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We bought this TV for one of the kid's bedroom, we wanted a small TV with Freeview, that had a few connections for the DVD and games console at a reasonable price. This fitted the bill. As it says on the box - it's an LCD HD ready, digital, Freeview 16" TV. Ours is in black, but can, apparently, be purchased, in other colours.
Set up is easy and straight forward, instructions are pretty easy to follow. Once connected to power and an aerial the on screen guide comes up. Again, this is easy to follow and understand.
Connections on the rear give you a USB port, 1 HDMI input and a scart socket, plenty for what we required. It also includes text, programme guide (weekly) and a card slot for top up TV. The main buttons are on the side, if needed.
The remote is like another remote, 50 buttons that totally confuse me, but, as the kids inform me, is easy to use and learn.
Picture quality is not that bad and the sound is pretty good for this standard of TV.
It can be wall or stand mounted. If stand mounted there is very little movement, so the whole TV has to be moved, rather than the stand swivelling. We have wall mounted it, with no reduction in sound quality.
To sum up, it's a pretty good value for money, with a good picture and good overall sound.
For £90 this is a good little TV. The freeview is very useable and the teletext too, although both have the habit of performing a little stickily at times. The whole set-up is of pretty reasonable build quality and provides generally good image quality. I use mine predominantly as a PC monitor, it does stand up to this task but seems to suffer from a slightly odd colour palette. I have tried adjusting every available setting but still the reds are a little pale and only at rather low brightness can great contrast be achieved, this is my only major gripe. The sound quality is surprisingly good and it really is a very dinky little screen, making it really convenient as a desk top choice. It's also nice that, even for a more budget television, the Alba 16" still comes with three pin AV ports, SCART and HDMI input, making it actually quite versatile.
For Christmas, we struggled with ideas on what to get our girls, especially the younger 2 who just had birthdays in October. So, in the end, we decided to buy them a nice, small tv for their shared bedroom, as the one they had was practically antique!
After much scouting around, we settled for this Alba, as it was the cheapest we could find from a name we both trusted. We have had various Alba appliances before, and never had a problem, so we settled for this.
We did originally want it in pink, as one of the girls had received a pink dvd player for their birthday, so we thought matching colours would be great, but we had so much trouble finding it in stock, we gave in and settled for it in black.
It came in a white, cardboard box, as its a 16inch tv the box was fairly small, yet it still felt fairly heavy considering the size. When we opened the box up on Christmas morning, it was good to see the tv was well packaged and protected.
Now, we are setting this tv up in the girls bedroom, hooked up to their dvd player to watch some films on at the weekends, and we dont have ariels upstairs so it wont be used for tv or Freeview, but it IS a Freeview tv, so if you hook it up to an ariel, you get a guide that comes up as soon as you turn it on to help set up your Freeview by scanning for the channels. From past experiences, this will find all the channels you can pick up on your tv and store them all. It has a 7 day tv guide, and it has a Top Up TV card slot, so you can pay for the extra channels Top Up tv provide.
It has lots of digital features, which I assume would mean its all ready to go for the Digital takeoever, although I still dont understand what this is, we have billboards everywhere saying its happening here in March, so if my downstairs tv isn't digital ready, I'll have to pinch this one!! Its didgital features include text and interactive.
It is a HD ready tv, and it has space on the back for an HDMI cable, it also has 1 SCART socket. We did notice a USB port, though we havent tried anything in it, but my daughter has mentioned seeing if her usb memory card will work in it so she can view her photos on it, I'll update if that works!
It does come with a remote with a hundred buttons on it, my daughters always got hold of this and she can switch the tv on and off, mute, adjust the volume and so on, without getting out of bed. On the rare occasion she mispalces the remote, there are buttons to do all these jobs with down one side of the tv.
The buttons being hidden at the side mean there are no visiable ones on the front of the tv. Its a nice, clean, slinky look, the only interruption to the simpleness of the front, is the power light. When the tv is on, the light glows blue, and when in standby more, red.
When we opened the box, the stand for the tv was already attached, which meant we didnt have to attach it. It can be unscrewed though, which would make it easier to be wall mounted, the girls one sits on top of a cupboard but we do keep meaning to find a brackett and wall mount it, and it does tell you in the instruction leaflet the right brackett that you need to hold it to the wall.
If its not being wall mounted and you are leaving the stand on, there is a slight downside in that it is a fixed stand, so you cannot swivel it round. This has proved to be slightly annoying when we have 2 kids in different beds trying to get a good view of the screen!
Even though it is such a small tv, the picture quality is fantastic, and thats without HD in use.
We paid £99.99 from Argos for this in the run up to Christmas, and I think it was a brilliant buy. Argos are still selling it at this price now, and at the moment they have an offer to buy half price accesories, and they also have an offer on to get the brackett for it cheaper if you wanted to wall mount it.