Product Type: Technika 3D LCD TV
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Technika 32 inch HD Ready
Member Name: rackerss
Technika 32 inch HD Ready
Advantages: freeview included, lots of ports
Disadvantages: slow, confusing navigation
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.
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