Hannspree SV42LMNB review

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

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Hannspree sv42lmnb

A lot of manufacturers cut corners to reach this price point, but Hannspree doesn't have any corners to cut – the SV42LMNB is the most advanced flatscreen TV it's ever produced. Don't expect that to equal a superlative set, however, as this is strictly a budget 42-incher, offering a full HD resolution and designer looks at a price that most other brands can't match.

We liked

The solid build quality and smooth lines of the Hannspree SV42LMNB mean it doesn't look or feel like a budget TV, and there's something refreshing about a set that doesn't over complicate its feature set with copious picture tweaks. High-def movies and games benefit from the large screen size and LED-aided contrast.

We disliked

The omission of a Freeview HD tuner means the screen's plus points don't filter down to broadcast TV – and the standard-def channels suffer from obvious artefacts. Audio performance is satisfactory at best and the Hannspree's unresponsive remote and menus make for a less than smooth user experience.

Final verdict

Unfortunately, top-quality AV performance into 42 inches at £550 simply doesn't go. Those hunting for a TV this size, but packed with interactive features and offering a stunning picture, will need to look higher up the ladder to sets such as Sony's £1,000 KDL-40NX713.

Those in the market for an uncomplicated, affordable HDTV that'll be bigger than their neighbours, might find this set has appeal – especially if they can find another £70 quid for a Freeview HD zapper.

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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