The quality of the tv is second to no none. You almost feel like it is a full HD 1080p tv but it is only half of that 720p. When I am watching movies on this I really do feel like that I am immersed into the screen and that I get that cinema effect. Its the same with my PS3 games when I have it connected it feels like I am inside the game and its a really great feeling to have a tv of such high quality give me this experience. What I did not like about this was the fact that it got dirty very quickly and the black smooth finish was subject to quite a lot of dirt and grime. This meant cleaning it reqularly in order to maintain a clean presence, which to me was a disadvantage. I did not like the fact that it was very low almost distorted volume and without the use of speakers you really would struggle to enjoy the sound audio. I was lucky enough to already have some spare speakers that I was able to hook up and worked a treat but I understand that you may not be so lucky that is why I mentioned this point. Also I liked the fact that I got 2 scart connections to allow more than one connection. I however was not happy with the 1 HDMI connection I belive at least 2 should have been availbale and I am not satisfied with that because I can only connect my PS3 and not my XBOX as well. I also did not like the remote control that was provided with this. Not only does it look very cheap and tatty but it also has very narrow buttons on the keypad to not allow for accurate change of channels etc. All in all very good quality tv screen with bad quality audio. It is up to you if you feel the advantages outweight the disadvantages mentioned here...
Quite simply this TV offers the best picture quality for Freeview I have ever seen. In my experience the smaller TV's are better for viewing Freeview (bigger TV's better for HD) and it's certainly the case here. Freeview itself is a fairly poor quality source therefore the small screen doesn't expose the problems. This means the picture is sharp and crystal clear and the colours incredibly vibrant. The sound is also good.
It's also HD ready but I have this in my bedroom and have no need to view High Definition on it (In have a bigger TV in the living room for that). Therefore general viewing is all that matters. Also you would not get the full benefit of HD at this size.
At 19" this TV is perfect for my bedroom (it sits on a bookshelf). It also looks great with a piano black finish and a red strip which runs along the bottom. And to add extra convenience the screen also tilts and swivels to help you get the perfect viewing angle.
I think the price is quite reasonable too considering your getting a top brand like Samsung with excellent spec for it's size e.g. a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 on a 19" TV. Plus the exceptional picture quality.
Drawbacks are only minor but when selecting a new channel the name of the programme does not appear - you have to select it on the remote. This is a shame because when flicking through the channels it's great to know whats on instantly. Also there appears to be no 7 day TV guide just a now and next feature.
This is a review for the Samsung LE-19B450 19" LCD flatscreen television.
A little while back my partner and I decided it was time to update the 14" portable analogue TV in the bedroom as not only was the remote nigh on unuseable, but we also use it for your games console and we were missing out on a lot of detail. So begins the hunt for a good TV that will last, give good quality and doesn't cost us everything we own.
When chosing a TV, many names fly at you. We decided to look at Samsung as my brother-in-law has a 32" Samsung in the same range and we liked the look of it and have heard that it was easy to set up and easy to use, especially with various devises running through it.
So after chosing the TV we wanted, we ordered it from Amzon.co.uk for £199.99 with free delivery which suited us down to the ground. Low and behold a few days later, new TV!
After unpackaging, we postioned it in the room and immediately plugged in the Xbox and our DVD player. Although there is only one scart port on the back, we hooked the DVD through the scart and the Xbox via the phono ports of which it has the added digital orange, blue and greed ports which the Xbox slotted in all 6.
We plugged in the power and switched it on to be immediadely amazed with the picture quality. Sharp crisp pictures with brilliant colour, even though it is only 720p rather than the full HD 1080p. Also the sound is very good and clear from the down facing speakers situated under the screen. The remote control is simple to use, no cramming of buttons ans each one clearly labled.
We had, had the TV for a fair few weeks by the time I decided to get a HDMI cable for the Xbox. If we though the picture was good before, we are blown away now! Again there is only one HDMI port in the rear so the DVD player remains on the scart, but it was mainly bought for the Xbox anyhow and we couldn't be more satisfied. Even better, crisp and clear picture with phenominal colour spectrum.
SO if you are looking for a brilliant little HD flatscreen without the huge pricetag, I fully recommend the Samsung LE-19B450 or Samsung as a whole.
I decided a couple of months ago that it was time to get a larger TV for my bedroom as the portable was just a bit too small for the games I was playing. After having a look around on Amazon and seeing what TV's my family recommended, I set my mind on this cute little samsung flat screen 19 inch HD ready TV.
This is the first time I have owned an HD TV and I was amazed at the quality of the picture on the screen.
