Technika 24inch Full High Definition 1080p Led Back lit TV/DVD Combi. Watches up to 50 free view channels and plays the latest DVD. Also plays music and videos, photos via the USB port.
About the product.
My main aim when shopping is to get a quality bargain and this TV has exceptional value.
The shop for bargains was a personal choice and Tesco was my choice. The price I recall was £150.00 in a sale. We brought the TV in 2012 and since then had no problems at all comes with a 12 month guarantee as all electrical products have this in place.
Easy to set up in a few minutes or so. The device comes with a stand or can be wall mounted. The accessories are an easy user guide. 1 quick start guide and a remote control with batteries that are included. Also a stand and 1 RF cable and screws.
Before you turn on the set you will see a red glowing light press the standby button on the remote controls to turn on. You will then get a blue neon light on bottom left and the TV will come on giving some instructions and guide lines about tuning in. You will soon get the hang of this we did and having a new TV it takes time getting around and understanding of use of the newly brought TV set.
When we first put the TV on we discovered that the TV was switching off. This happened a few times. Then we discovered that. By looking at the FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS in the user guide at the back CAN I STOP MY TV TURNING OFF AFTER 4 HOURS because literally it just kept turning off every 4 hours an this was so annoying.
The Answer was Yes you can stop your TV turning off what a relief!!
In the picture settings menu, DE select eca Home. In the time setting menu/scroll down to auto standby and select off. And that's all you do. And TV is working hurray.
The sound was coming through tinny. Because having a Samsung before was a good quality sound that we were used to then purchasing a Technika you could hear but the sound was coming out tinny. Well I was flicking through the user guide and guess what you can change the sound Hurray.
To Change the sound go into sound Menu then choose the following. Music emphasis's music over voices Movie Provides live and full sound for movies. For personal and sports also select sound settings. Well I tell you the sound was better than before.
I recommend this TV of which is exceptional value for what you get out of this combination TV and more. A very clear HD 1080p. With a built in free view of 50 channels. You will be surprised once you purchase this item. I was impressed too. Just an Idea to clean your TV set use multi surface polish. Look for a Polish that cleans wood, glass, metal and electronics all in one with one of those micro cloths will see it through.
Last year I moved out of a house I shared with my then boyfriend, and unfortunatly he got to keep the 50inch Sony Bravia :( so I had to go out and buy myself a new TV - no point in having a Playstation without a TV to play it on afterall.
I didnt want to spend alot and my new place had a really small room so I definitly didnt need another 50inch one. My first place to shop was the supermarkets, and since I have a Tesco Clubcard I went straight there.
I had around £200 to spend on a TV and was pleasantly suprised when I found this one for £178, although now I think it is only £150 - even more of a bargain!
OK so its not the best quality TV in the world, but combined with a HDMI cable my games and blu rays do look crystal clear on it. It has HDMI and USB ports on it so you can hook up your laptop or storage devices to it. It has an LED screen and comes complete with freeview built in.
The sound from the TV speakers is good in a smaller room, however I have now moved into a new bigger place and this tv is quite small in comparison to my big living room, and the sound quality suffers. I constantly have to have the volume turned up to about 70 out of hundred which I have never had to do for any television before, im just hoping this isnt going to break the speakers on it.
It has two HDMI ports in total and one scart socket, other features include parental locks, its wall mountable and has a sleep timer. It also comes complete with a remote control and a stand. There is a model with a built in DVD player for around £20 more.
So, overall I would say this is a very good television, particularly for the price. If I had the money I would definitely go back to a Sony Bravia, however this has served me well for a fraction of the price.
When it came to renewing our old TV we didn't have alot of spare cash - who does! We shopped around and found the Technika brand which is Tescos own, we decided that we would take the risk on this unknown brand and buy the 32 inch one. To be honest my husband worked out he would get a bigger TV for the same price if he bought this brand rather than one of the well known ones.
We could take the TV straight home so got it home and the set up began - all very simple which was great as anything technical usually has my husband in a really bad mood and the arguments follow later! However when it came to hooking it up to the Virgin V+ box we were unable to hook up the remote control. Thinking that maybe it was because this was a HD ready TV and we didn't pay the extra for the HD box my husband rang Virgin, as it turns out the codes for the majority of the Technika brand are unable to be found and therefore you do have to use 2 remotes all the time which I find annoying as at least one always seems to disappear.
