The beautifully designed Mitsubishi LT-52244 HDTV set is undermined by below par performance.

Oversaturated colours were this 52-inch LCD TV's chief fault. Watching both high-definition and standard-definition shows on the Mitsubishi LT-52244, jurors saw images with lurid tones and some background pixelation.

High-definition movies such as 'Corpse Bride' and 'Mission Impossible III' exhibited garish colours. You also get shimmery wood grain and fabric, and orange skin tones.

The Mitsubishi LT-52244's remote is fully backlit when you press any button - a rarity this, and a useful feature in a dark room. White rubberized buttons provide an agreeably tactile feel. The buttons are logically organised, too, simplifying the task of getting through the onscreen display (OSD) settings.

Altough the Mitsubishi LT-52244's OSD offers many adjustments - including video presets and a rare six-colour tweak - you return to the top menu each time you change a setting, so you have to step through the whole OSD again to get to the next item. Dedicated shortcut buttons do provide quick access to audio and video settings.

The Mitsubishi LT-52244 has a setting for DeepField Imager, which is supposed to adjust contrast and brightness dynamically as it analyzes images for dark and light areas. A demonstration menu option shows the marked difference between a standard setting and the DeepField setting, though we found the latter too bright and preferred the presets.

The speakers don't provide the range and fullness of sound turned in by other TVs in the Mitsubishi LT-52244's size category, especially the Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD. Background audio and orchestral music for 'Phantom of the Opera' sounded shrill.

The built-in USB port works well for displaying photos, but the Mitsubishi LT-52244 loaded pictures slowly. The TV automatically switched to photo display mode when we connected a flash-card reader, and it allowed us to view a slideshow of our pictures from a memory card.

The Mitsubishi LT-52244's base swivels 30 degrees to the left or right, for increased flexibility in positioning the TV panel.

Mitsubishi LT-52244: Specs

  • 52in Widescreen TFT active matrix
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1080p (FullHD) display format
  • 16:9 image aspect ratio
  • 120Hz
  • progressive scanning (line doubling)
  • 4D digital
  • Color Temperature Control
  • DeepField, SharpEdge, X.v.Color, Deep Color, PerfecTint, Plush1080p, PerfectColor, Full Spectrum Color, Tru1080p Processing, NetCommand Home Network Control System
  • DVR1x
  • analog/digital combo tuner
  • HDMI, S-Video, Component, Composite
  • HDCP Compatible
  • 1,219x145x772mm
  • 34kg
  • 52in Widescreen TFT active matrix
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1080p (FullHD) display format
  • 16:9 image aspect ratio
  • 120Hz
  • progressive scanning (line doubling)
  • 4D digital
  • Color Temperature Control
  • DeepField, SharpEdge, X.v.Color, Deep Color, PerfecTint, Plush1080p, PerfectColor, Full Spectrum Color, Tru1080p Processing, NetCommand Home Network Control System
  • DVR1x
  • analog/digital combo tuner
  • HDMI, S-Video, Component, Composite
  • HDCP Compatible
  • 1,219x145x772mm
  • 34kg

OUR VERDICT

Despite a nice design and decent feature set, the Mitsubishi LT-52244's performance is lacklustre.

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