==Bush 22 inch Tv/DVD Combi==
When we moved into our new house I decided a TV in the kitchen is really what we needed and I was thinking about getting a white one as this would fit in and look a lot nicer against the cabinets and have an all round fresher cleaner look.
==Price and Availability==
As with most of my large electrical items I went straight to the Argos catalogue to check on prices and then compare online. I tend to buy things from Argos as not only do they have good prices with sales and price cuts very regularly but I always find that things are really easy to take back and exchange if they go wrong. I was pleased to see that there was a special offer on this Bush 22 inch full HD, built in free view TV/DVD combi in my desired white colour. The usual price was around £150 but it was a smidgen under £100 and having had a search around was the cheapest price for this particular one and more or less the cheapest white (good brand name) television anywhere.
==Look and Design==
I wasn't really thinking about even getting a TV with a built in DVD player as to be fair watching DVDs wasn't something I was planning to do in the kitchen but then I did think if we were to move it elsewhere in the future maybe having a DVD player built in was just an added bonus.
Having bought the TV and got it home there was literally no real set up needed as the channels on the free view tuned themselves in and the TV screen pops up questions such as language select and a few pushes of the select button on the remote will set the TV with all that is needed for the channels to be found and the TV to be fully up and running.
The TV looks exactly as I wanted it to. The lovely white edging of the set makes it look clean and modern in the kitchen and against the worktops and cabinets gives a far better appearance than a black. To some it may have a cheaper look than the black design but for me it is a new and refreshing style that works well in the designated room.
The remote that came with the TV already had batteries with it which was very handy indeed. The remote does look very basic and rather cheap looking and it is not branded with the Bush logo so you can see it is like a cheap universal one which does do the job and doesn't have too may buttons to confuse so really I can't complain about it.
The DVD aspect of the combination TV isn't really something that I used much and to be fair I can count on one hand the amount of times I did used this. I did feel that the pop cover for where the DVDs are put in felt a bit flimsy and when a DVD was pushed into the TV that it made a rather lot of noise trying to read the disc and even when it was playing I could still hear the disc spinning around inside the machine which isn't really a good thing. It plays okay though and the picture is fine and it is easy to navigate around and the couple of times I used it I couldn't really complain about anything.
The sound of the TV is not that great even after having fiddled with the basic sound options on the menus screen. It has a rather tinny sound to it when it is up high although being in a relatively small kitchen I don't need it that loud and this isn't a problem for me. However I think if it were in my bedroom or in my front room I wouldn't be very impressed with the sound quality at all.
As far as the 1080 pixels of screen resolution goes it is okay and nothing less than I have with the other television sets in the house. Of course it is not as sharp watching the regular free view as it is when you watch the HD channels on Sky but it is fairly clear and crisp and pretty much what I would expect when buying a TV of this price and size.
However I must say that after 13 months of owning this TV and using it more or less every day the screen just suddenly went blank and although I had sound I couldn't see anything. No amount of fiddling around with the tele and using my limited technical ability seemed to help. Of course seeing as it was out of my year guarantee with Argos there was nothing they could do and seeing as I couldn't find my receipt I couldn't contact the Bush helpline although I expect that I would have had to pay out to get them to fix it anyway. So I contacted a chap in my local paper who I dropped the TV off to and paid £60 for him to fix it. It was fine for around a week and then the screen went again along with the sound this time! I called the chap I had already contacted and he wanted more money to buy some sort of part which he said had gone. Now weighing up the fact that the TV was under £100 I decided to cut my losses and take the broken Tv to the local dump!
Now of course I can't say whether mine was just a bad egg in this batch from Bush but I did feel rather you get what you pay for and although I previously though Bush was a good make I have now decided that I probably won't be buying a low priced Bush TV again. Apart from look how I wanted it to I can say that it was pretty much a waste of money. Every aspect of the TV wasn't really anything to complain about although had a general cheap feel to it when it was working it did a mediocre job. Of course the fact that it broke after a very short period of 13 months makes me feel that on the whole the TV is a very poor one and I can only award it a 1 out of 5 star rating and of course I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they wanted to waste £100!!!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I already had a Bush TV for our living room and having had this for two years I wanted another TV of this make. We currently have taken on a lodger in the house to pay for bills and so we decided to use the additional income to pay for Sky multi-room and buy an additional TV. This would also hope to save on any problems if we all wanted to watch different programmes.