This TV was really simple to set up, after opening the box and pulling off the polystrene, the TV just popped out of the box quite easily. It was accompanied by a TV remote, Batteries, Power Cable, Manual and Warrenty information. The base of the TV is attached but you have to push a button to release the swivel so you can place it where you want it, this is handy if you choose to wall mount your TV instead of place it on a unit. I chose to pop the base down and place it on my chest of drawers next to my bed.
The base is really sturdy, more than likely because it is attached to the TV unit itself. I just popped the power cable into the back of the TV and hey presto it was ready to go. I then plugged in my scart lead for my xbox and it worked straight away, no extra set up needed. There is also a port in the back to plug in what appears to be a freeview card, as the TV box does say that it is free view ready/ built in. I still haven't read up on this, but will do soon.
The picture and sound quality on this TV is amazing, and the menu system is really easy to use, everything is set out in plain english and under the exact sections you would expect them to be in. If you still have trouble, the manual is very easy to understand and even has a troubleshooting section.
As far as I have been told by family who have this TV, it has never caused a problem or broken, so I believe this to be very reliable, and everything I already have from Samsung (laptop, phone, digital camera) have been very reliable with no problems, definatley a brand to trust.
The remote control is also very easy to use, with all buttons a good size and you can see exactly what each button is for. This takes two AAA batteries, and the first two are supplied with the remote control.
This TV is a little more expensive than other TV's of its size and scope, but I trust Samsung as the better brand, and I bought this TV for £169.99 on Amazon.co.uk and I got free delivery on it too.
It comes with a years free warranty and there is an option to extend this warranty up to 5 years for an extra price, although you are under no obligation to take this.
I recommend this TV to everyone, as it has proven to be nothing but perfect for me so far.
*This review is also on Ciao under the name of Hailee*
This particular TV i have had for about a year now. It was bought for my birthday and was a welcomed edition to my room. It is a very easy tv to use and was very easy setting up. I think it took me about 20 minutes for everything to get set up including the freeview tuning and and my xbox all plugged in. So again very user friendly.
The tv has built in freeview and is HD ready so fantastic for blue ray and no clumbsy freeview boxes knocking around. The picture quality is fantastic, very sharp indeed and the sound is good too.
I have experienced no problems with tv and consider it very reliable. If i was to be really picky i would say that when skipping throught the channels on freeview, it does take its time a little but agin im really nit picking.
On the whole, buying a tv is a big thing and they cost a lot of money. My overall experience of this has been brilliant and i would definatley recommend this if you where thinking of buying a modest sized tvfor yourself or a gift for someone else.
A new TV is always a big purchase, whether it's a 50" for your living room or a more modest one for your bedroom, you want to know that you're making the right purchase because most people keep their TV's for a good few years these days so you want to know that you're investing your hard earned cash in a good one. Well this is what I think anyway therefore when I was looking around for a new TV for my bedroom I wanted to shop around for the best bargain possible. My old bedroom TV was a thick Sony one with a built in video player that I barely watched however with the impending switchover happening I knew that I needed to modernise my old faithful to an up to date LCD screen I could be proud of.
*** Availability ***
After looking around for many weeks, both online and in high street stores I came across this Samsung 19" LCD screen and was instantly taken with it. I've had good experiences with Samsung in the past, I find them to have brilliant customer services and after owning numerous Samsung mobile phones in the past as well as at the present I knew that they were a make I could trust. I first came across it in Comet where it was being marketed at £350, as I know that Comet tend to be quite an expensive shop I decided to look around and see if I could get a better deal and it turns out I could; Argos were selling the exact same TV for £277 so without further ado I ordered it online before going to Argos to collect it.
It seems that this TV has been on the market since July 2006 however it still looks fresh and modern, although I paid £277 at the time, it now seems to be available from Amazon for £215 however it doesn't seem to be available from Argos anymore so it may not be in production anymore. It's definitely a good idea to shop around though. A 22" set was also available at the time but I found the price not to reflect the 3 inches in size difference therefore went for the 19inch.
*** Setting Up ***
Setting up couldn't be simpler, I had planned to wait for either my Dad or my boyfriend to come and set it up for me because when it comes to electrics I'm a total girl however I was so eager I decided to give it a go myself and even a tech virgin like me managed to have it set up in a matter of 10 minutes. When you remove it from the slim line box you'll find the TV covered in see through plastic which is easily removed not like some products that seem to have the plastic super glued on! On the bottom of the TV you have a stand which needs to be pulled down so it lays parallel to the TV enabling it to stand up if you don't want to pin it to the wall (which I didn't). The stand did need to be pulled into place using a little force and at first I was reluctant to do this in fear of breaking it but it seems to be quite a sturdy piece of technology. The TV includes two scart leads so if you're planning on using this for gaming you'll have to unplug your DVD player and plug in your games console before playing but this wont take long.
