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Westinghouse LD-3255 Review

As published in HDTV Solutions

Jul 22, 2010

Introduction
14.55 pounds. Soaking wet and with its stand attached, the Westinghouse LD-3255 HDTV weighs a mere 14.55 pounds – which is even more remarkable considering this is a 32″ TV.

The tummy tuck on this one and a half inch thick LCD TV was achieved, in part, by employing an LED backlight rather than the bulkier CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent light) variety.

I know that might be more technical information than many of you want to know, but using LEDs as a backlight offers a couple of other practical advantages.

First, LED backlight units are usually more energy efficient than the traditional CCFLs. In fact, the LD-3255 consumes about 52W of electricity, which meets the stricter EnergyStar 5.0 standards that take effect on May 1, 2012.

Also, LED technology has matured in the last few years, and now, it often provides better picture quality than CCFL LCD TVs. Of course, a myriad of other elements are also involved in producing a great looking display.

With that said, Westinghouse is positioning their new line of LED TV’s as a less expensive alternative in the marketplace. To maintain a certain price point, the LD-3255 is not equipped with some of the high-end features that videophiles crave.

For example, this TV is a 60Hz, 720p display, not 120 or 240Hz and not 1080p. But I still believe that most people won’t be able to see the extra resolution of 1080p on a 32″ screen. And I am not a huge fan of the higher frame rate TVs.

In addition, the LD-3255 cannot connect to the Internet or your home network. But this minus can be a plus for those who just want a regular TV because it is easier to set up and simpler to operate.

The LD-3255 does not have all the bells and whistles to serve as the centerpiece of your home theater, but its performance is good enough to fit into almost any other TV viewing spot in the house. And it’s definitely light enough to tote there.

(Editor’s note: By the end of the 2010, all of the TV’s in Westinghouse’s line-up will be LED backlit models. The LD-3255 is one of the first off the assembly line. All of the larger TVs will be 1080p, with some 120Hz displays being released at the end of the year.)

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Performance: 3.5 performance Westinghouse LD 3255 Review

The LD-3255′s video performance, scientifically speaking, is not bad. A couple years ago, I would have rated it as quite good. Even now, I give the LED backlit display a 4.0. But when you factor in the spotty audio performance from the built-in 5W speakers, the overall number drops to 3.5.

Features: 3.5 features Westinghouse LD 3255 Review

If you are looking for a no frills TV, then the LD-3255 has all the features you need. But if you are on the prowl for an Internet connected TV with a host of content providers, then search elsewhere and expect to pay more.

Ease of Use: 4.5 ease Westinghouse LD 3255 Review

Since you don’t have to wrangle with Internet connections, setup is almost plug and play. Though I suggest that you tweak the picture settings to dial in a better image. And you will need to fiddle with the audio controls.

Value: 4.5 value Westinghouse LD 3255 Review

Even at the MSRP of $450, Westinghouse has hit an attractive price point for a 32″ TV, especially for an LED edge-lit model. But the competition is fierce and I’m basing my Value rating on the street price of around $350, which is more compelling for this 720p LCD TV.

Star Ratings Description

Ratings are relative to when the review was written. The obvious example is Value, what you could purchase for $2000 two years ago or even two months ago would seem like a bad value for that price now. We have given only a precious few 5 Star ratings, which we reserve for truly outstanding accomplishment.

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Rating: 4.8/5 (4 votes cast)

Westinghouse LD-3255 Review, 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings