Hitachi 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview HD Smart LED TV now £269.99 at Argos
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Hitachi 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview HD Smart LED TV now £269.99 at Argos

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Found 22nd Mar 2014
A good price for the size and spec of this TV.

* Edge-lit LED TV screen
* 40 Inch Full HD 1080p television
* 7 day electronic programme
* Top 5 Smart apps include: BBC iPlayer, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr.
* Freeview HD digital tuner.
* NICAM sound system.
* 2 x 6 watts RMS power output.
* Energy efficiency rating: A.

For more details click through the 'Get Deal' link

54 Comments

Fantastic price for this! However I'm slightly dubious about the 'smart' feature: does it have the ability to use any TV smart apps like Netflix, Lovefilm etc? As personally I don't use a TV for things like Twitter, Facebook or Flikr, and only rarely for iplayer and YouTube!

I got one .. Don't buy if it's based on a smart tv.. Smart functions not very good

Apparently and this doesn't allow you to add additional apps at the moment, so as panddda speculates it's just the preset ones.

Niafromwales

Great deal. £20 more for the 42". … Great deal. £20 more for the 42". http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1474680.htm

Problem with the 42" one is that its depth is 10cm compared to the 40" 4cm. Very noticeable from the pictures too.

just picked one up with the 5% discount if you have a Lloyd's debit/credit card and activate the Argos deal online. Thanks! Was going to order an unknown brand on tomorrow bit this will be better :-)

Edited by: "deets" 22nd Mar 2014

2 HDMI slots is a bit limited IMO

seems like a good price for what you are getting though, not the greatest TV in the world but a very good price for a basic TV

Bought one of these a few weeks ago it was a nightmare you are stuck with only pre-loaded apps it takes forever to do anything and when you turn it on it crashes a lot . Wasn't a good purchase so bought an lg instead much better tv

kingtreelo

2 HDMI slots is a bit limited IMOseems like a good price for what you are … 2 HDMI slots is a bit limited IMOseems like a good price for what you are getting though, not the greatest TV in the world but a very good price for a basic TV



On the look out for a new TV but know nothing about them. All I know is that my hubby says we need 3 HDMI slots so thanks for the info. Saved me going through all the argos description.
Edited by: "BIGD99" 22nd Mar 2014

BIGD99

On the look out for a new TV but know nothing about them. All I know is … On the look out for a new TV but know nothing about them. All I know is that my hubby says we need 3 HDMI slots so thanks for the info. Saved me going through all the argos description.



the last TV i purchased on the cheap had 2 HDMI slots, i had to buy some splitters yadda yadda yadda and wouldn't consider one with less than at the very least 3 HDMI's( i would be looking for more to avoid the splitter option)

In my experience. FYI these tend to be OEM sets that look terribly like technikas.

good price but reviews are bad

BIGD99

On the look out for a new TV but know nothing about them. All I know is … On the look out for a new TV but know nothing about them. All I know is that my hubby says we need 3 HDMI slots so thanks for the info. Saved me going through all the argos description.



No need for more than two. Actually, no need for more than one. Tell your husband to look into AV receivers. No point in a nice screen with crap sound!

the smart functions are limited so no netflix etc but thats what chromcast is for

Link not working. Can someone change the link plz?

The link in the comments work

Bargain for a Basic TV and with Chrome cast or Now TV its Brilliant. Go Go ...

Bought one of these a couple of months ago. Wish I had spent a bit more and got something better. Like glennicholson said, it crashes a lot when using the smart function, then having to turn the tv off then start again for it crash once more! It is only compatible with the dongle you get from argos (which is never in stock) so bought a powerplug instead. Good picture quality on hd channels, but not impressed with general picture. My toshiba dvd player wouldn't work with it for some reason. Don't expect anything special if you buy this. I wouldn't buy a Hitachi again.

stringsonfire

No need for more than two. Actually, no need for more than one. Tell your … No need for more than two. Actually, no need for more than one. Tell your husband to look into AV receivers. No point in a nice screen with crap sound!



I've got a Sonos setup via optical, still need 3 HDMI for other kit

"* Please note item 1380523 has previously been on sale at 279.99."
So maybe not as good a deal as what people think...

Just for info I bought a smaller one of these a few months ago but basically the same tech underneath. It's not really a Hitachi; they quit the TV business in the UK a year or two back; these are rebadged Turkish-made thingios that Argos have imported using Hitachi's brand name. So don't be thinking you're getting an actual Hitachi; you're not.

