The Good Inexpensive for a 1080p TV with a 120Hz refresh rate and dejudder processing; accurate primary colors; picture controls include custom color temperature setting; decent styling with swivel stand.
The Bad Delivers a light level of black; incorrect gamma produces a dull picture; cannot turn off dejudder processing; color becomes blue in dark areas; poor off-angle performance; only one custom picture memory per input type; no backlight control; no dot-by-dot aspect ratio mode.
The Bottom Line Despite a promising specification sheet and cheap price for a 120Hz HDTV, the Honeywell Altura MLX's picture quality falls short of even other budget models.
Honeywell MT-HWJCT42B2AB Altura MLX
The name Honeywell is probably best known in the United States for its appearance on fans, humidifiers, air purifiers, and the like, but the conglomerate--which is involved in industries from aerospace and fluorocarbon to automotive turbochargers, according to its Web site--recently licensed its name to Soyo, a maker of LCD TVs and monitors such as the DYLT032D we reviewed a couple of years ago. That TV didn't fare well in our tests, and the Honeywell Altura MLX had a tough time as well. In this set's favor is a relatively inexpensive price, especially for a model with a 120Hz refresh rate. Going against it is just about everything else, from black level performance and color accuracy to the actual performance of its 120Hz processing. In the end it's tough to recommend this TV to anybody, especially when much better performing LCDs are available for around the same price.
The Honeywell Altura MLX--we'll drop that MT-HWJCT42B2AB part for the remainder of this review--disguises its budget TV status with pretty good looks. In evidence are the same styling cues that graced Samsung sets from last year, for example: glossy black finish, rounded corners, and a swiveling, pedestal stand. The only accent, aside from the too-prominent "Honeywell" logo, is a thin horizontal strip of chrome-ish plastic set above the gap housing the hidden speakers below the screen.
When you include the stand, the Alura MLX measures 40.4 inches wide by 28.5 inches tall by 13 inches deep and weighs 50.7 pounds. Remove the stand and its dimensions shrink to 40.4 inches wide by 26.3 inches tall by 3.8 inches deep.