We’re getting used to LCD prices tumbling faster than we can keep up with them. But even knowing that still doesn’t prepare you for the ViewSonic N4060w: a 40in LCD TV that’s yours for just £1250. Not only is that cheaper than every other 40in TV we’ve come across, but it’s also cheaper than a good number of 37in LCDs and even a few 32in LCDs! Which surely means there’s got to be a catch. Doesn’t it?
With LCD TVs getting more glamorous by the minute, there’s no denying that the N4060w is hardly going to win any design awards. Its concentric dark and light grey screen frames are hardly original, and they certainly don’t manage to disguise the fact that the set’s finish and general build quality feels on the cheap and flimsy side.
As an HD Ready TV, the N4060w inevitably includes among its connections HDMI and component inputs for digital and analogue HD signals respectively. Plus there’s an analogue D-Sub PC port, and an impressive three RGB-capable Scarts. Notwithstanding the fact that we’re always suckers for a second HDMI jack, this all adds up to a very credible socket offering considering for such an affordable TV.
The N4060w’s lowly price does start to show through as you explore its onscreen menus, though. For starters, the menus are rather bland, and react sluggishly to remote control commands. But it’s also noticeable how few genuinely interesting features the menus play host to; really all we could find worth even a passing mention are SRS audio processing, a basic picture in picture facility, and video noise reduction. Still, such feature stinginess is of course hardly surprising on a £1250 40in LCD TV. And actually the only feature we really found ourselves seriously missing was a digital tuner.