Hannspree 32inch Full HD TV 

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These full HD (1080P) in 32inch TV’s are still rare but to get two in a row to review is unprecedented. The size and shape and even some of the menus are very similar. This one however – even though it has the same rear speakers – has acceptable sound.

hanspree ST321MBB HD television LCD

This Hannspree 32" TV measures 78x51x8cm and sits on a stand 47x25cm that raises the set 4cm above whatever it is sitting on. The 8cm width is maximum.

The nine language Quick Start Guide will probably be all that most will need. This is broken into four areas each well illustrated. It does not however cover the first part of unpacking and the attachment of the four screws to attach the stand to the TV. It does however cover four areas Front View, Rear View, Making Connections and Running Setup Wizard. Before this you need to insert the provided batteries in the remote control insert your aerial lead in the TV and insert the 13amp plug into the mains and switch on the power, now all should be screen driven.

The auto search starts with Analogue and 50% through the search goes to digital so I assume - should you no longer have Analogue - it will find nothing in the first 50% of the four minute search. In my case as I still have Analogue it found the normal five channels and then proceeded to find the normal – in my area – 96 TV, Teletext and Radio stations.

The remote control is well balanced and a lot easier to use one handed than a lot of others. It has45 keys including the ubiquitous five position joystick. A few uses should enable you to know where the buttons you normally use are by feel alone.

Looking below the screen on the left bottom corner is the only visible indicator, a small green LED when the unit is powered up and this is red when the unit is in standby. Down the right side is a line of seven buttons that you can control basic functions with.

The left edge has a C/I slot for things like Top Up TV should you subscribe. Three composite input sockets a USB socket (marked for service only), headphone/earbud socket and finally HDMI 3 socket. All the other connections are on the back at the bottom left corner with the exception of the power input which is near the centre bottom of the back.

The back connections are aerial input, two SCART sockets, the five component sockets, SPDIF, HDMI 1 and HDMI 2, PC Audio input and finally PC VGA input. Although these are all closely grouped I found no great difficulties inserting or removing leads.

One minor gripe is the Input list this appears on the left side centre of the screen and just runs out of screen with only eight of the nine options being available without scrolling, why not raise it a couple of notches to have all the choices instantly visible.

Picture quality was excellent with good contrast and brightness and plenty more available should you want extra. Sound was okay certainly a great deal better than the previous unit reviewed a few weeks ago. However the rear bottom mounted speaker is not a great piece of positioning and the small speakers I used with the last unit gave a better sound, but, I doubt I would have used them if the problems I had had with the last TV had not put it in my mind after all output from a 3.5mm jack intended for headphones is not that great.

Having 1080P on a 32inch offering is a bonus, but this does still come with a price premium, remember at present the only way you can view 1080P content is via a DVD or Blu-ray as no broadcaster – even HD – currently send 1080P only 1080i which then needs to be upscaled before you view it so unless you view a lot of DVDs maybe its not currently worth buying one. However it looks good and was very compact and certainly a lot smaller and lighter than my own 32inch TV. 

Doing my Internet searches found the Hannspree 32inch Full HD TV at a best price of £269.99, link below.

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