This model cost just £129 and is a very sleek and stylish TV. I didn't want something bulky and so with its flat screen it means it doesn't take up much room. What I also like about is its stand which seats neatly on the sky box and so again minimal room is taken up on the side board.
It gives off an excellent picture although it is not completely panoramic. If you sit too much of an angle then the images become slightly blurry. This is probably to do with the number of pixels the TV has. Because of this I would recommend it best as second TV for your room or perhaps in a kitchen. Unless you are guaranteed to get a good seating position in all areas of your living room. It is also only 19 inches which is something to have in mind if you are seeking to have this as your single TV.
The built in DVD system is great too. It is easy to load and use. Again this is another good thing as it saves space. The buttons are nice and simple to use however my only gripe is that it can take a little while to switch on. There seems to be a 3 second delay from actually pressing the button to switch it on to anything starting to happen. I can live with that however and I am sure that if you want a good TV at and affordable price then you would not mind either.
I would recommend this as a second TV or for students who need to limit the space they have. It is good value and by a good brand.
~An all in one tv/ dvd/ iPod home entertainment unit!~
The 24 inch Bush tv/ combi unit that I am reviewing here is a slightly more up to date looking smooth and sleek unit than the one shown here, that offers a neat and modern minimal effect which looks as good as some other more expensive digital products are on sale at the moment for more money. The older style product shown here has a slightly dated look when comparing it to the updated tv I purchased although both share the same model number and basic spec. The tv I have has well sized 24 inch matt finish rectangular screen, which has a simple almost gloss finish black plastic housing that runs around the screen on all sides which I feel is subtle and easy on the eye.
This Bush LCD TV is 100% HD ready, so that you can simply plug it in to a power outlet, scan for new channels using the easy to get to grips with remote control and then watch programmes on your new tv within a matter of a few minutes after unpacking and setting things up. This super quick set up is helped by the auto set up mode that it built in to the unit and it is something that I found very useful when setting up the tv ready for it's first use. This model is a digital lcd tv with it's own built in Freeview tuner that lets you to watch programmes after the digital switch over without the need for an additional set top box, allowing you to enjoy the sleek modern look of the tv which blends well with a variety of room themes.
The tv comes well packed in a sturdy cardboard box which is fairly light but bulky to carry, which included plenty of information printed on the outside of the box that I found easy to read and understand. Once out of the box the unit was ready to set up for use as it came with all the right leads, including the power lead. The tv aerial cable had to be slotted in at the side of the tv rather than being placed at the back of the product, which allowed the cable to be sited securely, although I did find that a little odd. I found that the tv had a set of 2 AAA batteries included for use with the remote control unit as well as an information leaflet which I found helpful when setting up the unit for the first time.
~Quick and easy programme set up~
The on screen set up guide gives prompts on screen to guide the user through the set up process quickly and easily. All you need to do is select a region and language for use with your product so that you can begin the search for digital tv channels. The tv is able to do this on it's own once you have followed the on screen instructions, which makes for a very quick and easy set up and as soon as the ok button has been pressed the process of searching and ordering channels begins. Once the tv is in regular use you may need/ or want to do a manual channel re scan from time to time (just in case a new channel has become available in your area) which is also easy and quick to do. I have found that this tv is able to receive programmes from BBC1, BBC2 BBC3, BBC4, ITV1,2,3 and plus one channels. Additional channels such as 4, 4 plus 1, more 4, 5, 5 star, 5 USA etc are also available and all channels the tv has access to seem to show nice clear looking, easy to view pictures on the screen.
~Using the dvd player~
In use the dvd player works well enough although it does lack a certain amount of finish and finesse. As this is an all in one style product I didn't expect too much from it although I have found that in use it does work quite well, with the slight exception of the black plactic dvd holder that is sited at one side of the tv screen. Whilst this part of the unit does the job it was intended for relatively well, the over all feel and finish of the simple slide out dvd disc holder is flimsy and plasticy. The dvd holder is meant to slide out for you to insert a dvd onto the holder, although I have found you do need to help it along. Once a dvd has been placed in to the holder it needs to be pushed back in to place, with the only thing keeping it there being a small clip style fixing. Once set up for use dvds can be fast forwarded or paused as needed, with the unit being operated by the all in one remote control.
