The awesome smart “TV” you can buy without a TV licence in South Africa

minerva

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Seeing as this is a monitor over 24" it attracts a 30% import duty. So ultimately cANCer still gets their cut.
 

3WA

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Seeing as this is a monitor over 24" it attracts a 30% import duty. So ultimately cANCer still gets their cut.
Aren't Mustek and Mecer local? That Loot price is still competitive even if it has import duties built in.

I saw this when shopping for a TV but went for a Samsung anyway because I didn't know what the quality and longevity would be like.
 

Neoprod

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A review of the monitor would have been nice :cool:

Why is the 65" version almost double the price? Is the 55" a crap panel?
 

newby_investor

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It's priced pretty competitively compared to brand name smart TVs of that size though.

I was tempted by the 43" version that they had a couple of years ago but never really got to it since I watch TV (or movies/series if you prefer) so very seldom.

Mecer are local but I'm not sure that the electronics are manufactured here, they probably come from China.
 

ThatOtherDude

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Mistake (I mean Mustek) = Taiwan.

It's a monitor, not a TV (no receiver)

We have 7 x 4K Mecer 50" or 55" (not sure) screens on our walls at the office.

They run Android 0.0.0 (very VERY slow)

Installing any app is a total pain as the monitors default browser doesn't support Google Play.
Installing Chrome is a totally different mission.
Once installed it (Chrome) is so slow we can't even use Google Drive / Sheets.

Well you can (use it) but it takes forever to register a click.

Also, you have to download apps to a memory stick (smaller than 4GB) and then install them locally on the monitor.

forget about the "Smart"..

just use HDMI, VGA or Chrome Cast.

Tried the Teamviewer app too, it works but the TV is so slow you can just as well give up and walk home.

Image quality is great though. (for the price)

if you want to use this as a PC monitor / display panel / boardroom = fantastic buy.

as a smart TV at home = forget it.

** except if you already have a media player and just need a big cheap 4K screen.
 

Honey Badger

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Why does Loot have this below the pic of the monitor

"This item may require that you provide your TV license prior to dispatch."
 

PsYTraNc3

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Why does Loot have this below the pic of the monitor

"This item may require that you provide your TV license prior to dispatch."
Bought a TV from them a month ago and had to email details through to them including license holders ID.
 

newby_investor

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Why does Loot have this below the pic of the monitor

"This item may require that you provide your TV license prior to dispatch."
Later on in the description it says "No licence required" - I suspect they've put this in the same category as TVs because of its size, so the warning probably comes standard with everything in that part of the website.
 

MightyQuin

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Why does Loot have this below the pic of the monitor

"This item may require that you provide your TV license prior to dispatch."
Not any more:

The Mecer 55S92U 55” Ultra-HD 4K Resolution LED

No TV License is required.

Built-in Android operating system and multiple connectivity options. No TV License is required.

Specifications:
55" LED Display
Ultra-HD 4K Resolution (3840 x 2160)
16:9 Apect Ratio
2x 8W Built In Speakers
Wireless LAN
Connectivity: 3x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x RCA, 2x USB


You get
1x Mecer LED Panel, 1x Foot Pedestal, 1x Remote, Instructions & Power Cord
 

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awvince

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Do they have inspectors coming around to check how many sets you have in your household?

And if so, how would you convince then that this monitor is not a "TV"?
 

Corelli

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I never liked Mecer crap. However Dell and Philips has nicer quality and spec screens. Even the smaller Dell P4317Q.

To be honest. Samsung can do everyone a favour and sell standard tv screens without tuners. Almost no one uses aerials anymore. So even if you have DSTV you just need a tunerless screen that has an hdmi connection.

Role out these tvs and you will sell them like hotcakes. Especially in the current climate. The damage to the SABC would be catastrophic.

However SABC is planning to go HD and so will bring out set top boxes to the poor. But what if you dont buy a set top box. Will you still have to pay your tv license now that your tv cant receive the signal?
 

Lupus

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Do they have inspectors coming around to check how many sets you have in your household?

And if so, how would you convince then that this monitor is not a "TV"?
I've never seen an inspector since about 1988
 

ArtyLoop

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South Africans don’t like paying their TV licences.
Correction: We refuse to pay, because we do not support communist/socialist propaganda machines that are already funded by other sources. In other words we don't support corruption, nor do we subscribe to old British mindsets that remain here from the old days.
 
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