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Olevia 242T FHD LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008
ImageThe Basics:
This 42-inch model, part of Olevia’s 2 Series, has a 6.5ms response time and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. There’s also a basic 242T (without the FHD tail), which has a 1366 x 768 resolution and costs $1049. The 242T FHD does not use the Silicon Optix Realta HQV processing chip found in the 65-inch 265T FHD model; instead, it uses the MTK MDDI processor.

This TV has a solid connection panel, with two HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24, two component video inputs, one PC input and one RF input to access the internal tuners. There’s also an RS-232 port for integration into an advanced control system, plus a USB port that allows you to load firmware updates obtained from the company’s website.

Instead of using common picture presets like vivid, natural and movie, the 242T FHD’s picture modes are set up based on the type of sources you connect, such as progressive DVD, high-def TV, or standard-def TV. Picture adjustments are somewhat limited compared with many LCDs. You get a three-step adjustable backlight and only two color temperature options, and the TV lacks direct access to advanced white-balance controls, which is available in higher-end Olevia models. PIP and split-screen viewing options are available, and there are six aspect ratio options, including a mode to view 1080i/1080p signals with zero overscan.
The 242T FHD has a basic all-black design, with a non-detachable speaker bar running along the bottom of the screen. The TV’s back panel includes a subwoofer output to send bass to an outboard subwoofer. The audio menu offers 10 preset iDIVA sound modes, as well as a lip-sync function.

The Upside:
The 242T FHD’s good light output and non-reflective screen make it a good fit for a well-lit viewing environment. Its colors look natural, and it can produce a very detailed HD image. The zero-overscan aspect ratio is a nice perk in a lower-priced TV.

The Downside:
The 242T FHD suffers from some common LCD issues: Its black level, viewing angle and screen uniformity are average. It doesn’t go as good a job reproducing SD images as it does HD, and the onscreen menu system is frustrating to navigate.

The 242T FHD’s performance is on par with similarly-priced budget LCDs, and it adds some nice features like a zero-overscan aspect ratio, RS-232 and USB firmware upgrades. The 720p 242T model is an even better deal and the benefits of 1080p at this screen size are debatable.

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