Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV

Kogan has produced a big screen with good picture and solid functions, all at a price that makes it hard to beat as a second TV.


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While TV prices are plummeting (unless one looks at what we may pay for 4K), Kogan has definitely plumbed new depths with its newest 3D-ready 50-inch screen.

Design

This is possibly one of the more stylish and attractive Kogan TVs we've seen; in fact, it's just a nice-looking TV, no qualifiers required. Out of the box, it's a slim-line, fairly lightweight screen, with an attractive metal-finish bevel and a well-weighted base (that you will need to screw in yourself).

The rear of the TV has four HDMI ports, component and composite ports, two USB ports, plus antenna in and VGA. Obviously, the part missing from the list is the Ethernet port — this isn't an IPTV-ready TV. (For that, you might want to blow another AU$99 on the Kogan Agora Smart TV Dongle). It will, however, work as a PVR when an external drive of up to 1TB is attached.

The remote feels a little light, but the buttons have a good feel and the layout is fairly intuitive and simple to follow, although the smaller buttons proved a little fiddly at times and hard to press.

Performance

Overall, we were pretty happy, and actually fairly impressed with how the Kogan performed. Both in standard and 3D, we found the image to be clear and quite sharp. Testing with high-speed action films such as Clash of the Titans, we saw very little blur, even when viewing the 3D version of the film.

Plugging in a PlayStation 3, we tried a few tracks of the futuristic title Wipeout HD. The colours were vibrant and clear, and once again we though the action was respectably crisp.

The TV also has a built-in media player, handling MPEG, MOV, MKV, MP4, MP3, WMA, AAC, JPG, PNG, BMP and TXT files. We tested a couple of media films (MKV and MP4) direct from a USB thumb drive. On first try, we found that we weren't getting any sound from the video files — we exited and tried again with no issues at all. We tried a few more times, and were unable to replicate the fault.

Criticisms have been made of the user interface for Kogan TVs in the past, but we found this to be simple and user friendly, especially when changing inputs or finding files on USB storage, which are two of the more likely uses.

Overall

When looking at a product like the Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV, one needs to take into account the price. At the time of writing, Kogan's LivePrice for the product was AU$751, capping out at AU$799 apparently. In that price bracket, this is easily one of the bigger TVs you'll find, and it even comes with one set of active 3D glasses.

We might hesitate to recommend this as the main TV for anyone except the most budget-conscious purchasers; the lack of network functions is a minus in this world of IP and catch-up TV. But for anyone looking for a second TV for a rumpus room, kids' room, games room or converted garage, this is definitely a great option, and one that's hard to beat at the price.



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TroyHarro
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"Great TV for a low price"

TroyHarro posted a review   
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The Good:Picture Quality, Functionality, USB Playback, Price

The Bad:Not Much, Audio if i had to say anything

Great TV, it was only $600 and looks good and plays well as the main TV in the living room.

the quality of the actual frame around the TV isn't outstanding, but it holds together and you only see it from 3-5m anyway.

USB Plug-in is great, samsung dvd player works well, foxtel and Apple TV all plugged in and working.

If you want a cheap TV that does the job well and looks good - get this!

JIM
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"Poor Quality all round"

JIM posted a review   
Australia

The Good:nothing

The Bad:Poor quality and customer service

Cheap product and not worth the money. Very difficult to contact Kogan with any problems. Basically once you buy you are on your own.

Harryincairnz
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"Took a risk and it paid off"

Harryincairnz posted a review   
Australia

The Good:The Price

The Bad:Sound quality without enhancement

I bought one of these in a pre shipping sale to replace my ageing Sony Bravia 47" LCD, waited a couple of months and was rather pensive about dropping a K (warranty and extra Specs) on a gadget sight unseen. I, like the reviewer I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

I had done enough research to prepare me for the lack of sound quality on a thin build LED and promptly bought a Kogan product soundbar during a free shipping window of opportunity in preparation for its arrival.

Very happy with my purchase and would recommend to anyone on a tight budget.

 

IanM5 posted a comment   

No commentary about the completely and utterly useless built in audio quality

 

ChristopherM2 posted a comment   

I don't think the lack of network functionality is that important. When I want my tv to act like a PC, I'll plug my PC in it- I don't think that any smart TV could replace a C unless all you do is browse the internet.




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User Reviews / Comments  Kogan 50-inch 3D LED TV

  • TroyHarro

    TroyHarro

    Rating8

    "Great TV, it was only $600 and looks good and plays well as the main TV in the living room.

    the quality of the actual frame around the TV isn't outstanding, but it holds together and y..."

  • JIM

    JIM

    Rating1

    "Cheap product and not worth the money. Very difficult to contact Kogan with any problems. Basically once you buy you are on your own."

  • Harryincairnz

    Harryincairnz

    Rating8

    "I bought one of these in a pre shipping sale to replace my ageing Sony Bravia 47" LCD, waited a couple of months and was rather pensive about dropping a K (warranty and extra Specs) on a gadget sig..."

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