Akai’s new 32-inch LED TV is a pretty nice looking TV with what seems to be some pretty nice features. But there is one drawback; it’s not Full HD, just HD ready at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. So what makes this TV special?
Design and Features
The TV itself looks nice enough with a silver matte finish and glass panel surrounding the bezel. It’s also quite thin and light, weighing in at around 12kg. The stand is really sturdy and is made to complement the TV; no wobbling around here. The TV, unlike most other TVs has the menu buttons at the back. Unfortunately, these aren’t sturdy at all, and feel like they’re going to pop off any minute.
Not bad to look at, but the performance leaves a lot to be desired
As for input options, this TV has plenty including two HDMI ports, two USB ports, composite, component, SPDIF and VGA. The USB ports can play back AVI, RMVB files and H.264, XVID and MPEG1/2/4. It also plays back JPEG, PNG and BMP files and WMA and MP3 for audio. And this TV plays back from not just flash drives, but hard drives as well, which is a complete win!
The inputs are pretty sorted
One extra feature this TV has is the Natura Light Technology with dynamic back-light as well as dynamic skin correction and motion compensation. It also has a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1.
Using this TV is very easy, and I had no problem right from the time I turned it on. The menu could’ve definitely been designed better, but was easy to navigate. Even the remote is quite handy with presets for picture, sound, etc at the bottom. However, the remote does look really plasticky, so I would recommend not playing a game of catch with it.
A pretty sleek TV
When I watched a Blu-ray film on the TV, it seemed like the colours were a little too warm. I also noticed that the backlight wasn’t really very responsive, as it took some time to adjust itself when the scenes changed from dark to bright ones and vice versa. This is definitely not a good sign. However, the blacks are pretty deep. The response time for the TV was pretty positive and although there was some amount of ghosting and streaking, it wasn’t abysmal.
I also tried the TV out with the Alienware Aurora ALX, and played Crysis and Left for Dead, and it was a pretty good experience. There was no lag with the mouse movements and the detailing and colours seemed pretty decent.