Kogan 1080P24 LCD television
This Kogan LCD television only has average picture quality, but it is significantly cheaper than its competition
- Very low cost, good detail when viewing Full HD content, reasonable motion control
- Low contrast means some video looks washed out, no swivelling stand
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 reasonably well upscaled.
Price$ 319.00 (AUD)
The Kogan 1080P24 is a 24in LCD television with an 800:1 static contrast ratio, a full range of analog and digital video inputs and a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution. It won't win any awards for design or for its average picture quality, but its low price tag means you might want to pick it up for a kid's bedroom or your home office.
Kogan 1080P24: design and connectivity
The Kogan 1080P24 is a generic looking LCD television. It has a glossy black bezel around an inch thick and a stand that isn't able to swivel. The rear of the television houses an HDMI port for connecting Full HD video sources, while analog connectors are in abundance — VGA, composite, component and S-Video are available. You can connect the television to a home theatre sound system with its coaxial audio output (although optical audio output is not included) and it has a headphone jack.
Kogan 1080P24: picture quality
The Kogan 1080P24's Full HD screen is able to display good detail when supplied with a 1080p source like Blu-ray video or 1920x1080 computer output via VGA or HDMI. We tested the 1080P24 with a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook connected via VGA and a Sony PlayStation 3 playing games and Blu-ray movies over HDMI.
At its default settings we found the screen too sharp, with fringing visible on high-contrast edges. Lowering the sharpness resulted in an image that was smoother yet still full of detail. Full HD material looks good and there is plenty of fine detail visible in both Blu-ray video and still photos at 1080p resolution.
Kogan quotes a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1 for the Kogan 1080P24 LCD television. Putting it alongside the Tyagi LED24 LED television we found the Kogan panel to have slightly better control over dark areas of the screen. The Tyagi LED24 loses detail quite quickly at its default settings, while the Kogan 1080P24 is able to display detail in darker areas with only a small amount of black crush. Highlight detail is also reasonably well handled. However, unfortunately both screens struggle to display bright white areas alongside dark blacks in an image. The 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio of the Kogan 1080P24 LCD television is enough to make digital television and DVD-quality video look good, but some Blu-ray content occasionally struggles and looks washed-out.
The Kogan 1080P24 handles fast motion quite well for a non-100Hz panel. We didn’t notice any ghosting or short-term image retention using our 1080p test footage of the Planet Earth Blu-ray documentary. The image occasionally flickers when 24P Blu-ray video is displayed, but this is a small problem and doesn't occur often.
The Kogan 1080P24 may not have the best picture quality available in a small screen, but it is very attractively priced. It is well suited to digital television and DVDs, and it will handle 1080p Blu-ray movies as long as you're not especially concerned with picture quality. It would make a good combo with the equally cheap Kogan Blu-ray player.
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