Smart features are no good if you want Netflix, LoveFilm, or any of that instant streaming stuff. iPlayer is a really good implementation though (better than I've found on other platforms so far) and it streams in SD or HD and it looks really good in terms of picture quality. No ITV player, 4OD, 5OD though which is a shame. There are a few random apps that have appeared recently like a live music streaming thingy though content is limited and it repeats the same HomeOffice anti-rape TV advert between EVERY music performance (so every 4 minutes) so quickly gave up watching that. Anywhoooo. So looks like someone is maintaining the smart app portal thing so you never know Netflix might appear, but I wouldn't hold your breath, as in my experience if a TV doesn't come with something, good chance it never will.

Something else it does which is neat IMO is DLNA. It plays almost anything over your network and I've been impressed with it so far. So if you have a media server or similar kicking around on your network, it's a nice added bonus. The little Hitachi I bought was just for the bedroom so handy to be able to view things upstairs too with little effort.

Oh and I accidentally discovered you can cast things to the TV too from the YouTube app or anything else that can fling things like photos and videos. And there's a remote TV app (for Android - probably for Apple too) that works well. As others have said homeplugs are an option; or there's USB-powered generic WiFi dongles that are powered from the TV's USB port like the Netgear WNCE2001 for £30 delivered; benefit being unlike Argos dongle you're not tied to using it with the TV only; anything you want to make wireless (consoles, other TV's, digiboxes) will work with this in future. pixmania.co.uk/wif…tml if interested though other options are available.

So some good features on this range of TV's but don't expect actual Hitachi quality!

This link may be useful. Shows exactly what apps you get and a few other details.

smartvue.tv/

40 inch. These days, about the right size for a good kitchen telly or guest bedroom perhaps.

kingtreelo

the last TV i purchased on the cheap had 2 HDMI slots, i had to buy some … the last TV i purchased on the cheap had 2 HDMI slots, i had to buy some splitters yadda yadda yadda and wouldn't consider one with less than at the very least 3 HDMI's( i would be looking for more to avoid the splitter option)



Still its a deal with just 2

stringsonfire

No need for more than two. Actually, no need for more than one. Tell your … No need for more than two. Actually, no need for more than one. Tell your husband to look into AV receivers. No point in a nice screen with crap sound!



AV receivers seem quite expensive option for someone after a cheap Tv such as this. But to get round to my point, do such a receiver allow me to pug in various consoles, Sky etc as I find myself needing 3+ HDMI slots for various kit (or the use of splitters etc).

Does the receiver do away with the need for the TV to have slots as you mention. If it does this could be a useful piece of equipment for me.

ibblackberry1

AV receivers seem quite expensive option for someone after a cheap Tv … AV receivers seem quite expensive option for someone after a cheap Tv such as this. But to get round to my point, do such a receiver allow me to pug in various consoles, Sky etc as I find myself needing 3+ HDMI slots for various kit (or the use of splitters etc).Does the receiver do away with the need for the TV to have slots as you mention. If it does this could be a useful piece of equipment for me.



That's it, you got it. AV's can vary from 1 output 4 inputs to 3 outputs 9 inputs. With an AV you'd use just 1 of the HDMI ports on the telly.

le_jaeger

40 inch. These days, about the right size for a good kitchen telly or … 40 inch. These days, about the right size for a good kitchen telly or guest bedroom perhaps.



Lol. A 40 inch TV in the kitchen?

ibblackberry1

AV receivers seem quite expensive option for someone after a cheap Tv … AV receivers seem quite expensive option for someone after a cheap Tv such as this. But to get round to my point, do such a receiver allow me to pug in various consoles, Sky etc as I find myself needing 3+ HDMI slots for various kit (or the use of splitters etc).Does the receiver do away with the need for the TV to have slots as you mention. If it does this could be a useful piece of equipment for me.



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Edited by: "stringsonfire" 23rd Mar 2014

also only 50hz refresh rate, making it high on unusable with the new console generation.
Sad, as the rest of the specs are decent.

pubgrundy

also only 50hz refresh rate, making it high on unusable with the new … also only 50hz refresh rate, making it high on unusable with the new console generation.Sad, as the rest of the specs are decent.



