With most of the Smartphone makers, legacy players and established brands pushing into the TV space, the Smart TV market in India is becoming increasingly competitive. That’s because the industry is making a big shift towards smart homes, and smart TVs will not only be imperative to smart homes but will also serve as a hub for all our connected IoT devices. (Vu Pixelight TV 55-QDV Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
In such times, players like VU, TCL, and Kodak are doing all they can to retain the space which they have created for themselves over the last few years. This results in even more competitive products at more aggressive prices, and the recently launched VU Pixelight 55-QDV 4K LED TV falls in the same bracket – yes, it has got the specs; and yes, it’s quite affordable. But is it a good buy? Let discuss that in our VU Pixelight 55-QDV 4K LED TV review.
VU Pixelight 55-QDV
|VU 55-QDV Price In India||₹37,999|
Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV Review: Build and Design
The 55-inch Pixelight smart TV from VU has a practical design. VU has tried to strike a balance between looks and affordability. It seems that VU had no intention to compete for a spot in slimmest TV’s list with QDV and that’s okay.
The 55-inch panel has titanium grey metallic finish bezels around the screen which are neither too thick and nor too slim. The bottom lip has VU logo alongside Dolby Atmos branding. On the bottom right corner of the TV, there is a power button and a LED indicator which turns on in standby mode. Apart from the power button, there are no other buttons on the TV and you will need to keep the remote handy to navigate the interface.
You may mount the VU QDV TV on a wall or simply screw the bundled stand to place it on a tabletop. One of the prime reasons for why we sided with the stand is the positioning of input and output ports. All of the necessary ports are close to the center on the back panel of the TV and aren’t that accessible when the TV is wall mounted.
The Vu Pixelight 55-QDV weighs 16.6kgs and has good weight distribution which is necessary for a panel of this size. Overall, the VU Pixelight 55 QDV looks sophisticated and should blend well with your living room or bedroom decor.
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Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV Review: Screen
The 55-inch panel on the QDV SmartTV has a native 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) with HDR10 8-bit support. It is worth pointing out that to witness real advantages HDR a screen has to support HDR 10-bit. Actually 8-bit panels can produce only 256 shades of RGB colors whereas a 10-bit panel produces 1024 color variations of per RGB channel.
Like in the past, VU refrained from revealing the details of the panel manufacturer, but it assures that it’s an A+ grade IPS panel with Direct LED backlighting. Quality-wise, it doesn’t seem too further from the Vu 55-OA which was released earlier. VU has fixed the light bleeding issues with this iteration.
The 4K panel produces picture quality similar to what likes of Xiaomi and TCL panels offers in this segment. The colors look authentic though the contrast and dynamic range aren’t as magnificent as you’d get from TVs from more premium brands (that cost a premium too).
At times, dark images appear a bit dull. For best results, we switched to dynamic preset from settings and pulled colors a touch down to prevent them from going overboard. The images look smooth most of the time. Occasionally, during fast-action scenes like a car chase, we noticed slight blur.
It is best suitable for viewing 4K content. Everything looks far batter in 4K. The TV obviously has content upscaling, but it’s not very efficient. There’s a clear loss of details while upscaling 1080P content to 4K. SD channels on TataSky look washed out, which is also the case with affordable TVs from Xiaomi, TCL and others.
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Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV Review: Ports and connectivity
As far as connectivity is concerned the Vu 55-QDV offers a good set of options. The TV features 3x HDMI ports, 2x USB ports, one RJ45 LAN port, one A/V in, a component in, optical out and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Out of the three HDMI ports, one supports ARC which shall allow you to send and receive audio through a single HDMI cable. All HDMI ports in this TV can handle 4K@60Hz. They are also HDCP Version 2.2 compliant which is another positive here. It might not sound that essential but could be a deal-breaker if you are invested in 4K content ecosystem. The CEC supports ensures that you can use your setup box or Bluray player or Firestick remote to control your tv.
Being a SmartTV it has Wi-Fi support but only the 2.4GHz channel (no dual-band). Lack of Bluetooth connectivity is another thing that you may miss on this TV. If you compare it with other TVs in this segment, the Pixelight has more options in terms of ports while lack of 5GHz band support and Bluetooth could be a bummer for some.
Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV: Hardware and Interface
The TV is driven by an unspecified dual-core CPU coupled with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The TV takes close to 30 seconds to boot from switch off mode. The boot-up time from standby mode is even more impressive as the TV lights up in just 4 to 5 seconds.
Now, let talk about the remote. It seems to have grown in size and is built to withstand rough usage. The remote is based on dated IR technology instead of RF or Bluetooth. What this means is that you have to point towards your TV while using it. The good thing is that the dedicated keys for Amazon Prime Videos, Netflix, and Youtube makes life simpler. Buttons offer good feedback. Unlike many other TVs these days, Vu Pixelight 55-QDV is missing voice input.
The Pixelight TV’s runs on Vu Smart OS software which is based on Linux kernel. The user interface is minimalistic, fairly easy to use and smooth. It supports the most common storage types and has excellent codec support which means you will be able to plug and play content from a thumb drive.
This VU TV doesn’t have Android TV’s catalog of apps to download, VU has pre-loaded most of the major OTT apps including premium apps like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, etc. There are many premium apps like Hotstar, Sony Liv that are missing from the default store. Sadly, you can’t really sideload these apps.
Where VU has done well is that it has ensured that all apps that work are optimized for the TV instead of being a stretched-out version of the respective mobile apps. We were able to stream 4K content on Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video and Youtube with the click of a button.
Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV Review: Audio
A good thing about Pixelight 55-QDV is that you won’t have to invest in a separate soundbar just to listen to audio that’s playing on-screen. The TV features two 12W stereo speakers which manage to pump out 24 Watts RMS. It has Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and DTS TruSurround support which means you can experience top-notch sound if you have the required gear with you.
As for TVs default speakers, they produce decent sound quality. At times, however, we had to push the volume levels beyond halfway mark to listen to dialogues. There are audio enhancement options like Bass Boost, Dialogue clarity, which adjusts audio according to the tuning preset.
Vu Pixelight 55-QDV 4K Smart TV Review Verdict
The VU 55-QDV 4K Smart TV ‘s biggest strength is the value it offers for the asking pricey. Users will get a 4K IPS panel and decent connectivity options for a really pocket-friendly price. It is more suited for streaming content instead of watching SD content on cable. So, if you are someone who consumes content on OTT platforms and have a good quality internet connection the CVU Pixelight 55-QVD is worth considering for Rs 33,999.