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ViewSonic N3760W 37" LCD TV

Low-priced HDTV is an outstanding value By Charlie White

You can get a lot of HDTV these days for $1600, and the ViewSonic NextVision N3760W 37" LCD TV is no exception. I watched a variety of content on the display, including standard-definition DVDs, HD-DVDs, 1080i high-definition programming and extremely high-resolution computer files and slides, and was impressed with this 1366x768 LCD display's ability to deliver high-resolution video at a low cost. Here's my review.

This ViewSonic flat panel 16:9 LCD TV is a versatile piece of equipment. Its 37-inch diagonal screen dimension and small footprint makes it appropriate for a bedroom TV, but its high-resolution picture will also make it right at home in a home theater. When setting it up in your home, keep in mind that as with any 37-inch display, just because it's an LCD panel doesn't mean it's light. In fact, it weighs 84.7 pounds, and it was quite an effort taking it out of the box by myself -- I would recommend that you enlist a strong companion to help you when it's time to set up this TV.

Placing it on an appropriate stand, I first connected and HD DVD player to the monitor via its HDMI ports. For my testing, I used the first HD DVD player on the market, the Toshiba HD-A1 ( read the review of that player here). While I wasn't particularly impressed with the Toshiba HD DVD player, it was the ViewSonic monitor that emerged as the star of the show in that review. The high resolution of the HD DVD content brought out the most immediately noticeable attribute of this ViewSonic monitor: its startling sharpness. Playing the HD-DVD through this monitor at had 720p resolution gave us some of the sharpest video we've ever seen here at the Midwest Test Facility.

However, looking more carefully at this ViewSonic N3760W's picture quality, I noticed it wasn't perfect. Its specs quote a response time of 8ms, which is a very good number, but in scenes where there was lots of action I detected slight but noticeable blurring of some of the moving objects in the frame. Another shortcoming of the monitor is its contrast ratio, which is quoted at 800:1, but in reality the blackest blacks the TV could reproduce were quite a few shades above true black, well into the gray area. I also noticed a slight light leak on the four corners of the screen, although that was barely noticeable except in scenes that were already very dark.

A strength of the monitor is its viewing angle, which at 178 is far wider than any TV viewer should ever have to endure. Really, who would actually want to watch television while viewing it almost on-edge? Not me. I also like its anti-glare glass on the front, which is just the right compromise between a complete matte finish which diminishes resolution and a shiny finish which reflects everything in front of it. 

Next I watched a series of standard definition DVDs on the 3760, and was pleasantly surprised to see how well this monitor reproduced their video. Since we're accustomed to watching a DLP projector video in our test theater here, we were pleasantly surprised to see how well this LCD monitor covered up the flaws of the DVD format. While it was immediately obvious that we weren't watching HDTV footage, its quality was still much higher than the DVD output looks on our projectors we use for testing.

The TV's variety of inputs are hidden behind a panel on the left except for the HDMI port, which is facing down just above the stand.


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