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Hannspree SE40LMNB review

Edge LED and Full HD team-up to produce solid hi-def TV pictures

Hannspree SE40LMNB review
A good budget offering if you stick to HD material


  • Price
  • User interface design
  • Hi-def performance


  • Standard definition performance
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Long-winded USB recording feature
  • Lacks online dimension
  • Poor sound quality
  • Sole USB slot lacks MKV support

This budget-busting effort from Hannspreee does away with 'smart' apps and on-demand IPTV services and instead combines some of the basics on shoppers' lists: LED backlighting, Full HD, pause live TV and basic USB recording.

The brand often rears its head as a maker of novelty televisions for kids and of budget gadgets in general, and this 40-inch Edge LED-backlit LCD TV from Hannspree is firmly in that second camp.

The brand's first model in its SE TV Series, and available to buy now from Misco, the SE40LMNB includes a two-year collect and return warranty as standard. A 32-inch version, the Hannspree SE32LMNB, will become available this month, too.

Although the SE40LMNB's recording and Time-shift functions are touted, note that the system employed here is much like on any other modern TV.

A lot of the major Japanese, Korean and Chinese brands now build-in a USB port that's capable of making TV recordings to a connected hard disk (not forgetting the all-important pause and rewind live TV feature), and that's the case here.

Tie that to a Full HD resolution and the reasons to buy increase, though that extra detail is rather wasted by the lack of a Freeview HD tuner.

That will annoy some, especially if Freeview HD has just started broadcasting in your area, though the ears of Sky, Virgin and Freeview+HD box owners will be surely be pricked; is this the budget, tuner-less LED TV you've been looking for?