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Cello iViewer C3298DVB 32in LCD TV - Cello iViewer C3298DVB

John Archer

By John Archer



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Colours improve with HD too, in terms of both the naturalism of their tones and the subtlety with which blends are delivered. And as is usually the case where decent colours are to be found, the iViewer C3298DVB manages to produce a solid black level response.

When I say solid black level response, I don’t mean brilliant by any means. There’s clear evidence of greyness hanging over the darkest scenes. But the extent of this greyness isn’t as bad as I’d anticipated, leaving dark scenes looking at least credible. What’s more, dark corners don’t look as hollow and detail-light as I often see when cheap TVs try and go black. In fact, the iViewer C3298DVB does a really decent job of retaining some pretty high brightness levels even during dark scenes.

Clearly you can get more colour range, contrast and general subtlety from HD sources if you go for the best TVs right now from the big brands. It also has to be said that while pretty accomplished when it comes to motion blur, the iViewer falls prey quite markedly to that other common LCD motion problem of judder.

But the fact remains that overall the iViewer’s HD pictures are as surprisingly good and natural as its standard def pictures are predictably average.

I’d hoped when I first noticed it that the 'speaker bar' running along the iViewer’s bottom edge might deliver some potent audio. But actually it sounds every bit as fundamentally average as almost every budget 32in TV I’ve seen, thanks to all the sound having to be crammed into a really compact mid-range area. There’s precious little treble detail of note, and attempts to reproduce bass are half-hearted to say the least.

Actually, it’s a good job the iViewer C3298DVB doesn’t try too hard to serve up bass, since it doesn’t take much low frequency information at all to cause the speaker to distort and buzz. Even a fairly standard male voice can cause the speaker to break down if you’re running the set at any sort of volume.


It’s a little bit tricky to know what to make of the Cello iViewer C3298DVB LCD TV. On the one hand it genuinely breaks new ground for the UK TV market, with some imaginative, thoughtfully organised/interfaced and useful online content that leaves most of the more established TV brands looking a bit off the pace (though some of them, at least, are going to catch up pretty soon). What’s more, it offers this functionality at a reasonably aggressive price, and even manages to produce some likeable HD pictures.

The catch is that its standard definition pictures and sound are both pretty unimpressive - issues that could both frequently rear their ugly heads in the second-room environment we suspect most people will be thinking of using the iViewer in.


March 3, 2010, 9:14 pm

So it looks like this is "just" a television then :P

Sorry, I couldn't resist - John you are a better man than I for resisting the obvious M&S pun ;)

Ala Miah

March 3, 2010, 9:32 pm

I got 8mb broadband, 2 laptops and 1 TV.

Someone is watching a film on youtube and im trying to listen to some online radio, the poor bugger whos left to watch some iplayer on TV is swearing at us because it keeps buffering and isn't able to enjoy eastenders.

For families such as myself who each enjoy doing different things at the same time we need 100mb Broadband then Internet TVs - not the other way around.

Internet on TV has the last priorty in my house because its a TV, watch the TV you idiot!


March 4, 2010, 2:20 am

Slightly off topic but as you mention iPlayer here I will elaborate...

As someone who uses the open source XBMC on my HTPC to watch iPlayer stuff via a plugin I was very hacked off last week to find the BBC has quietly battened down 'security' on RTMP plugins so blocking any access to the BEEB content other than via iPlayer - THE NERVE OF IT!- No consultation with the license payer - nada.

See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Now, given they already check IP addresses to block outside UK access ( unless hidden via VPN of course) they then stop legitimate watching of their service.

NO way am I buying a set with this sort of functionality only to find later Auntie BEEB has taken the huff and blocked that too!

Of course, there are ramification on any content using FLASH player and Adobe's probable desire to control its use....

Yours disgusted Railway Cuttings, East Cheem :)


March 4, 2010, 8:20 am

Whoever designed that remote needs to be bashed on his (or even her) head with it. Even The Rain Man would struggle to remember the placement of each button.

Also for that price you'd expect to receive the 'catch-up' services from ITV and Channel 4 too. I do with Virgin Media.


July 31, 2014, 10:55 am

AVIOD CELLO,I bought a cello tv it only lasted 1 year 1 week glad I took the insurance out it could not be repaired so I received a new one this one had to go in for repair after 4 weeks 3 days, I only got rid of my old Toshiba what had lasted over 30 years to upgrade

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