Cello C42T71DVB 42 inch 3DTV priced at £450

Probably the cheapest 3DTV in the country, based on an LG panel
Darren Allan

August 4, 2011
Cello 3DTV

Thinking of moving into the world of 3DTV, but don’t really want to make a big outlay for a new set which boasts three dimensional technology?

Well, a new budget 3DTV has hit the market which might be light enough on your wallet to finally watch Avatar with its full potential unlocked on the home screen.

The Cello C42T71DVB-3D has been listed by ebuyer.com this week priced at £450.

So what’s the catch? We’re not sure if there is one, because feedback on the TV online is scarce at the moment, but from what we can glean, this seems like a decent offering.

It’s apparently based on an LG 3D panel, which sounds promising enough. It’s full 1080p resolution, comes with a remote that operates Sky Plus and HD boxes, and a decent array of ports (given the price) – two HDMI, one SCART and a component video input.

The set is passive 3D driven and you get a pair of glasses bundled with it, too.

What is slightly strange is that the rated brightness level of 140cd/m2 seems a little low, as does the contrast ratio of 1000:1. Although these figures could be incorrect given that they’re merely details listed by the website.

The only review the panel has received from a buyer sounds impressed enough with the quality of the picture for the money, however. Their sole complaint is that the sound isn’t great from the built-in speakers (but then again, it rarely is).

Of course, reviews on retail sites have to be taken with a large pinch of the white stuff. We shall keep our eyes peeled for further feedback elsewhere (and feel free to post a comment if you’ve seen the set in action yourself).


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