I didn't buy this TV but it was the present TV in my rented house. You should be able to pick it up for just under £200 which is pretty standard for a budget 32" TV these days. Would I recommend it at this price? No, simply because I know that there are better TVs out there at this price having bought one myself at this price three years ago which is still going very strongly.
Let's start with the aesthetics which are never the be all and end all but which normally compliment a device like a nice sauce to a meal. It is a fairly attractive television but it does look like a budget television with its slightly clunky bottom bar where the power LED is. So therefore, 3/5 as for a budget television, it isn't good or bad looking.
The picture quality is probably the most important factor in a television. This TV outputs at 720p which is fairly decent and can provide a nice HD appeal to it. TV generally looks good and movies are of a decent standard but don't expect the incredible immersion of stunning vistas that you would get on the top end sets. 3/5
Freeview is built in on this television which it generally is these days but this is always a positive as it means you don't need a clunky box next to your TV. However the negative with this is that it performs very averagely, the menus are slow and navigating through channels is a pain which it shouldn't be as this is the primary function of a television. There is a similar feel to the start up and switch off of the television, it is slow taking around 5 seconds to boot up from standby which is slightly too long from a standby.
The remote which comes with the television is fairly sturdy and takes some throwing around. It has a lot of buttons on it, some of which I don't even know what they do and the menus are slow and tricky to navigate to get to the HDMI and PC ports. Again though it comes with a solid number of ports (2x HDMI, 1x PC) so you will be accommodated for if you can navigate your way around.
If you see this television for very cheap in a stock clearance and you want a spare TV or a TV for the kids then pick it up but technology has advanced so much recently that it just doesn't quite lead the race of budget TVs but comes in as a midpack finisher.
This Tesco television is the TV that we have in our rented student property. It was supplied by our landlord to replace the ancient CRT we had when we first moved in.
The TV is ok. That's the best word I can use to describe it. Compared to our giant CRT this seems fantastic because it's a flat screen, but as far as LCD TVs go it isn't all that fantastic. You can pick one of these TVs up for about £200 or a bit less from Tesco which is actually a pretty good price.
It has two HDMI ports and a scart port as well as one RGB port. There is no USB port and, very surprisingly, no headphone socket. There are no buttons on the front of the television, but they are on the left hand side with basic buttons like channel up/down and volume controls. It is 1080p resolution and the picture quality is quite good, although it doesn't do justice to some epic films like Lord of the Rings or Titanic. We haven't used the HD features so I can't comment on that.
The remote control that comes with it takes two AA batteries and has good sized buttons.
The black sleek design looks really nice and modern in our front room. It can be mounted on the wall, but we use the table-top stand included to stand it on our television stand. It's very stable and takes up very little room.
The TV comes with Freeview which is useful as our previous Freeview box was nearing the end of its days. We only use the Freeview included with the TV and we struggle to get a lot of normal channels, but this is probably a problem with our signal rather than the TV.
Navigation isn't impossible, but it doesn't make life easy. We have a Wii and a DVD player and the first time we tried to use them it was about 20 minutes of pressing every button and finding every menu before eventually stumbling across it. The digital TV guide doesn't allow you to continue watching television as you choose the next channel which annoys me a bit because sometimes you just want to browse without losing what you're watching.
When using the Digital television, going between the channel you are watching and the guide is incredibly slow compared to digital TV like sky. Everything about the TV is a little bit slower than other televisions - start up and shut down times are also just a fraction of a second or two longer than I'm used to.
In standby mode (when you turn off the button using the remote) there's an annoying big blue light that keeps flashing on and off. I haven't been able to stop this other than turning it off at the plug which is really annoying.
There is no 3D compatibility; right now this isn't a big deal for me, but I have a feeling 3D is going to become as standard as HD and you'll feel a bit old fashioned if you don't get ahead of the game!
