Technika 19-240 18.5 inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV DVD Combi with Freeview & USB Record
This is my first product review blog and I have only had this television for a week.
On balance I think there are more pros than cons and so I will start with the cons. The plastic casing is brittle and cheap, no good for the kids room. I’ve already broken the cover for the batteries on the remote. The plating on the sockets isn’t very good and so I lost the signal; it came back after I fiddled with the aerial plug and socket.
It comes with a 4 Gb flash drive to which you can record up to 2 1/2 hours of programs. I put a photograph on it and you can see that displayed in the picture. I did adjust the photograph of the TV just a little; I couldn’t see the clouds on the water! It is a good display for photographs, though. I also recorded the lottery result to USB and that played back OK. I put an MP3 on and played that, the sound is what you might expect; it lacked bass. It plays an MP3 with the quality you would expect from a TV. When watching TV it’s not as good as full HD or as good as a TV with an LCD display but for £130 it does what it says on the box. The instruction book is a little amateurish, it looks like a photocopy! I can read the instructions though and got everything working. I did notice when the photograph came on, it said something about music and so I think you can have a photograph with music – I haven’t figured that out yet!
I nearly forgot the DVD. Strangely enough I watched Brassed Off on TV this week and I just found the DVD and it played it fine. I also picked up a music CD while I was looking for a DVD and that is still playing. I’m not sure if this is a music CD or MP3’s so I’m not sure if it will play MP3’s. I assume it would.
Overall? It is OK for the money, would be better if it was half price! It was the best I could find that recorded to USB. It should have an 18month warranty option. There is a leaflet to register for an 18 month warranty, extending the 12 month warranty free; but the folder on the website doesn’t exist! The warranty address was www.skymedia.co.uk/free6 – no folder of that name and so I left a message! Fail: Skymedia! Fail: Tesco for that matter.
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