~Using the iPod dock~
The weighted base/ tabletop stand that the tv screen sits on works well as it helps to keep the tv stable when in use, with the built in speakers positioned on each side of the base unit. The centre part of the base unit has a built in iPod dock which works well, allowing you to play your mp3 tracks with ease. The information given with the product state that the iPod dock is compatible with Nano, Classic, Touch and Mini making it a versatile option. The beauty of this model is that the whole unit allows the user to listen to music, watch videos and photos via the TV screen which come direct from the ipod when it is in the dock. I have found that you can control your iPod using the tv remote control allowing you to scroll through track lists etc. The dock functions well as it also charges your iPod whilst it is docked.
~A useful extra for iPhone users!~
An additional use for the iPod Dock that I have found is that it can also charge up your iPhone even if it the latest model, which makes this tv combi unit even more versatile in my opinion. It is so quick and simple to place your iPhone in to the iPod dock and leave it there in sleep mode whilst you watch tv, listen to the radio or watch a dvd, whilst your iPhone is quietly charging up. Charging an iPhone this way seems to be nice and quick too! The size of the iPhone is just about short enough to sit in the iPod dock without it getting in the way of the tv screen and the fact that you can put the phone to sleep, leaving a plain black screen on show means that it never interferes with your viewing.
The tv screen can be used to display photographs taken with your iPhone as well as video! Having tried this out myself I can honestly say that the on screen images produced are of good quality and I was really pleased with the results when watching a video on this tv that had been filmed on an iPhone. The sound quality when viewing video footage from your iPhone is very good and the twin speakers set in to the base of the unit cope very well indeed. The only slight downside to using this feature is the fact that the dock connection is quite firm once the phone is set in place, which means you do need to take care when trying to extract the phone from the docking cradle. Other than that it works really well and is another feature that makes this tv unit stand out from others I have seen.
~Product features and observations~
With this being a 24in widescreen TV with a well proportioned screen size, the pictures given off are always clean and clear looking to the eye and there is no distortion to be seen even when viewing from some distance. The screen resolution is 1328 x 768 pixels which allows for a smooth line free picture and you can adjust the clarity or sharpness of on screen images when using the remote control once you access the tv settings screen. The tv comes with a useful HDMI socket, 1 SCART socket which is at a rather odd side angle, 1 PC input socket, a useful headphone socket and an AV socket. I have found that both the scart and av sockets work well enough and keep secure trouble free connections although the side placement is a little awkward to use at first.
The tv has a set of rather decent speakers set in to the weighted base unit, which offer a reasonable 2 x 2 5 watt RMS power output when in use. These small and compact speakers work their socks off when you have the unit in iPod mode and the sounds that come from them are clear with a fair blend of base and treble. Loudness can be adjusted via the remote control handset and the sound only distorts to an unacceptable level when the speakers are switched to their full sound output. This tv combi unit is also able to pick up digital audio broadcasting programmes (DAB) and displays information about the radio programme and channel selected by the user which I have found quite helpful.
There is a built in now and next 7 day programme guide which has a reasonably sized display that shows on the tv screen allowing you to decide which programmes you want to watch and once again this feature is easily accessed via the remote control handset. There is also a built in sleep timer which I have yet to use, as well as a child lock feature. I have found that the remote control works all features although it does sometimes take a second or two for the tv unit to react. The unit comes with 2 x AAA batteries included and the batteries are easy to replace should you need to do so.
~Rating and price~
As a budget priced tv, dvd, combi unit for use around the home this is ideal product choice as it offers a range of features for a reasonable outlay. With prices for the product being set at around £189 to £199 it offers value for money when compared to other fancier looking branded products that offer less versatility for more money. What the product lacks in finish in areas such as the dvd holder etc, it makes up for in terms of that fact that you can go from watching tv programmes, to using the iPod dock, then go on to watch a dvd and finally listen to your favorite DAB radio programme in just a few easy steps. For this reason I feel that this product offers good value for money making it worthy of a 4 star product rating.
When I got my X box 360 , I wanted to play in my room but I didn't have a TV! I quick trip down to Argos soon sorted that and I was happily playing away on my 22" Bush LCD HD ready TV with a DVD player and free view installed! It cost me £139.99 which I think is a great deal when you think that TVs similar to this sell for £250 +.
* Picture Quality *
The picture quality of this TV isn't the best out there but it gets the job done. It seems to be slightly darker than some of my other TVs and the brightness settings cannot be adjusted a huge amount. The blacks are not that great and the pictures are not very crisp. It is a excellent TV for video games if it is use with a HDMI cable.
