Pulling against the problems we’ve just described, meanwhile, is the image’s brightness. This is truly exceptional for a 26in TV, making it one of only a handful of small TVs we’d really recommend for use in a sun lounge or conservatory.
Another extremely important 26LXD80 talent is its ability with Freeview broadcasts. For it decodes and upscales these notoriously noisy, inconsistent standard definition sources to its native HD resolution with a deftness of touch in terms of noise suppression that’s truly exceptional. This makes it a great daytime TV TV, if you see what I mean, and this alone could be enough to make it the second-room TV of choice for many households. It’s only with more demanding drama and film sources that its various weaknesses substantially come into play.
Another less important but still worthwhile success I noted was the 26LXD80’s affinity with games consoles, thanks to what appears to be a pretty fast response time and the richness of its colours.
If you’re after a simple, no-nonsense TV for daytime telly viewing in, say, a kitchen or conservatory, the 26LXD80’s exceptional Freeview talents give it instant appeal. However, within the more demanding environment of a study or bedroom, where dramas and films are more likely to be watched, the 26LXD80’s flaws make it a less convincing option – as well as perhaps making its price look slightly steep.