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Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD

The Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD is a true 1080P 42-inch flat panel television that can be purchased for under $800. With its size and numerous available inputs, this LCD could replace the standard conference room projector system.

The Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD is a true 1080P 42-inch flat panel television that can be purchased for under $800. With its size and numerous available inputs, this LCD could be used as a replacement for the standard conference room projector system common to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Specifications

  • Viewable Screen Size 42" Diagonal
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Native/Optimum Resolution 1920X1080
  • Color Capability 16.7 Million colors
  • 1 Video/S-Video In
  • 2 YPbPr In
  • 4 HDMI + 1 L/R
  • 1 D-Sub (VGA) In
  • 1 PC Audio In (mini)
  • 4 Audio In (dual RCA)
  • 1 Audio Out (dual RCA)
  • 1 SPDIF Optical Out
  • 2-10 watt speakers
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Who is it for?

The Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD is for the SMB enterprise looking for an economical and versatile way to equip a small meeting or conference room.

What problem does it solve?

Mounting a projector from the ceiling or setting it up on a rolling stand and then attaching a PC to it for the purposes of displaying PowerPoint presentations to a small team or other small conference meeting can, at times, be a configuration nightmare. Maintaining a cache of video and audio cables, adapters, USB devices, speakers, pointer, and all the other small pieces of never-configured-just-right equipment is a hassle -- even for the most prepared.

An LCD television with HDMI inputs or simple VGA/audio inputs can be much easier to configure. At 42 inches, the Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD is large enough for a small conference room, especially when mounted on a wall. An LCD television display is brighter than a projector and, at around $800, it is also less expensive than most comparable projectors. For example, a Dell 1080P project costs around $2,000.

Features

  • True 1080P 42-inch LCD display: The brightness, clarity of an LCD display beats the quality of an average projector in small room settings. The native resolution of an average projector is about 1280X800, the Westinghouse has a native resolution of 1920X1080.
  • Numerous input connections: The sheer number of connections allows users to connect DVD players, PCs and just about any other visual producing piece of equipment.
  • Built in speakers: Built-in speakers eliminate the need for external speakers and the wires that go with them.
  • Wall mountable: Like a projector, an LCD can be mounted to a wall to save space.

What's wrong?

The Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD, at a screen size of 42 inches, will not scale. If there comes a time in an organization where conference and meeting rooms expand into seating capacities numbering in the dozens, this LCD will not be adequate and a projector will be the tool of choice.

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Bottom line for business

For a small- to medium-sized enterprise, the Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCDHD could be all the conference/meeting room display you'll ever need. It is large enough for your typical small meeting room and its high resolution and bright image will out shine any reasonably priced projector. The numerous input connections allow for greater flexibility and potentially less configuration trouble.

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About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

2 comments
wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I have found that for a small conference room that having a 1080P resolution is not necessary and is overkill. 1024X786 is more than sufficient. People can't tell the difference at 10 or 15 feet on a 42" screen. Bill

CalicoWolf
CalicoWolf

When considering this product keep in mind that there is a reason for the price being below $800. My personal experience with this company was a 32" that died after 8 months not a big deal just get the parts and fix it under warranty right. No. First, wait 2 weeks for a certified technician to diagnose the problem in order for the warranty to be verified. Then, after a month they told me that the part they needed was no longer being manufactured so I could now take the LCD back to the store for a full refund. So, we were without this large screen display for almost two months. We replaced it with a Toshiba. That was a year ago and I see that Toshiba still sells the exact model that I got back then. I see that the 42" Toshiba can be found for under $800 too BTW. So, price being the same personally I'd opt for a model that is from a company that will still be making that model for a while.

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