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Hannspree SV28 review: Hannspree SV28

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The Good Good-looking, slim design; Vivid colours; Bright pictures.

The Bad No HD tuner; Lacks USB recording; Colours on standard-definition material can be unruly.

The Bottom Line A stylish design and bright and perky pictures makes the Hannspree SV28 a decent budget buy. However, it does lack a Freeview HD tuner and its colour can be wayward when showing standard-definition material.

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7.5 Overall

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Hannspree's latest TV -- the SV28 -- uses LED backlighting so it's slimmer than many of the other 28-inch models that we've had in for review.

It's competitively priced at £225, which will appeal if you're on a budget. Better still, the stylish design hasn't been compromised for the price. But just how well does it perform?

User interface and EPG

A lot of the cheap TVs we see have very basic menus that look like they wouldn't be out of place on a Commodore 64 computer from the 1980s. We were pleasantly surprised when we hit the menu button on this TV's remote.

Hannspree has divided up the menus into separate pages for stuff like Pictures, Sound, Tuning and the Eco mode. These are accessed by moving between tabs that are shown down the left-hand side of the screen. The functions are clearly signposted with good-looking and friendly graphics.

As a result, tweaking picture or audio settings is very quick and straightforward. However, in the picture menu you won't find the more advanced controls, such as gamma and hue settings, that you would on many larger screens.

Unfortunately, the electronic programme guide (EPG) isn't quite up to the same standard as the menu system. Like Hannspree's ST288MAR that we reviewed in September, this one uses an EPG with a vertical rather than the more traditional horizontal layout. As a result, it only shows what's coming up on a single channel at any one time; you can't easily spot clashes in programming across different channels.

Even more annoying is the fact that when you go to check what's coming up on another channel, the TV actually has to change to that channel to show you the programming data. This makes moving around the EPG slow and tiresome.

At least you can skip up and down through pages of channels using the red and green buttons on the remote. You can filter the programming data by genre such as movies and sports but there's quite a long pause as it does the filtering.

Hanspree SV28 EPG
The EPG only shows one channel's worth of programming data at a time.

Along with the EPG, you can also press the Info button on the remote to call up a description of the current programme. Pressing it again switches to the Now and Next view.

It's worth noting that this TV only has a standard-definition Freeview tuner. You don't get access to high-definition channels like BBC One HD or Channel 4 HD, which is a shame.

Digital media features

The TV has a USB port on the left-hand side and this can be used for playing back digital media files. If you select USB from the input list using the source button on the remote, it starts up the simple media player. This is little more than a file browser, split into sections for music, photos and videos, but it gets the job done.

Format support is fairly good. It can play JPEG and PNG format picture files, MP3 music tracks and videos in MPEG2, MPEG4, MOV, Xvid and HD MKV format.

Hanspree SV28 media player
The media player works with Xvid and HD MKV files.
Sadly though, unlike a lot of other smaller screen models we see, this one doesn't allow you to record from the Freeview tuner to USB drives and memory keys.

Design and connections

For a low-cost set, the AV28 is actually quite an eye-catching model. There's no doubt that its looks are helped by its use of LED backlighting, which has allowed Hannspree to create a very slim model.

It measures a mere 39mm deep, which is very slim by 28-inch TV standards. It's much, much slimmer than Hannspree's other 28-inch option, the ST288, which uses traditional CCFL backlighting.

It's not just the slimness of this set that impresses. Hannspree has done a good job on the overall design. The styling has obviously been influenced by the designs of Samsung and LG, but that's no bad thing as both of those companies' TVs are among the most stylish on the market.

The bezel around the screen is predominantly black, but it's covered by a layer of clear perspex that extends out beyond the black edge to create a transparent lip that looks very attractive. The pedestal stand has a transparent stem; the base adopts the same mix of glossy black and clear perspex used on the bezel.

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