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Kogan LED55 review

Is this 55-inch LED, Freeview HD TV for £750 too good to be true?

Our Verdict

For

  • Remarkably cheap
  • Pictures are bright and contrasty
  • Can record to USBs

Against

  • 100Hz engine is below par and can't be turned off
  • Issues with backlight consistency
  • Colours lack range and nuance
  • Skin looks unrealistic

Kogan led55 review

The Kogan LED55 isn't exactly the prettiest TV you'll ever see. But nor is it ugly - not by any stretch of the imagination.

Its bezel may be a little wider and more angular than most televisions, but the glossy black finish is decent enough. It feels a little 'squeaky' with its build quality during set up, but once it's positioned on its heavy-duty, crystal-finished stand, it looks robust enough.

Some budget TVs tend to forget that most people want a very slim TV these days. But here again the Kogan LED55 gently impresses, with its respectable depth of just 50mm (off its stand).

A quest for connections uncovers a minor but certainly not deal-breaking disappointment in the shape of three HDMI inputs rather than the four now commonly found on big flatscreen TVs.

But you also get some pretty handy compensation from a USB port and its ability to both play back AVI, MP4, DivX4, DivX5, XVID, MP3, WMA, JPEG and BMP files, and record broadcast programming to USB HDDs up to 1TB in size.

As usual, you shouldn't really consider such USB recording systems to be a replacement for a more heavy-duty recording option, but it's great for 'pausing live TV' or simple timeshifting.

There's also a D-Sub PC port for simple computer connection, and a LAN port to support the TV's integrated Freeview HD tuner. It's a pity that this LAN port can't also be used for either taking the TV online or accessing files stored on a networked PC. But then the Kogan LED55 does, after all, only cost £750.

As noted earlier, the Kogan LED55's screen specifications seem mostly quite promising - especially its use of Edge LED lighting rather than CCFL, and the presence of 100Hz processing to reduce potential motion blurring from the 6.5ms response time panel.

However, it's not all plain sailing on the spec front, because neither the claimed 320cd/m2 of brightness nor the maximum 40,000:1 claimed dynamic contrast ratio stack up very well against the sort of numbers routinely trotted out by the more established TV brands. Hopefully Kogan is just being more honest.

Heading into the TV's on-screen menus, it has to be said that there isn't a great deal going on. You get fairly perfunctory - though actually not horrifically calibrated - presets; a trio of colour temperature presets; multiple levels of noise reduction; and actually that's kind of it.

The only attempt to cater for enthusiasts is the presence of a fairly rudimentary colour adjustment system that enables you to adjust between 1 and 100 the levels of the red, green and blue colour elements.

This relative paucity of set up flexibility is really to be expected on such a cheap 55-inch TV, though. And in some ways the only truly aggravating absentee is a dedicated backlight control to accompany the basic brightness adjustment.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyElite
Brand NameKogan
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption200 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
Height with Stand325 mm
Width with Stand1302 mm
Depth with Stand855 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
SCARTYes
Number of USB Ports1
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate120 Hz
Height797 mm
Width1302 mm
Depth50 mm
Brightness320 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPVR (Personal Video Recorder)
ManufacturerKogan Technologies UK Pty, Ltd
Product ModelKULED551HDAA
Product Name55" LED TV (Full HD, 100Hz) with PVR & SRS Audio
Product LineElite
Manufacturer Part NumberKULED551HDAA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kogan.co.uk
Marketing Information

Stunning design and feature-packed, the Kogan 55" Full HD LED TV combines cutting edge technology and ultra slim design with razor sharp clarity - the smartest choice for our most discerning customers.

This LED TV features a built-in PVR and USB Input, allowing you to Pause, Rewind and Record live TV and even playback your favourite movies, TV shows, and photos in crystal clarity.

The Kogan 55" Full HD ELITE LED TV will enrich your home or office interior and redefine your viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • 55" LED TV (Full HD, 100Hz) with PVR & SRS Audio
  • Remote Control
  • Power Cable
  • Link to User Manual
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year