One of the most affordable 37-inch LCD HDTV’s available, the ViewSonic boasts a nice, bright picture and amazingly high contrast, but it has serious trouble with standard-definition video. Connections include three HDMI ports, a component video input, separate RF inputs for antenna and cable tuning, and a VGA input for PC use.
Producing a very bright picture, the TV delivered a peak contrast ratio of 1,406:1, an extremely high reading. Unfortunately, the sets fixed backlight managed a less impressive contrast ratio of 317:1, which translates to lighter black levels, especially in low-light conditions. Worse, when showing a selection of film-sourced DVD videos, the N3751w was slow to engage film-mode processing, which caused distracting moiré and flicker artifacts. Ghosting and image smearing was evident in fast-motion scenes. Furthermore, I noticed distracting jagged-edge artifacts when watching interlaced video.
Basically, the ViewSonic N3751w is a tease. Though inexpensive, it lacks the ability to produce a convincing picture in a darkened environment and stumbles when performing common video processing functions.
ViewSonic N3751w: $1,199 list