televisions

RCA L40FHD41 LCD HDTV Review

42 in.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
{{article.attachments['RCA-L40FHD41-vanity.jpg']}} • Very shallow viewing angle. • Screen isn't very reflective. • Just the one video processing feature. • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
{{article.attachments['tvi-prev.jpg']}} Motion Page 6 of 18 Calibration {{article.attachments['tvi-next.jpg']}}

Viewing Angle*(3.70)*


On this test, we measure how the TV's contrast ratio changes the further you get away from sitting dead center. Typically LCDs' ratios drop off significantly as you get away from dead center, due to how their display technology works (basically, the image isn't being broadcast on the same plane as the screen, so the image is actually being obstructed by the screen's thickness).

As expected of an LCD, the L40FHD41 didn't have a particularly good viewing angle. If you're 16° away from center, you'll only be seeing about 50% of the screen's total contrast ratio. Since that ratio isn't particularly great to begin with, picture quality takes a nose dive. 

Viewing Angle
{{article.attachments['RCA-L40FHD41-viewingangle.jpg']}}
Compare the RCA L40FHD41 to other HDTVs
{{article.attachments['Samsung-LN40B610-vanity.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-40W5100-vanity.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sharp-LC-40E67UN-vanity.jpg']}}
Samsung LN40B610 40 inches Sony KDL-40W5100 40 inches Sharp LC-40E67UN 40 inches

 

Reflectance*(7.0)*


For this test, we shine an LED array at the screen and judge how distracting it is. In general, the L40FHD41 did a good job diffusing external light. We weren't really able to see the individual lights in the array, but the diffuse glow was pretty big. This can be pretty distracting in a dark scene, but didn't do much for bright scenes. We were pretty pleased with the L40FHD41's performance on this test. 

 

Video Processing*(1.0)*


The RCA L40FHD41 only has one vieo processing mode: noise reduction. On high, it does reduce noise by a noticeable amount. 

 

 

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL 40W5100
  15. Vs Sharp LC 40E67UN
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

What's Your Take?

All Comments