This TV is fine if television isn't your priority. It serves its purpose very well, but it's nothing special. There are no fancy features, but it has a reasonable picture with HD compatibility and for the price it's a half decent TV.
I bought this TV about a year ago for £220, and it hasn't let me down yet. It certainly isn't packed with the sort of technology Sony, Panasonic, LG and others offer, but for the price it's hardly expected. The most important thing is that it functions exactly like it's supposed to. The TV is very simple to set up and use - this is mostly due to the well designed remote, which isn't overloaded with a wealth of buttons. There are also touch controls on the side of the TV, although I didn't like these, because they were very sensitive, and brushing them accidentally could suddenly turn it off, or change channel, which is annoying.
In terms of picture quality, again, it is very respectable for the price of the machine. One of the biggest shortfalls of this TV is the lack of picture customisation, however - only simple colour adjustments, and a few picture modes are offered - although the picture by default looks perfectly fine, so for most people this shouldn't be an issue. Plus, HD pictures look brilliant, as you would except The sound quality is decent as well, a bit tinny in my opinion - but, again, still very respectable.
Overall, if you're looking for an HD TV on a budget, this is a perfect choice, with good all round picture and sound quality, reliability, and ease of use.
I bought this Technika television from Tescos for £299 about 8 months ago. The television is a great modern looking flat screen TV with a sleek and very shiny black surround. The control buttons are flat to the surround and cannot be seen easily.
It has 720p resolution with 50Hz picture frequency now although I'm not too sure what this means technically I can tell you that I find the picture quality to be very clear and crisp and I have absolutely no complaints in that department.
The sound quality from the television again is very good the only problem really is when my husband turns it up ridiculously loud to watch films I find it can distort the sound slightly however most people probably wouldn't want it as loud as he does anyway, so it wouldn't be an issue for most people.
I have sky so I didn't have to tune in the Freeview channels so I can't comment on how easy/difficult that would be.
The only real negative point to make about this television is that there is only one scart socket, I must admit that when I bought the television I didn't notice and as my husband is a keen x box player and I love to watch dvds and play on the wii I found it useful to by a scart splitter so I could have everything plugged in at the same time.
The Technika 32 inch widescreen LCD, HD ready TV, as with all Technika product is only available in through Tesco LTD. I have previously brought other Technika products and I haven't had any problems with them so had no concerns when choosing a TV made by Technika.
This TV is a stylish Black shiny exterior, which wouldn't too out of place in any modern home. The TV is HD ready and also has inbuilt free view. I don't know how easy it is for the TV to be tuned as I have sky so I have never used the free view.
I have found out that even if your TV is HD ready the picture will only be HD if the receiver (e.g. Sky) is HD.
This TV has 720p resolution with 50Hz picture frequency, I have no idea what this means, so did not consider this when choosing which TV to buy. However, I have notice a marked improvement on the picture quality in comparison to my previous TV.
This TV has really great sound, apparently due to the NICAM stereo, there is also the the three pinned connections, (yellow, white and red) at the back to allow the user to play music and gaming consoles through it.
There is one Scart socket in the back/ side, which in hind sight I may have chosen on with two, as it is a bit of a pain having to change the scart leads over when I want to watch a DVD or when I want to use my Sky box. I suppose the theory is that as it has free view built in it doesn't necessarily need the extra scart socket.
The TV can be controlled using the 'invisible' side controls, these are volume, channel and a button which changes the channel from TV to AV and back.
The TV comes with a stand, which is easily screwed on. Tesco, and I believe, most places do wall mounts. Each TV has a number on the back which is needed when purchasing a wall mount bracket.
I have had this TV for 1 year now and haven't had any real problems with it. I have got problems with linking my Sky remote control to the TV, but this is due to Sky not having the TV in their database and not anything to do with the TV itself.
The downside of this TV is the 'invisible' side controls, although very stylish and well hidden i find, if anyone goes near the side of the tv it registers and changes to AV, which doesn't cause a major problem but it does cause annoyance.
