The same can’t be said of , but when it comes to small TVs smart features just make sense. Adrienne Maxwell, managing editor at , summarized it thusly: “If you can get a TV with built-in Wi-Fi and a strong web platform for a good deal–and Vizio’s Internet Apps service is very good–I say go for it. In a secondary room, the built-in Web platform makes for a really clean solution.”
When it comes to smaller TVs, the key thing to keep in mind is value. At this size, only the starkest differences in picture quality will be noticeable to the vast majority of people. What you really want is the most features at the lowest price.
Regular readers will know that these sort of dynamic contrast arrangements are far from rare in the LCD world. However, while they're pretty much standard issue on large screen TVs - 26in and bigger - they're actually quite rare on smaller TVs, presumably because manufacturers just don't see such picture quality ‘niceties' as black level response as being particularly important on small screens. Or at least, they don't see it as being as important as stripping features back to keep prices low. Anyway, the Toshiba's Dynamic Contrast feature is there, it works, and it promises a healthy claimed contrast ratio of 8,500:1. Cool.
There are higher-end sets we dismissed, too. In general, we don’t like high-end small TVs, and for various reasons these ones are less attractive than our pick for a fancy small TV above.