Samsung LCD TV & Sagem LCD Flat Screen TV

By: Scott James

It would appear that latest and most prestigious in house fashion accessory for the home is the Flat Screen TV. The decision has to be what sort of Flat Screen TV to get?

Of the many choices it really boils down to two really, Plasma or Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) for your Flat Screen TV?

So how would you describe Digital TV and how would you describe a Flat Screen TV? Well the short answer is that phraseology is mixed here and quite often people get confused, LCD, TFT and Plasma are all terms that get bandied around yet they don?t all mean the same thing.

In a nutshell Flat Screen TV?s can either be Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) sets or can be Plasma screen but the two are different. One of the major differences between the two technologies probably lies in the fact that with LCD TV?s because the main technology used is TFT (Thin Film Transistor) by and large the screens are able to be much more energy efficient and potentially much smaller and more mobile.

So lets get down to basics and start looking at individual TV?s.

The first LCD TV that we recommend that you take a look at here is the Sagem Axium HD-L27

The HD-L27 is a 27in LCD TV and shop around and you can find these TV's in the region of 1000 pounds sterling or 2000 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1280 x 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is yes. The Sagem Axium has 3 (2 RGB) scarts and and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the Sagem Axium HD-L27 uses are DVI and 1. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue and the HD-L27 is available from limited outlets only.

So to take an initial view how would we rate HD-L27?

Well it is a TV after all and as such the logical place to start would be the picture and our score here would be 8 out of 10 next we would look at the sound quality and our view of this would be 6 out of 10 With regards to the availability and number of relevant connections, our score would be 10 out of 10 As far as overall features are concerned we would give it 8 out of 10 and for ease of use and overall value for money we would give the 8 and 8 out of 10 respectively.

Taking everything into consideration our overall view of the package would be this is a solid enough Flat screen TV that comes HD ready and is great value for money. With a performance that would put to shame most of the more expensive offerings we get to play with, this TV from perhaps one of the less well known providers around gets our nod in the value for money and performance stakes. Definitely one not to be ashamed to be caught watching when the neighbours call round at Christmas!

The first LCD TV that we recommend that you take a look at here is the Samsung LE-26R41BD

The LE-26R41BD is a 26in LCD TV and currently these TV's can be found for 600 pounds sterling or 1200 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is no. The Samsung has 2 (1 RGB) scarts and and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the Samsung LE-26R41BD uses are none at all. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue and Digital and the LE-26R41BD is available from limited outlets only.

So what would we think is a fair assessment of the LE-26R41BD?

The most obvious place to start with as far as TV's are concerned would be the picture quality and our score here would be 10 out of 10 as the other half of the "Sound and Vision" double act our opinion of the sound quality would be 8 out of 10 Another useful aspect to review is the availability and number of relevant connections and our score here would be 8 out of 10 Overall with regards to the actual "featureability" of the set our score would be 10 out of 10 and for ease of use and overall value for money we would give the 8 and 10 out of 10 respectively.

Taking everything into consideration our overall view of the package would be within reason this TV is as future proof as you can get (for the money). This means that it is also extremely good value for money with also a great performance all round but above and beyond everything else as they say "the price is right".

Remember that all the prices we use in these reviews are very much designed for illustration purposes only and in some cases you may well find the actual price cheaper but also in some cases, more expensive.

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