Since DLP displays do not
require the bulky CRT's and projection equipment that weigh down conventional
large screen TVs, they are considerably lighter as a rule. While not as svelte
as plasma or LCD display, the HLN617W is still very easy to move for its size,
and much lighter than an equivalent plasma screen would be. Weighing in at
101.9lbs, we found that two people could move it around with very little strain.
The HLN617W measures 57 inches
across, 40 inches high and remarkably only 19 inches deep. Obviously it can't
sit flush against a wall like plasma or LCD screens, but it is very shallow for
its size and will not eat up too much of your living room.
A stand is a must for this
set, as the best viewing experience only comes with the television properly
mounted so that it is at eye level when you are seated. The Samsung TR61L2S
stand (separately, $700USD) is the intended model for the HLN617W.
The rear of the set heats up
considerably on the left-hand side where the vent for the lamp is located. Given
the shape of the case, it is not possible to place the vent close enough to a
wall or other object to cause concern though. The HLN617W shines a thin pattern
of shifting light onto the wall behind it (the backwash from the lamp shining
though the vent slats). This is hidden by the bulk of the TV during viewing, and
is not bright enough to cause a distraction in our experience.
Incidently, the HLN617W's
power consumption is rated at 200Watts. Comparably speaking, a
42" plasma screen
draws about 310W, 220W for a 40" LCD screen.
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