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To give us an idea if a budget model with no smart features would be worth buying, we tested the Veon SRO482016. This 48” TV is among the cheapest ($549) we’ve tested and is exclusively sold at The Warehouse.
The Veon SRO482016 is an HD (1080p) TV, but its HD picture performance — the most important feature for a TV — is a long way from being good. It doesn’t score high enough for us to recommend and, even considering the price, isn’t good enough to be worth considering.
When you compare the Veon with other TVs, one thing is clear: if you want a good picture, you can either pay a similar price for a smaller screen or get the same size but pay considerably more. If you can handle a picture that scores significantly below average compared to all our tested TVs, then the Veon could be a bargain. The only cheaper TVs are 32” models.
Sound on modern TVs is notoriously bad, but the Veon’s poor sound is particularly notable. Its sound score is the lowest of any TV we’ve tested (and by a large margin). If you’re after decent audio, you’ll probably need to buy a sound bar or home theatre, which makes it much less of a good deal. The Veon’s only saving grace sound-wise is a digital audio out and a plug for headphones.
Our latest tech reliability survey found 81% of Veon owners thought the brand was good value for money, but only 65% (the lowest for all brands) would buy it again. This shows a dumb TV at a low price can be a good, one-off purchase for those who aren’t concerned about pixel-perfect high-resolution images or decent sound.
If you’re someone who watches sports, plays video games or enjoys watching Blu-ray movies, then you need a screen that shows a good HD picture. So you may have to spend more or settle for a smaller screen.
Overall score includes:
HD picture (55%)
SD picture (10%)
Sound quality (10%)
Usability (25%), made up of User Interface, Remote, and Smart TV scores
Prices are based on August and November 2017 surveys.
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