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Phocus LCD 30 WMS

I Want My 32" LCD TV
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Phocus has often been ranked in the unenviable category of no-name manufacturers, but they're nevertheless a brand that's on the rise. Their success in Germany is undeniable, and we decided to review its LCD 30, a TV set with an extremely low price. Of course, competition from tube-type TV sets is still ferocious, and the quality will have to be there.

Phocus 30
Diagonal measurement 30"
Native resolution 1280 x 768
Contrast 600: 1
Brightness 500 nits
Latency 16 ms
Colors 16.2 M
H/V viewing angles 170/170
Connections 2 Peritel/SCART, cinch, S-Video
PC connectivity and convergence VGA
Design And Finish

The LCD 30 WMS is not expensive, and it shows. The plastics used in the LCD 30 WMS are really basic and its design is extremely ordinary; but at a price this low, design is bound to take a back seat. Yet overall, the set is not cheap looking.

Ergonomics

The ergonomics are nothing to write home about either, unfortunately. The remote control is mediocre and laborious to use. The menus lack clarity on the screen. And once you're in PC mode, the remote control stops working and is replaced by an OSD - not on the TV screen but on the computer monitor. The LCD 30 WMS really gives the impression that it was designed during a coffee break, which was a shame.

Equipment

The only way to access HDTV for the LCD 30 WMS, for the moment, is by connecting it to a Small Form Factor PC, since the set itself has neither YUV nor DVI connectivity.

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