Westinghouse CW40T8GW LCD TV Review
The price tag looks great, but what about everything else?
The Westinghouse CW40T8GW is a decent TV. It tested with better contrast and color than I was expecting from such a cheap display, and likewise showcased average motion performance. Its drawbacks are in the realm of audio and viewing angle, which aren't as important, but can still make or break a TV. It's also very dim, which means it won't fare well in bright ambient lighting.
The Westinghouse CW40T8GW doesn't exactly shine.
The Westinghouse tested with an above average contrast ratio, owing mostly to its considerably deep black level of 0.03 cd/m2. This is very dark for an LCD display, and means convincing shadows and (usually) a fairly large contrast ratio. Specifically, this TV's contrast ratio is a little under 3000:1, which is really good for a TV that's only $350. However, the cost of those deep blacks are relatively dim peak whites.
With that in mind, this TV's contrast ratio will only live up to its value if it isn't competing with too many bright lights around it. It’s a very dim TV, overall. More on how we test contrast.
You might need to fly solo on this one.
The Westinghouse CW40T8GW has a cripplingly small viewing angle. Viewing angle is important for watching a TV when you're anywhere but directly in front of it. The CW40T8GW's problem is that it's so dim, as I discussed above. Looking at it from more than a couple of feet off center results in a severely distorted contrast in the picture, which can make any content with a lot of text on screen (the news, sports, a video game) more or less illegible. If you want to get the most out of this TV, plan on watching it from directly in front at any given time.
To learn more about this Wesinghouse's day in the lab, browse the gallery.
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