Hannspree XV32 GT 32in LCD TV Review


Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £370.00

In case you haven’t heard of it before, the Hannspree brand hails from Taiwan, and is probably best known for making highly stylised TVs featuring wood finishes and wacky shapes. You can even get a 10in red Hannspree TV shaped like a tomato. Complete with green leaves sticking out of the top. Seriously.

But with the XV32 GT, Hannspree seems out to attract attention not through design but price, and at just £370 this 32in LCD TV is one of the cheapest around. Making this state of affairs all the more remarkable is the fact that on the surface at least, nothing truly major seems to have been sacrificed to make such a price possible. For instance, you still get a digital tuner built in, and you still get an HD Ready native resolution of 1,366 x 768.

The XV32 GT is not even a bad looker for its money, combining as it does some aggressively rounded edges, a cutely bulging speaker section under the screen, and a striking contrast between a black inner bezel and a silver outer bezel. The only ‘uglification’ comes from the rather large logos slapped carelessly to the top-left and bottom-right corners.

We guess, too, that the build quality isn’t the best; the silver bits look a bit plasticky if you get up close and personal. But then you shouldn’t have to do that very often once you’ve got all your cables plugged in.

Plugging those cables in reveals yet more good news. For the set manages to provide two HDMIs despite its price, as well as a component video input, a PC port, a couple of SCARTs and a digital audio output for the DVB-T tuner – plus, of course, all the usual TV connection stalwarts.

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