On the whole, this is a good TV, good value for money, I paid £299, which for a good, nice looking, easy to use TV is good.
I am not someone who has to have the latest technology so I am happy with this TV, to be honest, I don't know what more I could expect from a TV.
This Technika 32" TV is only available from Tesco or Tesco Direct, as Technika is their own electronics brand. In the past I was a little sceptical about the quality of their electronics, but in my experience, Technika has been a consistently reliable brand. I didn't hesitate when I saw this TV recently reduced to only £189, I was confident it would prove to be a great buy and I haven't been disappointed. If you're looking at this item now (November 2011) then the current retail price is £229 which is still a pretty great bargain for a TV of this size.
Getting it set up was fairly easy - it's simply a case of removing it from the box, stripping a little protective packaging away, and screwing the base stand into place using a crosshead screwdriver. It took no more than three minutes to get the stand secured and have the TV in place and ready to go. I heard somewhere that Tesco use Samsung technology for their TV screens and I don't know if that's true or not, but I do think this TV looks just great. The casing is light, sleek and stylish, and the screen looks crisp, shiny and expensive. All I had to do then was plug it in and turn it on (obviously), and select 'auto tune' under the installation menu.
Navigating my way around the remote control to do this was easy and I had worked out where all the important function buttons were within a minute or two. Some of the buttons are a little on the small side, but they have so many buttons to fit onto remotes these days that you can't win either way I guess. Either some of the buttons are tiny, or the remote is a great huge chunk that you can barely get your hand around. I think they've struck a reasonable compromise between button size and overall size with this, it fits nicely in my hand and looks neat and tidy sat on the side when not in use too.
The built-in freeview reception for this TV is first rate. I've had a few problems in this house with TVs not picking up good signal in the bedrooms, and only being able to show me a handful of channels even with a digital booster. This TV got straight in and picked up the vast majority of channels which surprised (and pleased) me. I really like the signal strength indicator too, and was surprised that while the last TV (about four years old) was only ever getting good signal at best, this TV could get excellent signal for some channels, and good signal for most. It picked up a lot more than the last TV and there's been no need to use the external digital booster either.
The picture quality is very good. It's not ground breaking clarity but it's on par with what I'd expect from most LCD TVs of this style. If you get up close, you can find fault with the picture, but then this is a 32" TV - you're not supposed to sit right in front of it. Sat a reasonable distance away the picture looks crisp and clear. The TV is decent at not picking up glare too which was another problem we had with the last TV. This TV is HD ready, meaning you can view high definition channels if you have HD telly plugged in, but we don't, so I can't really comment on this aspect.
The sound quality is excellent, nice and clear with a good volume range too. I would say the sound quality is considerably better than you would typically expect from a TV in this price range. It's great for listening to the radio on and delivers brilliant clarity for all our programs too.
The other available options are PC input, which I wouldn't want a modern TV to be without. You can plug in your PC, netbook or laptop and stream content from it to this TV. Brilliant for watching online films or catching up on iplayer etc. You can use the TV as a monitor too though standard graphics options on a netbook don't look great when you blow them up onto a 32" TV screen. You won't have this problem with most TV programs of films that you stream though because they tend to have different (better) resolutions.
There's also a scart socket, for those of us using good old fashioned 'normal' DVD players, two HDMI input sockets, for blu-ray players or Sky / Cable TV etc. And 2 USB ports even for maximum MP3 and PC connectivity. You can also opt to leave the stand off and hang this on the wall using a wall mounting stand (not included) if desired.
Overall I've got to give this product five stars. If it cost more then I'd give it four perhaps because there are better TVs out there, with denser screen resolutions, more input sockets, built-in DVD or blu-ray capabilities and more impressive sound systems too. However I didn't see any better TVs within this very reasonable price range. I doubt many other TVs of this size in the £200 - £250 price range can compete with this product.