Westinghouse LVM-47w1 LCD Monitor

The Westinghouse LVM-47w1 is a 47-inch LCD monitor that has a black bezel with silver highlights and silver speakers. The Westinghouse logo at the bottom lights up and this can be distracting, though the light can be turned off. It weighs 78.9 pounds and its dimensions are 46.1 by 31.7 by 8.9 inches (WHD), including the stand.

It lacks extras like tuners or lots of picture controls and adapters are required for the DVI inputs to work with HDMI components. If you are willing to live with these shortcomings and ordinary styling, you can get a big-screen computer monitor at a very attractive price.

The styling of the LVM-47w1 is nothing great, but it provides a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 that is the highest resolution presently available. It can display both 1080p and 1080i sources, without any scaling. All other sources, like standard-def and 720p high-def content are scaled to fit the available pixels.

The LVM-47w1 lacks an internal tuner, but it has other features like picture-on-picture, picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture.

The remote is quite plain, like the monitor itself and is not very easy to use. The volume buttons are not prominent and are the same size as other buttons for functions that are not used often.

The remote has a full numeric keypad that is not really required, since there is no internal tuner. However, there are direct access buttons for component, S-Video, DVI, A/V and VGA sources. HDMI is missing for some reason, but it can be accessed by repeatedly pressing DVI. It may be a good idea to buy a good universal remote.

There are many possible combinations of inputs but advanced picture adjustment features are few. The three available color temperatures are cool, neutral and warm. The backlight control is useful, but the aspect-ratio control is quite weak and there is no zoom option.

The LVM-47w1 is strong on connectivity, though some adapters may be needed. Color accuracy is good, but skin tones may look too red at times.

The downside is that the LVM-47w1 has ordinary styling, no tuner, below par picture via standard-def inputs, a bad remote, only one standard-def input and slightly inaccurate color.

On the other hand, it provides outstanding resolution and its performance as a computer monitor is outstanding. It offers comprehensive connectivity that includes a PC input and five HD-compatible inputs. The LVM-47w1 accepts 1080p over PC inputs, HDMI and DVI.

The Westinghouse LVM-47w1 has an enormous screen size and a high resolution, which makes it a good choice if you want to buy a large-screen LCD monitor on a limited budget.

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