* Sound *
The sound on this TV is good. It can go pretty loud and stay clear. Action seens in films are good. Sports commentators and voices come out clear.
* Quality *
The TV looks slightly cheap and plastic but it was cheap so I can't complain. The DVD player can sometimes jam as well which is annoying and from time to time the DVD played comes lose which doesn't affect performance but can stick out at the side which ruins the look. The controller buttons are terrible. They require a load of pressure to work and they often just fall out which is really annoying. The controller lets this TV down.
I have had the TV for 1 year now and it hasn't broken but now and then the picture is lost then re-appears which only happens once a week if that but is quite annoying.The worst part of this TV is the controller. The buttons fall out and when they are in the require lots pressure to work. It really ruins the TV.
* Ease of Use/ Installation *
The TV is really easy to use. When I got it I just plugged it in , found the channels and I was watching TV. Very quick and easy to use and to navigate around the TV. ( When the controller is working )
* Features *
The TV comes with a built in DVD player which is good and it has a built in free view box which is excellent for the free view switch over. It also has a HDMI cable slot , a SCART socket , a component video socket , a composite socket and a AV socket.
* Other *
The TV is easy to mount by yourself as it comes with holes in the back and all you need is a bracket to put it on. It is light so there is no risk off it pulling the wall down. If you are going to mount it , make sure it is out of reach of any children who might want to pull it as it could fall on them.
Overall the TV is excellent for just in a Bedroom/Kitchen etc. but not high enough quality for a living room.
When the TV in our bedroom died a death after what must have been eight or nine years of faithful service we did not have a whole lot of money to replace it, or rather the money we did have needed to be spent on other priorities so it was to the Argos catalogue that I looked and this Bush was on sale at £109.99 and it fit the bill of being small and came with the added bonus of Freeview and an inbuilt DVD player as well.
It is a 19in black TV, not the most attractive design I have to say as it looks a bit boxy in my opinion, very sharp angles and I'm not a fan of the silver lines running across the top and bottom of the TV. It has a fitted stand and weighs about 5kg, certainly it took up a lot less space than our old set.
This was my first experience of Freeview as we have cable for the downstairs TV however it tuned in automatically with only one button to press and while I was only really concerned with the main terrestial stations it is nice to have a bit of choice as well however it is used mainly to watch the morning and evening news shows.
It also comes HD prepared not that we will be using that feature and I was really impressed with the quality of the picture, it only has a 19in screen but the picture quality is sharp and well defined with crisp colours, it is amazing how much quality you can get for such a relatively small outlay. The stereo sound system is perfectly adequate with the speakers set at the bottom of the set. It is nice and sharp and you will not need to use any of the higher volume settings.
You load the DVD's on the right of the set (see the Dooyoo picture), it is simple to operate and quite basic, you do havbe to be careful to ensure you position the disc correctly so that it sits flush in the DVD tray loading system.
The remote is easy to use and not overly large as the system does not require a huge number of buttons.
Given the price this is an ideal TV for either the bedroom or the kitchen I guess as it will not take up too much room and the picture and sound quality is rather good. Certainly it is highly recommended from me.
My husband bought this for our bedroom. It's actually a 3rd tv set, but it's lovely to watch dvd's with the kids in bed. We had planned to buy a tv only but this was only £149 at argos, so we chose this. Of course now it has to be even cheaper, £129, why does everything go down after I buy it?
At any rate, it was quite easy to set up and the picture quality is brilliant.
I can not comment on the freeview, which seems quite a nice feature as we cant get freeview on any of our tv's due to interferance. Would probabley work with an outside aerial, but the old one was knocked away years ago and has never been replaced.
We had originally planned to set this up on a stand, but one look at the dvd door was enough to change my mind. Its a bit akward and I can't see it lasting 2 weeks with my sons. We went back and bought a bracket and put it on the wall instead, well out of the boys reach. Hopefully the dvd door will last better with only adults using it.
I have noticed they now offer the same model with an IPOD dock, so this would be a really brilliant option to tidy a teen's room. As it is I cant believe how much more space my room has with the big tv and dvd gone.
The picture is so much clearer and sharper as well so this is a big 5 stars from me!
A while ago we decided in the Rooster household that we wanted to upgrade our televisions and bought a large screen LCD TV for our living room which you may have read my recent review for. In our bedroom we had an old, bulky television/DVD player which was getting on in years and took up a lot of space on our chest of drawers so decided that as we were splashing the cash and upgrading one TV then we may as well look into buying a replacement for our bedroom set. Having only a modest budget in mind we looked online and ended up settling for this, the Bush 19 inch HD ready TV/DVD player with an integrated Freeview tuner installed. At £129.99 the price seemed very reasonable and as it was originally priced at £149.99 we were saving a little bit of money on it too.
