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Goodmans LD2667D 26in LCD TV review

John Archer



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TVs have been getting complicated lately. It seems as if every review I do involves me getting my head round some groundbreaking new technology that might or might not turn out to be god's gift to television. Even today I was intending to bring you a review of Sony's 40ZX1 - the first TV with edge-based LED backlighting (enabling it to be just 9.9mm thick) and wireless HD connectivity. But, um, I couldn't get the wireless HD system to work.

So pending a call from someone who knows about these things in Japan, I decided to turn my attentions to the polar opposite of the TV world: a 26in TV from budget brand Goodmans.

Actually, even though the Goodmans LD2667D is only my ‘second choice' TV for today, I'm pretty pleased to be reviewing it. For it's probably this sort of cheap and, hopefully, cheerful TV that most people will be thinking of buying in these hardest of times.

Plus I'm genuinely intrigued to see if Goodmans - and, in coming weeks, other self-consciously budget brands - can still really justify their existence now that so many mainstream brands are delivering TVs at prices that get dangerously close to treading on the budget brands' toes.

As a perfect case in point, Toshiba's respectable 26AV505DB 26in TV was available online for only £287.90 when we reviewed it towards the end of last year - and that's just £18 more than the Goodmans 26in we're looking at today. Hmm.

Aesthetically, it's nice to see that Goodmans is at least ‘having a go'. For the dull grey plastic of so many Goodmans sets of the past has been replaced by a genuinely glossy black bezel, offset by a neat silver trim and grilled speaker section along the bottom edge. The finish is still very plasticky, and has an uncanny knack of showing up finger marks, but at least it's not actually ugly.

Things take a turn for the worse when it comes to the TV's connections, though. For no matter how hard I looked, I could only find a single HDMI socket when I'd expect even the cheapest TV these days to offer two. Certainly Toshiba's 26AV505DB manages two.

Compounding this problem is the fact that the HDMI socket is fiddly to access, tucked away behind a ridge along the TV's underside. So switching HDMI sources over as and when you need to is hardly straightforward.

The connection news isn't all bad, though. For the LD2667D does manage a dedicated D-Sub PC port while the Toshiba model did not, and also carries both a digital audio output (for the built-in Freeview tuner) and a component video input to complete the set's HD Ready requirement.

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February 16, 2009, 9:41 pm

@ ian - I think you hit the nail on the head here. For most people 'good enough' is all they're after and budget sets fit the bill. They watch the programmes rather than study the picture.

And those that do splash out on a decent 'brand' rarely know what they are watching. Before I bought my TV I was at a friend's house with a newish 40" Sony TV and he thought he was watching HD when he wasn't, presenters were a lovely glowing orange color and the brightness was at retina burning levels. And he loved it.


February 17, 2009, 2:29 am

@basicasic - Haha! Those last two sentences are priceless! Sums up consumer mentality. My neighbour got a cheapo LCD panel TV with a TN panel, and the thing is unwatchable unless you're sitting straight on. Blacks are grey, and the thing looks as high-tech and visually appealing as a plastic milk bottle. LCD TV tech may be affordable, but at what cost?

Modern CRT TVs were simple to set up, problems only came when we switched to widescreen broadcasting and half the population were sometimes watching stretched images without even knowing/caring about it. Now we've added HD and different HDMI standards etc. into the mix, and sudddenly people need their techie friend to point out how badly set up their TV is. Oh dear...


February 18, 2009, 5:08 am

"but I sometimes wonder if TR reviewers are too much more demanding than the average consumer".Qte Ian.

Thank God they are ! precisely the reason for reading reviews at sites like TR, there were issues that related to the usability of this TV and the not inconsiderable matter that for ten quid or so, the consumer/viewer can find much better value, I really could not give a toss what the Tesco purchaser does, as long as he doesn't write the reviews or ask Panasonic to market groceries.

I am absolutely baffled why anyone reads this sites' content, then quieries why a writer reviews a product in a thorough manner, a bit like boarding a bus and then asking the driver to go somewhere different to the advertised route.

There are no doubt many circumstances where a cheapie of something is usful as a bridge until what we want becomes available, nothing wrong with something to tide one over but the point here is that for ten quid more you can get something that is far better.

Just what anyone should want in a review.


February 18, 2009, 8:10 am

"the traditional budget brands are really struggling to be necessary any more".

Always agreed with this. Any kind of cheap product should be avoided. This doesn't mean that expensive ones are always good, usually they are crap too.

I have seen many cases like yours too, basicasic. No cure.


February 18, 2009, 8:50 pm

@basicasic: Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean. It's that kind of voluntary self-inflicted torture through... a lack of knowledge that we're trying to eliminate at TR.

@GherkinG: Indeed. Good old CRT, RIP. Our lives were easier, but our eyes and backs sorer, and our consoles looked so much worse than high-res PC games. I think the gain's been worth the pain, though it does leave many people at a loss.

@Frank: Couldn't have said it better myself, mate.


July 4, 2009, 11:50 pm

Hi I am looking at buying a 26 lcd for around £250-£300 for use with my XBOX 360, I read your article and I'm now stuck between this and the toshiba, one question I have regarding both is that alot of xbox 360 games require a television that requires 60hz picture frequency support, I was hoping you could tell me if either or both of those do or don't, thankyou

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