Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

Nicely styled budget big screen let down by poor pictures and sound

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  • Price
  • Full HD resolution
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Integrated digital terrestrial tuner


  • Mediocre picture and sound
  • Digital tuner less than satisfactory
  • Ineffective energy-saving mode

A budget of £400 typically buys you a 26 or 32-inch LCD TV from one of major manufacturers. All credit to Hannspree, then, which has managed to deliver a fully blown 42-in, full HD set at this price.

Finished in the currently fashionable gloss black look, there's little superficially to tell the SJ42DMBB apart from dozens of other TVs currently on the market.

For its part, Hannspree is keen to point out that the SJ42DMBB can be 'easily' wall-mounted.

There's none of the proprietary high-tech picture processing you'd expect from companies like Panasonic and Sony, although Hannspree makes reference to an 'ultra-fast' 6.5ms refresh time and 'hi-colour' processing. Screen backlighting is provided by a conventional CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) rather than LEDs.

The integral Freeview tuner boasts digital teletext and a side-mounted CI (Common Interface) slot for pay-TV upgrades, but is only compatible with standard-definition UK channels. You may pay more for a 42in, full-HD TV from one of the bigger brands, but nowadays the digital tuner will almost certainly be ready for Freeview HD.


Also on offer are an analogue tuner with 100-page teletext and Nicam stereo, three 1080p/24-compatible HDMI inputs (one of which is side-mounted), a choice of basic viewing modes and a handful of simple gimmicks.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilySJ
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption900 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711.20 mm
Width with Stand1015.40 mm
Depth with Stand279 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height655 mm
Width1015.4 mm
Depth95.6 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesSJ
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSJ42DMBB
Product NameSJ42DMBB 42" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSJ42DMBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

If you have a preference for minimalistic styling, a taste for vogue and fashion and you appreciate outstanding technological products, Hannspree's SJ Series 42" LCD TV SJ42DMBB is for you. Styled as a portrait frame to achieve a concept of minimalism, the frontal frame and base of the display is completed with full black mirror finish. Coupled with silver chrome strip affixed to the lower edge to add a futuristic feel to the display, Hannspree has successfully created a LCD TV with a refined, minimalistic, yet elegant exterior. The curved contours of the frame further enhances the diffraction and changes of light to blend the TV perfectly as a component of your interior design.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Cleaning Cloth
Response Time6.50 ms
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.90 kg