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Haier HL19SL2

We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.

The Haier HL19SL2 is an ultra thin edge lit LED HDTV. It features a 19-inch screen and a 1.5-inch thin profile. The picture quality is true to life with vibrant colors. Also featured in the Haier HL19SL2 is SRS TrueSurround XT as well as USB Timeshift allowing you to plug in a USB drive and use it like a DVR, rewind, fast forward and record various programing content on the fly.

Features List:

-720p Resolution

-SRS TrueSurround XT

-USB Timeshift

-Ultra Slim Design

-Energy Star Certified

Digital Trend’s TV Buying Tips:

What inputs should I look for?

A final consideration when buying a new HDTV is what you can connect to it. Make sure there are ample HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports to connect multiple components, such as a cable/satellite receiver, video game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray player, camcorder, and so on. At least three or four such ports is a must. A convenient bonus is when the TV also offers a USB port to connect a Flash thumb-drive or external hard drive full of music, photos and videos, or a SD or Memory Stick card slot that lets you insert a compatible card that contains photos and videos. If you think you’d like to connect your computer to the television for big-screen web surfing, look for one with PC connectivity. Many TVs today offer these additional features.

LCD or Plasma?

Debating between LCD or plasma can almost get as subjective as debating between chocolate and vanilla. But unlike the never-ending ice cream debate, there actually is a superior TV choice, depending on how you plan to use it.

Check out some of our previous guides on the subject to get a better look, but in short, plasmas use more electricity, come in bigger sizes, have deeper blacks, don’t suffer from motion blur, and offer an unlimited viewing angle that’s best for off-axis viewing. LCDs are more energy-efficient, have fewer problems with glare due to their matte screens, can hold an image for hours or days without suffering “burn-in,” and generally look brighter.

After deciding which format to go with, our LCD and Plasma HDTV buying guides can help you with more questions specific to your type of TV.

Do I need a 120Hz set? What about 240Hz?

This popular LCD TV-based technology helps reduce motion blur. Pronounced “120 hertz,” 120Hz technology essentially doubles the speed at which frames are displayed, from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second, resulting in a clearer moving image, especially in fast-action video sequences.

Since the screen can display more frames than a movie actually has, many TVs will artificially generate in-between frames where they don’t exist to make motion look smoother. Some people find the look more fluid, while some people think it looks artificial and odd. Fortunately, all TVs that offer it also offer an option to turn it off, if you don’t like it. We recommend testing it in person to see the effects for yourself before deciding whether or not you should pay extra.

Check out our article 120Hz and 240Hz Refresh Rates Explained for more on motion smoothing.

Do I need an ATSC tuner?

If you plan on watching, free, over-the-air programming, then yes. As of 2009, all over-the-air broadcasts use the ATSC standard. Pretty much all HDTVs manufactured over the past few years will include this feature.

The Haier HL19SL2 is an ultra thin edge lit LED HDTV. It features a 19-inch screen and a 1.5-inch thin profile. The picture quality is true to life with vibrant colors. Also featured in the Haier HL19SL2 is SRS TrueSurround XT as well as USB Timeshift allowing you to plug in a USB drive and use it like a DVR, rewind, fast forward and record various prograaming content on the fly.

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