The SJ42DMBB is an attractive set with flexible connectivity options that include three HDMI ports, two Scarts and a VGA input that enables it to be used as a widescreen computer monitor.

SJ42DMBB

Both analogue and (standard-definition) digital terrestrial tuners are built in. A great spec for the price, admittedly, but ultimately the SJ42DMBB is let down by a disappointing audio-visual performance.

We liked

The 42in full HD resolution screen, multitude of AV inputs and computer monitor potential are all definite plus points. We also appreciate the Common Interface slot, as this provides a migratory path to digital terrestrial pay-TV services.

We disliked

The picture and sound quality, which fall far short from what one can expect from an LCD TV today.

The instruction manual also leaves much to be desired

Final verdict

If you're after a large-screen computer monitor and only plan to use the TV for sporadic non-critical viewing (sports scores and news headlines, for example), then the SJ42DMBB might fit the bill.

But be warned. It's as true today as it ever was - you get what you pay for.

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