Ferguson F2620LVD 26in LCD TV - Ferguson F2620LVD

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

5

Turning to the TV's DVD section immediately uncovers a couple of (potentially irritating) oddities. First, the DVD slot on the rear left side will only take in discs if you first select ‘DVD' from the source list; it won't ‘grab' a disc at any time and then automatically switch the TV to the DVD input, as you might expect. As a result, the potential for damage to a disc and the TV from a child trying to shove a disc into an unresponsive slot seems disturbingly high.

The other strange thing is that you have to put discs into the slot with their printed side facing away from you, something that runs counter to normality - not to mention common sense.

For the record, I might as well add here that like the TV section, there are no interesting tweaks within the DVD section's onscreen menus. Oh well; at least all the screen aspect ratio and video format settings have been correctly preset for you, and the deck can play JPEG and MP3 files. Please note, though, that there's no DivX support.

Happily, the F2620LVD does retain an HD Ready 1,366 x 768 native resolution despite its aggressive price. But that's pretty much the end of the good news in specification terms, for the contrast ratio claimed for the set is a pretty demoralising 700:1. As usual, this lowly figure reveals that the Ferguson doesn't carry a dynamic backlight system, which could dim the image's brightness during dark scenes to boost the perception of black level.

And as is often the case with affordable LCD TVs, the lack of such a dynamic backlight really hurts the F2620LVD. In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, its black level response sucks. For not one, but two reasons.

The most predictable of these is that dark scenes just don't look dark at all, as the screen fails to resolve anything approaching a true black. Instead, it looks like someone's shining a torch onto the screen, turning black into grey and blotting out large amounts of background detailing in the process.

The other backlight nasty concerns the inconsistency with which the light hits the screen. I spotted numerous vertical stripes down the picture where, for whatever reason, the picture is darker than it is to either side. I counted seven of these stripes on my screen, and to make matters even more distracting, they're not even of a uniform thickness or intensity. At times the effect looks eerily like ghostly shadows emerging from a bank of fog. Scary. Maybe director John Carpenter will borrow the effect for his next low budget horror yarn.

Williamn

March 3, 2009, 10:12 pm

Perhaps there are some other TVs around the same price point that are better products?

chancykid

March 3, 2009, 10:20 pm

Ouch! This is pricey. Ok it has an built in DVD player, but you can buy one standalone for under 㿀. I've seen 32inch Samsung and LG televsisions at this price. 𧶲 would have been a reasonable asking price, I think.

The Mighty Ben

March 3, 2009, 10:51 pm

Agreed. Especially as you can get a 32inch LG Plasma with 4 x HDMI inputs, great style and much better picture quality (the LG 32PG6000) for 㿞 less than this, including postage (𧷢.25 - digital techmarket). I think this deserves less than 6/10 for value!

Mac174

March 4, 2009, 4:01 am

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The Mighty Ben

March 4, 2009, 5:03 am

@Mac I've seen what some people are saying. Most of them haven't tried buying from the store themselves though. It is a new website, however I thought Trusted Reviews only gave links to reputable online stores? Would be nice to have some official clarification on this.

Mac174

March 4, 2009, 8:46 pm

I agree. Over to you Trusted Reviews.


Should this Company be used as part of your price comparisons?

Mac174

March 6, 2009, 3:38 pm

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Andy Vandervell

March 6, 2009, 3:57 pm

@Mac: We'll be looking into this, thanks.

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