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Technika LCD 32-270 review

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Technika LCD 32-270
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  • Technika LCD 32-270

Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • It's very cheap for a 32in TV
  • Surprising multimedia capabilities
  • Pictures are surprisingly bright and punchy

Cons

  • Motion blur
  • Oversaturated colours
  • Weak black level

Key Features

  • 32in TV using CCFL lighting
  • Freeview tuner (not HD)
  • Multimedia playback via USB
  • Full HD resolution
  • It costs just £279!
  • Manufacturer: Tesco Technika
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Last time TrustedReviews popped down to our local Tesco for a lunchtime Ginsters, we were momentarily distracted from our Pepper Steak mission by a large display of TVs sitting at the end of the store’s electronics section. Pausing for a moment to clock the Technika branding on these sets, it occurred to us that we hadn’t tested a Technika TV for ages. Not since the LCD 32-209 back in February 2009, in fact. Which seemed like a bit of an oversight, given how many people have probably been seduced by Tesco’s aggressive pricing into popping a Technika TV into their trolleys along with their weekly family shop.

So let’s put this oversight right today by checking out the latest 32in TV in Tesco’s Technika range, the LCD 32-270.

This extremely affordable £279 TV makes a decent first impression, by not being as pig-ugly as most of its cheap-as-chips peers. Don’t get us wrong; as you can see from the pictures here, it’s not going to win any beauty pageants. But its finish is pleasingly glossy, and it’s surprisingly solidly built to boot.

Connections, too, marginally exceed expectations. There are only two HDMIs, which is par for the budget course, but the 32-270 also manages both a VGA PC port and a USB input, neither of which can ever be taken for granted at the sub-£300 level of the market. The D-Sub port is particularly handy, since being able to double this TV up as a computer monitor makes its price look even better value.

The USB’s capabilities go further than anticipated too, taking in movie and music file formats as well as the more predictable JPEG photos. Good stuff.

For the record, other connections include a pair of RCA audio inputs, an S-Video input (not seen one of those for a while!), a coaxial digital audio output, and a single RGB Scart.

Scanning the LCD 32-270’s claimed performance specifications is a slightly worrying exercise, though. Particularly unspectacular is a quoted contrast ratio of just 3,000:1, vs the many tens of thousands to one - or more - we’re now routinely seeing from even some budget LCD TVs.

Rok Krznar

March 15, 2011, 12:16 pm

"Particularly unspectacular is a quoted contrast ratio of just 3,000:1"
I have to stress that when talking about true native panel contrast ratios, even 1000:1 is impressive for LCD's. I have a Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP with a quoted contrast ratio of (just) 1000:1, and I have yet to see an LCD TV with native contrast that appears stronger.

Mik3yB

March 15, 2011, 1:40 pm

"should you add this TV to your trolley, or would you be off your trolley to buy one?"

Why did this make me chuckle?! *facepalm*

colin

March 15, 2011, 4:58 pm

today only lg32ld490 for £298.95 full hd with freeview hd usb playback of divx hd netcast not going to be perfect by any means but surely better value

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