Hannspree SJ42DMBB review

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

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The aforementioned 'overscan' mode expands the picture very slightly, so that unwanted junk at the top or bottom of the picture (such as teletext, video ident lines or analogue VCR head-switching noise) is shunted out of sight. The feature might be useful if you have been using one of those DVD recorders with an in-built VCR to convert your old VHS tapes. Some digital TV sources can also benefit from the feature.

For Blu-ray and decent HDMI-interfaced DVD players, though, keep it switched out (i.e. in the alternative 'Underscan' mode) to avoid scaling artifacts like 'jaggies' and a slight but nevertheless perceptible loss of detail. In the features menu, you'll find picture format options. We recommend 'Native', for similar reasons.

No amount of tweaking can improve a picture that is fundamentally ropey by contemporary standards. Details may be quite sharp, but they can be spoiled by fuzzy outlines, especially in areas of saturated colour.


Given the SJ42DMBB's low price, contrast range and greyscale gradations are just about acceptable, but what should be pure black simply isn't. Not even an 'X-Contrast' feature, which seems to tailor the backlight brightness to reflect scene content, makes much difference.

Skin tones have an unnaturally yellow tinge, although this can be tamed ('reddened' would perhaps be a better word) by switching 'Flesh tone' to on. You'll find this adjustment in the 'Advanced Control' menu.

Motion judder

Another criticism is the frequent presence of motion judder, certainly with Blu-ray content. The SJ42DMBB may be compatible with 24p sources, but we found ourselves switching to one of our player's alternative modes.

Unfortunately, none could address this problem, which can be just as annoying as those big-brand processing modes that make everything move as if on ice. Then there's the digital tuner.

Quite often, pictures were swimming in a sea of artifacts (edge fuzz, stepping on diagonals, macroblocking) unless you're some distance away from the set. Detailing is lacklustre, too, and there's a noticeably 'plastic' look to faces.

Noise reduction (which lives in the 'advanced control' menu) has no effect on these digital artefacts: it's been included for the treatment of analogue sources. As a computer monitor, though, the SJ42DMBB is impressive.

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