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Element ELEFT325 LED TV Review

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The ELEFT325 is surprisingly more than just a cheap TV.

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Introduction

For the doubtful, for the curious, for the earnest, we present the science page. After hours in a dark TV lab, before a television all aglow, amid the laboring sounds of whirring computers and clicking keyboards, we emerge victorious—data in hand.

Color

TV passes color tests with mostly flying colors

For such an inexpensive model, we are very happy with the accurate colors this TV produced in its color gamut test. That is not to say we haven't seen better, but on the whole, these colors are quite close to the Rec. 709 standard. Blues are a bit oversaturated, and reds have the opposite problem, but neither of these errors impact the viewing experience in a noticeable way. Meanwhile, greens are right where they should be, and the white point is perfectly on-point—a feat which even some high-end TVs fail to accomplish.

A TV's color curves indicate how well it transitions between different colors, as well as how much definition those colors receive; again, to our surprise, the ELEFT325 did a fair job on this test. These transitions certainly aren't perfect, though. Lines are a bit bumpy and red peaks prematurely, which means the brightest reds will lose definition more quickly than they should. But for the most part, these lines are smooth and gradual enough that ugly banding and blotchy colors won't ruin the viewing experience.

Contrast

Contrast ratio crashes good-results party

Measuring a television's contrast ratio is a great way to find out how detailed and immersive its picture can be. On this front, the ELEFT325 disappointed us.

First, its contrast ratio of 945:1 is unimpressive—and similarly priced budget models have put up better scores. To make matters worse, the definition here doesn't even favor blacks. Whites reach a beaming 311.79 cd/m2, while the blacks measure up at an anemic 0.33 cd/m2. That is a shame, because more definition at the medium to dark end of the spectrum is more useful than a blinding white level.

None of this is to say that the ELEFT325 isn't watchable. This is just a dispiriting score that crashed our otherwise happy testing party, and it means the picture is less satisfying than it would otherwise be.

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The ELEFT325's disappointing contrast ratio of 945:1 is considerably outdone by the competition.

Viewing Angle

Sure, the dingy stand won't swivel, but with a viewing angle this great, it's not the end of the world.

This viewing angle is spectacular—and not just for a low-end LCD TV. No longer must you suffer at the edge of the sofa, gloating at a family member about the comfort of your armrest seat, but inwardly agonizing over whether it's worth the terrible view.

This little TV offers a total viewing angle of 94°, dwarfing the models in its comparison group. Shove your younger sibling out of the way, hoard your armrest seat, and enjoy the view of your admittedly tiny 32-inch Element TV.

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This TV's surprising and excellent viewing angle dwarfs the competition.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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