Dear AT: Home Tech, I have had a regular old Sony television for the last 10 years and want to join the modern, teched out, yuppiefied flat screen revolution, but need some super simple basic advice. I've got a budget of around $600 and I want a good, not too big flat screen television - you know, the skinny kind, not the flat screen with the big behind kind - and I don't want to be confused. Can you give me three tips and three choices (please include any links you think helpful, as I am into doing a little research). Best, Flat Sally
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: hometech(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Hi Flat Sally, For about $600 you will probably get the best bang for your buck with some of the lesser known manufacturers. You won't be able to get a 1920 x 1080 resolution tv at this price but 1366 x 768 should be within your grasp and still give you very good picture quality. Also look for the highest contrast ratio and fastest refresh rate (measured in ms on the spec sheet) you can find. These have a big impact on your viewing experience. Three sets worth looking at are: • Olevia - best specs for the price • Westinghouse - a little over $600 but you should be able to pick it up on sale • Insignia Anyone out there have some other alternatives for Sally to look at?