I would have never bought a new TV if it wasn’t for a power outage that caused my older TV to surge and basically stop working completely. Rather than spending 50$ to fix a TV that was worth only about 50$, I decided to go out and buy a new one. After a week of shopping, and looking at TV’s around 60,70 dollars, I decided that if I’m going to spend the money I might as well get something better. This is when I found the Toshiba 14AF45 14″ TV at Sears (and only at Sears – I looked – and I didn’t want to buy it online). For about 140$ I got a great TV that fits my every need. Below are the reasons I like this TV. I may not list every feature of the TV, only the ones I found useful. Everything else is just extra!
Wake me up before you go go
The number one reason I needed to replace my TV instantly after my old one broke was the ALARM. I hate waking up to the beep, beep, beep of a regular alarm. If I use a regular alarm I find myself waking up earlier to shut it off b/c it drives me crazy. This TV has an alarm which will turn the TV on at the time specified. You can set it to be Daily if you want it every day, and you can even choose what Channel it will turn on in the morning. Now every morning when I wake up to the quiet like flicker of my TV, I can start watching my morning cartoons (I watch cartoons in the mornings – no need to think that early!). Just make sure you turn the volume down before bed or else you’ll find the TV to be really loud in the morning. Morning volume and Nighttime volume are too totally different things!
My New Sleep Aid
The TV is great at waking me up, but it will also help put me to sleep :) The sleep timer works as with any TV in that you can set a specified number of minutes (I believe up to 120) and the TV will turn itself off after that. If you’ve ever wanted to huddle under the covers, than gotten annoyed that you had to reach your hand out of that warm blanket, you won’t have to anymore. Set your timer, turn to the channel you want, and feel free to fall asleep.
Name that channel!
A somewhat useless but interesting feature is that you can name any channel. They let you pick up to 4 letters to classify any channel. This is useful to me because there are some channels I don’t always recognize when I flip to them. If you always forget certain channels, it may be useful to you also. Now when you flip through the channels you’ll be able to find Nick or A&E without having to wait until commercials are over to see what channel you are on. Of course, if you have a cable box with a Guide, you won’t really need this feature.
Can I actually see Channel 2?
With my old TV Channel 2, 4 and 7 were always fuzzy, with 2 being the worst. It was almost not even worth it to try and watch the Simpsons in my room. I always thought it was the cable connection problem. However, once I got this TV I saw things in a new light. Channel 2, 4 and 7 are still a little bit fuzzy compared to the cable channels, but it is much clearer and I hardly notice. I still think the slight fuzziness has to do with my cable connection, but as long as it’s pretty good – I’m ok with it!
Wow, and I’m only on 1/8th of the Volume!
The volume ranges from silent to much louder than I will ever need. Let me try to demonstrate. This is what the volume bar looks like (sorta).
Now on average I don’t turn up the Volume past the E in Volume – yet it is always loud enough that I can hear it perfectly clear! You can see I still have a lot of dashes to turn it even louder. The sound comes out crystal clear all the time and I’ve never had an issue with it.
Where the heck did my remote go?
The worst thing about watching TV before bed is when you misplace the remote. Where is it? I’m tired, where is it! Grrr…. With this new TV that problem is gone because the buttons glow in the dark! I can always glance around and see the little glowing lights and find my remote quickly.
Fits like a Glove
This TV was for my dresser, but I also have shelves about 15″ above my dresser. This TV at only 13 and 1/2 inches tall fit right in, with room to spare. It was the largest TV I could fit in the space. Other than the literal “fit” it also “fits in” with my decor very well. It is silverish and just looks expensive! The Screen is Flat so it doesn’t curve out like my old TV. Even though it’s slightly bigger than my old TV, I’ve found it looks smaller because of the design. It looks like it belongs!
This TV was hard to find since it seems there’s a huge epidemic of DVD/TV Combos. I already have a DVD player in my room, I don’t need another one. Plus, I didn’t want to sacrifice screen space just to have another DVD player. I wanted as much screen space as possible. This is why it came down to this TV, or some cheaper smaller TVs. As you’ve figured out by now, I spent the money and got the larger screen. It was worth it!
These are a few of my Favorite Channels
Another cool feature is that you can set about 20 of your favorite channels. You may have seen this on a Cable Box, but if you don’t have a Cable Box, now you can do it on the TV itself. There are two special up and down buttons to allow you to flip through only your favorites. I use this a lot, although I sometimes wish I could add a few more favorites – but maybe I just watch too much TV!
HAHA you can’t watch this!
I don’t know much about V-Chips and all that stuff, but what I do know is this TV allows you to put a password on any channel preventing others from watching it. I don’t have kids, but if I did this would be a great feature.
CC – even if you aren’t deaf
Close Captioning is a must for me because there are just those shows that I can’t quite make out what they are saying. CC on this TV works fine, just like with any TV I’ve had. It’s easily accessible by a button on the remote. I like this because I can turn it on and off without having to go through any menus.
There may be more features of the TV I like, but I think the above is all that really made me love the TV. The remote has all the standard features such as flipping to the last channel, getting to the menus, and basically the standard channel/volume buttons.
What I don’t like
So far I’ve encountered only 2 things I don’t particularly like about this TV and 2 things I’d have to adjust to. These may seem like minor issues, but it gets on my nerves.
1) I don’t like the menu! The menu is see-through, so you can see what you are watching while you are fussing with the menu. I don’t like this! When certain shows are on, I can hardly read the menu. What’s this all about? If I’m fussing with the menu, I don’t really need to see the show at the moment.
2) I don’t like the way you view your alarm settings! I’m always double-triple-quadruple checking my alarm before bed. This takes a lot of steps. I have to go to menu, then alarm, scroll to settings, then I can see the settings. This may not seem like a big deal, but I preferred how my old tv would display the alarm just by hitting “Display”.
3) I’d have to adjust to the way I set up my TV, if I had a Cable Box. This isn’t a problem for me, but it may be a problem for some. The TV is shaped to slope down on the back so you can’t really set a cable box or a VCR on top of the TV. I know that we set a cable box on top of our Kitchen TV, and there’s no way we could do the same with this TV. Like I said, this doesn’t bother me because I have no cable box or VCR in my room.
4) I have almost completely adjusted to the remote. The first 2 months I had this TV, I was always turning on “60” instead of “67” way to often. This is just something that takes adjusting. The number 0 is in the lower left instead of being centered as a lot of remotes would have it. Therefore, I hit the 0 on accident a lot. Like I said, I’m adjusting! But now I am getting used to it.
What I don’t use
Finally, I’ve noticed some features and buttons that I never use. I’m too lazy to read the manual to find out what exactly they do and I haven’t found any use for them on my own.
1) Sound Button – The remote has some sort of button that when I hit it the sound changes from Mono to Stereo to some other choices. This seems pointless to me since I’ve also noticed every channel seems to set it’s own sound when you turn to it, regardless of what button you pressed before. There may be a use for this, but for me it’s just a button I ignore.
2) Front A/V input jack – There is a jack on the front of the TV to connect things like PS2, VCRs or Video Cameras. I guess if I had a video camera, I’d use this. However, for my PS2 I’d rather use the special converter I have that plugs in to the back of the TV.
I think those are the only features I can think of to discuss. This is a good TV for the money and will not only fit in small spaces, but will also look sleek in those small places! Go to Sears and check it out today, it’s probably cheaper than it was when I bought it in November 2005. Enjoy :)