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AOC LE42K0D7D review

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

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In some ways the LE42K0D7D's pictures are pleasantly surprising, but the set does also struggle in a couple of key areas, leaving it looking pretty average overall.

The surprising thing is how much brightness and colour intensity the screen is capable of pumping out. This is, of course, a fairly common strength of edge LED technology, but the LE42K0D7D's images still stand out from the crowd.

What's particularly striking about this is that the dynamism and brightness doesn't only apply to hyper-aggressive settings (Vivid, for example) that are clearly aimed at catching potential customers' eyes in a shop. Even after a bit of calibration to try to get the best contrast from the set, pictures are still extremely punchy.

This immediately runs counter to the situation encountered with a number of budget brands over the years and sets hopes high that there's plenty more good stuff to come.

And in some ways, there is. The screen is capable of producing a better black level response than anticipated, for instance, providing a great foundation to the rich colours and bright whites noted already, and further contributing to the image's fairly spectacular first impressions.

HD pictures are reasonably sharp and detailed, moreover, with such fine elements as grain and pore detailing clearly visible. However, before you start to get too carried away, this sense of clarity does take a fairly significant hit when there's lots of motion in a picture. This is due, presumably, to a fairly uninspiring native response time from the LE42K0D7D's edge LED panel.

You can reduce this blurring a touch using the 100Hz options. But although the lowest power setting for the set's 100Hz mode doesn't fully get rid of the blur by any means, it's impossible to recommend a higher 100Hz setting, as these can cause some fairly obvious processing problems (shimmering and flickering around moving objects in particular).

The single most annoying thing about the LE42K0D7D's pictures, though, is the increasingly common problem of an inconsistent backlight. The four corners of the picture are noticeably brighter than the rest of the image during dark scenes, especially if you've got a quite bright, central picture element against an otherwise dark background.

You can't see this problem, to be fair, with predominantly bright content, but how many films or even TV dramas have you seen that don't have any dark scenes in them?

Even turning the backlight down to near zero doesn't remove the consistency flaws, and whenever they crop up, they invariably make you feel distanced from what you're watching.

A smaller issue concerns the LE42K0D7D's colours, which are certainly punchy, but rarely entirely natural. Skin tones look rather over-saturated, and oranges and reds tend to look too dominant. You eventually acclimatise to this, but there are still moments where a tone or two really jumps out at you, adding further to the potential for this TV to suddenly leave you distracted from what you're watching.

One final niggle is that the LE42K0D7D is no expert at upscaling standard-definition material. Unless a standard-def source is of a particularly high standard – such as a very good DVD – the upscaled pictures tend to look rather noisy and patchy.

This is partly down, most likely, to both some fairly unsophisticated rescaling processing and the screen's ultra-aggressive approach drawing attention to any mess that might be inherent to a source.

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