Get the Basics Right Before you Buy your Flat Screen Tv

By: Stephen Morgan

OK you have made the decision that you are actually going to go and buy the TV of your dreams and what do you do next?

Well unlike other guides I am going to recommend that you think long and hard about the financial implications first.

Now this might sound daft and as if we are trying to talk you out of spending your hard earned (or ?ill gotten? just delete or insert where applicable) cash when you should be basking in thoughts of Plasma or LCD, Aspect Ratios, Screen sizes etc but this all matters not one jot if you get your budgeting wrong.

Stop and just consider this for a moment.

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.

Plan well in advance how much you have got to spend and how much of a leeway / margin of error you can play with.

As they say make the wrong decision too soon and it could be along time for you to correct your mistakes.

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.

With regards to the prices in this article we have tried in all cases to take an average across the industry from a number of well known web sites and so we ask you to bear this in mind and treat these prices as advisory only rather than absolutes.

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