Explain what you mean please.

rev6

That's it, you got it. AV's can vary from 1 output 4 inputs to 3 outputs … That's it, you got it. AV's can vary from 1 output 4 inputs to 3 outputs 9 inputs. With an AV you'd use just 1 of the HDMI ports on the telly.



Cool, cheers oft that, I will look into one of these

louisbs

In my experience. FYI these tend to be OEM sets that look terribly like … In my experience. FYI these tend to be OEM sets that look terribly like technikas.



They are cheap Vestel TV's branded as Hitachi by Argos. Hitachi no longer make TV's and haven't for some time. Much the same as some previously 'known' clothing brands letting Sports Direct use their name on tat for a fee. Stinks.

storeyrich

Just for info I bought a smaller one of these a few months ago but … Just for info I bought a smaller one of these a few months ago but basically the same tech underneath. It's not really a Hitachi; they quit the TV business in the UK a year or two back; these are rebadged Turkish-made thingios that Argos have imported using Hitachi's brand name. So don't be thinking you're getting an actual Hitachi; you're not.Smart features are no good if you want Netflix, LoveFilm, or any of that instant streaming stuff. iPlayer is a really good implementation though (better than I've found on other platforms so far) and it streams in SD or HD and it looks really good in terms of picture quality. No ITV player, 4OD, 5OD though which is a shame. There are a few random apps that have appeared recently like a live music streaming thingy though content is limited and it repeats the same HomeOffice anti-rape TV advert between EVERY music performance (so every 4 minutes) so quickly gave up watching that. Anywhoooo. So looks like someone is maintaining the smart app portal thing so you never know Netflix might appear, but I wouldn't hold your breath, as in my experience if a TV doesn't come with something, good chance it never will.Something else it does which is neat IMO is DLNA. It plays almost anything over your network and I've been impressed with it so far. So if you have a media server or similar kicking around on your network, it's a nice added bonus. The little Hitachi I bought was just for the bedroom so handy to be able to view things upstairs too with little effort. Oh and I accidentally discovered you can cast things to the TV too from the YouTube app or anything else that can fling things like photos and videos. And there's a remote TV app (for Android - probably for Apple too) that works well. As others have said homeplugs are an option; or there's USB-powered generic WiFi dongles that are powered from the TV's USB port like the Netgear WNCE2001 for £30 delivered; benefit being unlike Argos dongle you're not tied to using it with the TV only; anything you want to make wireless (consoles, other TV's, digiboxes) will work with this in future. http://www.pixmania.co.uk/wifi-network-card/netgear-wnce2001-100pes-universal-wireless-n-to-ethernet-internet-adapter/06244090-a.html if interested though other options are available. So some good features on this range of TV's but don't expect actual Hitachi quality!



yup the PC shows this as a Vestel 40 and that's the turkish company...
en.wikipedia.org/wik…tel

cmsimc

"* Please note item 1380523 has previously been on sale at 279.99."So … "* Please note item 1380523 has previously been on sale at 279.99."So maybe not as good a deal as what people think...



Isn't that usually the case - if it is a genuine reduction then there's only ever two items available nationwide!

I hate how Argos always state this with the Cross Symbol

'This item is excluded from the 30 day money back guarantee. See the Additional Information panel for full details. Please note that this product is excluded from our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights'

This sign appears with around 99.9% of the items, I think Argos want to make you keep items even if your not happy with them

You be better off putting good money towards a Samsung or LG. They may be best part of a £100 more but worth paying the extra in my opinion.

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

The LG shown above is one of the best tv's around. My dad has the 42" and it's perfect with lots of decent apps. A proper smart tv.

Edited by: "Smartguy1" 23rd Mar 2014

nbgrobbo

I've got a Sonos setup via optical, still need 3 HDMI for other kit



Buy a HDMI switch for £5 from ebay.

ttttd

Buy a HDMI switch for £5 from ebay.



No need, as a good TV will have a sufficient amount of HDMI's without having to plug in something to control my kit.

Isn't the finlux 40inch led smart tv which is £30 more, better than this ???

nbgrobbo

No need, as a good TV will have a sufficient amount of HDMI's without … No need, as a good TV will have a sufficient amount of HDMI's without having to plug in something to control my kit.



The number of HDMI ports isn't causally linked to how good the screen is, build quality, warranty or anything other than the number of HDMI ports. But it's your choice. Seems like you'll be getting your money's worth on a more expensive TV anyway considering this tat.
Edited by: "ttttd" 23rd Mar 2014
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