Kogan PRO26 LCD television
This 26in LCD TV has an inbuilt DVD player, a USB input and decent image quality
- Integrated multimedia playback, decent contrast ratio
- No 100Hz mode, low overall contrast ratio
The Kogan PRO26 is an LCD television designed for a bedroom or study where space is at a premium. It's a good unit for casual television watching but its picture quality won't suit Blu-ray video or high-definition movies.
Price$ 449.00 (AUD)
The Kogan PRO26 is a 26in LCD television with an integrated DVD player and a port for connecting USB drives. If you have an extensive DVD collection or lots of downloaded media files and don't want to buy a media streamer, an all-in-one television like this is a good option. It has adequate picture quality for broadcast television and compressed video, but if you're looking for a high quality screen this is probably not your best option.
Like the rest of the Kogan television range, the Kogan PRO26 looks a bit bland and uninspiring. The rounded, glossy black bezel is not ugly but certainly isn't anything special or unique. The television's inputs are arranged along the rear — users have access to two HDMI and two composite video connectors as well as single component, VGA and S-Video for older devices.
The Kogan PRO26's screen has a resolution of 1366x768, which sits between the 720p and 1080p high-definition standards. It's well suited for devices that can output a picture at exactly this resolution — a laptop computer or Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, for example. Content with a different resolution will go through a scaling process and can lose some sharpness and clarity.
Picture quality is acceptable given the price, but don't think you'll be blown away. A contrast ratio of 2500:1 is good for broadcast television and regular DVD watching — we didn't notice any horrendous loss of detail in our The Matrix test DVD — but when we paired the screen up with a Sony PlayStation 3 we did notice an overall lack of contrast and dark image detail in The Dark Knight.
The Kogan PRO26's multimedia features are what set it apart from other screens of this size, and thankfully they're well implemented. The integrated DVD player works quickly and isn't loud when operating, and while the USB port can only play a small range of formats (JPEG, WMA, MPEG1/2/4, MP3, DivX) it makes this TV even more useful.
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