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Hannspree XV HT09-28E1 review: Hannspree XV HT09-28E1

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The Good Unusual to find 1080p resolution at this screen size and price point; good picture quality; excellent on-screen menus.

The Bad Strange aspect ratio; dark scenes and motion could be handled better.

The Bottom Line With 1080p resolution high on many people's wish lists -- no matter how small a screen they're buying -- the Hannspree XV HT09-28E1 looks on paper like a dream come true for cash-strapped hi-def fans. But resolution isn't everything, and the TV has problems in other areas

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The lowly sum of £320 or thereabouts wouldn't normally be anywhere near enough to buy a 'Full HD' 1080p, 28-inch LCD TV, but Hannspree's XV HT09-28E1 seems to be the exception to the rule. Before there can be any whooping and punching of air, however, it seems wise to investigate if any corners have been cut to make such a deal possible.

Hannspree has previously wheeled out some of the most bizarre TV designs known to man. Thankfully, however, the HT09 actually has a fairly staid design, with a slender and no-frills glossy black bezel ensuring that it blends into your room, rather than dominating it like some kind of Tate Modern escapee.

Given how cheap the HT09 is, it's pleasing to find that the TV's connections include a respectable two HDMIs, and a D-Sub port for easy PC hook-up.

The TV continues to make a good impression with its operating system, which employs attractive on-screen menus that are so innovatively and effectively organised that they make the efforts of many more expensive rivals look clunky by comparison.

The on-screen menus even include a few interesting features, with adaptive contrast management, multi-level noise reduction, contrast balancing and colour transient improvements being among the more unusual options on offer.

The HT09 has a good range of connections, including two HDMI ports

There are some good things to say about the HT09's performance, too. Its 1080p resolution, for instance, helps it produce high-definition pictures that have noticeably greater sharpness than you get with the majority of other 28-inch LCD TVs.

The TV's standard-definition pictures are surprisingly free of noise. The HT09 is better at upscaling them to the screen's high resolution than we would have anticipated at this price point.

Colours are reasonably subtle in tone and blend. Together with the set's sharpness, this ensures that bright scenes look good.

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