Hannspree has made a name for itself by making a range of wacky portable TVs in the shape of helicopters, giraffes and even an elephant, complete with a trunk. This time around, it drops the novelty act to produce a no-nonsense 32-incher, the XV32 GT02, that aims to plonk itself down in the living room rather than the kid's bedroom. But can this set's rock bottom price tag of just £360 tempt buyers away from more established brands?
The company may have produced some outrageous TV designs in the past, but the XV32 is a much more sedate affair. The silver and black colour scheme doesn't really draw attention to itself, which is not a bad thing.
Hannspree has kitted out the set with a decent array of connections so you shouldn't have much problem hooking up all your AV gear. There are two HDMI sockets, a component video input, twin Scart sockets and even a PC input for good measure. The set is HD Ready with a 1,366x768-pixel resolution and has both a digital and analogue tuner built in.
Given the price, it puts in a decent performance when dealing with high-definition content. Fed via our Sky HD box, it provides plenty of sharp detail plus colours that are vivid, but never venture into the oversaturated look that distort some budget sets. Pictures from the built-in Freeview tuner look perfectly acceptable too, thanks to the punchy colours and the way it keeps nasty artefacts to a respectable level.
It's no slouch on the audio side either. The two built-in 10W speakers are capable of producing a decent racket and will certainly fill even a largish room. Dialogue sounds crisp and clear and treble and mid range frequencies are well represented, so gun fire and other effects in action movies like Blood Diamond sound suitably rousing. It lacks bass punch for truly bombastic explosions, but that's an issue that affects the majority of LCD sets so it's hard to complain about it on a set in this price bracket.
The TV's budget origins can certainly been seen in this case. From a distance, it doesn't look too bad, but up close you can see that the finish isn't exactly of the highest quality and it feels plasticky to the touch.