No sooner had we all got used to the regimented sizes of flat tellies then everything changed.
Those after a TV for a bedroom or second room once had to choose between a 26-inch or a much larger 32-inch model, which was a bit of a leap.
So we welcome forward the brand new 28-inch size, which makes its first appearance as a cheap TV in the form of the Samsung UE28F4000.
Selling in both the Co-Op Electrical Shop and Currys for £219 – down from £319 – the UE28F4000 is a result of advances in efficiency in how glass is cut during the manufacturing process (almost all TVs are cut from a piece of mother-glass) and an ever-shrinking bezel.
The upshot of these advances is that this 28-incher has the same footprint as a regular 26-inch model from a couple of years ago.
It may be new, but the Samsung UE28F4000 isn't going to change the way we watch TV; this cheap TV hasn't got smart TV or 3D on board, and only manages a HD-ready (1366x768 pixels) resolution on its LED-backlit LCD panel. However, its basic spec will suit anyone wanting a low-impact, low-cost screen for a second room, or as a multi-purpose TV for a bedroom. Besides, for those with Sky, Virgin or YouView, there's little point in investing in a smart TV with Freeview HD.
The UE28F4000's ins and outs are reasonable, too. It's got a couple of HDMI inputs – easily enough for a second TV – as well as a Scart and an optical digital audio output for routing all audio to home cinema amplifier, and don't forget Samsung's impressive user interface. It's also got a single USB 2.0 slot that, thanks to Samsung's ConnectShare software, can play all the major digital music, photo and video file formats.
With a narrow bezel and simple black styling, the uniquely-sized UE28F4000 is about maxing-out screen size – but with £100 knocked-off.
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