Budget LCD TV showdown: Kogan vs. Tyagi vs. Hisense
- — 16 June, 2010 13:30
If you're looking for a small, cheap LCD television at the moment you're spoiled for choice. We've recently had review units from budget brands Kogan, Tyagi and Hisense. These 22in and 24in televisions may not be the most technologically advanced models on the market, but they are cheap and have reasonable image quality; we think they're worth considering.
Tyagi LED24 LED television
The $495, 24in Tyagi LED TV has a slim profile, a bezel design that's a pleasant departure from the company's older TVs and an inbuilt USB port for watching downloaded videos. It may struggle slightly with high contrast material, but for day-to-day watching it does an acceptable job.
What's Hot: Three-year warranty, good detail when viewing 1080p content.
The Final Word: Tyagi's LED24 is more attractive than other televisions we've seen from the company, and its 1080p, 24in screen offers good detail levels. Colour levels are acceptable during most viewing, but the screen has a low contrast ratio.
Hisense HL22T28PL LED TV
The 22in Hisense HL22T28PL is the most expensive model of the three TVs, but you can see why. Like the cheaper Tyagi LED24 it has a three-year warranty and is an attractive LED television with a slim profile. Picture quality may not be markedly superior to the Kogan and Tyagi offerings but the Hisense HL22T28PL produces images that are pleasant to watch, with only a few occasional problems with 1080p Blu-ray content.
What's Hot: Good detail levels for a 22in panel, inbuilt DivX playback through USB
The Final Word: The Hisense HL22T28PL 22in LED television is a good choice if space is at a premium. Video quality isn't excellent, but the HL22T28PL has good detail levels at 1080p when connected to a computer.
The Kogan 1080P24 is definitely our top pick of these three models when it comes to value. This 24in LCD television is a mere $319, almost half of what the Hisense HL22T28PL retails for. It uses older CCFL backlighting technology and so is a fair bit bulkier than Tyagi and Hisense's models, but picture quality is not significantly impacted.
What's Hot: Very low cost, good detail when viewing Full HD content, reasonable motion control
The Final Word: Kogan's 1080P24 doesn't stand out in terms of image contrast or design, but it is remarkably cheap. Full HD content displays good detail levels and even standard-definition digital television is upscaled reasonably well.
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