Daiwa 4K UHD 55-inch Smart TV Review

By Anuj Sharma - September 28, 2018
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While everyone wishes to have a big screen TV in their living room, not everyone is able to afford that luxury, as high-end 4K TVs come at sky high prices. However, thanks to some Chinese and Indian c....

Now, bring the experience of a theatre directly into your living room with the new affordable 4K TV from Daiwa’s stable  

While everyone wishes to have a big screen TV in their living room, not everyone is able to afford that luxury, as high-end 4K TVs come at sky high prices. However, thanks to some Chinese and Indian companies, big screen entertainment is now possible at affordable prices, but with a few compromises. One such company is Daiwa, a part of Noida based Videotex International, that aims to bring value for money features in TVs for the masses.

Priced at Rs 36,999, the Daiwa 55-inch TV is cheaper than the popular 55-inch Mi TV 55 by Rs 8,000.  Let’s see how it performs in real life.

Design

Nothing fancy here – it’s a generic TV with black bezels all around. It rests on a pair of triangle shaped stands on both sides, which hold the TV securely. The plastic panel is sleek and integrates a 20W speaker.

All the ports, including HDMI, USB and VGA, are at the back. Few physical buttons, such as channel up/down and volume up/down, are at the side of the TV and can be accessed easily, even when mounted on a wall.

Performance

The TV features a screen resolution of 3840x2160 and A+ grade panel that, according to the company, brings approx. 1.07 billion colours with great contrast ratios. There is a Cortex A7 1.3GHz dual-core processor coupled with a Mali-400MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The OS that you get is Android KitKat 4.4.4, along with 8GB storage for downloading apps on TV, which is not enough, as more than half of it is eaten by regular updates.

To review the picture quality of the Daiwa 4K Smart TV, we played various full-HD movies, sound tracks and also streamed Netflix and YouTube. TV produced pictures, with rich colours, that are pleasing to look, which is impressive, given its rice tag. The TV is marketed as 4K, but the upscaling is not up to the mark, and you will only be able to watch in full-HD most of the time with average black levels.

Its off-axis performance is not very good – the colours tend to lose their originality. This means that to get most from it, you’ll have to watch directly from the front.

The remote control is easy to use and has direct buttons for switching to TV, USB, HDMI source, Netflix, Hotstar and YouTube. Even the on-screen menus are clear and easy to navigate. Daiwa has also introduced M. Cast that allows you to cast your smart device’s screen on the TV.

Conclusion

At a price of Rs 36,999, you get a large screen with decent picture quality and vivid colours to relish your favourite Netflix TV series or the latest blockbuster!

Pros

sleek bezels, bright panel, qwerty keyboard remote

Cons

Audio is not that great

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