Now I don't go in for all the specifics but I can say that this is a really good buy, works perfectly with excellent picture speakers etc. Also I have been told that a well known make actually make the LCD panels for the Technika brand so it is actually not quite so unknown!!
Until recently, I had no intention of buying an LCD/HD/Other meaningless initials TV until my existing (ancient) TV gave up the ghost. However, with VAT going up in January, it seemed daft to wait and end up paying more for the same TV, so I took the plunge.
Technika is Tesco's own brand TV, but don't let that put you off; all it means is you get a reasonable TV for a reasonable price, without paying a premium just to get a brand name.
Time for a word of warning before we begin: Mrs SWSt and I don't watch much TV (Dooyoo consumes far too much of my life for that!), and so whilst it's not perfect, it's fine as our main set. If you do watch a lot of TV, you'd probably want to use it as a second TV for a bedroom/kitchen, rather than as you main set.
The first thing to note about the Technika are its aesthetics. We saw looked at quite a few TVs and the Technika was easily the best looking set in our price bracket; even looking better than other (similar) Technika models and banded sets. It has sleek lines and is a very neat, compact TV. The amount of space it freed up on our TV/video cabinet was incredible. The screen size was only actually 2" smaller than our previous set, but it looks far better and sits unobtrusively in the corner until you want to watch it. OK, you don't buy a TV based purely on looks, but given that this was going to be for our living room, we didn't want something that looked cheap and nasty.
Setting up the TV was an absolute dream. Normally, when I am setting up electrical equipment, Mrs SWSt busies herself elsewhere in the house, lest "colourful" language reaches her delicate ears. This time, ear plugs were not required. Although the set comes with a good manual which covers all the basics from setting up to the more advanced features, I have had no need to refer to it at any stage. I simply plugged the set in, stuck the aerial in the back and switched it on. The TV prompted me to select the language, searched for the available Freeview channels and that was it! Less than 10 minutes from taking out of the box to fully working TV. It even worked straight away with our DVD/Freeview recorder, which was a nightmare to get working with the old TV.
Once we switched it on, we were immediately impressed by the image quality. Colours were sharper and deeper and everything was so much clearer. We did need a few attempts at repositioning the TV as glare from the window or house lights made the screen difficult to see from certain angles. However, once positioned correctly, everything was great. Even though the TV had a slightly smaller screen size, the image quality was so good that we didn't notice any difference, even when sitting on the other side of the room.
True, the image quality is not flawless. Occasionally (particularly during sporting events), we have noticed a slight "juddering to the picture" and very occasionally, the image becomes a little pixellated. I presume this is something to do with the refresh rate (I don't know much about technical gubbins) and is probably an example where compromises have had to be made to keep the price down. Still, it's not enough to ruin the overall performance, unless you are seriously obsessed with image quality.
The other main display issues relate to the on-screen text and particularly the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). The text is incredibly small and difficult to read. Like other digital sets, the TV flashes up the channel and current programme name when you select it, but this is virtually unreadable from the other side of the room (indeed I'd had the set for several days before I even realised it did this!). The same problem affects the EPG which tries to cram too much information into too small a space using too small a font. Even Mrs SWSt (who has eyes like a hawk, particularly for the misdeeds of errant husbands) struggles to read it, so a poor little bespectacled monkey like me has got no chance. If you watch a lot of TV, this is likely to be a source of annoyance to you.
The EPG also doesn't always update itself properly, so displays "No further information available" for some channels/times. The only way round this that I have found is to exit the EPG and try again and it can sometimes take a couple of goes before it displays fully.
The remote control also has small text and can be a bit tricky to get used to, but you soon remember where the main buttons are and using it becomes second nature. Some consumers have complained about the need to aim the remote very precisely, but I've not experienced this, and I guess this is down to the positioning of your TV more than anything.
Sound also lets the unit down slightly, as the in-built speakers are not the best in the world. Occasionally, voices sound a little tinny, and if you turn the volume up too high, it becomes distorted or muffled. Again, we accept it as one of the inevitable compromises that come from buying a budget, but it's certainly something you'll want to bear in mind if high quality audio is a priority for you.
