When a 42in flat-screen TV like Evesham’s Alqemi 42SX arrives at TrustedReviews costing under a grand, it’s fair to say it gets our attention. It’s just a pity that the rush of adrenaline from such price-focussed antics is usually swiftly followed by a feeling of hollow disappointment as spending quality time with a budget big TV finds us tolerating too many performance compromises for comfort. But hey – maybe this Evesham will prove the exception to this budget rule. Especially as its £999 price point is apparently a reduction from an original charge of £1399.
There’s certainly nothing particularly cheap about the way the TV looks. Its jet-black finish includes some neat bits of gloss for the inner screen frame and part of the stand, and this contrasts reasonably well with the matt finish of the outer chassis. The set’s sculpting could have been a bit more imaginative, but it’s certainly not ugly.
Connectivity quickly introduces a disappointment, however, as we uncover only a single HDMI input when really any HD Ready TV worth its salt these days ought to have at least two. We should say, too, that this HDMI doesn’t take 1080p signals – though we guess this is no great surprise on a £1000 product.
At least the set does carry a set of component video inputs for analogue HD sources such as the Xbox 360 console, a pair of Scarts, a PC input, and a CI slot that immediately alerts us to the presence of a digital tuner.
This digital tuner is supported by the Freeview 7-day electronic programme guide, and you can set reminders for upcoming programmes just by selecting them from the listings.
Searching for other features, it’s probably best to start by pointing out that the 42SX model we’re looking at is actually the ‘posher brother’ of a £900 ‘42S’ model. The extra ‘X’ in the 42SX’s designation is earned by the fact that it adds picture in picture tools and Dolby Virtual audio to the basic 42S specification sheet.