The SV42LNMB's £550 price tag is reflected in its sparse features list. Smart TV goodies, like DLNA linkup to your home network and online apps, are sadly absent. You don't even get the direct access to YouTube.
None of these features are possible because the SV42LNMB's connections don't include an Ethernet port. This also means that the TV doesn't stock a Freeview HD tuner, so if you're looking to step up to hi-def terrestrial TV, you'll need to budget for a Freeview HD receiver.
Hooking one up won't be a problem, though, as the TV offers three HDMI inputs. Other connections include composite video, component video and a VGA PC input, plus a USB input for playback of picture, music and video files.
Sadly, the USB feature doesn't double up as a PVR. The screen itself has a full HD (1,920 x 1,080) pixel count, and is backlit by LEDs, which should offer a brighter, more contrasted image than a CCFL screen.
Picture processing duties are handled by Hannspree's own X-Celerate and X-Contrast technologies and Vivid Motion 100Hz processing – none of which are described in useful depth in the manual or on Hannspree's website. X-Contrast is the selectable dynamic backlighting system, while X-Celerate seems to refer to the three stages (low, middle and high) users can choose when activating the 100Hz motion-smoothing feature. Other picture tweaks are thin on the ground.
There's no dedicated colour management system, meaning owners are limited to three colour temperature presets – Cool, Warm and Normal. As is often the case, the Warm setting is your best option for Blu-ray viewing, though you might want to plump for Normal to add a little oomph to Freeview fare. Apart from that, dial-twiddlers will have to get their kicks from the noise reduction and flesh tone tools and basic brightness, contrast, colour, tint and sharpness options.