Product Type: Technika 3D LCD TV
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Not for the Technikally Minded
Member Name: frenchboy88
Advantages: Excellent price, looks good, built in DVD
Disadvantages: Quality isn't fantastic
I purchased this TV as a present for the girlfriend to have in her bedroom. Her previous set up consisted of a 15-year old 28" non-widescreen Sony TV balanced somewhat precariously on an Ikea chest of draws. Not only did it weigh an absolute tonne, it took up all the space on top, so the DVD player had to be placed on its side - not really ideal.
Anyway, I had eyed up this TV in Tesco previously, and immeditely came back to it as at £185 it looked great value for money with the built in Freeview and DVD Player. Although we don't have Freeview in our area yet, it's nice to have something futureproof.
I spent a good half an hour studying and playing with this TV on display in Tesco, adjusting the sound and viewing angle (one major problem with cheap LCD's is they look black from every angle except straight on!). I was satisfied and bought one. Here is a review.
With its lovely shiney piano black exterior you would be easily fooled into thinking its a Samsung or more expensive brand. It really does look very nice at a glance. However come a bit more closely and you'll see the buttons on the top and the plastics around the back do look quite cheap, as well as the area where all the connections are. Overall though, provided you dont go feeling around the back, it looks good.
If this TV cost £250+, I'd be mildly disapointed with the picture quality, however as its less than £200, I can accept it will never match my Samsung 32". You will need to have a good play with the settings to get a decent picture. Even now, with the settings adjusted, everything does have a slightly reddish tinge to it. Only slightly though. More fiddling may be required. Also, the DVD player isn't great quality, and you can see some upscaling if you are sat very close. However if your bed is more than 4 feet from the TV, as ours is, you can't even notice this. One good point is that the viewing angle seems to be quite good, we have it up on top of a chest of drawers (about 1.5feet higher than eye level), and we can watch it fine without it all going dark!
Also, Analogue reception is rubbish, so be warned.
As with most LCD TV's, sound quality is not great. Unless you alter the setting everything sounds like its underwater. It's fine for watching films and TV, but don't expect a cinema experience.
If this TV has cost me £250+, I'd be slightly disappointed with it. But as it was £185, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Picture quality is average to good, sound quality is average, but it does look fairly smart sat in a bedroom. The in-built DVD player is a fantastic bonus. Good value for money, no doubt, but don't expect a cinematic experience. Perfect as a bedroom or kitchen TV though.
It comes with 1 year warranty from Tesco. Technika is their own brand, and I believe they are manufactured by Hitachi using older Samsung LCD units.
Summary: Excellent value for money, but don't expect to be blown away!
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