Hannspree SV42LMNB review

Budget specialist's debut 42-inch LED offers value rather than class-topping performance

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  • Design and build quality
  • Excellent price
  • Sharp, detailed Blu-ray images
  • Simple to set up


  • Unresponsive menus and remote control
  • No Freeview HD or online capabilities
  • Weak picture from in-built tuner
  • Noticeable LED light pooling
  • Below par audio

Hannspree's SV42LMNB is the brand's first stab at an LED-lit LCD TV. Until now the Taiwanese marque has focused on conventional, CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent) backlit screens (still represented in the SJ series) and 'novelty' products, such as a 19-inch bedroom set in the shape of a polar bear.

Making a dent in the UK market against the likes of LG and Toshiba, both of which already offer well featured and sharply designed LED screens at this size, is easier said than done. Still, the Hannspree has got something going for it on the crowded shop shelf – its design.

The makers describe it as 'hip, avant garde', which is stretching things a little, but it is neat, with an outer glass sleeve shrouding the gloss black bezel and curves in all the right places. It's quite slender, too, with a depth of only 46mm.

A budget TV it may be, but at least Hannspree hasn't skimped on aesthetic appeal. The other screens in the SV series are both smaller than this 42-incher. The 32-inch SV32LMNB retails for around £420. There's a 28-inch model, but this isn't going on sale in the UK.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilySV
Brand NameHannspree
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Analog TunerSECAM, PAL, NTSC
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption120 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,750,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand705.80 mm
Width with Stand1021.10 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height648.8 mm
Width1021.1 mm
Depth46.4 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Product SeriesSV
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelSV42LMNB
Product NameSV42LMNB 42" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberSV42LMNB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Marketing Information

Enjoy Unparalleled Visual Effects That Suit Your Own Personal Taste Hannspree announces the launch of its latest energy-efficient, aesthetic SV Series Widescreen LED TVs! These TVs are exquisitely designed with an aesthetic flair, and the exterior made from crystal-like materials and a unique base made from reinforced glass.

Package Contents
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
Response Time6.50 ms
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)19 kg