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For two years I spent my life moved out of home with a very small old style TV VCR from my teenage years which had served its purpose well from the late 90's. Now becoming and adult I felt I needed to keep up with the game and wanted a TV a little more substantial (with the ability to actually see the whole screen and not a cut out) and flatter to fit in my living room.
Buying a TV to me is similar to buying a car, I don't want to pick the first thing I see as it is somewhat of an investment. So I began the hunt, looking in Argos, catalogues and all the big name electrical stores gauging the best prices and value for money. I decided unpon Toshiba as I knew the brand and felt that knowing the brand gave me some peace of mind for relaibility.
Toshiba is a Japanese engineering company founded in 1939 and focus upon appliances, digital products, electronic devices and social infrastructure.
My budget was limited to around £550 so I knew my choices would be restricted. I went around the electrical shops to get an idea of size, although you have to be careful when in showrooms as their huge TV walls make even a 50" TV look small. I took tape measures and had to remember my limited unit space and then sockets required for digiboxes, games consoles and DVD players.
Once in the stores I find that I generally get ignored in favour of the person in a suit. Make sure you know your stuff as the sales assistants I came across only gave me the basic sales jargon such as hertz power and mega pixels; I feel they sell you what they have been informed to sell and not what you need!
Once I had seen this particular model I then hunted through all shops and internet sites that stocked it to find the best value for money. I found this particular model on Amazon for £499.99 and this was the best offer. I was naturally dubious about ordering a TV online as I feared being sent an empty box or risking the item being damaged in transit. However, I was pleasantly suprised that the item turned up without a knock on the box, and when I opened it I found the TV so well packed I could barely get it out of the box. The TV is heavy (about 16kg) so I would recommend two people to lift it but I managed myself to move it around. I have only stood it on a unit so cannot review how easy it is to wall mount, but for setting up all you do is plug in, flick a switch and the TV updates its freeview automatically.
The speakers are built in and 'invisible' so you don't have the unsightly view. They are good quality but if you require the cinema effect you would need surround sound. There is also the LED backlight which is not very noticeable when the TV is at an angle stood on the TV unit but I'm sure it would have an effect when wall mounted having a backdrop to project onto.
The TV comes with a remote, 2x HDMI slots for DVD players or Sky boxes; 1x USB to stream movies etc; 1x RCA composite; 1x scart for the old DVDs or games consoles, 1x VGA; 1x coaxial audio and 1x headphones.
So far I have found the LED screen to be great especially with the HD channels. There is currently no screen burn which was previously found on the plasma models. I currently have found no issues with the TV as it has enough space for all my gadgets, it has a fab picture and tuning is easy. It does everything I need it to do and looks smart in the room.