Logik L24DVDB21 review: Logik L24DVDB21

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Typical Price: £230.00

Logik L24DVDB21

(Part #: CNETLogik L24DVDB21)
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Natural colours; good contrast performance; decent TV-recording features; integrated DVD player.

The Bad Speakers could be better; no support for DivX or Xvid files.

The Bottom Line The 24-inch, 1080p Logik L24DVDB21 offers good performance for a TV in its price range. The integrated DVD player and TV-recording features will come in useful for many people too.

8.3 Overall

Logik is the budget, own-brand range of Dixon Retail, the company that owns Currys, Dixons and Pixmania. The 24-inch L24DVDB21 LCD telly has an integrated DVD player and a 1080p panel, yet costs only £230. Could it be an ideal TV for the kitchen or bedroom?

Thick as a plank

As you'd expect, the TV isn't exactly gorgeous. The chassis is made from fairly lightweight plastic and, although the simple bolt-on stand does the job, it too feels slightly flimsy. The set is also very thick, measuring a full 200mm deep. From the side, the DVD mechanism protrudes a good deal further than on other such sets we've seen recently.

Nevertheless, the black finish means the TV blends into the background of a room and, from the front, the slightly rounded corners aren't without their appeal.

Around the back, the range of inputs is rather limited. Although you get component, composite and VGA connections, there's only a lone HDMI socket. We'd have liked one more, so you could have, say, a set-top box and game console connected at the same time. On the plus side, there's a USB port on the right of the TV that comes in useful for a few features we'll come to later.

The TV is built around a 1080p panel. The benefits of a 'Full HD' resolution on a screen this small are debatable, but we're not going to argue with the march of progress. The on-board Freeview tuner is standard-definition only, though, so you can't use it to pick up high-definition services from BBC, ITV and Channel 4, for example.

Picture doesn't suck

Standard-definition broadcasts look pretty crisp, partly due to the TV's small screen. Although many TVs of this size suffer from poor contrast performance, leading to dark and dingy pictures, that's not the case here. Black levels are generally pretty good for this type of TV and the set isn't half bad at teasing out shadow detail in darker, moodier scenes.

The EPG only shows two programmes per channel. This means you have to scroll about like nobody's business to plan your evening viewing schedule. 

Colours are also surprisingly refined, lacking the garishness that often afflicts smaller sets. High-definition sources, such as Blu-ray movies, look pin-sharp too. In fact, the only real bummers are the motion blur that creeps in now and again, and the slightly tight horizontal viewing angles. Other than those gripes, this set is a pretty competent performer.

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