Westinghouse CW40T8GW LCD TV Review
The price tag looks great, but what about everything else?
The Westinghouse CW40T8GW is the very definition of a modern budget television. For an MSRP of $359, you're investing in an extremely basic, no-frills, 40-inch display. While that price sounds pretty good on paper, this Westinghouse has a number of problems that might have you waiting for the price to drop even lower than it already is.
There's nothing special about this TV—and compared to the bigger name companies, this CW40T8GW is just downright ugly.
The advantage to the plain appearance of the Westinghouse CW40T8GW lies in its very cheap price tag. It feels cheaply made because it is, and that isn't intrinsically a bad thing. If you're not looking for a stylish TV that will make your family or the neighbors "ooh" and "ahh," then the cheapness of the CW40T8GW's design is in your favor. After all, it's the inside that counts. Expect very basic, entry-level connectivity options and a run-of-the-mill remote control.
Smart TV Features
Just like its appearance, this Westinghouse is quite plain in its internal set-up.
The menu system is overtly bare bones, offering just the basics for altering picture, sound, or setup options. A more optimistic way of looking at it: It's stripped of all but the necessities, so it's easy to use.
There is nothing quirky or alien to figure out. If you've fiddled with TV menus at all in the past—even older, standard-definition sets—you can probably figure out most of this Westinghouse's menu options with just a glance.
For a basic TV, this Westinghouse sports acceptable color and contrast performance.
If you're just looking to invest in a cheap, basic display that you can watch cable channels or play video games on, the Westinghouse CW40T8GW is a fine choice. Its colors are accurate enough, and its contrast ratio is wide enough that you won't notice any glaring problems with any of your content.
This TV's problems lie in more subtle areas. Its standard speakers are really awful, emitting tinny, painful trebles and rumbling, muddy bass notes whenever volume levels get too extreme. Worse, its viewing angle—how far from the center you can comfortably watch it—is stiflingly small.
If you can't find it for under $300, don't buy this TV.
The Westinghouse CW40T8GW is a half-and-half sort of product. It handles the three most important areas of display performance—color, contrast, and motion—acceptably well, meaning that if you can get past its horrible audio and its limited viewing angle, it's a perfectly feasible budget buy.
Try to find it for under $300, and perhaps use the money you saved to invest in a basic 2.1 speaker system to run it through. Otherwise, buy at your own risk.
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