As well as doing the basics (sound and vision) in a perfectly adequate way, the Technika also has plenty of additional features that help future-proof it to some extent. There's a built in DVD player, whilst you can also record from the TV using a USB stick (although this is of limited use unless you have a really large memory stick or only want to record a couple of minutes' worth.) It's fully HD compliant, although I can't comment on the quality of this, since I don't have any HD devices. Based on the spec of the rest of the TV, though, I can't see why it wouldn't be fine.
The TV cost just over £160, and was way cheaper than anything else available on the market of the same size and specification. Even given some of the compromises and drawbacks, we are very happy with our purchase and would definitely recommend it. If you watch a lot of TV or are very particular about image and sound quality, it's probably not the set for you; but if you are after a perfectly acceptable TV for a very competitive price, you could do a lot worse than buy this.
© Copyright SWSt 2010
Despite the listing for this product referring to the 24" model, my review will be focussed on the 32" model as Dooyoo does not have my product listed.
Initially I was extremely anxious as to whether this TV would be worth the small value I purchased it for from tescos. Spec-wise it seemed perfect for my needs but its very low price had me thinking it was perhaps too good to be true and break at the first instant. I imagine all first time buyers of Technika (who?!) products face this anxiety but amazingly the product has surpassed my highest expectations.
After attaching my product to a wall mounted bracket, I plugged in the aerial and supplied powercable and turned the device on. After a short time of searching, the tv tuned in and soon I was surfing through all of the built in free-view channels. The inclusion of free-view built in is a very handy feature, getting rid of both the hassle of purchasing and installing a seperate box. The digital menu options within the tv are easy and clear to navigate allowing you to bring up a digital tv guide showing whats on and when. The aspect ratio of the tv is also interchangable allowing you to choose the perfect dimensions for your personal requirements.
I was suprised ats the picture quality which was consistently clear and sharp for most channels (less for those with reduced signal). However it is through HD use that this product really shines, I found playing my XBOX 360 via HD to be an unearthly experience, taking my gaming to the next level. However this is not to say that SD (standard definition) performance was not adequate, as it was more than satisfactory!
The sound from the tvs built in-speakers were also more than adequate, producing clear crisp sound, that expected of a regular tv however, and not of a home-entertainment system.
I've owned this TV for about a year and a half now and it is still yet to let me down. Other than the occasional grainy pixelated screen during bad weather (which may be down to my aerial rather than the tv) and the flimsy,delicateness of the product, I have no complaints whatsoever with my purchase and remain a happy convert to Technika.
One of my main reasons for this purchase was cosmetic. This TV is gorgeous and looks so much better than the so many black-spaceship/chrome glorified computer monitors that saturate the small TV market nowadays.
It seemed to have everything I wanted - 1080p, built-in Freeview, USB port, media player... and all for £210. Then again, I'd never heard of Technika but soon found out they were Tescos own range of budget TVs.
So when it was delivered and I couldn't turn it on I wasn't too surprised.
Okay, that's not entirely true, I could turn it on, it just wouldn't display a picture. Like, at all. The light was on but nobody was home.
The customer service guy, who tried his best, couldn't revive what was obviously an internal hardware fault and he offered me a replacement or a full refund. I opted for the refund, as this experience hadn't exactly been a stamp of quality for Technika.
In the short time I owned this TV, despite never turning it on, I did notice a few other problems.
The Tesco website falsely claims this TV has component input (the red, blue, green cable slots I needed to play my Xbox in HD). It does have a HDMi slot though, so I would have needed to buy a HDMi cable for it to work.
The slots it does have are inconveniently located almost on the side of the TV, so unless you awkwardly drag the cables across so they're almost being pulled out, they're forever dangling out off the left hand-side of the screen.
I'm aware this review is going to be of little interest to people who want to hear about the features, picture quality etc. but let this serve as a warning, if you do end up buying it, just be prepared to put it straight back in the box for pick up the next day.
Now I'm not going to generalise an entire brand based on one bad purchase (though if you want consensus, just do a bit of Googling - it's generally not good), it might have had the best picture ever, I'll never know. But let's just say, it would not surprise me if they were so preoccupied with making it sexy and cost-effective they forgot about making a reliable product. I'm also not alone as a quick internet search of Technika will tell you. Whatever the case, I doubt I'll be buying anything Technika anytime soon.
Annoyingly, this model (along with many Technika TVs) are delivery only so there's no way of ensuring a model works beforehand nor can you pop back for a quick refund, forcing you to wait til the next working day for the deliverymen to turn up.
