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This review discusses the Beko Integrated Digital HD Ready Colour Television, Model No. 19WLP530HID, which we purchased approximately two years ago for our spare bedroom for my hubby's X Box. As this wasn't our main television, we didn't want to be forking out huge amounts of money for something that would not get as much use as our main television and as far as I can recall, we paid around £400 for a 42 inch screen.
I was hoping to have reviewed this television in a category in its' own right, but unfortunately, there is not one available. Consequently, I intended to make a product suggestion to Dooyoo, but was unable to do so as this model is no longer available from the manufacturer and can only be purchased from sites such as Amazon or ebay.
Brands such as Beko have sometimes tended to be less favourable, but in my opinion, this television is just as superior in both quality and performance as that of our main television, which is manufactured by Phillips.
The appearance of the television is somewhat luxurious with its' black glossy frame, which measures approximately 5 cm in width. It sits on a 48 cm wide and 17 cm deep matching black glossy oval shaped base, which has been designed to provide a contemporary and classy finish.
Whilst we very rarely use this television for watching television programmes, as its' purpose is for hubby's X box, the picture quality is superb and is brought to us by a satellite dish. The television has been manufactured to provide us with a clearer picture quality with a Digital Comb Filter and has sharpness in Colour Transitions. The television is extremely easy to install as it automatically locates your various channels and subsequently allow you to store your six favourites.
Whilst I don't intend providing a long list of this product's vast number of special features, I will inform you of the most important. The HD ready television has been designed to use low energy consumption, which clearly is an extremely significant characteristic, particularly as hubby tends to spend many hours playing games! We are provided with an HDMI connection, audio/video outpoints and both SCART and PC connections. It wasn't long after we purchased the television, that I discovered hubby had plugged in his lap top and was typing a letter on a 42 inch screen!
A great feature that I favour on all televisions is Teletex, so I can keep up to date with current news events and write-ups on forthcoming television programmes. Whilst hubby never falls asleep whilst he's shooting the baddies on his X box games, the television can be programmed to automatically switch off; a very useful feature for when you're watching television in bed and you start to doze.
The menu is easy to navigate with the television's simple infrared remote control, which will allow you to change the screen size of your programmes to 4:3, 16:9 and 14:9 formats. There are numerous other features, such as manual fine tuning and Analog and Digital Programme memories, but I don't want to bore you with an endless list of specifications.
We found it very easy to assemble the television when first delivered, which is separated from its' base. It took us just a few minutes to screw the sturdy plastic piece to the base and subsequently, attach it to the television.
However, in my opinion, the piece between the television and the base is much too short, which consequently, makes it extremely difficult to clean underneath the actual screen, which overhangs the front of the base. It's very fortunate that I enjoy cleaning, as hubby has never had this problem due to the fact that he very rarely cleans!
I find the only way that I can efficiently clean it is by pulling out the cabinet on which the television stands and accessing the area from the rear. This is my only quibble as both my husband and I are extremely pleased with this television, particularly as we have owned it for almost two years and it has never let us down.
Unfortunately, our main Philips television gives loud "clicks" when cooling down and can last for up to two hours after switching off. As we have a smaller version in our bedroom, I am constantly awoken by the scary clicks, which sound so much louder in the dead of night. However, I am pleased to report that this is not the case with the Beko, which is totally silent when not in use.
I must say that I was somewhat surprised to see on the Beko website that this model is no longer available, which is a real shame because in my opinion, it is a high quality product. However, technology is constantly updating, so I presume there is now something far more superior.
If you are interested in purchasing the Beko HD Ready Colour Television, I would advise that at the time of writing (24 July 2010) Amazon are currently selling a 19" refurbished model for £104.98 plus £9.95 postage and packing and I'm sure you would also be able to also it elsewhere.