We've had this TV for around six weeks now so have had time to get used to it and with the World Cup just around the corner and TV's being a popular purchase at the moment now seems an ideal time to review it for anyone looking for a second TV for any 'World Cup Widows/Widowers' to buy to escape the upcoming games.
Packaged in a cardboard box with protective film sleeve the set weighs in at just under 6kgs in its packaged state and approximately 5kgs when out of the box and on it's (already) fitted stand. Easy to manoeuvre around and sits wherever you chose ours is placed where our old one was but takes up a fraction of the space. With its stand it sits 42cms from base to top, 48cm in width and just under 19cm in depth (approx 26" x 14" x 4.5") so is small and light but still big enough to make a nice design statement which looks stylish and modern and definitely up-to-date when compared to our old CRT beast.
Setup is easy and once connected to an aerial the Freeview tuner automatically finds all the available Digital channels with just a single press of a button on the remote control and it really is as simple as that. The picture quality is crisp and well defined and even though we don't have any HD devices in place to benefit from the 'HD ready' capabilities the definition is still far better than our old TV and we can certainly notice a difference. For anyone with Sky HD or a Bluray player you may be interested to know that the resolution is set as 1366 x 768 pixels and 60hz (this means absolutely nothing to me, but if you know your stuff then this may be an important consideration which may be the deciding factor as to whether or not you buy this system) the contrast ratio is 600:1 and the viewing angle 150/140 degrees (apologies again if this is random information, again I don't fully understand what this actually means but it is obviously important!) What is important to me is the picture and sound quality and in both regards this television is absolutely superb and offers us an excellent device to watch television and DVDs on. Nicam stereo is the installed sound system and the speakers run along the front of the television itself under the 'Bush' badge and unlike earlier incarnations of LCD televisions the sound quality here is crisp with good depth of tone and is clear without distortion and crackles - my parents-in-law bought an LCD TV a good few years ago when they were first launched and I find the sound quality on their set to be tinny and seems to lose a lot of its volume even when set at a high output, here on the Bush set the sound is clear and certainly puts their old system to shame.
My only real niggle with this system is the integrated DVD player which sits on the right hand side of the TV set itself. To open the disc drawer there is a small button which needs to be depressed and when pushed releases the tray for your DVD to sit in, you then have to push the tray back into the set itself and the DVD begins to play. The design of this feature does feel a little flimsy if I'm being honest and if your DVD disc is not correctly positioned there is a strong chance that damage could be caused to the tray itself. I would be cautious as to whether this would be suitable as a TV system for a child as there is a real chance that irreparable damage be caused to the DVD player and can't help but feel that this is why the whole system is price-marked at the level it is - for us it is ideal as we are careful when using this feature, however if you are on the clumsy side or have poor hand-eye coordination or just generally cack-handed then there is a very real chance that you will break the DVD tray and then will be without the DVD player. This seems to me to be a very poorly designed area with this system and would be the only area that I would have concerns over when recommending as a whole, however for our needs this has still been a super buy even though I have my doubts as to its long term durability and longevity.
For the picture quality, depth of sound and the features this system offers I do consider it to be a worthwhile buy - you are getting a HD ready LCD television with Freeview AND a DVD player for under £130.00 and visually the set is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Colour depth is superb, the sound quality is rich and you know that you are ready for the digital switchover - however the DVD player does ring alarm bells for me and to give an honest review I do have to mention my concerns.
Personally I would recommend this system as a second TV for the kitchen or bedroom, if like us you enjoy going to bed to watch a bit of telly or a DVD then it provides exactly what you want, it doesn't take up a lot of space on a unit, looks the part and for under £130.00 is fabulous value for money. I wouldn't recommend it for a young child or maybe an elderly relative with poor dexterity but if you are looking for an escape from the World Cup and have a modest budget then this could be an ideal purchase for you.
Overall then all things considered the Bush 19" HD Ready Digital LCD TV/DVD combi (what a mouthful!) comes out with a very good 4/5 dooyoo star rating from me for all the reasons covered in this review. It is available for the price I paid online or in store at Argos and does come recommended despite my few concerns.
Thanks for reading my review.