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Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV review

John Archer

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7

There are thin TVs and there's the Hitachi UT32MH70. For while ‘thin' with most flat TVs means a depth of between 90 and 110mm, in the UT32MH70's case it means 35mm. Yes, 35mm.

Get a tape measure out, have a look at how small 35mm is, and you'll appreciate just what an achievement the design of the UT32MH70 really is. It's a genuinely huge step towards the long talked about dream of truly wafer thin TVs, and currently makes this Hitachi one of the most aggressively stylish and aspirationally appealing TVs around.

However, as anyone with an ounce of depth will tell you, looks aren't everything. So if the UT32MH70 fails to deliver on the performance side of things, no amount of ‘trophy TV' chicness will be enough to win it a place in our hearts.

But before we find out about its performance, let's, um, concentrate on/salivate over that design for just a little bit longer! For while I think I've conveyed some sense of how resplendently thin the thing looks compared to other flat TVs (never mind old CRT-style TVs), I haven't yet mentioned the slick, polished look of the bezel, or the way the polished excellence extends beautifully round to the TV's rear.

Of course, as with all flat TVs there's an argument to be made that there's really not much point in slimming down a TV and prettifying its back end when TVs are made to be watched from the front. But there will doubtless be rooms in some people's homes where a TV's rear or at least side will be visible from certain positions, so for them the UT32MH70 is potentially an essential purchase.

Let's not forget, either, that many of the people reading this website are probably lovers of technology for technology's sake, and so will desire a UT32MH70 just because of its technical achievement.

This achievement has required advances in a number of TV manufacturing areas. First of all, where possible, Hitachi has replaced actual components of traditional TVs with multi-tasking chipsets. Also, the brand has had to develop a power supply only a third as large as a standard one, and has come up with a new approach to ventilation that vastly improves heat dissipation and air-flow. Finally on the slimming down trail, the screen's LCD layers have been reduced in size and the tuner has been removed.

Did I just say the tuner has been removed? Sure did. For the bottom line here is that every time we've called the UT32MH70 a TV up to this point, we've been telling porkies. For with no tuner - analogue, digital or whatever - this Hitachi is actually a screen, not a TV.

Matt G Baish

August 12, 2008, 2:43 pm

Oh dear - I liked the look of these but it seems Hitachi have missed the boat re: picture quality :(. Shame. (Its gotta be an 8 minimum for me. pref higher).

duncan

March 26, 2009, 8:52 pm

Check out Richer Sounds - this tv for less than 𧷤!!

Augusto Barale

January 11, 2010, 10:23 pm

I've bought this one just a couple of days before xmas and I' very happy with the choice. The picture is above the expectations for this sort of monitors. There are loads of settings and if you have a freeview box upscaling to 1080 you will feel like been watching on a much more expensive screen. I also bought the Hitachi HDR163 160GB HDMI Digital TV Recorder to pair with the monitor (as the screen doesn't come with tv tuner) and it's been a rather nice experience. The only thing I miss is another HDMI port, because there is only one, but you can buy a splitter for £15,00 at Asda. Before I buy this screen I went to a few shops and none of the other same size models call my attention more than this. Another thing to consider is the sound quality. For day to day news is ok, weekend films or other programs you can't watch too loud is fine, but if you like real surround, an external source is in order.


General view I'll say, good value for money and a pretty impressive slim screen you can fit anywhere.

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