I cannot recommend this television highly enough and consequently, it receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
We renovated my room a few years back and I designed it to be "TV ready". There was a big void (suitable for 32" television) in the middle of my closet space for a long time. Finally the time came - I decided I must buy myself a television. Keep in mind I am a student and buying a television was not the easiest thing to do financially and since my family is a normal one they decided that TV is not a necessity but a luxury for my room so I had to pay it myself (they never wanted to raise a spoiled brat, and I would not want it the other way). So a few part time jobs and denied treats later I was in an electronics store staring at TVs. Before I went to the shop I was partly decided that I will be buying a Samsung television since I knew they are not expensive and are of good quality. But when I was there I noticed this BEKO 32" television (before that I did not even know that BEKO makes televisions). The thing that caught my eye was the price to be honest, it cost the same as did the Samsung 26" TV. I don't know about you but with me in this case size does matter.
I asked the department advisor to give me more information about the TV and if it is worth a buy, he gave me a short detail list (all is always good on paper) and said that he bought one for himself and that it is good enough. Well if a person that is a TV guide bought one for himself then it mus be OK I thought. As you can assume I bought it.
---LOOK AND DURABILITY---
Fancy. Front side is completely flat, there are no buttons, there is only a white light - it is brighter when TV is off, a bit too bright in my opinion, especially if you have the TV in your bedroom (I does not bother me that much but my better half hates it), button are situated on the right side (you have your basic button selection - programme up, down, volume up, down, switch on, off, AV button) so they do not interfere with the look. All the plug ins are in the back of the television and many there are; 2xHDMI input, scart input, S-video input, VGA/PC input and more so you really don't have to worry that you will have to switch between devices.. The frame is black and the surface is really smooth, you would think that it will get dirty (fingerprints, dust..) pretty quick but it seems that it is "dirt resistant", I rarely clean the frame or the screen for that matter. Funnily and sadly enough I only have to clean cat paw prints off the frame and screen since one of my cats has some sort of a problem with the TV (they probably had some kind of an argument) so the cat climbs on the television, battles the television and tries to demolish it in any way possible - I have seen the cat use claws on the screen (BAD CAT) but luckily enough the TV is quite resistant and there were no trace of scratches anywhere. This experience also shows that the TV and the stand are stable enough, TV won't fall that easily.
The only thing I have to clean regularly is the bottom of the stand. It also has a smooth surface as the frame but the material is different. Anyway dust does love the stand, so a whip will be needed here and there. However if you will hang the TV on the wall you omit this problem.
In conclusion this is a stylish all black TV with all the buttons moved to the side to ensure the classiest look possible.
---USE AND FUNCTIONS---
The remote control only has a basic range of buttons so it really is not hard to use, it works well, response is quick for most of the time, I only noticed problems here and there when I turn on the TV - sometimes I have to press the on button two or three times, other than that all is fine.
You set the TV by pressing the menu button, there you can search for programs (you can save up to 100 on the TV), set language, adjust picture, set the timer, child lock well all the basic functions. Navigation in the menu is really easy.
There is a problem with setting the timer - if it is before midnight and I set the timer to turn off the TV after midnight it does not work as it should - either the TV shuts down before planned or it does not turn of at all! With exception of that it works well, I usually wait till 00:01 before I set the timer and this solves the problem - it can be annoying though.
I need to mention that on this TV you can only watch one program at a time, it does not have picture in picture (I always wanted that), I can live without it but would not mind it really.
---PICTURE AND AUDIO---
Picture is good enough, it is quite sharp can't complain about that. Colours are clear but black is not all that black. This makes watching the TV in strong light less enjoyable. Here are some informations:
Contrast Ratio 4000:1 contrast
Television is HD ready which means it is ready to accept HD signal but will not necessary be able to display at full HD resolution (which is 1920x1080 if I am not mistaken). I can't tell you more about this since I use the TV mainly to watch DVDs and 3 channel I get using my room antenna. So I advise caution - you should get further information with your TV programme provider on resolution, it also won't hurt if you ask the salesman in the shop what are other costumers opinions about this television in your region.
Sound quality is good, there are no noises in the background. It has a wide volume range, you can set it to be really, really silent or really loud - the quality at all levels is the same.
I can say that I am satisfied with this TV for the price I got it (it was around £350 when I bought it, you can get it for less now - I checked on-line a bit the price is under £300), it has its glitches but again for this price you can expect some, they are all minor. I can say that in the future I will also consider Beko when buying a TV (this moment probably won't come for years but still).