Xbox 360 is HD really better?

For months now I’ve been using a 19 inch Sanyo DS19204 for my Xbox 360. I considered my 19 inch HD computer monitor several times and figured that a 19 inch wide screen monitor would mean the loss of more vertical screen real estate than I was willing to bear. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Even though the 19″ TV screen does have more vertical height than a 19″ HD wide screen monitor the text is much easier to read. I’ve been playing Silicon Knights’ long awaited Too Human, and squinting at much of the test trying to read words and numbers – especially numbers. It was often difficult to tell a 4 from a 6, or a 3 from and 8 and got really annoying. Then I remembered a post I’d made somewhere about having difficulty reading text while playing Halo 3 and one of the responses was that the picture was much clearer on HDTV’s.

In my comparing a 19 inch SDTV with a 19 inch HD wide screen computer monitor I must say that the HD is much clearer, the text is easily readable and obviously the graphics are much more crisp and detailed. On that note you will undoubtedly need an Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable which I feel was worth every penny! Oh, and don’t forget to change your video settings on the System blade of your Xbox 360 once you’ve connected your HD computer monitor!

Walmart ILO model IWT3206 32 inch SDTV

UPDATE: 6/6/2008: New plan, buy a new TV that’s not a piece of junk

UPDATE: 5/31/2008: I will be taking my ILO 32 inch TV to a repair shop next week. I’ll be sure to post the results.

About December 2006 or January 2007 I was very happy to buy a ILO model IWT3206 32 inch SDTV which replaced a 25 inch Magnavox I’d had for about 10 years. The warranty is 90 days parts and labor and 1 year labor (I think that’s what my wife said – but definitely 90 days and 1 year). I bought this TV because It was only about $300, but now. I wish I’d paid the extra $100 or so for a real brand name with a useful warranty.

Today my wife sits down and tries to turn on the TV – no such luck! I tried different plugs in the power surge strip its powered by, directly into the wall, and even another wall outlet. Nothing.

I understand warranties, but when I buy a TV I expect 5 or more years out of it, and over the past 20+ years that’s what I’ve gotten. When I go to Walmart tomorrow with my very heavy TV set to see if a store supervisor can help me out I have no guarantees, she’s going to see if she can do anything or not.

Here’s what I’ve found during my brief searches today about Walmart’s ILO (IWT3206) 32 inch SDT: