The DVD slot blends nicely into the area below the screen and between the speakers. A defeatable blue LED illuminates the slot, and you can find the eject button nearby. Otherwise, the LTV-40W1HDC looks just like a standard flat-panel LCD. Its comparatively pedestrian exterior is charcoal gray around the screen with a strip of lighter gray across the middle and pale silver to either side. The foot of the included matching stand can be removed if you want to wall-mount the set, but the TV doesn't seem designed for it, not least because its depth is a little more than 5 inches without the foot. The whole set measures 41.4 by 28.3 by 8.9 inches (WHD) and weighs 34.5 pounds.
Westinghouse's bland remote offers up OK ergonomics, and while we didn't expect backlighting or the ability to control other gear, we would have appreciated a bit more tactile differentiation among the keys to aid navigation by feel. In its favor, the clicker has direct-access buttons for each of the inputs, with the unfortunate exception of HDMI; to access that source, you have to cycle through all nine by pressing Input repeatedly.
The remote includes eight keys devoted to the DVD player (menu, play/pause, stop, setup, chapter forward and reverse, and scan forward and reverse), and the directional keypad controls DVD menus when in DVD mode. Unfortunately, there's no key for Title (a.k.a. Top) menu access, which can make navigating some discs a relative pain. The set's side panel also has basic controls for the DVD player and the television, in case the remote goes missing.The Westinghouse LTV-40W1HDC's chief feature, naturally, is the built-in DVD player. Although we appreciate the convenience, we miss a few of the functions found on most normal DVD players. There's no slow motion or frame-by-frame transport, no search or other function to jump directly to specific chapters or titles (of course, you can still proceed to chapters or scenes if the DVD's menu has that option), and no way to resume playback from where you left off after ejecting the disc, although it will resume if the disc isn't ejected. We also wished for some sort of display for elapsed time and title/chapter information; the LTV-40W1HDC has neither a front-panel readout nor any way to view such info onscreen.
Otherwise, the LTV-40W1HDC's feature set is pretty standard for a big flat-panel LCD. Like most of its competition, it has a native resolution of 1,366x768 pixels. That's plenty to display all the detail of 720p HDTV sources, and all material, whether from DVD, HDTV, standard TV or a computer, is scaled to fit the native resolution.
Conveniences include an ATSC tuner and a picture-in-picture mode with side-by-side and inset options. We were disappointed that the LTV-40W1HDC offers only two choices for aspect-ratio: Standard (for 4:3 programs) and Fill (for wide-screen). We would have liked to see a zoom option too, which would allow the set to display letterbox, nonanamorphic DVDs properly. If we wanted to watch the upcoming non-special-edition Star Wars films, for example, we'd have to choose between a stretched picture or one with black bars on all four sides.
Westinghouse throws in a couple picture-adjusting features as well. Although there aren't any picture presets, the television offers independent input memories to make it easier to tweak the set for various sources. While we like the adjustable backlight control, we don't like that its range of adjustment was extremely narrow; sliding it all the way up or down didn't have as much effect as other such controls we've seen. You can choose from three color-temperature presets, and we found Color 1 to be the most accurate.
The LTV-40W1HDC offers average connectivity for a 40-inch LCD. It includes a single HDMI input, two component-video inputs, and one each of S-Video and composite; the last two unfortunately share one set of analog audio inputs. There's also a VGA-style PC input (1,360x768 is the recommended resolution), an RF input for antennas, and both analog and digital audio outputs. We would've liked a set of side-panel easy-access inputs, as well as a second HDMI input, but since the DVD player is built in, we don't expect many users to miss these jacks.Overall, the Westinghouse LTV-40W1HDC's image quality can't compete with that of the better big-screen LCDs we've tested, but its built-in DVD player performed solidly in our tests.