Huge LCD TVs are often saddled with poor image quality and prices only large businesses can afford. They end up wall-mounted in reception areas – a fate worse than death for ViewSonic’s excellent 30in NW3000W LCD TV. Its brilliant image quality and reasonable price tag deserve to be appreciated.
Talk about a feature set. Around the back there are multiple connections for TV and PC use, letting you hook up the NW3000W to just about any piece of hardware going.
Dual integrated tuners provide side-by-side TV channel viewing, full picture-in-picture and split-screen functionality.
The only quibble we had was with the onscreen menu’s convoluted six-button control system. But that’s a minor issue. More importantly, we were very impressed with the picture quality. A widescreen 15:9 aspect ratio operates on an optimal resolution of 1,280x768, although you can bump this up to 1,280x1,024 for PC use.
This already excellent clarity is aided by brightness of 500 candelas and a 500:1 contrast ratio. And with a 170-degree viewing angle, whatever’s onscreen can be seen from anywhere in the room. Add the low-blur 16ms response time and you have a great screen.
We found minimal streaking and no reflection on high-contrast images, and were very satisfied with the colour palette. DVD playback on PC was better than our consumer player and a little image pixellation during fast movement is only
to be expected on a screen of this size.
For the full review, see the December issue of PC Advisor, out 21 October 2004.