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Element 22" LCD HDTV (FLX-2210)

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Thinking about one of these for the upstairs bedroom...anyone here have any experience (good or bad) with this set or with Element in general??? CC has them for a good price, hundreds of $$$ less than a Samsung or other mainstream brand. Probably gonna go look at them this weekend.
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Nobody???
post #3 of 16
Another budget brand.Imho Element is up there on the list of budget/poor lcdtvs to stay away from: Sceptre,Magnavox,Insignia,Polaroid,Zenith,Winbook,Hyundai,Me gavision,Lasonic,Sylvania,...
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^^^...Olevia?
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Originally Posted by MitsuDude View Post

Thinking about one of these for the upstairs bedroom...anyone here have any experience (good or bad) with this set or with Element in general??? CC has them for a good price, hundreds of $$$ less than a Samsung or other mainstream brand. Probably gonna go look at them this weekend.

CC "Element" brand is made by Funai (aka Sylvania & they own other brand names aswell) Not horrible, not the best either. Take a shot & score an inexpensive Mac Camers TV warranty. Should cost you around $40.00 for a 3 year extended warranty depending on what you paid for the TV.

Good Luck!

Alex
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Originally Posted by BOSTON-HD View Post

CC "Element" brand is made by Funai (aka Sylvania & they own other brand names aswell) Not horrible, not the best either. Take a shot & score an inexpensive Mac Camers TV warranty. Should cost you around $40.00 for a 3 year extended warranty depending on what you paid for the TV.

Good Luck!

Alex

The 3-year warranty I saw on their website costs $175...that's half the cost of the TV...I'll pass on the extended warranty, thanks.
post #7 of 16
I'm looking at this one for the kitchen, to mount on the wall above the sink. $349 at CC. It's about the same price as the 19" models by the better manufacturers. For the kitchen, I don't need anything spectacular, but of course I don't want anything crappy either. For this price point, I think I'd rather go with 3" larger picture (22") than a bigger brand name at 19".

Has anyone gotten one of these and have any thoughts on it?

Thanks.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by MitsuDude View Post

Thinking about one of these for the upstairs bedroom...anyone here have any experience (good or bad) with this set or with Element in general??? CC has them for a good price, hundreds of $$$ less than a Samsung or other mainstream brand. Probably gonna go look at them this weekend.

I recently purchased a 32" Element it is my first hdtv so I can not compare but for me i like the picture. I still have yet to get hd reciever so I hvae not experienced it's full capabilities. I also heard, could be wrong, that only a couple od companies actually make the screen. So it may come down to how many features you want. But for the price I think it is a great deal.
post #9 of 16
I just purchased one (FLX-2210) as a bedroom TV from CC for $350 (I'm a sucker for the 12 months no interest thing). While I am not overly impressed, but also am not too dissapointed. I have it running off of straight cable (no cable box), so the picture is what you would expect.

I just tried to email their support with the following questions (in case anyone else has answers, I am repeating them here):

You can set favorite channels but there seems to be no way to scroll through them. Is there?

You can set the time zone, but there is no way (I can find) to set the time. Why?

There is light bleed on the top and bottom of dark scenes. What would be the best bet (best adjustment) to try to correct that?
post #10 of 16
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There is light bleed on the top and bottom of dark scenes. What would be the best bet (best adjustment) to try to correct that?

I personally don't own a Element, but do own some cheaper smaller LCD's. My Insignia's do have a fair amount of "light bleed" and can be annoying at times. I do mostly use them for computer monitors so I just live with it. No adjustments seem to get rid of it. I think it's more related to the cheapness of the set.
My kitchen Vizio has less bleed, but cost $150 more.
My front room 32" Panasonic has virtually no light bleed, and cost a lot more.
So I personally think light bleed is directly related to the quality/cost of a LCD. I don't think there's going to be a lot you can do to stop it other than upgrading to a better set. In my case brightness/contrast/backlight had very little effect on the backlight bleed problem. Just my 2 cents.
post #11 of 16
I bought the Samsung 19" LCD and Sharp 19" LCD tvs from Best Buy and Circuit City and took them back horrible picture. They actually look like 480P to me via OTA HD. I have a 17" widescreen set hooked to an LG OTA box under the counter (whole drilled in present counter top). We are about to get granite counter tops, so I decided to get a wall mounting TV with built in ATSC tuner. I tried this 22" element. Great picture, not the greatest contrast, but this set blows away the Samsung and Sharp 19"ers that I tried and returned. The silver looks pretty good in a kitchen.

update:
this TV is great with OTA HD, but the built in scaler is way sub par. I modulate a directv receiver through my house on channel 3. The text on ESPN HD was unreadable. I took this TV back Today. I bought a Panasonic 26" from CC Today for a great price, but it's too big for the kitchen and it's going back.
post #12 of 16
I'm still not all that happy with mine (Element 22"), although the recent CC $20 price cut makes me a little happier (down to $229). The contrast sucks (although I have not spent much time trying to adjust yet) and the remote is horrible (does not work half the time).
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by tedmozer View Post

You can set the time zone, but there is no way (I can find) to set the time.

In the SETUP menu, go to Time Setup, turn off automatic synchronization, and then you can set it.

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... and the remote is horrible (does not work half the time).

That I do not find.

My only disappointment with it is that the ATSC tuner is weak and won't pull stations in reliably or consistently, but I bought it for QAM and component input at a time when I didn't even know about OTA digital transmissions, so I can't complain about being cheated, just disappointed later down the road when I learned about ATSC.
post #14 of 16
i got the 19" element for the kitchen. i'm running this thing 18 hrs day/7 days/week since last july, no issues at all. great little tv for cheap.
not the best picture but i mostly listen more than watch.
i use it for news, weather, mash, other sd stuff, and even some hd stuff once in a while.
its a utility tv, if it dies tomorrow, no big deal.

for movies, concerts, i use hd pj/audio system in living room.
post #15 of 16
On my Element, the setup menu has "DTV Time" as the last option. However it is grayed out and cannot be accessed. Is there another setup menu??
post #16 of 16
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On my Element, the setup menu has "DTV Time" as the last option. However it is grayed out and cannot be accessed. Is there another setup menu??

We must have different revisions.  On my FLX-2210, Time Setup is the second item on the Setup menu,and Reset Default is last, and the manual I downloaded on line and the manual that came with the set both agree with that.
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