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I bought this TV when my old one suddenly stopped working. I'm generally not prepared for emergencies so I had very little money to spend on a replacement. After a bit of Googling, I found this TV at Sainsbury's for £170 and decided it was 'good enough'.
While there's nothing ugly about this TV, it's not exactly a looker either. It'll sit happily in a medium sized room and won't draw attention to itself. It's reasonably thin and a lot lighter than I was expecting it to be, although very few people move their TVs often enough for the weight to be a concern.
The picture is acceptable, it's not fantastic, but for freeview it's more than good enough. The picture settings did need a little tweaking to get a decent picture, but it only has to be done once so didn't bother me at all. Another thing that's worth bearing in mind is that this TV is HD Ready, not FullHD so the best resolution you can get from a Blu-Ray player or games console will be 720p. That's enough for me, and would probably be enough for most in a TV this size.
There are 4 HDMI inputs and the TV will even play content from a USB hard drive/flash drive, which is great for a TV in this price range.
The remote control works fine and at a reasonable distance from the TV, but the layout is unconventional and awkward. The digits are grouped in 2 rows of 4 instead of the usual 3, and the 'okay' button is below the directional pad instead of in the centre.
The TV sometimes doesn't turn on first time from standby with the remote control, it'll just flash a red light a few times and stay off. It turns on the second time when this happens and it doesn't happen often enough for me to return it. But it may be a sign of potential future problems and not-so-vigilant quality control.
I would say buy this TV if you're short on cash and need a TV immediately. But if it can wait, save up and get something else.
Last Christmas, I was in the market for a 32" TV, simply for playing on my PS3 and watching Blu Rays. I came across this in my local Sainsbury's as a "manager's special" for £200. Given that I worked at another Sainsbury's, I used my staff discount on it, which was 15% at the time, so paid £170 for it. Not bad for a full, 1080p HDTV. I will admit, it was kind of bought out of me contracting shiny shiny syndrome, as my Dad had just bought a 47" LG LED TV for his house. My flat couldn't quite fit one that big in it, and I didn't have the budget required.
First thing you notice is, that while not as big as the old CRT TVs (remember those?) it is rather thick compared to the newer LED TVs. That said, it fits in my living room perfectly. Setup is a doddle, it uses the same UI as most other budget brand TVs (probably made in the same factory in all honesty), a sort of grey writing on black background, so if you've owned cheaper TVs before then it'll be familiar, although you don't need to have a degree in Electronic Engineering to work out how to use this thing. Setup time was around 5 minutes, during which time it found all the Freeview channels and radio stations. Picture quality will depend on your aerial I guess, but I have no problems with mine whatsoever; although not quite HD quality (you'd need a Freeview HD box for that), it does seem a bit sharper than standard definition.
Hooking it up to the PS3, things get even better. It displays HD video up to the full 1080p, and the quality here is amazing. Blu-Rays are excellent; I know it's a cliche, but you can actually see the beads of sweat of the characters' forehead on The Expendables, it is that sharp.
Gamers will be pretty impressed too; after browsing through electronics stores, the salesmen there always told me that there would be noticeable motion blur playing games on an LCD screen, and I 'needed' a plasma screen. I'm guessing that was just sales talk, although I am aware that plasma screens are better for fast moving pictures. But I have no problem using an LCD screen. Admittedly, my eyesight isn't the greatest, but I cannot see this motion blur at all. Playing Call of Duty is a dream on this thing, and when watching a replay on Gran Turismo 5, my girlfriend thought I was actually watching motor racing. It's that good.
Downsides? If I'm being REALLY picky, it's only got one HDMI port. This is a minor irritation when you have multiple HD devices to plug in, but there are ways around it. I have a PS3 and Apple TV, and previously I just switched the one HDMI cable between the two depending which one I wanted to use. But then I went and bought a 3 input, 1 output HDMI splitter, and 2 more HDMI cables, and it all works seamlessly now. If you're not in the 21st century yet, there is the old fashioned SCART plug in the back, along with the red, white and yellow AV plugs, although I'm using the AV plugs in conjunction with the PS3 to have a decent surround sound setup. What's more, you can get a VGA cable and plug your computer in, using it as a 32" computer monitor.
I have not had a chance to use the 3D function yet, as I don't have any 3D glasses, but will report back when I do, as I've just worked out how to use the 3D function in Black Ops 2.
All in all then, this is a fantastic TV at a very reasonable price (even more reasonable if you work at Sainsbury's!), if it had more HDMI ports it'd be perfect. I don't see why you'd pay more for a branded TV to be honest.
"Open up a world of HD viewing when you connect an HD device to your Celcus 32"" HD Ready LCD TV. Freeview lets you enjoy more than 50 TV channels and 25 radio stations - for the best free-to-air entertainment. There's a removable stand so you can choose to wall-mount it (mount sold separately). Also included in the box is a remote control 2 x AAA batteries and an instruction booklet."