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Latest batch of Which? TV testing results

Eight 19- to 22-inch LCD TVs reviewed

Panasonic Viera TX-L19X10

The Panasonic Viera TX-L19X10 is available in white and black

Which? has published its latest batch of TV results, featuring eight LCD models ranging from 19 to 22 inches, with scores between 46 and 69%.

The TVs range in price between £180 and £400 and only a single model from the eight was awarded Best Buy status. The most common complaint against these TVs is that their viewing angles are poor.

Small TVs have poor viewing angles

Michael Briggs, Which? TV expert, said: ‘The picture tends to fade on all of these models as the viewing angle becomes more oblique – although this was less prevalent on the Panasonic model. A broad viewing angle is often more important on a smaller television as they are often used in rooms where the viewer is more likely to move around – such as the kitchen’.

The brands on test included LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Technika and Toshiba.

Technika TV has USB personal video recorder

‘The Technika model from Tesco is interesting,’ explained Briggs, ‘as it comes with a 4GB USB key that can be plugged in and used to record your favourite TV programs. At less than £200 this is a great feature, however there are a few shortcomings, so I’d advise anyone to read the full review before making any purchase’.

Sound quality on this latest batch of results also disappointed the Which? research team. ‘On one model the sound quality was so bad that we thought the TV was faulty,’ said Briggs. ‘We even went so far as to buy a replacement model, but that was just as bad’.

Which? TV reviews

A new tool has also been developed by the Which? TV researchers to visually illustrate the difference between SD and HD TV pictures.

The best TV brands report has also been updated, so you can now see the average power consumption of all TVs tested from brands including Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, LG and Samsung.

Which? currently lab-tests ten batches of TVs each year, and anonymously buys each product that it tests. 

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