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Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

Nicely styled budget big screen let down by poor pictures and sound

Our Verdict

For

  • Price
  • Full HD resolution
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Integrated digital terrestrial tuner

Against

  • Mediocre picture and sound
  • Digital tuner less than satisfactory
  • Ineffective energy-saving mode

The SJ42DMBB is an attractive set with flexible connectivity options that include three HDMI ports, two Scarts and a VGA input that enables it to be used as a widescreen computer monitor.

SJ42DMBB

Both analogue and (standard-definition) digital terrestrial tuners are built in. A great spec for the price, admittedly, but ultimately the SJ42DMBB is let down by a disappointing audio-visual performance.

We liked

The 42in full HD resolution screen, multitude of AV inputs and computer monitor potential are all definite plus points. We also appreciate the Common Interface slot, as this provides a migratory path to digital terrestrial pay-TV services.

We disliked

The picture and sound quality, which fall far short from what one can expect from an LCD TV today.

The instruction manual also leaves much to be desired

Final verdict

If you're after a large-screen computer monitor and only plan to use the TV for sporadic non-critical viewing (sports scores and news headlines, for example), then the SJ42DMBB might fit the bill.

But be warned. It's as true today as it ever was - you get what you pay for.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilySJ
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
HDMIYes
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption900 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711.20 mm
Width with Stand1015.40 mm
Depth with Stand279 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height655 mm
Width1015.4 mm
Depth95.6 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesSJ
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSJ42DMBB
Product NameSJ42DMBB 42" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSJ42DMBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

If you have a preference for minimalistic styling, a taste for vogue and fashion and you appreciate outstanding technological products, Hannspree's SJ Series 42" LCD TV SJ42DMBB is for you. Styled as a portrait frame to achieve a concept of minimalism, the frontal frame and base of the display is completed with full black mirror finish. Coupled with silver chrome strip affixed to the lower edge to add a futuristic feel to the display, Hannspree has successfully created a LCD TV with a refined, minimalistic, yet elegant exterior. The curved contours of the frame further enhances the diffraction and changes of light to blend the TV perfectly as a component of your interior design.

Package Contents
  • SJ42DMBB LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Cleaning Cloth
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.90 kg