“ Brand: Serano / Furniture TV Stand „
After purchasing my Samsung television I realised I would need a new stand to place it on, with all the extra pieces such as a DVD players, games console and Virgin Media box I needed a unit that would be suitable to hold all these items and at the same time not take up too much space. We also have our TV in the corner of the room to utilise the space we have, therefore a corner unit was crucial. After a few hours researching on the net I discovered the Serano SC500B. It is in fact a corner unit, with 3 glass shelves and silver legs, the stand immediately drew my attention and I knew it would look great with my black glossy television.
I personally purchased the stand from Dixons for £70 which was the cheapest I could find at the time, the stand arrived in a good looking and professionally made box. The box was colourful and bright and had a picture of the unit on the front. The box was solidly put together and was held together by industrial glue and large staples. I would like to point out there is a small safety risk there, although the staples are well embedded in the packaging they may well come lose upon opening. Another warning I would point out is the weight of the box, it weighs around 20kg and shouldn't be lifted by one person, and you could definitely cause yourself an injury and quite easily drop the stand.
Inside there was a thick layer of polystyrene covering the glass shelves and plastic wrapped around all of the silver legs to protect them from being scratched? The small parts such as the screws were securely fastened in small plastic bags tucked neatly inside a small cardboard box in the corner.
The instructions were very clear and straightforward, although I would like to point out a mistake that I made quite early on. Although the instructions don't state it very clearly you are in fact building the unit upside down, so make sure the shelves are the wrong way up to start with. At the end you turn the unit over and it all makes sense, I got half way through and realised the glass was the wrong way up...The build apart from that is fairly straightforward, the only difficult times when you may need more than one person is when you insert the glass panes over the metal rods. The glass is very heavy (toughened safety glass) and it can be a bit tricky to get the 4 rods into the small holes.
Once you turn the unit over however (two people advised) it does look very smart, the silver legs look brilliant against the dark black glass and it gives it an expensive look. The stand works extremely well with the Samsung televisions and look like they were actually designed for them specifically. The three glass shelves are both wide and deep and will easily hold two pieces of equipment each, maybe even three. The exact measurements of the unit are 530 x 800 x 450mm and it will easily hold a 32" television. The maximum weight the unit will hold is 120kg, and considering my 26" television only weighs 20kg I should assume a 37" could quite easily be squeezed on. The only reason I would refrain from doing this is if the unit was in a vulnerable position, the TV will be wider than the unit and it could get nudged.
I would like to point to all the clean freaks out there that the stand is a dust magnet, I have to clean the unit every few days or so to ensure it remains clean, and the fact that the glass is black doesn't help. There are also small stickers attached to each pane of glass which I advise you do not attempt to scratch off, use some warm water and slowly wipe it down until they become loose.
Another feature I like about the stand is the wire tidy parts located at the rear of the unit, they not only hold all your wires into place but also act as a barrier to keep any other wires you have behind there from view. I would also like to mention that when building the television you should place these on upside down also.
Overall I think the Serano SC500B is brilliant and looks far more expensive than it cost, it has shown no sign of struggling with the weight I have placed on it and isn't too deep that it will stick out into the middle of your room. It can still be purchased from PC World for a reasonable price and can often be found within TV packages from Dixons.co.uk.
Appearance - 9/10
Price - 9/10
Functionality - 9/10
Assembly - 8/10
Corner Stand with silver legs and three glass shelves. Ideal for flat panel TV up to 37.