I checked out the picture quality with test Blu-ray disc, and was greeted with a burst of colours. Even the black levels seem to be pretty good. Everything seemed really nice and rich at a distance, but what would happen if I came closer? Well, the colours stayed, but I noticed a certain amount of graininess and blurriness when I looked really up close and carefully. The minute I went back a few steps, it seemed clear again. I really liked what I was watching on this TV!
Good picture quality on this one
In the process of checking the TV out, I noticed was that the response time for this wasn’t very good. I went through a few action sequences, and the picture seemed to drag with fast camera movements. One more thing that doesn’t work in this TV’s favour is the noticeable water ripple effect you will get when you press your finger to the screen. And while we’re focusing on this TV’s shortcomings, I’d also like to add that the viewing angle is not too great. The more you sit at an angle, the more you will lose colour depth and intensity.
There are quite a few things you can do to play around with the quality of picture apart from the usual contrast, brightness and sharpness settings. The TV also has some presets such as ‘Sports’, ‘Hi-Bright’, Cinema’ and ‘Vivid’. And then there’s DNR (digital video noise reduction), which eases out the blurs, and Adaptive Luma Control, which balances the colours out evenly. I found it best to leave the latter alone and play around with the user-defined settings, as this is what got me the best picture quality.
Feather-touch buttons add a little class
Picture quality aside, the sound from the TV absolutely sucks. It’s too flat, and the speakers aren’t powerful at all. I’d recommend a decent set of 2.1 speakers, if not a full-blown home theatre system to go with this TV. There’s a really sorry excuse for a graphic EQ, which has only treble and bass; I’m not quite sure why they left the mid frequencies out, as dialogue is in this range of the spectrum. There’s also a ‘surround’ function, and a bunch of presets. The bottom line is that none of this helps. So let me reiterate by saying that you need to buy better speakers to enjoy the sound from a Blu-ray or DVD.
The price negates almost every bad aspect!
While this may not be the best full HD LED TV, it definitely is the cheapest. Priced affordably at Rs. 20,990, Mitashi has really done something worthwhile by launching this TV. Sure it has its share of problems, and may look a little cheap, but I think the price justifies this perfectly. And as long as you are sitting at a comfortable viewing distance, the picture quality actually quite nice. I give this TV 3-½ stars for its affordability and picture quality and cut the 1-½ stars because of its cheap build quality.
If you are on a shoestring budget and really want an LED TV, I’d suggest this one. I was really tempted to give this one 4 stars, but then they’ve compromised a lot on aspects other than build quality as well, such as the response time, which could have been way better considering this is a Full HD LED TV. But if someone asked me whether this TV was worth buying, I would say YES! I really don’t think you’ll get too many products this good at this price. So I say go for it!