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A few months ago now I decided that I would need, well like, a screen to use at university with my laptop. After previously owning a similar size TV I was looking for around this screen size (22-26 inches) so it could sit on my desk comfortably. After taking a look around at a few TV both in store and online I settled on this screen from Argos for around £190.
Upon opening the TV I was immediately impressed by its looks and style. Obviously I knew roughly what it would look like but the surround by the edge of the screen is in my opinion slightly larger than pictured. The whole finish is a gloss black which matches my other items on my desk perfectly as I wanted. As for the stand it has a shiny silver coloured ring where the stand meets the upright which adds a bit of flair to the design which is nice.
The top of the remote matches the black colour scheme beautifully but the bottom does not follow suit - unfortunately sharp have made the bottom of the remote white which is nothing like the rest of the set. Setting this aside the remote is thicker at the rear so it 'leans' forward, I am unsure why apart from it being ergonomic maybe but personally it isn't the most comfortable remote that I have ever used. In terms of performance this remote is quite well laid out and does the job perfectly fine. The only slight criticism that I would have is not labelling such buttons as the 'source' button clearly enough.
One of the reasons why I bought this TV was the variation and number of inputs it had. I have noted the inputs below in technical data but it is perfect for watching the TV, using with a laptop, computer, Xbox, PS3, or all of these and more at once. Although I have never used it there is also a USB port for showing pictures and things from. I doubt you could really ask for more inputs. Placement of these connections is often always key and most of these inputs are on the back of the screen. Some inputs are on the left side of the TV (PC in, headphones, USB and C.I.) but I find that these are a bit awkward to get to and the leads from these have to bend quite sharply or else you see them poking out of the side of the screen.
This TV comes with a flat stand mount but can also be mounted to a wall if you buy a VESA 200 x 100mm bracket. Once on the stand the TV is quite firmly placed and even when knocked slightly shows no sign of falling over. The stand is holding the TV with four screws but I have to mention that these screws only screw into plastic so I don't want to take them out and put them back in very often for fear of messing up the thread which they sit in - particularly disturbing as I don't want to have to buy a whole new surround for the TV.
You probably know that you can't expect miracles in sound quality from a relatively cheap flat screen TV but actually compared to a few other flat screen TV's in our house this set stands up quite well. I currently use this TV in my room at university and when at a low to mid volume it is actually quite pleasant to listen to. Where this screen falls down is the bass when you turn the volume up. If you're purchasing this set for using a lot you should probably get a decent set of speakers like I intend to soon but it's not a necessity like some other screens that are in our house.
I opted to specifically get a 1080p TV specifically when buying a TV this time round as before I have only had 780p resolutions but I wanted this one to last a long time and not become redundant too quickly. I immediately noticed a difference in the sharpness of the picture when connected to either my Xbox or my laptop via HDMI. With a decent contrast and brightness this TV boasts a very clear and crisp picture that is actually very vivid. Sitting next to my laptop at the moment it is obvious that my laptop screen is only 780p and that the colours are not as bright. Also this TV has noticeably dark or black, black colours. Compared to the main TV in my household I would say that this TV is actually a better picture quality and for under £200 you cannot moan about it at all. When viewing the TV screen however you have to look at it from straight on or above it as the screen is not very viewable if looking up at it so much - though this is not too much of an issue for me. The side viewing angles are quite good and you won't have any trouble looking at this screen from an angle as long as you don't look up at it.
This TV comes with built in Freeview and really there is not much to say about this other than it is really simple to set up and works just fine like you would want it to. You can even record programmes to a USB or another output and view your list of what you want recorded. Also very handy is a DAB radio included in the TV that has its own button on the remote - handy on the odd occasion.
At under £200 this TV is a bargain and great for use on any desk, bedroom, kitchen or small room in the house. With a sturdy mount and child lock it would even be suitable for children. There is little to complain about really other than the sound quality - though this is a flat screen so it is kind of expected. Also the remote leaves much to be desired, both in terms of looks and comfort but hey you could always buy a different one if you really don't get on with it. If you're looking for a new small TV then I think you've hit the jackpot, enjoy.
Television picture quality:
* Full HD (1080p).
* Integrated digital.
* Freeview digital tuner.
* 24in (61cm) widescreen TV.
* Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
* Refresh rate 50Hz.
* Brightness 300cd/m2.
* 3D-YC Separation image enhancement.
* Viewing angle 178/170 degrees.
* Progressive scan.
* 3 HDMI sockets.
* 1 SCART socket.
* PC input socket.
* Component video socket.
* Headphone socket.
* AV socket (side).
* 1 USB port.
* Dolby Digital +SRS theatre sound HD sound system.
* 2 x 6 watts RMS power output.
* Digitally interactive.
* Digital text.
* Digital audio broadcasting (DAB).
* Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.
* Auto setup.
* 7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).
* Top up TV compatible.
* CI slot.
* UHF/VHF tuner.
* Sleep timer.
* Child lock.
* Picture and text.
* Remote control batteries required 2 x AA (included).
* Size of TV H37.9, W58.9, D4.1cm.
* Weight of TV 5kg (unpackaged).
* Complete with table top stand.
* Size of TV with stand H41.6, W58.9, D21.6cm.
* Weight of TV with stand 6.1kg.
* Suitable for wall mounting with a VESA 200 x 100mm bracket (bracket not included).
Energy efficiency information:
* On mode power consumption 25 watts.
* Off mode power consumption 0.18 watt.
* Standby power consumption 0.25 watt.