Blaupunkt BP3914FHD review: Blaupunkt BP3914FHD

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Typical Price: $599.00

Blaupunkt BP3914FHD

(Part #: CNETBlaupunkt BP3914FHD)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Surprisingly good sound. Nice design. Good user interface.

The Bad A little blur on fast action sequences. Some ports hard to get to.

The Bottom Line Blaupunkt has made well-designed, mid-sized TV that would be a solid choice for the bedroom.

7.2 Overall

Blaupunkt is best known for its audio products, but the German-based company also produces TVs. It's also now in Australia, selling under the Bush Australia banner; the group that also handles Grundig, Bush and iLuv.

In terms of the TVs that Blauplunkt is selling locally, it's a small selection — just three models — and we looked at the largest panel on offer, the 39-inch full HD LED TV.

The preponderance of big screens that we've had through the testing labs recently gave us a bit of a skewed feel for the size of the Blaupunkt. It's worth taking a step back and realising that at 39 inches, it's definitely a mid-sized TV, no matter how small it might seem next to a 55-inch panel.

It was also a pleasant change to be able to easily get a TV out of a box and assembled without requiring a second pair of hands to help. The Blaupunkt feels almost a bit too light, thanks to its plastic frame, but it actually has a textured bezel (matched on the remote) that not only looks good, but also stops it from feeling too plasticky or cheap.

Sadly, the TV has a similar, strange design choice on the back as the Soniq did: a lip that makes it tricky to get HDMI and other cables plugged in. Luckily, the primary HDMI slot and USB port are actually at the side, making them much easier to reach and ensuring that the TV wasn't too frustrating to set up.

Tuning in the channels was a simple automated process, and we liked the Blaupunkt's on-screen user interface; it's clean, clear and seems well thought out.

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