Iâ€™m generally of the opinion that you get what you pay for. Iâ€™ve seen too many budget products that are supposed to be â€œas good as the big brandsâ€ but very rarely are. This is never more true than in the television market â€“ how can that TV stuck on the end of an aisle at Tesco be so cheap? Because itâ€™s not very good, thatâ€™s how. So when I decided to round up a few budget 32in high definition televisions, I wasnâ€™t holding out much hope as far as quality goes. One thingâ€™s for sure though, this Evesham is head and shoulders above the other two TVs in this feature.
Evesham has gone for a very different design to Rock and ViewSonic, with the speakers mounted on either side of the screen rather than underneath it. Mounting the speakers at the side makes the Evesham look slightly dated, since most LCD TVs set the speakers below the screen these days. However, the wisdom in Eveshamâ€™s decision is borne out by the fact that the sound on this TV is far better than the competition. To be fair to the Rock, its sound isnâ€™t bad, but the sound on the ViewSonic is woefully inadequate compared to the Evesham. Evesham has even provided a subwoofer output in case you want to add a bid more bass response to your sound stage.
Staying with design, Evesham has gone for a very black finish, with only a slim strip below the screen finished in matt silver. In some ways this enhances the image quality, with the black frame and speakers making the picture look even more vivid and punchy. On the underside of the front fascia youâ€™ll find some basic controls, but itâ€™s unlikely that youâ€™re going to use these too often instead of the remote control.
At the rear thereâ€™s a pretty good complement of connections. Thereâ€™s only one HDMI connection, but I wasnâ€™t really expecting anything more considering the price. Thereâ€™s also a set of component video inputs, which rounds off the input criteria necessary for the HD Ready logo. There are also two SCART sockets, S-Video and composite video inputs, and finally a D-SUB port for connecting your PC. Interestingly the remote control has the inputs split into sections. Thereâ€™s a TV button that switches to the internal tuner, a PC/HD button which toggles through D-SUB and HDMI inputs, a Video button that toggles through composite, S-Video and component video inputs, and finally a SCART button that toggles through the two SCART inputs. Considering the amount of inputs on this TV, this method of switching is quite useful and far quicker than cycling through all of them to get to your desired source.