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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand705.80 mm
Width with Stand1021.10 mm
Depth with Stand270 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
  • SV42LMNB LED-LCD TV
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)19 kg