TV buying help - is this a good buy?

Found 10th Oct 2009
Would really appreciate some advice, please.

My old mum's CRT tv has finally given up the ghost and she wants "one of those flatscreen thingies" LOL!

I am not much good with TV stuff either, we bought our LCD through hotukdeals after reading good recommendations for it!

Her TV was a 28" so want around that size, have seen a 26" one in Argos that has good reviews, but please can anyone tell me their opinion?

Ideally she wants silver but cant find many, the Argos one is really at the top of her budget already - but can anyone recommend any others?

Will probably never be hooked up to HDMI, just scart

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its not great tbh, the contract ratio is very low and the resolution isn't that great, and its an alba, there are so many tv's out there for around that price range, that are so much better than this. Give me 20 minutes and i shall find you a few

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danny09;6534356

its not great tbh, the contract ratio is very low and the resolution … its not great tbh, the contract ratio is very low and the resolution isn't that great, and its an alba, there are so many tv's out there for around that price range, that are so much better than this. Give me 20 minutes and i shall find you a few



That would be fab, and very much appreciated

th technika ones from tesco are not as bad as people think th picture quality is actually very good and there cheaper than the big boys(samsung sony lg)

get a 32"

cribert;6534379

th technika ones from tesco are not as bad as people think th picture … th technika ones from tesco are not as bad as people think th picture quality is actually very good and there cheaper than the big boys(samsung sony lg)



apart from the fact that technika don't use any of their own components yes, they are great :roll:

oh just so you know Mrs.Z, there isn't a lot of good offers on atm on tv's mainly for 2 reasons, it isn't the time of year for buying new televisions as its not quite Christmas promo time for stores yet and also because most manufacturers are between seasons on new tv's.

danny09;6534400

apart from the fact that technika don't use any of their own components … apart from the fact that technika don't use any of their own components yes, they are great :roll:



and....there still good tellys reasonably priced

hardly any tellys these days are made all by the same company, LG and samsung make all the basic parts then sony etc put on the shells

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cribert;6534379

th technika ones from tesco are not as bad as people think th picture … th technika ones from tesco are not as bad as people think th picture quality is actually very good and there cheaper than the big boys(samsung sony lg)


Thank youm how about this one?
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danny09;6534421

oh just so you know Mrs.Z, there isn't a lot of good offers on atm on … oh just so you know Mrs.Z, there isn't a lot of good offers on atm on tv's mainly for 2 reasons, it isn't the time of year for buying new televisions as its not quite Christmas promo time for stores yet and also because most manufacturers are between seasons on new tv's.


Ah, okay, she is very impatient, though - I told her to put her bedroom tv in the front room whilst we shop around for a good deal, but she just said "But then I won't have a TV in my bedroom!!!" :giggle:

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Can I expect a standard 2 year warranty on a tv?

cribert;6534435

and....there still good tellys reasonably pricedhardly any tellys these … and....there still good tellys reasonably pricedhardly any tellys these days are made all by the same company, LG and samsung make all the basic parts then sony etc put on the shells



yes like most things, but they can not tell you what exact specifications are on the set, and if there is a fault with the set, they can't send it back to the 'main' manufacturer, because there isn't one, they aren't a good tv, if you have one, and your happy with that, fair enough but im just generally saying as i do know quite a bit about tv's they aren't that good by ratings and by reviews.

Mrs.Z;6534491

Can I expect a standard 2 year warranty on a tv?



nope, not every brand gives you more than one year, but there is a loop hole in the sales of goods act where you can get get through this (i will get you this as well :))

]read fact number 6

with knowing this, if you have the sheet when you take the item back to the store, they can't refuse it as it is part of the law

hncb0809;6534544

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-32AV615DB-32-inch-Widescreen-Freeview/dp/tech-data/B0020HR6QM/ref=de_a_smtd



