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Hannspree ST19AMBB review

Can this 16:10 LCD TV make it in a 16:9 world?

Our Verdict

Only worth a look if price is more important than performance

For

  • Affordable
  • Simple to use

Against

  • Visible backlight
  • Poor black levels

Hannspree is perhaps best known for its novelty TVs, but the manufacturer also produces a comprehensive range of modest sized budget sets, such as the ST19AMBB.

The TV sports a black plastic frame, and the company has thoughtfully provided a cloth for cleaning smudged fingerprints on the bezel and screen. Overall though the set's build quality is rather flimsy.

The connections roster is very basic, but there's also a PC input, enabling you to use the TV as a computer monitor. Annoyingly, the side-mounted aerial input protrudes at an unsightly angle, ruining the TV's already dubious aesthetics.

The onscreen graphics are simple and functional, but they are rather small and difficult to read and the muted colours and uninspiring design results in a lacklustre effect.

The remote control is fairly standard and looks over complex, considering the TV's sparse feature list. However, the most commonly used buttons are comfortably positioned and easy to use.

Performance

The slightly unusual resolution and the 16:10 panel, rather than the more conventional 16:9 widescreen ratio, means that pictures can appear slightly misshapen.

Overall picture performance is acceptable, but not great, with the visible backlight proving particularly distracting. Black levels are poor, with detail almost completely lost in the murkiest corners of the screen. Colour reproduction appears a little sketchy, too, with hues taking on an unrealistic quality.

Motion handling is also a problem, with standard-definition pictures suffering from a fair amount of blurring. HD is better, but does appear somewhat soft.

We wouldn't expect too much from the sonics on a TV of this size, but the performance here is rather below average. The speakers sound very tinny indeed, particularly as the volume is upped. There are a few different sound options, the best of which seems to be the Movie mode which adds some much needed base.

Hannspree st19ambb

Although the ST19AMBB has a recommended retail price of £200, you should be able to find it in shops for less and it's available online for as little as £125, making it a real bargain set.

If you're after a small, low budget screen then this panel does deliver a reasonable performance after a fashion, but if you're after quality it may be best to look elsewhere.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports1
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size48.3 cm (19")
Aspect Ratio16:10
Horizontal Viewing Angle150°
Vertical Viewing Angle140°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)6.80 kg
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Dynamic Contrast Ratio6,000:1
RMS Output Power5 W
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Brightness300 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Maximum Resolution1440 x 900
FeaturesFavorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling, Teletext
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelST19AMBB
Product NameST19AMBB 19" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberST19AMBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

The ST19AMBB is the latest offering for a fully functional 19" LCD TV from Hannspree. The ST19AMBB is designed to work with cable/terrestrial/DVB-T digital TV tuners, and a VGA cable for connection to your PC. You can use it as a dedicated TV or PC monitor depending on your needs.

Package Contents
  • ST19AMBB LCD TV
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
Response Time5 ms
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.20 kg