Hannspree SE40LMNB review

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

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Hannspree se40lmnb

Ins & outs

Despite its budget nature, the SE40LMNB has as many ins and outs as much more advanced TVs.

Across the back you'll find a set of component video inputs alongside dedicated analogue stereo phonos, while nearby is a 15-pin VGA input for a PC alongside a 3.5 mm minijack input for PC audio, an RF aerial port (to fuel the built-in Freeview tuner), and a Scart. The latter uses a special adapter provided in the box, something that's common on super-slim LED TVs, though we're not sure why it's been employed on a TV that measures a whopping 50mm at its thickest point.

Three HDMI inputs – just about enough in our opinion – are supplied on the SE40LMNB's side. It's slightly strange that they're situated here, but we've no complaints; it means easy access for hooking-up a games console, and occasional HD camcorder, or a PC laptop. Alongside are a headphones slot, a single USB port (two would be nice), and an optical digital audio output. The latter's inclusion on the TV is laudable, but why at the top of this section?

USB functions

At least that USB port powers a Media Player, so a USB stick containing the likes of JPEG, MP3 and DivX files can be played back, but we're now not sure whether to attach a thumb drive full of files, or a HDD for powering the SE40LMNB's USB recording and Timeshift functions.

The SE40LMNB can also claim a couple of characteristics that most of its more expensive competitors increasingly ignore; a set of manual controls on the side of the TV (in case you lose the remote), and a well written, comprehensive user manual (this is invariably supplied by competitors as a digital PDF file written in pidgin English).

Other specs

Elsewhere, the specifications demonstrate a reasonably advanced TV. The Edge LED-backlit LCD panel has a 1920x1080 pixel resolution for Full HD images, while the bottom mounted stereo speakers are rated at (just) 8W each. The panel claims a so-so brightness of 350 cd/m² while contrast is rated at 4,000:1, increasing to – wait for it – 8,000,000:1 in X-Contrast dynamic mode.

We wouldn't go as far as to say the SE40LMNB has a suite of picture processing circuitry – it certainly has not – but it can claim a 3D Comb Filter, 3D De-lnterlacer, a general noise reduction mode, 3:2/2:2 Pull Down and a 24P True Cinema mode, though these are all standard on all TVs. Straddled with a 50Hz panel, we would expect to see a touch of blur during fast moving footage, with the panel's response time rated by Hannspree at around 5ms.

Among a plethora of picture modes is the relatively rare PAP – picture and picture – which can be activated from the main menu setup time. Two sources can be shown at once, though one has to be the live digital TV picture.