Ten... Freeview HD 42-47in TVs
Panel beaters for under a grand
Product Round-up Looking for a top deal on a 42-47-inch Freeview HD TV? Then you’re in luck, there’s a wide choice in screens out there for less than £1K and a tight budget doesn’t necessarily mean cutting back on all the nice toys, if you shop smart. So which one will be your next TV?
The Finlux brand has been around the block. Over the years its been owned by Finnish Nokia and Chinese Semi-Tech; deeds currently reside with Turkish OEM giant Vestel, maker of low-end tellies for Toshiba and various high street store brands. Sold direct on-line, it’s not particularly cheap for a 46-incher, but corners have clearly been cut when it comes to specification.
This Fin can’t access an on-line content portal (so no catch-up option) and there’s no 3D either – don’t cheer, the kids might want it. The 100Hz screen also lacks the advanced picture processing found on rivals. On the plus side, it can timeshift to a USB hard drive. Given how strong the branded competition is, this TV will have its work cut out finding an appreciative audience.
Reg Rating 65%
More info Finlux
This net-connected Smart Freeview HD TV may turn a blind eye to stereoscopy, but it features a souped-up version of LG’s Trumotion picture processor, for enhanced motion resolution. The edge-lit LED panel itself is generic-looking but smart, with a fashionably thin glossy bezel.
It also offers unfettered access to LG’s Smart portal, with all the catch-up and streaming options that implies, plus solid file playback from USB. It’ll even play nice if you have a Plex client on a networked PC. Image quality is fine for Wimbledon, although a slightly compromised black level will rob The Dark Knight of some of its trademark darkness. Generally, a good all-purpose television though.
Reg Rating 80%
More info LG
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Re: Price of energy
Sorry, but that's bollocks.
Let's say you've not bothered to shop around much and are paying a stupid rate for power like 15p per kw/h. Let's say you watch five hours of TV a day on average. Let's say you've got a 46" set like many of those on test.
Difference in annual energy bills between an ultra-efficient LCD tv pulling circa 100W and a guzzly plasma set pulling circa 200W? £28.
If your idea of "significant" is less than £30 a year then what are you doing spending nearly a grand on a telly?
wiggers the ST30 is last years model.
However it doesn't alter the fact the ST50 is probably the best TV you can buy for under a grand and Reg Hardware completely ignores it.
More details please
TV sets one important question.
What is the picture like?
I've avoid the Philips
We have a three year old Philips 37PFL.
Last weekend the power button went inside the casing
A phone call to Philips revealed that they had no interest in fixing it and, even if they did, they'd charge £120 for an uplift
having nothing to lose, we took the back off. the offending bit is a flimsy, springy plastic fork that retains the switch, causes it to bend and trigger a microswitch. It is not fit for purpose and I have to assume they think you will keep it on standby when not in use. Googling proved it to be a known design flaw
We switch the thing on, restraining the switch and put a through power switch on the power cord. That was £3
Lesson learned, don't buy Philips
I got 2 Panasonic plasmas recently :-)
Picked up a "dumb" 42" (720p) Panasonic Viera plasma for 399 quid and a "smart" 50" version (1080p) for 599 quid - John Lewis with 5 year guarantee and free Saturday delivery. Both stay in standby until I use them because you're talking around 300W each with the screen active (though both can have audio only at much lower power usage if you're listening to digital/Net radio). Both are sweet sets, though suffer from the glossy screen effect if it's a bright day.
I remain fairly unconvinced about "smart TVs" - you're better off getting a dumb one and sticking a 200 quid media centre PC (with a couple of Freeview HD or Freesat tuners), which will give you a lot more than whatever the manufacture thinks you deserve on the set's Net connection.
Mind you, Panasonic are offering Eurosport Player for free for a month on their smart TVs - now I wonder if that'll hold out until late July, so I can see their Olympics coverage in addition the BBC's? :-)