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Logik L22DVDB11 review: Logik L22DVDB11

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The Good Low price tag; USB recording features; Speakers are quite loud for such a small set.

The Bad Backlight casts a grey mist over darker scenes; Digital media support poor compared to rival sets.

The Bottom Line It's not exactly a revelation when it comes to performance, but the Logik L22DVDB11's pictures are decent for a set this cheap, and its audio isn't bad either. We also like the integrated DVD player and USB recording features, but we wish it had better support for digital media files.

6.5 Overall

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Dixons has a number of own brands, including Sandstrom and Essentials, but perhaps the best known is Logik. The retailer usually sells smaller TVs under this brand, with plenty of features and a relatively low price. The 22-inch L22DVDB11 is a good example -- priced at just £140, it includes an integrated DVD player and USB recording features. It's availabe now direct from Dixons.

Design and build quality

As you would expect at this price, the TV's design isn't exactly going to turn heads. It's best described as plain rather then ugly, however, because the piano-black finish on the TV's plastic chassis doesn't really draw attention to itself.

Logik L22DVDB11 side with DVD player
The Logik's integrated DVD player means it's a thick TV for its screen size.

The build quality isn't too bad, although the stand does feel plasticky, but as the set isn't particularly heavy, this isn't really much of an issue. The integrated DVD player is found on the left-hand edge of the set and its presence means this is quite a bulky set, measuring a porky 97mm deep.

Inputs and ports

The right-hand side of the TV is home to the USB port, which is used for recording TV and playing back media files. On top of this there are channel change and volume buttons, which may come in handy if you've temporarily lost the remote down the back of the sofa.

All the ports are located on a downward-facing panel on the rear of the set, so they can be a little tricky to get at. There aren't all that many of them anyway. There's just a single HDMI port, which is joined by a lone Scart socket and a set of component inputs. You do also get a VGA socket, however, which lets you connect the set up to a computer, and a composite input, which might come in handy for use with older, standard-definition kit.

Freeview programme guide

This model is built around an HD Ready panel, but despite this, the onboard tuner is Freeview only, so you can't use it to pick up HD broadcasts from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Nevertheless, reception is good -- which isn't always the case on these cheaper TVs -- and channel changes aren't too sluggish, either.

Logik L22DVDB11 EPG
The L22DVDB11's programme guide is quite basic, but it's also speedy to use and easy to read from a distance.

The electronic programme guide (EPG) is quite basic and only shows two upcoming programmes on the screen at one time across six channels, but it's reasonably speedy to use and the large font is legible even from quite a distance.

USB recording

When you plug a USB memory key or hard drive into the port on the right-hand side you can start to use its recording features. You can either just hit record and the set will start recording the current show to disk, or alternatively you can schedule recording via the EPG. You can also pause live TV, which may come in handy if you're engrossed in a show when the doorbell rings.

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