Akai 50-inch 4k Smart TV review: Impressive screen, good brightness and contrast levels

Rating: ****

Price: Rs 44,990 (AKLT50-UD22CH)

Specifications: 50-inch LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 3,00,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 3 x HDMI ports, 2 x USB ports, composite/component, headphone out, Ethernet, 2 x 10W speakers, smart TV with Opera TV OS, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, built-in WiFi, 10.4kg.

Pros: Sleek design, big screen 4k on a budget, smooth interface, loud audio, Opera andstore access.

Cons: No Bluetooth, no HDMI port on the side, could do with better upscaling quality.

Many of us remember the powerhouse thatwas in the 80s and 90s. 2017 is the year they chose for anre-launch though Hometech Digital Pvt Ltd, a Paras Group company. They seem to be focused on deliveringfeatures at a pocket-friendly price. This 50-inch 4k smart TV is their latest offering for India.

Unlike other budget

that offer the fatter, old design flat panel TVs, the Akai 4k TV takes the new-age slimmer design (when viewed from the side). The 50-inch panel has sleek bezels around it. In a dark room, it almost looks like a floating screen. As for connectivity, you get 3 x HDMI inputs, 2 x USB, Ethernet, headphone jack and audio out. What we did not like was that all the HDMI ports were placed on the back panel. It is customary to have at least one HDMI on the side for easier access if the TV is wall mounted.

The screen impressed us with excellent viewing angles, good brightness and contrast levels. We used the TV with USB media playback,, a TataSky HD set top box and Xbox One. For full HD and 4k content, the TV works great. However, we did notice that it was not able to deliver the best upscaling for non-HD content. If you try to playback standard definition content, you will notice the lack of detail.

One of the highlights of this Akai TV is the smart interface. It has a bright & colourful tilebased interface which is also quite intuitive.

What makes it stand out from the other smart TVs is access to three different app stores. There is the Opera store (since it uses Opera’s TV OS), Akai’s ownandPlay Store. To use the Google, you have to first install Google Play services from the Akai app store. Once this small step is done, you can install apps from any app store.

Another feature that impressed us on the Akai TV is its sound output. There is Dolby support and Akai’s own Turbo Sound — this delivers surprisingly loud output from the TV’s dual 10W speakers. At 30% volume, the TV was loud enough for a medium sized room and at 60%, it can fill a large room. The output has good bass and excellent clarity. However, there is no built-in Bluetooth (which would have been very useful to connect wireless headphones).

Overall, we feel that the Akai 4k Smart TV delivers excellent value for money. At about the same price, you can also consider Kodak’s 4k smart TV which has a slightly larger 55-inch panel.

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