Product Type: Technika 3D LCD TV
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Technika 24" HD Ready LCD TV
Member Name: SmilingBuddha
Technika 24" HD Ready LCD TV
Date: 27/08/10, updated on 27/08/10 (189 review reads)
Disadvantages: Didn't Work
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.
Summary: Tomorrow I'm going down to Currys and buying a proper TV.
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