The latest Which? HD TV test included a John Lewis-branded model for the very first time – but results were disappointing.
The JL26, a 26-inch HD-ready LCD TV from John Lewis was lined up against rivals from big brands Sony, LG, Samsung and Philips. Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said, ‘We had high hopes for this set from John Lewis and really hoped that it would buck the trend for below-par own-brand TVs. Unfortunately, although it put in an acceptable performance in our sound quality and ease of use tests, the picture quality is a real let-down.’
Independent HD TV reviews
Altogether the batch test featured eight LCD and LED models ranging from 26 to 32 inches, and scores between 42 and 74%. All the brand names are covered up in Which? tests so the independent experts are never certain which models they’re viewing or listening to.
Other models on test included Sony’s latest Freesat HD model the 32-inch Bravia KDL-32V5810 and the smallest Samsung LED-backlit TV Which? has tested to date – the 32-inch UE32B7020.
LED TVs are renowned for their energy efficiency but the eco-friendly award in this batch goes to LG’s 32LH4000. This traditional LCD model gets the Which? green seal of approval thanks to an incredibly efficient light sensor and screen blanking mode.
Cheap HD TVs
With new 2010 models due to be launched over the next couple of months, now could be the ideal time to track down an end of line bargain. Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said, ‘Electrical retailers will be trying to shift last years stock and start rolling out their new television ranges ahead of the 2010 world Cup. So if you’re not bothered about the very latest designs, try and track down a current Best Buy.’
Which? HD TV reviews
To find out more about all the TVs in the latest Which? tests read the full reviews:
A new launch date search option has been added to the Which? TV review page, so you can sort out the old models from the new. Tests and features changes over time but Which? try to ensure as much continuity between results as possible by updating and re-evaluating old results in line with the new.
Simply click the ‘compare features and price’ button on the LCD and plasma HD TV review page and select the ‘launch and test date’ option.
Which? currently lab-tests over 100 LCD, LED and plasma HD TVs in ten batches each year, and anonymously buys each product that it tests.
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