Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

  • £400

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

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Oddly, the shipping carton suggests that the SJ42DMBB can decode H.264/AVC – the video compression technology employed for high-definition broadcasts in the UK. This feature, if it is indeed present, would be wasted in the UK owing to the absence of the DVB-T2 tuner needed to receive terrestrial HD broadcasts.

Maybe the set has an onboard multimedia player for audio and video clips, as is common with recent examples from Sony, Panasonic and Samsung? There's a side-mounted USB port, but don't get too excited: it's just a service port and has no consumer application.

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The more upmarket TVs usually build in an Ethernet port for access to home networks, and online services such as YouTube and Picasa (some will also support catch-up services like the BBC's iPlayer). No such provision has alas been made here; if onscreen access to the internet is important, then you'll need to look elsewhere.

However, Hannspree has been sensible enough to include a VGA/D-sub socket on the rear panel. Plug your computer into this, and you'll have far more online potential than any current TV – regardless of price – can currently offer.

A 3.5mm socket caters for the accompanying (stereo) audio. If you're used to a 15in laptop screen, a 42in full-HD screen could blow your mind.

Other connectivity is impressive considering the price. In addition to those three HDMI ports and the VGA terminal are two Scart sockets for older gear like VCRs and non-HDMI DVD players or set-top boxes, and a component input (with phono audio inputs). On the side of the cabinet lurks a composite AV input, with support for stereo sound.

The built-in digital terrestrial tuner is the equivalent of a basic £20 set-top box, although it integrates quite nicely with the set's user interface. In addition to the aforementioned red-dot (MHEG-5) digital teletext and CI slot are an EPG, favourite channels, plus the ability to display subtitles and select alternative soundtracks (like audio descriptions) if available.

An optical audio output, meanwhile, enables such soundtracks to be fed to a home cinema system. As a budget set, the SJ42DMBB isn't exactly bristling with features. You get PAL/SECAM/NTSC analogue video support, a choice of six picture presentations (including 4:3/16:9 aspect ratios and the obligatory picture-expanding zooms) and – unusually – the ability to underscan or overscan pictures from an HDMI source. Also on offer are picture-freeze, which, sadly, only works with the digital tuner, and a sleep timer.

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
HDMIYes
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption150 W
Standby Power Consumption900 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711.20 mm
Width with Stand1015.40 mm
Depth with Stand279 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
  • SJ42DMBB LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Cleaning Cloth
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.90 kg