Is this budget 37in LCD TV worthy of your stimulus package pay-out?
The KEVIN37 television’s dark grey exterior is similar to the [[artnid:279281|Kogan 1080P-47's|Review: Kogan 1080P-47]] we reviewed back in March. It has a utilitarian design, unlike ultra-stylish televisions such as the [[artnid:302536|Sony Bravia KDL40EX1 LCD|Review: Sony Bravia KDL46EX1 LCD television]], but is nonetheless functional and not overly ugly.
The bundled remote of the KEVIN37 LCD television is well laid out and simple. Our initial experiences of the KEVIN37 are positive, with the television performing well when displaying high- and standard-definition material given its asking price. Our full review of the Kogan KEVIN37 will be completed next week.
Motion is handled acceptably — though some jitter is noticeable due to the lack of a 100Hz mode — while fine image detail is also easily distinguished in light scenes.
High-definition content is displayed well on the Kogan KEVIN37’s Full HD 1080p screen, with good colour accuracy, contrast and sharpness. This menu screen from a [[artnid:150259|Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming console|Review: Microsoft Xbox 360]] shows accurate green hues and decent dark area detail.
This menu screen from the HD-DVD version of Mission Impossible: 2, playing through a [[artnid:202177|Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD player|Review: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD player]] shows the television’s ability to display high-contrast images and red hues. The Kogan KEVIN37 LCD television boasts a contrast ratio of 1200:1 — significantly lower than even the cheapest televisions from Sony and Panasonic.
When [[artnid:279053|it was first announced| Kogan launches KEVIN37: a $900 LCD television]], we were impressed by the Kogan KEVIN37’s specifications given its $900 price tag. Today we had a chance to take a quick look at it before next week’s comprehensive review.
The Kogan KEVIN37’s hybrid tuner receives both analog and digital television channels. The initial television channel scan was slightly slow, but switching between television channels is fast.
Significant effort appears to have gone into making the KEVIN37’s on-screen interface pleasant to use. Intuitive menus and a smooth, easy-to-view layout make altering settings a simple and trouble-free experience.
You can tell the Kogan KEVIN37 was designed and built to a budget when looking at the on-body controls. We would have preferred the labels to be on the side between the buttons.
When presented with lower bit-rate high-definition material, the Kogan KEVIN37 LCD television displays content smoothly with no artefacts or over-sharpening we could detect.
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