Of course the TV, like any TV comes with a user manual which should tell you everything you need to know, in the first few pages you'll find the set up guide which will tell you where everything goes (a bit like sex education for tech nerds!). Everything in the set up guide is extremely easy to follow and I managed to have the TV set up in minimal time. Another great thing about this TV is that it's not at all heavy to carry, of course being only a 19" I wasn't expecting it to be very heavy but I was still a little surprised at just how light it was, I was able to carry it for 10 minutes to the car with ease. It's also light enough to sit comfortably on top of my DVD player.
So you've got everything plugged in the right places (hopefully), now you'll need to turn it on. When you've plugged it into the socket a red standby light will immediately appear on the bottom right of the set and to turn it on you either press the standby icon directly below the red light or you can use the remote control which of course comes as standard with the TV. You will then be required to enter all the usual information (date, time etc) which wont take long at all and then the tuning will automatically start. This TV has built in Freeview therefore it's inevitably going to take a little longer to tune than a TV with only channels 1 to 4 embedded in them however tuning only takes around 5 minutes and after this you're ready to go. It really is that simple.
Of course with the digital switchover which has already happened in my area but I believe is yet to happen in some areas you will need to retune your TV. When the switchover happened in my area I ended up being without a bedroom TV to watch for about 6 weeks, this was no fault of Samsungs but because I didn't know how to retune. I followed the instructions in the user guide to the letter but these failed to work for me so in the end I just gave up. Around 6 weeks later I found the urge to try again and ended up ringing the Freeview helpline who then referred me to Samsung; Samsung talked me through the process and it was sorted in 5 minutes, I just wish I'd have done it sooner. It turned out to be no fault of the TV's but it was just a little option that I should have clicked on instead of the one I was trying.
*** Picture Clarity ***
So now your TV is set up you're going to want to sit back and admire your crystal clear picture and thankfully you'll be able to do just that. The picture on this TV is superb, my signal is about 3 quarters of the way up the bar meaning it isn't perfect but even without a perfect signal I still manage to get a flawless and impeccable picture. Naturally the TV is HD ready so this may give it a little helping hand but for anyone who still hasn't purchased an HD ready TV I would highly recommend doing so as the benefits are clear for everyone to see. All the colours are very detailed and you can clearly see everything that is going on in the picture.
There are numerous options for altering the picture; you can alter the backlight, zoom, contrast, colour and sharpness which are all useful options but really the only thing you need to worry about is the picture alignment which you will be prompted to do when first setting up the TV. As long as everything is in line and you can see the whole screen then you should be fine as when the TV is first turned on the options are already set to what suits most homes.
*** Sound Quality ***
The sound quality, much like the picture is fantastic and I haven't had one single problem with the quality of the sound from this set. In the specification (which is available on the Amazon website) I'm told that this TV has SRS TruSurround sound effect and a Nicam stereo. I must admit that I'm not too sure what the first spec means but whatever it is it's great as the sound is crisp and clear at all times.
*** Freeview ***
Like most TV's these days, this set comes with built in Freeview. Considering this is quickly becoming the norm with TV's it's not exactly a USP for this set but I was very pleased with what I got. I had never had Freeview before, we have SkyHD on our main TV situated in the living room therefore I had become accustomed to the layout that Sky uses and thought it would take me a while to get to grips with Freeview. Fortunately Freeview is extremely easy to operate and works much in the same way as Sky does, just without the ability to record, pause, rewind or fast forward. Although I don't use the TV much, when I do it's nice to have an array of different channels to choose from instead of just the usual BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Channel4.
*** Remote Control ***
The remote control was strangely one of the things I was concerned about upon purchasing this TV. For some reason I was expecting to have to use two different controls for the set; one for Freeview and one for everything else. Luckily everything is incorporated onto one, smartly laid out control pad. The control isn't too flimsy and buttons are easily pressed with little effort. One of the most ingenious but something of a novelty inclusion with the control is the light button. This is a yellow button situated near the top of the control and when pressed it will light up the first few rows of buttons and also glows in the dark when not pressed. My only bugbear concerning the control is when I'm searching the Freeview TV guide the up and down buttons can sometimes stick and occasionally it takes a few seconds for the up and down buttons to be registered and move accordingly. Other than that this is an ideal remote control.
*** Overall ***
To summarise, this is a fantastic TV; from the light and little tune played when you turn it on, to the crisp clear picture, this TV does everything that you'd want it to and for a very reasonable price. Another one of my favourite features are the buttons on the side of the TV, instead of having to push them in like you'd expect from most technical devices, these buttons work with a single touch. Not something that will sell the TV on it's own but still a brilliant modern little aspect. This is perfect for a bedroom TV.
~ If you're having problems with retuning, call the Samsung helpline on 0845 7267864 ~