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Originally Posted by REALLYTANGY /forum/post/19611547
I was torn between this set and an Element Electronics TV at Walmart, I decided on the Element because during the Black Friday weekend Walmart had it on sale for $xxx as well and Best Buy didn't allow you to pick up the Westinghouse in store and after a four year warranty the total cost was $ ~$250 more (cost of TV, Tax, and warranty) where the element was $xxx (free shipping, no Tax, warranty, and I had a $100 in Walmart gift cards). I just checked Best Buy (12-07-10) and they are now allowing me to pick up this TV in store, total price for the TV, and four year warranty would be $xxx, ~$150 more than the Element.
However, after setting up the Element there are a few things that although small are rubbing me the wrong way:
1. There was no remote/batteries in the box. Yes, they literally omitted it when they packed it/QA'd it.
2. After you remove the bag that the TV and stand shipped in there are no protective plastic sheets on the Piano Black finish. I knew that the finish was piano black, it's just that since it scratches so easily I like to keep the protective plastic around the bezel and stand. Over the years I've bought several Vizio's and Dynex's and they've all had the plastic film. As of now I'm covering the TV with the bag it shipped (definitely NOT ideal).
3. From the moment you hit the power button it takes about 9-10 seconds until you see the 'Element Electronics logo and another 4-5 seconds until you see an actual picture on the TV, about 15 seconds total.
4. There's no back light control in the menu (great way to save electricity), so whether you are watching a movie, playing a game or sitting at a black screen you're burning ~250 watts. In comparison my Dynex 46" which had back-light control if put down to zero Back-light (which BTW, in my environment was plenty bright) would consume 100 Watts.
5. The power/AC cable is attached/fixed to the TV. You can't physically remove it and attach it, think toaster/blender/microwave, etc.
6. You can't rename/relabel the channels or the inputs.
7. When deleting/skipping channels you have to go through your channel lineup, write down all the channels you don't want and then go into the menu and check the aforementioned (picked) channels. Again, unlike other TV's I've owned which allowed you to go to the channel add/delete menu and view what was actually playing on the channel in real time the Element does not.
8. Arguably the most important, the image isn't as sharp as the Dynex 46" it replaced, I'd say it's about 10-15% less sharp, crisp, and more jittery than the Dynex.
If anyone could please comment/take the time to compare your Westinghouse directly on my points I would truly, TRULY appreciate it!
Thank you in advance!
Originally Posted by BoilerJim /forum/post/19536090
They were all great American brands at one time that have now been farmed out to China and beyond and relegated to the bottom of the proverbial barrel. Only the great names remain.