It was only a few years ago that flat panel television technology was only available to those with copious amounts of disposable income. Since then the market has experienced significant price reductions allowing consumers hailing from all economic levels to enjoy high definition television. This was especially evident this past Christmas and the months following when flat panel televisions hit an all time low. These price reductions have been fueled by the advancements towards cheaper production costs paired stiff competition among retailers. Wal-Mart is in the forefront of this price slashing battle and has recently started carrying the Viore brand of LCD HDTV’s. There isn’t much information available about these products so I decided to get my hands on one of these popular displays and let you know how it has performed for me. My experience outlined below is with the Viore 32″ LCD model LC32VH55 HDTV.
The overall appearance of the Viore television in no way reflects its low price. The LC32VH55 has a sturdy, well built appearance, and looks just as good as any of the other models you might see on display. The bezel framing the 32″ screen is glossy black with the various controls on the right hand side. The glossy black stand emerges from the base of the frame and seems to provide a nice support for the television. The stand is removable and this TV can be mounted however I did not mount the one I used. The speakers fade nicely into the base portion of the bezel and acoustics produced are adequate. Most will enjoy a better experience by investing in an inexpensive surround sound system (for about $100).
This HDTV produces a 720p HD resolution. This isn’t what is considered “full HD” however a 1080p resolution isn’t necessary at this display size. I found the picture to be relatively crisp and clean. Watching a basketball game produced noticeable motion blur but it wasn’t any more evident then some of the other more expensive brand televisions that I’ve reviewed. The contrast ratio that is reported by Viore for the LC32VH55 is 1200:1. The black shades do not appear very deep even for an LCD. I found that this LCD displayed standard definition well without much distortion.
The connectivity is a little bit lacking in this budget model however not so inadequate that you should experience great difficulties integrating the LC32VH55 into your home theater. It comes complete with 2 HDMI inputs as well as variety of others including composite and component.
A question that I hear often when it comes to some of these budget level LCD televisions is related to service and product quality. I cannot address either of these personally when it comes to Viore because I had no issues and no need to contact customer support. It is however published that these televisions do come with a 1 year warranty on both parts and service.
Priced below $400 this 32″ LCD HDTV is certainly a bargain. I don’t care who makes it you’re going to have a hard time beating this deal considering the amount of screen real estate they’re offering. The display certainly isn’t the best I’ve seen although it’s perhaps the best I’ve seen for the money. I believe most casual consumers looking for a budget flat panel will be pleased when they get this into their living room.