Kogan KEVIN37 LCD television
This Kogan LCD television has a smooth interface and good picture quality given its budget price
- Decent design and features, good picture quality, functional and stylish menu
- No 100Hz, no dynamic contrast, low static contrast, single HDMI input
The Kogan KEVIN37 has plenty of features and decent specifications given that it only costs $900. Don’t expect picture quality as good as a television costing a thousand dollars more, but the Kogan Kevin37 comes close to models that are significantly pricier.
Price$ 900.00 (AUD)
The Kogan KEVIN37 37-inch LCD television received a lot of publicity because of its novel advertising campaign and stimulus package–friendly price point. It is a great all-round budget television package for the price, with picture quality similar to brand-name competitors.
You can tell where Kogan has slashed dollars off the cost of the KEVIN37: it has the same dark grey, boxy design as the Kogan 1080P-47 which preceded it. While it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing design, it isn’t too horrendous and unless it’s directly next to something as luxurious as a Sony Bravia EX1 TV it shouldn’t stand out too much.
We don’t like the fact that there’s writing on the lower-right of the front bezel marking the power, channel and volume control buttons. The thin white text on the dark grey background looks cheap and it would have been nicer if the labels were on the side of the Kogan KEVIN37 with the buttons themselves.
When turning the television on for the first time, however, the budget feel goes right out the window. A smooth blue and white menu system is easy to use and navigate — a far cry from the blocky, ugly and unintuitive menus that are pervasive on other ultra-cheap televisions.
Basic video and audio adjustments are easily made, while channel scanning for analog and digital stations is a painless process. The initial channel scan was slightly slow but once set up the Kogan KEVIN37 was able to change digital stations in under two seconds, which makes it bearable for day-to-day use.
We paired the Kogan KEVIN37 with a Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console to test high-definition playback. The Kogan KEVIN37 is a Full HD 1080p panel, although it only has a single HDMI input which may faze those with multiple digital video devices. DVI, VGA and component connections are available, though — all of these can support high-definition content with a negligible quality loss compared to HDMI.
When playing high-definition games and watching Blu-ray video content, the Kogan KEVIN37 is able to display scenes sharply and with no image quality issues. An adjustable sharpness level along with settings for contrast, brightness and saturation allow the tailoring of the screen to your tastes, though there are no preset modes available.
During standard-definition television playback and high-definition gaming and movies the Kogan KEVIN37 produces good colour and contrast. A static contrast ratio of 1200:1 — with no dynamic contrast setting available — is enough for day-to-day watching but there is evidence of detail loss in very dark and very bright scenes. This makes a screen like the Kogan KEVIN37 well suited to casual watching — perhaps as a second household screen — but video enthusiasts will want something more. That’s not to say it’s a bad screen, though. In our tests we found the picture quality of the Kogan KEVIN37 to be close to that of budget models from brand-name vendors.
Motion is well handled for a television lacking a 100Hz mode, but in scenes of fast motion there is evidence of some jitter and image break-up. Unless you’re watching sports or wildlife programming constantly — as this content usually consists of wide, panning shots — you will probably not notice this distortion often.
The Kogan KEVIN37 is a good television for the price. It is clear where corners have been cut — with the exclusion of multiple HDMI inputs, no 100Hz mode and a low contrast panel — but for the price it is a more than capable television.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) review: Raising the bar
- 2 Xiaomi Mi4 review: Xiaomi's best yet
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Lightly flawed, Undeniably special
- 4 Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship
- 5 Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Coinbase set to launch licensed Bitcoin exchange in the US
- Malaysia Airlines attacked, big data dump threatened
- NIST pledges transparency in NSA dealings over crypto standards
- North Carolina could be next in Google Fiber roll-out
- Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.