AOC LE42K0D7D review

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

TODO alt text

AOC le42k0d7d

The AOC LE42K0D7D serves up a picture of almost mind-boggling vibrancy and brightness from an edge LED backlighting engine that also helpfully enables a nice, slender profile.

However, while this aggressive, colour-rich approach is capable of producing some occasionally startlingly good picture quality, over time it starts to feel as if the aggression is really designed to distract you from the screen's numerous flaws. These include – in order of severity – backlight inconsistencies, motion blur, some pretty off-looking colour tones and some fairly bog-standard standard-def upscaling.

The sound similarly fails to inspire despite the addition of an integrated subwoofer. In fact, all the subwoofer does is highlight the inadequacies of the main speakers.

Overall, then, the LE42K0D7D has more 'moments' than might have been expected given its heritage, but is ultimately too inconsistent to stand out from the crowd in any significant way.

We liked

The LE42K0D7D's slim design gets it off to a decent start and its operating system is engaging, if hardly state of the art. It's easy to be seduced, too, by the image's instantly aggressive flavour, with its rich colours and surprisingly strong contrast.

We disliked

The LE42K0D7D has no Freeview HD tuner, and precious few means of adjusting colours in any meaningful way. This latter issue means you're stuck with an occasionally unbalanced palette. The backlight shows clear signs of inconsistency too, audio is flawed, and ultimately the price feels a good £100 too expensive.

Final verdict

It's good to see that some of the smaller brands are still clinging on in the current tough economic climate. It's even better to see some of those brands, such as AOC, willing to show some ambition by launching large, LED-lit screens with thoughtful features like USB multimedia support and 100Hz processing.

However, while there are times when the LE42K0D7D's pictures look much better than we've come to expect from smaller brands, once you've seen past its initial attractions, the LE42K0D7D has a few picture flaws large enough to really distract you from what you're watching from time to time.

There's no Freeview HD tuner, either, and its sound is uneven, despite the handy addition of a built-in subwoofer.

All in all the LE42K0D7D is a solid enough effort from AOC, but it would have needed to be quite a bit cheaper before it became something really easy to recommend.

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
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand693 mm
Width with Stand1005.40 mm
Depth with Stand230 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Component VideoYes
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
Product ModelLE42K0D7D
Product LineADDARA
Manufacturer Part NumberLE42K0D7D
Manufacturer Website Address
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
  • Table Stand
Response Time6.50 ms
Limited Warranty3 Year