Edge LED backlighting is no guarantee of quality, but it does help lift this budget set ahead of most of its similarly priced peers.
Avatar on Blu-ray immediately justifies the Full HD resolution. As a huge truck passes Jake in his wheelchair upon his arrival on Pandora there's a noticeable judder amid a rather harsh image. In the briefing that follows, the Colonel's head noticeably blurs every time it moves, while there's judder across the audience as he walks up the aisle.
Elsewhere, camera pans around the control room make the 3D matrix unwatchable. Without a 100Hz feature, there's no easy fix to this problem. Turning the sharpness setting to zero makes this motion blur and judder far less noticeable, but at the cost of extreme detail.
Unsurprisingly, this almost works on DVD and Freeview pictures, too, where the only visible artefact - despite a lack of any notable upscaling technology - is picture noise in backgrounds.
Contrast and colour are good, with decent saturations and fairly profound blacks. It's possible to make out shadows on faces, and the black/white level adjuster isn't required - it just makes black look more forced. Nor is there any issue with light spillage from those edge-mounted LEDs.
A good performance here, but it gets nowhere near a decent plasma. Our major criticism is that the viewing angle is tight; watch from the wings and the balance of colour and contrast is way out.
Pictures from its built-in Freeview tuner were always going to struggle to impress and, without much in the way of upscaling, pictures from BBC1 are stained with noise and jagged edges. Here we see the flipside to the full HD panel, which leaves low-bitrate Freeview broadcasts looking exposed and with too many artefacts.
Overall, the highpoint of detail has to largely be sacrificed, and the problem areas are somewhat glossed over because of the TV's small size. Having said that, it's a good picture for such a cheap TV.