Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

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

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As a basic flat-panel TV, with none of the trimmings of more expensive models, we're pleased to report that the SJ42DMBB is on the whole easy to use. Having side-mounted AV inputs, especially HDMI, is a real boon for games consoles and camcorders.

The menu system is sensibly-compartmentalised, with sections for picture, sound, features and parental control (channel/AV input blocks and age-ratings for digital channels). It disappears after an annoyingly short timeout period, though.

The voluminous manual, which admittedly has to cover no fewer than 19 languages, doesn't tell you how to set favourite channels so that they can be quickly recalled at the touch (or two) of a button. We couldn't figure out for ourselves how to define channels as favourites, and so our list was resolutely empty.


More sensibly implemented handset-driven features include a channel list, the basic but workable EPG with programme-type filtering, and the ability to return instantly to the last-viewed channel.

A simple onscreen list, the mere touch of a button away, switches between the AV inputs and TV tuner. The sleep timer will send the set into standby after a preset period, but the handset button to do this could be positioned more intuitively.

One of the criticisms our of review sample is that digital TV subtitles come on by default. This can be somewhat annoying, certainly if your hearing is up to scratch. However, they can be turned off in the sensibly designed menu system - and turned on when required with the handset button that Hannspree has provided for this very purpose.

What's more, we've been assured by Hannspree that this irregularity will be fixed on versions that go on sale.

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