I bought this TV with my Amazon vouchers just after Christmas this year. This TV was very much a step into the modern age for us because it was our flat screen TV and I have to say that we are pretty much very happy with it.
I don't watch a whole lot of television and as such the actual TV we have has never been that much of an issue for me. If it hadn't been for the vouchers, we'd probably still have the old giant machine. It is for these reasons that we chose this particular TV - it was cheap, simple and ticks our admittedly few boxes.
The TV is a Toshiba 32 inch LCD television with integrated Freeview. You can hook the TV up to your PC so that you can use it to look at pictures and so on. It is glossy black in colour, which I was a bit worried about - I thought it might be too shiny for my simple tastes, but it actually looks quite nice and stylish. It is in energy class C. I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure what that means but I think it is pretty average.
The TV is perfect for our needs. It is unobtrusive - we really didn't want one of those giant things that make everything else in the room look tiny - but it is as nice to look at as a television can be. It is simple and classy with just a small grey Toshiba label at the bottom and hidden buttons underneath the screen at the front.
The TV is really easy to set up - so simple that even I managed to do it quite easily! Just a few little buttons to press and hey presto. The manual that comes with it is not a manual so much as a little document, but the on screen prompts are easily enough followed.
Another reason we picked it is that it has two scart sockets which we really wanted so that we could hook up our Freeview plus box and the DVD player. We'd have preferred a built in Freeview Plus, but that doesn't seem to exist as yet so it was important that we could connect ours. Having said that, the Freeview that is integrated into this model is very good. It has an eight day programme guide which, unlike many of the boxes we have tried in the past actually works and is quite quick. It is handy having the eight days rather than the standard seven as it allows you to have a look at next week's episode of a series that you are just watching (I have an obsessive need to see what is going to happen in the future!).
The picture and sound quality on it is great. Obviously you can do all the adjustments but I have found that it is really good anyway. The picture is really clear and bright and we haven't had any problems at all with the sound.
The other great thing about it is the price. It is currently available on Amazon for just under £240 which we thought was really good value for a TV made by a reputable company. When we compared it to other TVs in the same price bracket, we found that his was actually probably the best value option available.
The TV is good but it isn't perfect. One of the main problems we have with it is that it seems to be a little slow. In the first instance it takes absolutely ages to turn on. I don't know if we are doing something wrong, but even when it is on standby, it takes a good twenty seconds to turn on. It is fairly slow to respond in general really, which means that it is hard to tell whether it has registered you pressing the remote and you end up doing things twice - and then even going around in circles!
This brings me on to the other problem with the TV and that is the remote. We have had the TV for about eight months now and we have already had to replace the remote because a couple of the buttons stopped working. Not all of them and not even the ones that are used most often, but it is annoying all the same. Fortunately we had a spare one, but that's not the point - it shouldn't be breaking so soon after getting it.
=Worth It Overall Then?=
I would have to say yes, because I still think it is really good value or money despite the couple of niggles we have with it. If you are looking for a cheap and stylish then this is definitely the one for you.