Another 40 inches Please My Life 08 NOV 2011

So these arrived on my desk the other day, courtesy of

Now as you can see for yourself, that’s some pretty exciting watching right there, which immediately presented a new problem for me – how would I pry Chantelle away from our existing 40″ high definition Samsung LCD television and all of her cooking, 7de Laan and Come Dine with Me shows?

The answer, it’s probably impossible.

So I came up with a devious plan – I would purchase my Christmas present early, the thing I’ve been dreaming about for a year now: a second 40″ HD television for our underutilised braai room, thus turning it in one fell swoop into both a man television cave and baby dvd playroom! (At least, that’s how I would sell it to Chantelle).

So during the week, after completing my quota of work for the day, I snuck out to the mall in search of my new flat screen beast, bearing in mind my particularly limited budget (which in any event was only possible thanks to a good month of surplus income via the adverts on my blogs).

After visits to Hi-Fi Corporation, Dion Wired, and various specials pamphlets, I finally found something worth picking up at Game: A Telefunken 40″ Full HD LCD television set (TLCD-40FHDB).

Shock, horror, I know. A cheap Chinese television which probably isn’t all that good.

True, true, and I know that I’m taking a big chance on this one. Luckily for me though, my expectations are pretty low – after all, the television isn’t going to be hooked up to anything other than my XBOX 360 and little USB media player, meaning that as long as it can produce pretty visuals off those, then I’ll be happy. And at R3,700 for the television plus R400 for Game’s extended warranty, I get a decent midrange LCD TV with 3 years worth of peace of mind for a low R4,200, where an equivalent of a much better, preferred brand like Samsung or Sony will set me back quite a couple thousand more!

Anyway, after an eventful trip back home, I immediately grabbed our unused lounge coffee table and set the thing up in the braai room, where I happily ignored Chantelle’s concerns that I should have bought a smaller set to better suit the space.

Hooking up the XBOX, firing up Dante’s Inferno, followed by Batman: Year One, all I’m left with is “Oh yeah, now this is pretty damn awesome!” :)

So yes, my house now currently brags with two big-ass 40″ flat screen television sets! Feeling so “upper-class” right now I tell you. :P

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.