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Dynex DX-32L100A13 LCD TV Review

A good TV for the price, just dont expect to be blown away by its performance.

$290.00
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Introduction

If you had $300 in your pocket and were looking to do some frivolous spending, what would you buy? An Xbox 360? Maybe a romantic dinner for two? How about a new pair of heels? You certainly wouldn’t expect to find a TV worth spending those Benjamins on, right?

With Dynex’s latest 32-inch TV, the DX-32L100A13 (MSRP $290), the budget-friendly arm of Best Buy is hoping to acquire those hard earned greenbacks from you. After spending some time with this rather homely TV in our lab, we think that consumers in the market for a TV this size might want to take a look at it. This LCD may not have a native 1080p resolution or produce great sound, but the picture quality is acceptable.

Design

Not only is the DX-32L100A13 boring, it is also cheaply made.

The DX-32L100A13 is everything you would expect for the low asking price: a thick piece of plastic with a screen and an uninspired base. Everything feels cheaply made, which does have the benefit of making this TV extremely light and easy to move around. With that said, I'll take a heavy TV made with quality in mind over a lightweight, cheaply built product any day of the week.

The remote matches the low quality design of the TV.

The remote matches the low quality design of the TV. One thing I should point out is how unresponsive this remote is. There were numerous times when I had to check and see if someone took the remote’s batteries out because it would not power the TV off or adjust the volume. This remote needs to be pointed directly at the sensor on the TV for consistent results.

The DX-32L100A13 has plenty of ports. Connections are located on the TV’s left side and are easy to access. The avalable ports include: a headphone jack, an antenna in, digital and analogue audio out, component and composite video connections, a VGA connnection, three HDMI ports and one USB slot. This Dynex does not swivel, which can cause problems on bigger TVs when trying to access ports. Since this TV is so small and lightweight, the lack of rotation is merely a minor annoyance and does not hinder access.

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Smart TV Features

The menu is your basic "box in the middle of the screen" design.

Dynex’s menu interface is like your first car: it may not be pretty, but it gets the job done. The designers went with the bare minimum needed for a menu, which is basically an ugly box in the middle of the screen with settings to change. Our main gripe with this menu is that it has a USB tab, but we could not access it, even with a USB drive plugged in.

The Dynex menu is separated into five tabs: Picture, Audio, Settings, Channel, and USB. Channel is only available if your cable is plugged in through the antenna input and USB is only available when a flash drive is in the USB input, although as mentioned, we could not access this sub-menu even if a USB drive was plugged in.

Picture Quality

The viewing angle is subpar, but colors, blacks, and whites look good.

The color and contrast results for the Dynex DX-32L100A13 were actually pretty good, especially for a TV that costs around $300. The colors that this TV is able to display are not too far off from the industry standard range of colors. The DX-32L100A13 runs into some trouble transitioning from different shades of colors, but the end result is a decent picture. Contrast was surprisingly good—this budget TV was able to get very deep black levels and a bright peak white level.

The total viewing angle of 17° is pretty bad.

One thing that the DX-32L100A13's low price of admission will not get you is a good viewing angle. The total viewing angle of 17° is pretty bad. Luckily, this little Dynex makes up for its viewing angle failings by having decent motion performance. There was some blurriness on moving pictures and some color trailing to be found, but nothing too distracting.

Conclusion

The DX-32L100A13 may not be pretty, but it has beauty on the inside.

The Dynex DX-32L100A13 surprised us. I didn’t think that a TV for this price would produce decent results in our tests, but I'm happy to report that we were wrong.

Is this TV perfect? Not even close. The sound quality is lackluster, the viewing angle is awful, and the design borders on ugly. TV enthusiasts will probably dismiss this LCD based on its 720p resolution. If 1080p is a requirement for you, look elsewhere.

If you do not care about resolution and want something small for cheap, the DX-32L100A13 becomes less of an ugly duckling and more of a brick house. It offers very good contrast and decent colors, as well as ample ports to plug your favorite gadgets into. We could think of worse ways to spend $300.

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