|Olevia 227-S11 27-Inch 1080i Widescreen LCD HDTV|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 27 May 2009|
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Olevia 27-inch LCD HDTV Closer Look
The first thing that stands out when you see this TV is the width. That V in the model number means that the speakers are vertically mounted on the set. This adds about 5 inches to the width. This means, if you measured a space out at around 27-inch for this TV, you are going to be disappointed.
You actually need at least 32" of space to fit this. I can't complain about the speakers being mounted how they are, though. I think it adds a touch of modernity to set. Also, the sound quality is better than I would have expected from a $400 TV.
The next thing that stood out to me was the weight. As my first HDTV, I expected this to have a similar weight as my old TV. When I picked it up, however, I was quite surprised by how light it was! After a recent move, my wife actually carried in the TV and set it up. That's something I thought I'd never witness.
This TV really has a way of blending in to the room. That way, when you enter the room, the focal point doesn't end up being a giant black screen with shiny edges. When you want to watch a show or a movie, the TV becomes the perfect platform for entertainment. And when you want to keep the set off and opt for another use of the room, it stays neatly in the background where it should be.
The TV is a true HDTV. It comes with the ATSC as well as the NTSC tuner already installed. There is no need to purchase an HDTV tuner on the side, as you would have to with a lot of TVs in this price range.
The most impressive thing about this TV is the stunning picture quality. The resolution goes up to 1080i. That's well above the 720p standard for TVs this size. The picture is crisp and sharp. It's beautiful. Even when not viewing in HD, the picture is amazing.