It has only been one year since Indkal Technologies, officially licensed to the Acer brand, entered the lucrative smart TV business in India.
Recently, the company launched another new I-series Smart TV in four sizes – 32 inch (HD) with prices ranging from Rs 19,990 to Rs 47,990 in the subcontinent.
I’ve been using the 43-inch model (Rs 34990) for nearly a week, and here are my thoughts on the new Acer Smart TV.
Design and build quality:
The new Acer 4K TV features an intelligent design language. It has thin uniform edges around the sides and top. At the base, it has a slightly thicker chin with the Acer branding in the middle, but it doesn’t in any way compromise the TV’s visual aesthetic.
It also has a premium metal rail around the edges which provides stability to the structure. On the back, it has a minimalist design and the company has ensured that all the connectivity features are on one side and the power port on the other.
Each port is clearly labeled with names to help users avoid connecting the wrong type of wire. It comes with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, one LAN port, one antenna cable port, one optical digital audio port, three HMDI ports, one 3.5mm audio jack port, and one mini audio AV port. On the other hand, it has a 2-point power outlet (100-240V AC). It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi (2.5GHz and 5GHz).
The company offers both wall mounts as well as table mounts with retail box. Owners can either install it themselves or contact customer service to set them up.
I myself set up the Acer TV with table mounts. The company offers two screws for each holder. It is made of polycarbonate and is also durable. Once the screws are tightened in place, the TV remains stable on the flat surface and does not wobble.
User Interface and Performance
Setting up your Acer I Series Android TV was easy. You don’t have to be a tech expert to do this. Once the TV is turned on, you will be asked to pair the TV remote control via a wireless Bluetooth connection. He was able to instantly detect the console.
The next step is to connect your Android phone via the Home app, call up the Google Assistant and say the phrase – “Hey Google, set up my TV.” Just follow the instructions on your TV and phone screen and you’ll be done with the full setup in about 15 minutes if not less.
It comes with Chromecast built in and runs Android 11 TV and the user interface is very simple. It’s easy to find apps and event content thanks to a card-like presentation on the home screen. Also, the TV supports more than 5000 apps including OTTs like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar + Disney, and many more.
Also, users can make video calls through the Google Duo app. And broadcast your phone’s home screen to TV as well.
Inside, the Acer TV comes with a 64-bit quad-core processor backed by an ARM Mali G31 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
On the front, the TV features a 43-inch (Ultra HD) UHD display panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It supports Wide Color Gamut+ and HDR10+ while HLG promises that the TV reproduces multimedia content with things in the scene appearing more natural and vibrant colors brighter in a good way for an immersive viewing experience.
Acer TV supports 4K Upscaling technology. Even if the content is 1080p or less, the TV can upgrade the quality of the moving picture for a better display. It also comes with digital noise
Reduction, precise dimming, Intelligent Frame Stabilization Engine (IFSE), Dynamic Signal Calibration (DSC) and superior brightness ensure that the colors of subjects in film or any multimedia content come alive to the eyes.
It also has a blue light reduction feature. Similar to the technology we see in a smartphone when activated, it will reduce blue light emission and relieve stress on the eyes while binge-watching content at night.
Will you succeed in delivering the goods? Yes, it does a remarkably great job. I had a really good time with Acer I-series TV watching nature documentaries. As you can see from the TV images, colors look rich, green looks greener (other shades also look real) and blacks are darker. Details in the shadows of objects can also be distinguished, providing a great viewing experience.
Also, there is less reflection when viewed from side angles.
Another notable aspect of the new Acer TV is the high-resolution 30W speakers, which is quite rare among affordable smart TVs, which often come with poor speakers (max. 20W) due to lower costs.
Here, the Acer TV with Dolby Audio provides really good sound quality. With the volume set to high, it reached the entire living room and there was less distortion.
As far as the remote control is concerned, it is very easy to use and the keys are tactile and responsive. The buttons are easy to reach for the fingers, even for those with small hands.
The remote control has direct shortcut buttons for four popular OTT apps – Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and YouTube.
If your home has four or five members, I recommend a Wi-Fi router of at least 100Mbps for buffer-free streaming of high-quality multimedia content and other smart devices such as phones and laptops, which can still get Stable wireless internet connection.
Overall, the new Acer I-series TV is a smart TV that is good value for money.
However, there is stiff competition in the field of smart TV in India. According to Counterpoint Research (Q1,20220), the top two Xiaomi (and Redmi with 14 percent share) are Samsung (13 percent share) and LG (8 percent) and OnePlus (7) percent. and Sony (5 percent), competition intensifies.
TCL, Vu, Realme and others share a market share of 53 percent. But, with the new I Series, Acer can make a mark in the industry, provided it creates awareness among consumers, as most of them regard the Taiwan-based company as just a computer maker.
The new Acer I-series TVs cost Rs 19,990 for the 32-inch model, Rs 34,990 for the 43-inch TV, Rs 40,990 for the 50-inch TV and Rs 47,990 for the 55-inch model.
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