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We bought this television about a year and a half ago, shortly before it was swifty superseded by a shiny new smart model which makes this look immediately dated. So it goes - that's technology, I guess. Still, smart-envy aside, this is still pretty much the perfect TV for us. It's slick and sleek, modern enough to look good and do everything we need, and comes in at a pretty reasonable price - we paid getting on for £500, but you'd be looking at £300-400 now, I'd have thought.
Upon choosing a new TV, you're presented with a pretty overwhelming, dazzling display of models, all of them looking new and shiny, and all of them playing Avatar. What made this model stand out? It's hard to say - I think it just ticked all the boxes for us; affordable, a good size, an excellent picture and a neat, unfussy design. It's a big TV, but it doesn't always feel like one; it's pretty slim and trim, and is free of too much extraneous gimmickry, so insomuch as a 42-inch TV can be unobtrusive, it is.
Setup's pretty straightforward too - the base is a bit fiddly to get on (and twice as fiddly to get off - when we moved house we just had to give up and send it in the van as is), but this isn't a major sticking point. We had it up and running in no time at all, really, and the interfaces and menus are all extremely intuitive, so there's little standing between you and your working, gleaming TV.
The picture has proven to be as good as it initially appeared - I'm sure there are better models out there, but for everyday viewing it's great, and it's ideal for watching sport on; the colours, crispness and sharpness of the image is just fantastic, and makes the investment seem entirely worth it.
We had heard that the sound quality of this type of TV wasn't great before - we were told that the rear speakers tended to project into the wall and create a slightly muffled sound, but this hasn't proven to be the case. Perhaps it's more of an issue if the TV's wall-mounted, but we've had no real trouble, save for a slight vibration/echo that high volumes occasionally produce.
If there's one aspect that isn't ideal, it's that the TV only has the one Scart connection, meaning I have to manually swap over the Xbox and Wii each time I want to use one or the other. Not a big deal, but an occasional nuisance. There's probably some extremely easy solution to this, so I guess the fact that I haven't been driven to track it down shows that it isn't really that big a problem.
I also like the ease with which you can plug a USB stick into the slot on the side of the TV and scroll through photos, films and the like - this has always been quick and easy, and photos look great on the screen. All in all, it's been a great buy - if you're looking for a mid-range option that looks great, delivers excellent picture quality and suffers from only the most minor of niggles, this is a good option.