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Hannspree SE40LMNB review

Edge LED and Full HD team-up to produce solid hi-def TV pictures

Our Verdict

For

  • Price
  • User interface design
  • Hi-def performance

Against

  • Standard definition performance
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Long-winded USB recording feature
  • Lacks online dimension
  • Poor sound quality
  • Sole USB slot lacks MKV support

This budget-busting effort from Hannspreee does away with 'smart' apps and on-demand IPTV services and instead combines some of the basics on shoppers' lists: LED backlighting, Full HD, pause live TV and basic USB recording.

The brand often rears its head as a maker of novelty televisions for kids and of budget gadgets in general, and this 40-inch Edge LED-backlit LCD TV from Hannspree is firmly in that second camp.

The brand's first model in its SE TV Series, and available to buy now from Misco, the SE40LMNB includes a two-year collect and return warranty as standard. A 32-inch version, the Hannspree SE32LMNB, will become available this month, too.

Although the SE40LMNB's recording and Time-shift functions are touted, note that the system employed here is much like on any other modern TV.

A lot of the major Japanese, Korean and Chinese brands now build-in a USB port that's capable of making TV recordings to a connected hard disk (not forgetting the all-important pause and rewind live TV feature), and that's the case here.

Tie that to a Full HD resolution and the reasons to buy increase, though that extra detail is rather wasted by the lack of a Freeview HD tuner.

That will annoy some, especially if Freeview HD has just started broadcasting in your area, though the ears of Sky, Virgin and Freeview+HD box owners will be surely be pricked; is this the budget, tuner-less LED TV you've been looking for?

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilySE
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.33 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio8,000,000:1
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand654.70 mm
Width with Stand951 mm
Depth with Stand240 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Number of USB Ports1
Media PlayerYes
Height591.6 mm
Width951 mm
Depth53.7 mm
Brightness350 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Product SeriesSE
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChannel Labeling, Teletext, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Ambient Lighting
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSE40LMNB
Product NameSE40LMNB LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSE40LMNB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Package Contents
  • SE40LMNB LED-LCD TV
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • Scart Adapter Cable
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)13 kg