Element ELGFT471 Review – 47-inch LCD HDTVOriginally Reviewed on April 16th, 2011
Element ELGFT471 Review: 47” LCD HDTV
Up for Review: Element ELGFT471 LCD TV. Although Element has not displayed interest in integrating 3D or Internet access features in any of its TVs, it has certainly tried to optimize all the basic features so that you can watch the regular TV fare without much problem. But the main emphasis of the manufacturer has always been to keep the price low so that people wanting a huge LCD set can opt for it. In doing this, it has compromised on certain aspects of the TV like the refresh rate and the contrast ratio. It is difficult to understand why the contrast ratio is as low as 1500:1 in this set while the other models from this company have a much higher value.
By keeping the contrast ratio at 1500:1, the manufacturer certainly cannot hope to achieve great black levels. Therefore, although this set has 1080p resolution which gives fairly clear and sharp images, yet you wish that the blacks were a lot darker in the dimly lit scenes. You get a kind of grayish look in the dark areas which can be quite irritating. The TV redeems itself by giving you a brightness of 500 cd/m2 which gives the needed illumination in the scenes and is good for both bright lighting and dimly-lit rooms. The 1080p resolution is of course, quite useful on the 47-inch screen, without which the movies would not have looked good on the set.
Element ELGFT471 Features and Specifications Review:
- TV Type (Display technology): LCD
- Vertical Resolution (Digital Compatibility): 1080p
- Screen Size: 47″
- Contrast Ratio: 1500:1
- Brightness (cd/m2): 500
- Response Time (ms): 6.5
- Viewing Angle (Vertical x Horizontal ) Degrees: 176 x 176
- HDMI Inputs: 3
- PC Inputs: 1
- S-Video Inputs: 1
- Video Composite Input: 2
- Comb Filter: 3D Y/C
- Progressive Scan
- 3:2 & 2:2 Film Pull-down
- Digital Noise Reduction
- Speaker Quantity: 2
- Audio Outputs (Watts per channel): 8
- Stereo Sound
- Simulated Surround Sound
The refresh rate is very disappointing at 60 Hz. This is not enough for making the action scenes blur-free. When watching movies which are purely based on action or even while playing games on the gaming console, you will notice a lot of blurring which may be very distressing. It would have been a lot better if the refresh rate would have been higher at 120 Hz. Besides, since the movies are filmed at 24 fps, 60 Hz refresh rate does not sync with it and so you will be unable to view the original picture quality. The response time is however good at 6.5 ms which is good for the images.
The viewing angle is 176 degrees in both horizontal and vertical directions which is alright but not great. Many of the other Element models have a viewing angle of 178 degrees which gives much better images at the extreme sides. In this set, you can still get good images if you are seated at the side and at an angle from the TV. Connectivity options are quite like the other models of Element with 3 HDMI, 1 PC input and an S-video input. The HDMI can be used to connect the Blu-ray player and gaming console and the PC input helps to use the TV as a computer monitor. Those interested to get a huge LCD screen for their home for a reasonable price can buy this set.
HDTVUniverse.com gives Element ELGFT471 3/5 stars!