The Tech-pert: Get a 24" LCD TV 1080p for $229
Looking for a new TV for the den or bedroom? Walmart
has a deal that's hard to pass up: a Viore 24" LCD HDTV
That includes free shipping to your home or your nearest Walmart store--but you'll probably be on the hook for sales tax.
Even so, this is one of the lowest prices I've seen on a 24-inch HDTV. In fact, I've seen plenty of 24-inch computer monitors selling for around $250, but without a built-in TV tuner and speakers.
You might expect that such a low-priced TV would cut some corners, but that doesn't appear to be the case with the Viore. It features two HDMI inputs (one for, say, a cable box and another for a Blu-ray player, game console, or whateve
r), plus component, composite, and VGA inputs.
The VGA port means the LCD can double as a computer monitor if you want to kill two birds with one flat-panel.
Normally, LCDs of this size have a fairly low maximum resolution, but the LED24VF60 manages 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, also known as 1080p. That makes it equally well-suited to video and computer sources.
Perhaps most impressive of all, the Viore employs LED technology, which promises a brighter picture and lower power consumption than the traditional LCDs of yore.
I haven't found any professional reviews of this model, but on Walmart's product page, all six customer-reviewers rated it four or five stars. That's a pretty solid endorsement.
The Viore LED24VF60 sells for $299 just about everywhere else. I don't know how long Walmart's discount will be active, but suffice it to say, killer deals like this one often sell out quickly. If you're in the market for a smallish HDTV, I'd grab this one quick.
Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for
over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently,
"How to Do Everything: Palm Pre." Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog
for CNET, the Hassle-Free PC blog for PC World, and technology stories for
Popular Science, Wired, and other magazines.