AOC le42k0d7d

The LE42K0D7D's edge LED lighting has the potential to have all sorts of positive – and detrimental – effects on picture quality. The former might include high contrast, vivid colours and good green credentials compared to CCFL models.

The slinky dimensions make the LE42K0D7D a touch more stylish than conventional sets, but that's not to say that the TV is exceptionally attractive overall, for its fascia looks and feels plasticky and the inelegant bottom edge looks rather dated.

The set's connections are just about acceptable and include three HDMI inputs, a D-Sub PC port and a USB socket able to play JPEGs, MP3 files and H.264 video files. There's no Ethernet port, though, indicating that the set sports neither an HD tuner nor any online capability. Not having a Freeview HD tuner on a near-£800 TV definitely counts as a significant blow.

You do get a standard-def Freeview tuner, though, together with a Full HD native resolution, a high claimed contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 and, most surprisingly of all for a relatively affordable edge LED TV, 100Hz processing. This is there, of course, to make motion look less blurry and more detailed.

Heading into the screen's onscreen menus reveals a quite extensive series of picture presets, including Standard, Movie, Eco and Personal settings.

And there's a solid amount of flexibility to make your own adjustments, too, such as a simple noise reduction circuit, a flesh tone adjustment, a backlight adjustment with no less than 100 setting points, the option to turn on or off a dynamic contrast circuit and, arguably best of all, the ability to adjust the potency of the 100Hz system across three different settings – or turn it off entirely, if you wish.

Hopefully, this will mean you can get a good balance between reducing LCD's traditional motion blur problem and keeping a lid on processing noise.

The most significant disappointment about the LE42K0D7D's features, aside from the lack of a Freeview HD tuner, is the lack of flexibility on offer when it comes to fine-tuning colours.

More and more affordable TVs are offering quite sophisticated colour management systems these days, but the LE42K0D7D has practically nothing worthwhile. Which is made all the more upsetting because, as will become apparent later, its colours could do with some calibration TLC.

One final surprising and potentially positive feature to conclude with, though, is the presence of a dedicated 10W subwoofer speaker firing out from the LE42K0D7D's rear panel.