- Decent Integrated DVD deck
- Design is eye-catching
- Good multimedia functionality for the money
- Picture quality is very average
- Poor remote control
- Onscreen menu text is too small
Review Price free/subscription
Manufacturer: Tesco Technika
Normally when we’re talking about a 23in TV with a price tag of £200, we’d be talking about a strictly no-frills affair. However, normal rules don’t seem to apply when the £200 price tag is attached to Tesco AV brand Technika.
The fact that the 23-231BR is a bit outside the typical budget scheme of things becomes glaringly obvious the moment you take it out of its fancy, gloss-finished box. For as you can see from the photos accompanying the review, the 23-231BR is a bit red. Actually, it’s a lot red, with bold, glossy red panels plastered right across its top and bottom edges, offset by boldly contrasting black strips down each side. A shrinking violet this TV most certainly is not.
Which is, of course, precisely its point. For it’s clearly targeted at the second room market, especially a study or teen’s bedroom, where an injection of colour tends to be much more sought after than it is with people’s main living room TVs. In fact, you can also get the 23-231 in blue, titanium and black variations if any of those suit your tastes more.
The 23-231BR’s surprises don’t end with its brash colour scheme, though. For turning our attention to the set’s rear quickly reveals that it also has a DVD slot tucked into its rear right hand side - certainly not something we’d expect to see for £200.
And there’s more. The 23-231BR carries some surprising multimedia functionality in the form of USB recording. Pop a formatted USB stick or HDD into the TV’s USB port and you’ll be able to record anything you like from the built-in Freeview tuner in the same quality it was first broadcast in.
Despite already being more generous than we’d expected, the 23-231BR even goes so far as to throw a 4GB USB stick in with the TV! Just bear in mind that the set only has one tuner, though, so you can only record the channel you’ve got the TV tuned to.
The USB port can also be used to play multimedia files already held on a USB stick - and the playback flexibility even includes video files as well as the more common music and photo options.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the 23-231BR carries a D-Sub PC port, meaning it can double up as a computer monitor and thus make its £200 price tag look even more tantalising.