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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Mike, I would buy the tv just to get your picture on the screen, but I don’t suppose every one of those tv’s come with your beautiful picture. That’s one of my favorite pictures of yours and it looks particularly nice on the wide screen!
I love your tech blog! The price is great for the tv, but the cheapness of the build would give me pause buying it with kids around. How did you break the remote?
I hope you are able to upgrade to an 18 month warranty, sounds as if you’ll need it!
Thanks for linking your other blogs at the end of the posts. The links help me to navigate through so I don’t miss any of your blogging gems.
Hope you’re feeling better!
4, July 2011 at 3:28 pm
I took the cover off the battery compartment to put the batteries in and it was either broke before I did that or I broke it. It would break easily anyway and it ended up like many remotes with a little tape holding the battery cover on! The links at the end of my blogs give me more page view than I would otherwise have. I find most people will read 2 or more blogs with those links in place. My 12 month warranty applies and so if I get 18 months it’s a bonus. I think the main problem is the case so it should be OK. The electronics, is cheap as well but should be fine – there are no overheating problems to be considered. the first part to fail will be the DVD drive if I’m any judge. I did materials like steel, alloys and plastics in my first year of college. I also got a qualification in telecommunications and did electronics later. I’m returning to my roots! lol
It is a cold I have it seems a few people have it. I am keeping myself occupied between coughs and sneezes!
4, July 2011 at 4:17 pm
Do you feel a little better with your body now?Pls take care.
I have to say that you’re really so so great and you always find the views from the daily life when others cant.
Would you mind to tell me that what your job is?
5, July 2011 at 4:37 am
Welcome back… I still have a cold, but it seems to be slowly getting better. I’m a writer, there is a little about that on the ‘About Me’ page. I keep meaning to edit that! 😛
I tend to plan what i’m writing while eating breakfat and it is all consuming; but I enjoy it. I have been thinking about tomorrows art blog this morning and for Thrifty Thursday I hope to cover some of the problems parent have providing for their children. I hope to make that funny or humorous as the student at Xiaogan would say!
5, July 2011 at 10:08 am
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My dvd does not work, never has done. It’s now ten months old. Instruction manual for lcd 19-228g is downloaded and printed. Page 21 (DVD SETUP) shows a menu that does not appear on my set. How do I set the system to PAL. I put in dvd which goes to READ then the screen image is abasolute mess. Is there any hope?
3, July 2012 at 12:25 pm
I just checked mine and it played a DVD automatically when I inserted one. It might not be going to DVD automatically so press source on the remote and go down the menu to DVD and press enter and it should play. If it doesn’t the most likely problem is a faulty DVD drive. At 10 months old you might be able to return it under warranty. Look for your receipt.
I just remembered the buttons on the top 🙂
Look for the source button on the top too, press that, then the vol – button down to DVD; wait and it should come on as a DVD. To return to Freeview I pressed Source and the vol + button and took it up to Freeview and then it went back to Freeview.
Good luck, I hope it works. Mine is in my bedroom and the DVD is handy for paying music CD’s too; not great quality, but good enough.
3, July 2012 at 6:27 pm