I should say - for balance, I have read reviews from people whose Technika TVs worked. So they're not all duds.
The Technika is very simple to use - although the buttons on the TV itself can be quite fiddly, the TV was nonetheless extremely quick and easy to set up. The picture quality is good whether you watch in HD or not, which is handy considering most people haven't converted to HD just yet, and the sound quality is just as good. In terms of reliability I can't really comment, as my sister happened to accidentally throw a wii remote at the screen and smash it within only a couple of months of ownership, meaning I had to replace the TV, but in those two months there were no significant problems. However, what makes this TV stand out is its price; due to Technika not being too big a brand, looking in the right places will get you a good bargain for this TV, which is just as good quality and just as reliable as other, bigger brand name television sets.
I'd been looking for a new TV for a while, and was immediately taken with this model while doing my weekly shop in Tesco. I hadn't thought much on the Technika TVs previously because I've had mixed experiences with the brand to date. However this TV really grabbed me because of it's sleek, glass, mirror finish screen. I couldn't believe such a fine looking piece of technology was made by Technika initially!
When I got my TV home, I got to setting it up in the bedroom right away. This is a 24" screen, so it's an ideal size for the bedroom. Some people prefer smaller screens of around 19", but at my age, with my eyesight, 24" is necessary. It wasn't hard to get it set up at all, in fact it was a case of putting it in the right place and plugging it in really. I then inserted the enclosed batteries into the remote control, plugged in my indoor aerial, and away I went.
There's an easy install option on here for setting up the TV for the first time, and initially I was unsuccessful in getting it set up I must admit. I only found about six channels on my first attempt! I then moved my aerial and had success on my second attempt though, so this is down to my area and signal strength rather than the TV. Each search took about ten minutes I would guess.
The picture quality on this is first rate, though there is one big drawback to the mirror-finish screen. If you look at the screen from the wrong angle, too high or too low, you can just see outlines instead of solid pictures. It's like you're looking between two sheets of glass with a top and bottom layer of picture on them (if that makes sense?). So you have to be sure to angle this TV in the right place before you get comfy. The stand does allow for the TV to be angled quite easily, but it is very thin and flimsy and I'm a tad concerned that it isn't as weighted as it could be. Perhaps wall-mounting would be a better option with this TV.
The picture quality is great when viewed at the right angle, and though I don't have HD TV yet, I could imagine it would be pretty special to see on this set. There is an obvious difference already between the picture quality of this set and my older style LCD TV. The sound quality is also good, I like that it's crisp, clear and available in a wide range (from mute to boomingly loud!).
The extra facilities are what makes this TV stand out from the crowd. Firstly it's got built in freeview, as already explained, and then it's also got both a built in DVD player and a VGA socket. The DVD player is easy to use and takes about ten seconds to load up and power off when used or when switching between DVD and TV. There's a 'source' button the TV that allows you to hop between the various output settings like DVD and DTV. The all-in-one remote is quite cleverly designed, as it allows you to use the buttons in one way for when your TV is set to DTV, and another way when it is set to DVD. No need to find several remotes when you're using this then!
The VGA socket was important to me, as I do like to watch bits off the internet quite a lot. A VGA socket is compatible with computers including most laptops and netbooks. So for example, I'm on my netbook right now typing away while looking at the text on my TV screen. All I had to do was to plug a VGA lead (£10 from Tesco) into the TV and into my netbook, then select VGA as the source on the TV, and 'output to monitor' on my netbook. It takes a minute or two to do but makes a big difference - a 14" difference in this case! Basically, you can use this TV as a PC monitor. The only thing to be aware of here is that the sound will still from from your computer unit unless you also hook up the audio seperately. Personally I don't feel the need to do that though as I just flip my netbook over and prop it up like a speaker when watching films.
Other options include a full TV guide (not just now and next) text and red button facilities, video connection capabilities and a scart socket. Everything you could want from a decent TV basically. The crowning glory for me has to be the gorgeous finish and design of this TV, and I'm also impressed by the slim depth too. I paid £184 for mine as an ex-display model, but you can also find it online at Tesco Direct for only £210 at present (down from £240) which I think is a very good price. You can get slightly cheaper 24" televisions, but I doubt they'll be as sleek and versatile as this is. I've seen TVs for £100 more which don't even have a VGA socket!