technika 32-270

It goes without saying that no £279 32-inch TV is going to be up there in picture quality terms with the best sets from big-name brands, but while the 32-270 is certainly not without some hefty flaws, it is still better than you might expect for the money.

Starting with the bad news, the most obvious problem occurs with motion. As objects move across the screen there's clear blurring and even a little smearing and edge-trailing. This reduces with HD footage and isn't unbearable, though, and as such it's really little more than par for the course where budget TVs are concerned.

Its contrast range is also rather suspect. While on the one hand the 32-270 produces startlingly vibrant, bright colours, these appear against a backdrop of some rather average black levels. The result is a picture that doesn't have a very natural balance to it, with the colours looking too loud for the comparatively washed out black levels. Colours also lack subtlety, making them look rather flat and artificial.

The good news is that the 32-270's pictures are much brighter and punchier than those of most really cheap TVs, making it a potentially attractive option for bright, second-room environment such as a kitchen or conservatory.

There's also a reasonably crisp and detailed look to HD material when the motion blur isn't too heavy, and standard-definition feeds don't look as noisy as you might expect, provided you don't leave the set's brightness or contrast settings too high.