32 inch not 26 mate other than that, this is a good tv

if you are thinking 32" - get a 37" - I did this with my mum and she absolutely loves it she used to have a 27" CRT and the same happened and she asked for one the same size one of those flat thingys! so I bought a Tecknika 37" for just over £300 from Tescos with doyble points and she said she feels like she is in the cinema, she has had it for about 6 months now, it is better bigger as her eyes (like mine) are not too good.
I bought the Marks 40" for daughter to play the Wii now I am sorry did not get a 47 or 50"

octobergirl;6534675

if you are thinking 32" - get a 37" - I did this with my mum and she … if you are thinking 32" - get a 37" - I did this with my mum and she absolutely loves it she used to have a 27" CRT and the same happened and she asked for one the same size one of those flat thingys! so I bought a Tecknika 37" for just over £300 from Tescos with doyble points and she said she feels like she is in the cinema, she has had it for about 6 months now, it is better bigger as her eyes (like mine) are not too good.I bought the Marks 40" for daughter to play the Wii now I am sorry did not get a 47 or 50"



if you read the description, the op wants a 26, and i have already told the op about technika :whistling: not the greatest of choices :whistling:

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danny09;6534707

if you read the description, the op wants a 26, and i have already told … if you read the description, the op wants a 26, and i have already told the op about technika :whistling: not the greatest of choices :whistling:



if u read it it just says seen a 26" one doesnt say must have 26":whistling:

hncb0809;6534754

if u read it it just says seen a 26" one doesnt say must have … if u read it it just says seen a 26" one doesnt say must have 26":whistling:



yes but jumping from a 26 up to a 37" hmm, common sense comes to mind :whistling:

do you have a Richer sounds in your area cos they have brill deals on and if you pay an extra 10% you get 5 years guarantee too.!!!!

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danny09;6534531

]samsung @ play.com]different samsung @ amazon.co.ukthese are the only … ]samsung @ play.com]different samsung @ amazon.co.ukthese are the only two decent deals that i could find quickly and no they are not the same tv lol


Thank you, but 22" is too smal and the other one is a bit pricey

hncb0809;6534544

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-32AV615DB-32-inch-Widescreen-Freeview/dp/tech-data/B0020HR6QM/ref=de_a_smtdhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/499405/toshiba-regza-32av615db-32-inch-wid


Thank you but out of her budget at the moment

octobergirl;6534675

if you are thinking 32" - get a 37" - I did this with my mum and she … if you are thinking 32" - get a 37" - I did this with my mum and she absolutely loves it she used to have a 27" CRT and the same happened and she asked for one the same size one of those flat thingys! so I bought a Tecknika 37" for just over £300 from Tescos with doyble points and she said she feels like she is in the cinema, she has had it for about 6 months now, it is better bigger as her eyes (like mine) are not too good.I bought the Marks 40" for daughter to play the Wii now I am sorry did not get a 47 or 50"


Thanks but she hasn't got much to spend at the moment, really £230 would be her top limit (with my persuasion!), the 37" Technika seems to have been discontinued now, though I can see that it has excellent ratings

Shyner;6534830

do you have a Richer sounds in your area cos they have brill deals on and … do you have a Richer sounds in your area cos they have brill deals on and if you pay an extra 10% you get 5 years guarantee too.!!!!


I don't think so, I am in North East London

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Okay, I found that there are a few Richer Sounds stores within reasonable travelling distance, they have these 2 tv's, can anyone advise, please?

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Would probably buy the 5 year guarantee for 10% extra. is it worth it?

Thank yooooou

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Mrs.Z;6540856

Okay, I found that there are a few Richer Sounds stores within reasonable … Okay, I found that there are a few Richer Sounds stores within reasonable travelling distance, they have these 2 tv's, can anyone advise, please?http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-tv/lg/26lg3000/lg-26lg30starstarhttp://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-tv/hitachi/ut32mh70/hita-ut32mh70Would probably buy the 5 year guarantee for 10% extra. is it worth it?Thank yooooou


you are aware the hitachi is just a monitor (no tuner or sound!)?

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csiman;6541315

you are aware the hitachi is just a monitor (no tuner or sound!)?



erm... yeah yeah course :-D :oops:

Thanks!

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Mrs.Z;6543321

erm... yeah yeah course :-D :oops:Thanks!


LOL - The LG looks good btw and I would pay the extra for 5 years warranty despite what some people say about SOGA :thumbsup:
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