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When I turned on the TV for the first time, I was delighted with the beautiful HD pictures displayed before me. This was especially evident when connecting my Playstation 3 to it using an HDMI. I liked how it had Freeview already on it. I like the ability to use a USB in the TV. I used this to watch videos from a memory stick on the high detailed screen. The light doesn't seem to interfere with the screen so it's viewable despite lighting. It also has decent volume on it. It was also a relatively cheap TV and did everything I expect from a good TV. The size is also quite reasonable as I thought it'd look too small, but it's just right.
However, without any buttons on the TV, losing the remote would make the TV almost useless- well until you get another remote. Also when I'm moving the TV with it's stand it feels fragile and is the same case if I'm plugging the USB in or the aerial and HDMI, so I'm not sure if it's durable since I've only had my one for a few months, so be gentle with it. But so far so good. There are some moments when the TV will just blank out, but this is usually fixed after turning it off and on again. It was probably overused.
I have now had this TV for around a year! It gets frequent use by me for gaming and watching films! When I got it out of the box I was quite confident about the weight of it. The TV itself felt really well built. Upon assembly, I found that the base stand is kind of flimsy and even when fully tight still has movement. As soon as I plugged my PS3 into the HDMI input I knew I had made a good choice! The picture is pretty nice with good colour rendition out of the box and a picture that is sharp but not too sharp. Light from outside doesn't cause any real picture visibility issues. The remote is well set out and labelled and incredibly easy to get the hang of and there are no real issues with the menu system. The inbuilt freeview box has never let me down yet and with a signal booster running through it gets a great signal. Watching a 1080p bluray on this TV is an absolute dream and the dark and light areas of the picture are handled well by the TV. The only real problem i have with the TV is the audio straight from the set. Trying to pack a set of speakers into such a thin TV isn't easy and it shows. The audio sounds really quite tinny out of the box and with a bit of work in the audio settings menu you can make it a bit more bearable. I personally invested in a set of active speakers to do the job instead and now I have no real complaints at all!
I'm not usually a fan of purchasing from the big brands in technology products, even though I'll often find myself indulging simply on the basis of the promise of better consumer satisfaction. But the majority of time I'll try to see through the 'misleading' advertisements and go for a cheaper but 'just as good' alternative.
Here however, it was time to splash out on a big name brand, and I'm glad I did on this particular occasion.
The 'Bush 22inch Full HD' television has been sat on a desk in my room for some time now, having been hooked up to an Xbox 360 (for us of the 1080p HD graphics) for top-notch picture quality. That's exactly what you get with this model - top of the tree quality. The picture on normal television channels (not utilising a HD input) is vibrant and well contrasted. Details can be picked up much better than other LCD's and the device runs smoothly everytime.
When you switch to HD (only experienced on the Xbox - due to my Virgin HD box being in the living room) the quality takes a massive leap. Games graphics appear to become crisper and more full/deep. The vibrancy of the colours doesn't change, but your ability to see things more clearly that are in the distance does enhance. Similarly, watching a downloaded HD film through the Xbox and you can sense the change. Some people find it difficult to see the change without having two TVs side by side to represent the difference, but I find it blindingly obvious with this particular model.
The interface of the device is intuitive yet simple. Menu's seem simple and easy to navigate via a slightly transparent on-screen light blue display - which still allows for complete viewing of the screen. Using the D-pad and the select button on the controller you can move through menu's quickly. A large menu button brings up the interface initially.
Accessing different inputs to the device is also incredibly easy. Simply press the 'source' button and scroll through around 12 different port locations. HDMI 1 and 2 are accompanied by AV and PC applications as well as many more. There is a large scope for hooking up external devices to this television - one of its major advantages.
The aesthetics of the device its self are fitting with the companies theme - black, bold and well made. The materials match this and the product feels as a whole, stirdy. Similarly, the low glow of the red to green LED adds a suttle hint of style to the rather minimalistic design of the TV.
Overall, this device is excellent for a small living room environment. It combines good aesthetics with fine technical power, and seems to be a good all-rounder. Sometimes costing in excess of £150.00, this isn't a machine to laugh over - But do watch out for it in half price sales of the future!
I've been looking for a flat screen TV for a while so when I saw this 22 inch HD TV on offer for £159.99 with built-in Freeview it seemed too good to turn down
~*~ Appearance ~*~
The TV is black and as far as I'm aware this is the only colour option it comes in. It's advertised as "super slim" and whilst I've not had a flat screen before and so nothing to compare it to it certainly seems very slim. It comes with a stand for you to stand it on a cabinet or the instructions tell you how it can be hung on a wall. The screen, as I stated above, is 22 inches with almost an inch black plastic border on each side.
Unlike most new TV's it has an on/off switch on the bottom right hand corner and an LED that is blue when the TV is on and red when on standby.
~*~ Ease of Set Up ~*~
Set up is surprisingly easy, maybe because I haven't had a new TV in a while but I expected it to be more complex then it was. It took me about 20 minutes on my own to get the TV up and running (including waiting time).
Firstly, to attach the base you simply screw it in to the bottom of the TV with the screw provided, plus the aerial in to the side of the TV and plug the mains into the socket and turn it on. Once on it asks you to confirm the set up and the country you are in (just press ok on the remote twice) and it will automatically tune it in for you. I've found with my other TV's that even after it autotunes I needed to fine tune it or correct the channels it had tuned into, however this wasn't the case with this TV. Once it had tuned itself it was all set up and ready to go.
~*~ Watching TV/DVD's ~*~
The picture quality on this TV is excellent, it is a full HD and not just HD ready, the difference is definitely noticeable! The sound quality to be honest isn't the best when first turned on. My old TV appeared to have a better sound as this originally seemed a little bit tinny, however once the set has been on a while this seems to correct itself. I thought maybe it was just me getting used to the sound but I asked visitors for their opinion and they said the sound was good so maybe the TV just needed time to warm up?
To connect the DVD to the TV a scart converter is provided and the scart lead connects to one end of this, the other end connects to the side of the TV.
I have tested this TV with the radio on freeview, normal TV channels and by connecting my video camera to play through the TV all of which played with exceptional quality both in picture and sound. We have had problems with the video recorder playing either in black and white or with distortion to the sound. Neither of which was a problem with this TV.
~*~ Would I Recommend It? ~*~
Yes. I am very happy with this TV and it gets 5 out of 5 from me. Although I bought this in a sale I would have been happy even had I paid full price. Prices do vary between around £190 and £300 though so it is worth shopping around.