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oooo. More given to writing about mascara I'm giving this higher rated item a try. Can't guarantee this will be any good...
This is our TV. We got it last year, after British Gas stopped holding our ridiculous direct debit overpayments hostage. It cost us £350 and looking over the current prices I can't see that this has changed at all. We bought it from Amazon and it was delivered within a few days.
I like the size of this TV. Mr Niff obviously wanted a big TV, but my dad's is enormous and looks ridiculous in his living room, so Mr Niff was able to let go of the 47' dream. However, our previous flat was quite small and he then went the other way... thinking we needed to get a small TV to look in proportion. Now, I knew we would be moving soon, and in a rare moment of Zen my mouth said 'Lets buy a TV for the room we're gonna have, not the room we do have. Hence the 32' compromise was met. And yes, I think this is the right size for our new flat.
The TV itself looks like the TV in the picture. It has sleek styling and a nice black gloss finish. We have it on the stand provided. The stand seems quite flimsy, although it hasn't broken. It is about 4/5 inches deep and while this isn't the thinnest TV out there for the price paid it is more than bearable. Installation was simple, for Mr Niff.
The picture quality is very good - I don't profess to spend time comparing definition in Curry's, but it is better than our old TV. My eyesight is rubbish anyway!
We did have an evening when the sound wouldn't work. It was about half eight, but nevertheless the customer support line was open. However, I'm pretty sure the support team was operating out of someone's kitchen in Nottingham. They also didn't really have any advise for us, past contacting the Amazon vendor as this was within the first couple of months... turned out it was a problem with the Sky box anyway.
Mr Niff is bright enough to hook it up to the Xbox, his laptop, the Sky box and DVD player... so all that is possible, but you'll need to check the instructions for directions on this. It has 2 HDMI channels along with both analogue and digital TV settings. We have changed to digital in my area and the TV was easy to re tune for this and we haven't had to re tune since that first time.
I do have 2 issues with this TV though...
The remote control is infra-red and since the TV and our sofas are not parallel it is very temperamental and I get very frustrated with it. Even if the signal does get to the TV it is slow to react and you could have pressed the same button several times, resulting in a flashing up of the TV guide which is then gone before you can see it.
The second issue is the the Freeview menu is very clunky and difficult to use. It is not friendly or intuitive. Obviously they didn't spend any money on this old fashioned and quite annoying feature. You also cannot scroll through the other channels without losing the picture - like you can with Sky for example.
For the price I cannot fault this TV, the picture is good and we've had no problems reliability-wise. Sadly a cheap and rubbish remote control combined with a cheap and rubbish Freeview menu is really irritating and loses marks for ease of use. However, should you use the Sky remote you can avoid all these woes!