Historically my criteria for purchase of a new TV goes something like:
- My current TV must be at least 3 years old
- Budget £1000
And so this formula has led me to:
Toshiba 28W8DB. CRT
I have great memories of this TV which came with a full Dolby Pro logic surround system and integrated stand. I think I got this Circa 1998 (no idea what my foot is doing in this picture – sorry about that – and if anyone is concerned the answer is yes – I do have new slippers now!)
Next up was this Sharp Aquos 42” 1080P set:
Circa 2005 – Notable as the first high definition TV we owned and it’s massive size (at least in those days). this TV now does sterling service wall mounted in the kids play room.
Circa 2010 came this 50” Samsung Plasma – a significant upward shift in size and the first TV to support 3D – which was my main motivation for the purchase (read elsewhere on my blog – stereoscopy is a hobby of mine – yes, I am that nerd). Not much changed otherwise (a spot of decorating and some new carpets maybe)
(Eagle eyed will spot the ill fated (but bargain at £799) Lenco 65” 4K TV in the background waiting to go back as it had arrived damaged)
The Hisense unboxed and in situ. (It is big – this picture doesn’t give you a sense of just how big!)
The first thing that struck me about the TV, apart from its sheer size is how good it looks! Aesthetically it is a nice bit of kit looking every bit as good (and possibly a little better) than TV’s from the “name brands”.
The remote is simple and although plastic feels better quality than the average remote. I was able to navigate around what is quite a lot of functionality quite easily – so ergonomically I guess that is a good thing. (It feels functionality better than the last two TV remotes I have owned from Samsung and Sharp).
The TV isn’t too heavy and I was able to un-box and attach it to it’s stand (which IS heavy) by myself (easier with 2 people but my wife is away at the moment!). Once assembled it was a struggle to lift it onto the existing unit (in the picture above) but again, I managed it alone.
The down side of being well packaged will be a trip to the dump at the weekend to rid myself of all the cardboard and inserts!
(I will save switching on the TV for the next post).