AOC LE42K0D7D review

Affordable edge LED set with 100Hz, but average pictures and no Freeview HD tuner

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyADDARA
Brand NameAOC
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption115 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio2,000,000:1
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand693 mm
Width with Stand1005.40 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height651.3 mm
Width1005.4 mm
Depth46.1 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Auto Program
ManufacturerAOC
Product ModelLE42K0D7D
Product NameADDARA LE42K0D7D LED-LCD TV
Product LineADDARA
Manufacturer Part NumberLE42K0D7D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.aocmonitor.com
Marketing Information

Perfect contrast and vivid colours - the Addara LED TV series
Crisp images with extremely high contrast values and vivid colours: the energy-saving innovative LED dynamic backlight technology ensures a remarkably balanced image display with darkest blacks and brighter whites.

These 16:9 models impress with a brilliant image quality in movie theatre format. Thanks to innovative connection possibilities and compatibility these AOC TVs are expertly equipped to become future-proof multimedia centres. Blue-ray players, audio systems and game consoles are all easily connected.

Their ultra-thin design and slim frames fit perfectly into nearly any home setting.

Package Contents
  • ADDARA LE42K0D7D LED-LCD TV
  • Table Stand
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty3 Year