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Cello C42T71DVB-3D review

Cut-price 3D TV mixes new tech with old

Our Verdict

For

  • Low-cost 3D glasses
  • Strong multi-media file playback via USB
  • DRM-free PVR recordings onto USB

Against

  • CCFL backlight compromises design
  • Average 2D picture performance
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Passive 3D has a tight viewing sweet spot
  • Lightweight audio
  • Chunky remote

Cello may not be a household name, but this UK-based operation has found a niche producing budget TVs with a high-tech twist.

The C42T71DVB-3D is its first 3D-ready offering. It uses an FPR (Film Pattern Retarder) Passive 3D panel sourced from LG, rather than Active Shutter technology, and includes four pairs of passive glasses in the box.

Despite fashionable 3D compatibility, the set uses an old school CCFL backlight. This means it doesn't have the slender profile of rival LED 3D sets. The cabinet is 107mm deep. Of course, viewed front-on you wouldn't really guess it's so lardy.

The design is steadfastly generic; a wide, glossy bezel measuring 39mm, frames the matt screen. Build quality is lightweight and plasticky. The display sits atop a pedestal, which swivels to suite your viewing position.

The C42T71DVB-3D doesn't have access to any IPTV content. Unlike Cello's iViewer screens, there's no Ethernet, so no BBC iPlayer and its ilk. The unit does however have a multimedia USB reader, allowing audio and video files to be played back. It will also record TV shows directly onto an external USB drive.

The 42-inch C42T71DVB-3D sits below the brand's look-a-like 47-inch C47T71DVB-3D, which sells for between £699 and £799. There's no difference in specification between the two models.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
3D Type3D
Brand NameCello
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderNo
Wireless LANNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
RMS Output Power16 W
DLNA CertifiedNo
S-VideoYes
Height with Stand730 mm
Width with Stand1000 mm
Depth with Stand320 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Number of USB Ports1
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerCello Electronics
Product ModelC42T71DVB-3D
Product NameC42T71DVB-3D LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberC42T71DVB-3D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.celloelectronics.com
SpeakersYes