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Supersonic SC-3211 LED TV Review$419.99
This Supersonic's price may catch your eye, but be warned: Its picture quality is unforgivably bad.
Is it a state of velocity? Is it a Transformers character? No—Supersonic, Inc. is actually a manufacturer of consumer electronics.
The SC-3211 is a 32-inch LED LCD television that retails for $419.99, but—like most budget models—is available at widely varying prices between big box stores and the internet marketplace.
No matter what price you find it for, however, we cannot recommend buying it under any circumstances. This is some of the worst color production we've ever tested, and this TV manages only a meager, unimpressive contrast ratio. With no extra features and a lackluster design, it has no redeeming qualities.
No molds were broken with this design
The Supersonic SC-3211 is designed with the budget buyer in mind. No risks were taken here: Standard black plastic, wide bezels, and a flat plastic base are the story of most entry-level TVs. It's part of the reason the price is so low, after all.
On the TV's left side, users will find standard video connections, clearly labeled and evenly spaced. This little LCD allows for a decent amount of inputs: three HDMI, one USB (software updates only), VGA, VGA audio, a coaxial jack, component, composite, and RF in. There's also a headphone jack and stereo out for external audio options.
To call this TV bare bones would be an accurate description, but hey, they can't all be flashy and sci-fi.
Dated resolution rears its ugly head
Like many modern TVs, the SC-3211 uses light emitting diodes to power its backlight. However, its native resolution is not one that typical TV content fits comfortably into. A lot of 32-inch TVs claim to be 720p, but in actuality are 1366 x 768. This Supersonic is one of those TVs.
To simplify: Nothing you watch on this TV is going to be mapped pixel for pixel.
The big drawback to this resolution is that it must constantly upscale or downscale content from cable, DVDs, or Blu-rays in order to avoid overscanning—when the top, bottom, or sides of the picture are cut off. The SC-3211's cheap pricing really owes to equally cheap chip sets: Those that support 1366x768 are "bargain bin" compared to the 1080p compatible ones.
To simplify: Nothing you watch on this TV is going to be mapped pixel for pixel. Unless you're sourcing from a computer with a video card that supports 1366x768 (and most of them do), the SC-3211 is going to be squashing, clipping, or stretching your movies, TV shows, and video games—just something for interested buyers to keep in mind.
As for extraneous features, there are none. Literally none. The SC-3211 doesn't even play media off of a USB drive, a feature that's almost ubiquitous to the TV market.
One of the worst we've ever seen
We love high-end TVs. Massive dynamic range and vivid, correctly saturated colors just get us excited. This Supersonic is more or less the opposite of that. To paraphrase Jackie Chan, it has no kung fu.
Standards dictate that an HDTV should produce certain colors, but the SC-3211 doesn't even try.
We could accept that if the TV could produce the colors it's supposed to, but it cannot. This may be the most woefully undersaturated color gamut we've ever tested. International standards dictate that an HDTV should produce certain colors, but the SC-3211 doesn't even try. Red is slightly pink, blue is more cyan, and white—how do you mess up white?—is tinted ever-so-slightly with magenta.
The one place this TV performed to acceptable standards was in our motion tests. At least Supersonic has a handle on decent processing; very little blur or trailing rewarded this Supersonic with a decent motion score. Unfortunately, that's not nearly enough to reverse the bottom line: This picture is bad.
The Supersonic SC-3211 has some serious problems. Its black level and white level are simultaneously unimpressive, but worse than this, its color production is heavily flawed: Not only does it produce the wrong colors, it undersaturates them egregiously. How did this panel make it past inspection?
If the stunted picture quality wasn't enough to sway you, consider that—even for its low price—the 1366x768 resolution panel is outdated. No content will natively fit it, meaning everything ends up either squished or stretched out. There are absolutely no extraneous features, nor anything aesthetically appealing to outweigh the poor performance.