Daiwa takes on the world of humongous LED TV sets at a throw away price. Question is, will it live up to the established quality standards?
The Daiwa brand is a part of Noida based company, Videotex International, despite sounding like a budget brand version of consumer electronics company Aiwa. Daiwa’s Series 1a range of televisions is aimed at offering affordable big TVs to customers. This particular 40-inch model is a fairly large television set, as you can see. And at a price of just Rs. 18,390, it appears to be a proper value-for-money offering considering that a 40-inch Samsung HD LED television will set you back by at least over Rs. 30,000. On this ground then the Daiwa seems to have its base covered. But, to give you the full picture, we have used the device to see how it actually performs.
Once you set up the 40-inch Daiwa it will no doubt make its presence felt with its large size. And it’s not too bad to look at either with its slim borders and sleek design. The only let down in this package are its fiddly leg stands which do not look too pleasant and don’t go very well with the otherwise good design of the TV.
We are afraid most things good about the television come to an end here. Sure it has features like dual USB ports and you can transfer data from one USB to the other via the TV and there are two HDMI slots and more. But the cut price nature of the TV is evident when you peek behind the TV when it is on, as you can see light being emitted behind the TV as well.
As you start watching a high-quality video from a USB or any HD channel from a Tata Sky device, it’s evident in an instant that the picture quality of the TV is not very clear despite its 1920 x 1080 resolution. There are times when picture quality was pixilated around some regions of the screen while watching HD channels as well. Thankfully, sound quality has no compromises, although you cannot and should not expect high quality sound from a device of this price.
So, we would have to say that while Daiwa’s TV appears to be an incredible value offering on paper, it still has some way to go before it becomes a high quality product.