Buying a Flat Screen Tv, Dont Forget the Obvious?

By: Scott James

So you are trying (or lest be more positive about this) going to buy your first Flat Screen TV and you aren?t exactly sure where to start first.

Unlike other guides here we believe in giving good old plain common sense and want you to think about the money aspect first.

Now this might sound like heresy and no doubt all advisors will be counselling that you consider Picture sizes, LCD or Plasma, Aspect Ratios, Screen Resolution etc and these are all vital but none of it matters if you haven?t got the dough and you get suckered into spending more than you had planned to.

Consider just this one small fact.

You are about to embark upon possibly the third or fourth most expensive financial investment (after the House / Flat, Car et al) you have made and it is important that you understand the ramifications of what you are about to undertake.

Think well in advance and make sure you leave yourself with plenty of room to manoeuvre when it comes to the financials.

By this I mean that you are going to feel pretty hacked off if after a few months you are left thinking ?If only I had spent the extra few hundred pounds / dollars to get this feature and that etc when you set your budget too tight.

Conversely you are also going to be left regretting the fact that you let the salesman sucker you into spending an extra thousand on going Plasma rather than LCD and now you are having trouble with the mortgage payments.

The moral of the story is ?Fail to Prepare or Prepare to Fail? as they say in all good marketing handbooks but in this case it is certainly true.

So let?s get started with looking around at what is on offer at the moment and let?s start with the Goodmans GTV27W3LCD

The GTV27W3LCD is a 27in LCD TV and currently these TV's can be found for 350 pounds sterling or 700 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1260 X 720 and with regards to being HD Ready the answer is no. The Goodmans has 2 (2 RGB) scarts and the type and number of Multimedia interfaces the GTV27W3LCD uses is HDMI and no connections are available. The type of Tuner for this TV is Analogue and the Goodmans is available from limited outlets only.

So how would we rate the Goodmans GTV27W3LCD?

Well to start with our score for the picture quality is 6, and for the sound quality we would rate it at 6. Taking a look at the number of relevant connections and their availability, our score would be 4. If we take a look at the overall "feature ability" our score would be 4 if we then take a look at the ease of use and overall value for money then our scores would be, 8 and 8 respectively.

Taking everything into consideration our overall view of the package would be that this TV is well away from the latest models in terms of bleeding edge technology and performance but the overall package including the price makes this not a bad deal.

Remember that all the prices we use in these reviews are very much designed for illustration purposes only and in some cases you may well find the actual price cheaper but also in some cases, more expensive.

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