Product Type: Technika 3D LCD TV
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Technika 32 inch HD Ready
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Technika 32 inch HD Ready
Advantages: Stylish, Easy to Install, Great Sound, Good Picture, Great Price
Disadvantages: There are Better TVs out there - but they cost a lot more!
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.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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