LCDs

Can I Still Get a 3D TV?

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Episode 1761

Mario from San Fernando, CA

Mario is looking to get a new 3D flatscreen. Leo says good luck as 3D capable flatscreens died a quick death about two years ago. RIP 3D TV!

Mario's is concerned that since his Sony Bravia 3D TV is getting older, he soon won't watch his 3D BluRays. Leo says you can still watch them in 2D though. But if you want 3D, then make sure your existing 3D TV keeps working.

One alternative, you can use the theater experience of Occulus Quest 2 and other VR headsets to watch 3D movies. 

Can I Still Get a Smaller, 32" LCD TV?

32" Samsung TV

Episode 1756

Joel from Culver City, CA

Joel has a Sony Bravia TV, which is pretty old. He's limited to 32" because of his cabinet. So what can he get to replace it? Leo says that you can still get 32" flat screens, but you'll need to measure them to get the right model that fits. And they're cheap. TCL makes one for $128, HiSense for $139. Vizio about $160. You may even be able to get a slightly larger one depending on the model.

What's a good TV for gaming?

Cyberpunk 2077

Episode 1751

Parker from Pasadena, CA

Parker is a gamer and is looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077. He recently bought the Nvidia RTX 380 video card for his PC. He's got it connected to his TV, but it's causing a problem with the resolution. Leo says Parker is going to need a 4K TV that can handle a higher refresh rate. Leo says that LCDs are notoriously low. So an OLED may be the way to go. Latency is also an issue, but OLEDs handle that as well as the best LCDs. OLEDs are around 14ms, and some are GSync compatible. So look for that.

Why is my TV reception so bad?

HDHomeRun Prime

Episode 1422

John from Bay City, MI

John has cut the cord and he's having trouble streaming live sports with an over-the-air antenna. He says that the antenna plugged into the TV is ideal, but the HDHomeRun and Tablo have issues. That points to the culprit, then. Leo says LCDs have issues with live movement and a higher refresh rate will smooth that out. John should look for a higher frame rate in his TV's settings.

What's a good 40" LCD TV?

Vizio TV

Episode 1202

Brian from Irvine, CA

Brian and other employees want to chip in and buy a 40" HDTV for their boss. Is Insignia a good option? Leo says that Insignia is Best Buy's house brand. He wouldn't choose that over Vizio. That's where Leo would go. They offer tremendous value for the money.

Should he go larger than 40? Leo says maybe, if he can afford it. Samsung? Leo says yes, Samsung is great, as is LG, Sharp, and Sony. But Vizio is the best bang for Brian's buck.

Why can't I see anything at an angle on my computer monitor?

Episode 1199

George from Houston, TX

George bought a cheap LCD monitor and he has trouble seeing it from an angle. Leo says that's how cheaper monitor brands save money, but using LCD screens that have poor angles of view. He can see, but the angle gets pretty dim. Leo advises avoiding places like Fry's and go with NewEgg.

Should George get rid of it? Leo says not really. But most computers do take multiple monitors, so why not get another? If he can return it, however, maybe that's a better option.

What TV should I buy? (Part 1)

HDTV

Episode 1065

Carlos from Southern California

Carlos would like to buy a new TV and wants to know whether he should get plasma or LCD? Leo says that plasma has the best quality, but with it's reflective screen, it's best to use in a darkened room. Companies are getting out of plasma, though, because everyone is buying LED TVs. Backlit LCDs have gotten so good that people are choosing them because they look better on the show room floor.

What's a good affordable Plasma or LCD?

Episode 1064

Dave from Fountain Valley, CA

Dave is in the market to upgrade his HDTV and wants an affordable 60" plasma. Leo says that Dave needs to act now because many companies are getting out of the Plasma business. Panasonic makes the best plasmas, but they're not cheap. Samsung and LG also make them, but LCDs are getting better. Dave is also wondering if 3D is really any better. Leo says no. It's an additional feature, nothing more. Some are even dumping it as a feature.