If you are looking for a small TV-DVD player combo for a bedroom, dorm room or kitchen, the
19-inch Magnavox 19MD350B (*Est. $250) is a 720p HDTV model worth considering. Though it's fairly basic, this TV-DVD combo receives favorable owner reviews for easy setup and impressive picture quality. It also draws raves from users who find the compact size perfect for cramped spaces.
Despite its small size, the Magnavox 19MD350B is a widescreen HDTV with a resolution of 1,366 pixels by 768 pixels, which means that it can display every line of a 720p HDTV image without scaling. Other features include a slot-loading DVD player that supports both DVD and CD playback. There's also a digital audio output (coaxial), so you can send Dolby Digital surround sound to an external home theater system. Connectivity is decent with a pair of HDMI inputs, a headphone jack, S-video input and the aforementioned coaxial digital audio output. The 19MD350B also has a PC input, which means that it can double as a computer monitor, making it a good choice for a teenager's room or a dorm room. However, the built-in disc drive offers no support for playing back computer files, nor is there a memory-card slot or a USB port (aside from one intended for firmware updates for this TV-DVD combo only).
There are a few other 19-inch TV-DVD combos worth considering. The LED-backlit Toshiba 19SLV411 (*Est. $250) is the replacement for the conventionally backlit Toshiba 19CV100U (Est. $245). The use of an edge-lit LED backlight gives the 19SLV411 a few advantages over its predecessor (and over typical LCD TVs in this price range), including lower power consumption and a thinner profile. Otherwise, the two Toshiba 19-inch LCD combos are more similar than different. Both feature 720p HDTV resolution, dual three-watt speakers and a slot-loading DVD player. On the downside, disc format support is far from universal for those who like to burn their own DVDs and CDs; these Toshiba TV-DVD combos only play back MP3 and WMA music files and display JPEG images. There is yet to be much feedback for the Toshiba 19SLV411. The Toshiba 19CV100U was very well received and can still be found on some retailers' shelves at the time of this update.
We also saw some very strong feedback at Amazon.com for the 19-inch FAVI L1918A-V (*Est. $195), which is available in white (as the FAVI L1918A-V-WH) or black (as the FAVI L1918A-V-BL). This LCD TV-DVD combo is also being phased out in favor of the FAVI L1918A2-V (*Est. $200), which will again be available in white and black. While core performance looks spec-wise to be identical, there are some feature differences that could make the new model either better or worse than its predecessor. On the plus side, the FAVI L1918A2-V ups the connectivity to include two HDMI inputs rather than one -- something that's pretty useful for all but the most basic of setups. However, the latest version also strips out the ability to play back MP3 audio files and JPEG picture files from an SD/MMC memory card or a USB drive. Connectivity is otherwise mundane but adequate, including composite, component and PC inputs. There's also a USB port, but that appears to be for firmware updates only. Picture quality is 720p. The labor warranty is both quirky and short at 45 days (parts are covered for a year, however). Resolution is 720p.
If you want a slightly larger screen size, Sharp offers the 22-inch LC-22DV28UT (*Est. $330). While it hasn't amassed any reviews, this TV-DVD combo is nearly identical to its popular but discontinued predecessor, the Sharp LC-22DV27UT. But the newer version has two composite video inputs instead of one. Otherwise, it offers 720p resolution, built-in NTSC/ATSC tuners, PC compatibility and a side-loading progressive-scan DVD player.
For a more attractively priced 22-inch TV-DVD combo, users say the Coby TFDVD2295 (*Est. $235) fits the bill. Though less expensive than many of its competitors, the Coby TFDVD2295 delivers a good array of features. Disc format support is broad, a positive for those that burn their own DVDs, but computer file formats are limited to MP3 audio files and JPEG picture files. One plus is that the Coby TFDVD2295 can play back those same file formats recorded to an SD memory card or USB flash drive.
Connectivity is limited by the single HDMI input. The rest of the lineup includes single component, composite and S-video inputs, plus a PC input that lets the Coby TFDVD2295 double as a computer monitor. User reviews praise picture and sound quality, supplied by a 10-watt stereo amplifier (5W x 2). There's also a coaxial digital audio output for those that want to send sound to their home-theater system. The tuner seems to be above average, pulling in more stations than a digital TV converter box according to one user review. However, a few complain that the TV's non-adjustable stand limits viewing angles.