Design and Connections
A happier trait of the Vestel displays is that they mostly display a low input latency. Our device measured numbers between 26 and 29 milliseconds delay between controller input and reaction on-screen which is impressive. The console gamers out there should certainly be kept happy by the LV46F04 as those figures represent a latency of less than one frame for the typical game. Panel response is apparently not quite so impressive and we could see some ghosting in high contrast sections of games.
- Standby: 0.5W
- Out-of-the-Box – Natural Mode: 63W
- Calibrated – Cinema Mode: 59W
We certainly wouldn't be placing the Hitachi at pride of place in our main viewing room, however, as the disappointing dynamic range doesn’t really lend itself favourably to dimmer conditions. Motion resolution is average and horizontal panel array banding is visible under certain conditions, generally involving large patches of colour in panning shots, so we weren’t that enamoured for sports viewing either. General panel uniformity is actually quite good but viewing angles are compromised by tinted blacks and loss of contrast.
Even in its dimmest mode, with the most conservative of backlight and contrast settings, the Hitachi LV46VF04ULD gives out a lot of light and possesses a decent filter so we’d see its ideal situation as being in a bright room where little critical viewing is carried out.
- Contemporary design
- Accurate colours in Cinema Mode
- Good for bright rooms
- Remote control looks quite good
- Great for gaming
- Limited contrast and poor blacks
- Picture controls don't work very well
- 1080p24 Content is mishandled
- Panel banding
- Deinterlacing isn't great
- No features worth speaking about
Hitachi VF04 (L46VF04ULD) Full HD LED TV Review
The Hitachi LV46VF04ULD features a plain gloss black design that manages to look contemporary by virtue of the slimline bezel and chassis. The remote control is quite funkily designed but the print on the buttons could be easier to read in low light. Feature-wise there isn’t really much to write home about, the LV46 will play some media files via one of its USB ports but we’d recommend avoiding the video player at all costs. The Hitachi’s menu systems are well designed and speedy to navigate, although the basic picture controls have far too much influence on one another and, despite the lack of advanced calibration controls, setting up the TV wasn’t the simple feat it should have been.
Once we’d achieved a best setup scenario, images were possessed of a natural and convincing colour palette but the uneven luminance and slight green cast could intrude. Standard definition content was handled quite nicely but the Vestel engineers’ continued inability to provide decent 1080p24 processing will not curry favour with Blu-ray fans. Contrast and black levels were definite weak points and the often noticeable panel banding did impinge upon the immersion factor; general light dispersion from the edge mounted LEDs was quite creditable, however, and there was little in the way of clouding to note.
In the final analysis the Hitachi LV46VF04ULD doesn’t particularly distinguish itself in any critical areas, other than managing to look quite contemporary and making a great choice for the lag conscious gamer. A few years back we would have marvelled at the thought of a 46 inch 1080p display being available for around £500 but these days competition is mightily fierce and at least the basics have to be in place which, alas, in this case they aren’t.
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