception, tracking motion far more successfully and writing stronger edges.

The picture noise that accompanies the TV pictures is more effectively subdued and even the sound gains some heft and definition. There’s still a shortage of dark-scene detail, though, and some flaring during high-contrast or bright scenes.

Little gain from HDMI
The Viewsonic has the least dramatic improvement when you switch to HDMI: there are noticeable gains in detail and skintone, but digital noise still sticks its oar in, and dusty or smoky scenes need -little excuse to flare promiscuously.

Sadly, the compelling reason to buy the N3760W has been undermined by its competitors. Yes, it’s still fair value for money, and if you have a set-top digital tuner box, you can bypass the set’s miserable TV reception, while still benefiting from its decent DVD performance.

However, price itself is no longer good enough to make the Viewsonic attractive.

Source: Copyright © 2010 What HiFi?

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