"A great small widesreen HDTV for those who don't want to spend a lot of money for a bigger screen."
Affordable price, superp picture quality, easy to use menues, plenty of connection options, and great build quality.
Smallest HDTV screen size available and the sound isn't as great as the picture.
I'd just like to start out by saying that I bought this HDTV because I wanted a gaming TV with a great, crisp, life-like picture, and low cost. This Samsung fit the bill with its $600 price tag and its sharp picture quality that rivaled expensive 30-40” Sony HDTVs ... Read full review
I'd just like to start out by saying that I bought this HDTV because I wanted a gaming TV with a great, crisp, life-like picture, and low cost. This Samsung fit the bill with its $600 price tag and its sharp picture quality that rivaled expensive 30-40” Sony HDTVs that I’ve seen.
Picture quality: As I've said before, Samsung's R268WH HDTV has a great clear and crisp picture. So far I've only tested my Xbox, progressive scan DVD player, and digital satellite. My Xbox games looked extremely better on this TV than on an ordinary stereo TV and even better than my other HDTV (when I use component cables or even composite cables). My games looked smooth, crisp, clear, and very life-like with great color/light transitions and vivid text. I have a few games that support 720p (the best resolution for video gaming) and 1080i and I could tell that they looked even a little bit crisper than my ordinary 480p games. My DVDs looked great with the S-video cable and even better with the component cables, except some of my cheap old DVD's that looked a little grainy. My satellite TV looks great with composite cables but came in a little grainy through the old RF cable (which was expected). Overall I'd give the picture a 9 or a 10.
Sound: This TV does support Dolby Digital and has built in BBE sound quality so the sound is clear, but expectedly doesn't pack a lot of punch. The TV's built in side speakers are fairly low powered, but that is expected considering that this is only a 26" TV and shouldn't need a subwoofer and huge speakers. I'm just glad that it does have simulated surround sound that is crisp and supports a digital optical output port for surround systems. I'd give its sound a 7 or 8.
Menu and hook-up options. Now this is where I was really sold on this TV. This TV has by far the easiest to navigate on screen menu system I have ever seen on a TV. I was especially surprised, because I have a Samsung DVD player and it’s almost impossible to adjust its settings. Its menu allows you to adjust all possible aspects of its picture, sound, connection, and TV guide option. The remote controller also features clearly labeled buttons for quickly and easily switching between your different saved settings. This TV also has every hook-up option an HDTV needs. It features two RF inputs, two S-video and composite inputs (one is on the side), one composite video and audio output, two component (Y, Pb, Pr,) inputs, one optical audio output (the best possible audio output), and a HDMI input (the new standard and best hook-up for HD quality). Since this TV has a built in HDTV tuner that accepts 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals it can accept over air HDTV signals with just an antenna and even up convert non ED or HD digital signals to ED or HD quality. This aspect of the TV deserves a 10.
Durability/build quality: This TV is the newest model of Samsung’s 26” widescreen HDTV and features a more stylized gray to black transition front and is built very solid. It also runs very quietly. After buying my 27” Advent HDTV I was under the impression that HDTV are supposed to put out a lot of a buzzing noise. Unfortunately, like most CRT TVs it’s bulky. It weighs between 60-90lb and is almost 20” deep. This was in no way a problem for me because the TV does have hidden side handles for easy lifting and I have plenty of space, but if that’s a problem for you and you don’t mind spending a $1000 I’d suggest buying Samsung’s new widescreen 30” HDTV that has all the features of this TV, but is under 16” deep and looks like a plasma screen.
I actually ment that the Samsung HDTV 30" TX-R3079WH is the TV you should buy if you want a thinner tubed $1000 HDTV.