Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Toshiba 55L5450VE Full HD Smart TV

About 


The Toshiba 55L5450VE is a full high definition 1080p smart TV powered by Android. This means you do not need a separate Android box for all your favourite apps as it comes with a Play Store and you can install apks not available in the store as well.

Design


The TV is quite slim and looks pretty. It's so light that I can actually mount onto the wall bracket on my own. Design is simple and elegant with its thin black borders with a silver bottom where sensors and power indicator are located at the right end.

The TV stand is questionable especially since it comes with a screw hole which means it most likely is not that stable to support the TV in the first place. This is definitely a poor design or cost cutting measure gone too far.

The power cable is built in instead of the standard IEC C14. Should you shod the cable, it may cost you to get it replaced instead of simple heading down to the store to get a replacement.


Functionality


All the physical  control buttons are on the left of the TV along with some inputs; a little too far in for my liking. The rest, as usual is at the back.

It comes with two remotes, one for the TV and the other for the 'smart' function which is basically to manage the Android OS. This is clearly a way for Toshiba to cut cost by supplying the same remote to all their TVs and adding an additional smart remote for smart TVs.

The smart remote controller may look nice but the jogstick makes it frustrating to use. You can never get the pointer exactly where you want it especially for small icons etc. I wonder who came out with this terrible idea for a 'smart' remote.

Features


The TV function itself is an application therefore the settings for TV stays within the TV application. What this means is that in other application, the TV settings does not exists therefore you cannot adjust screen brightness, sound settings etc.

The TV is also laggy so it can be really frustrating when you have an abundance of apps to install from the app store but not able to run smoothly on the TV.  The lack of storage is also an issue because it does not accept external memory therefore you are pretty much stuck with the default storage available.

Some HD streaming videos audio may go out of sync. This is clearly due to poor hardware specs.

Play store used to detect this TV as a Google TV, not Android TV or a standard Android device. Now with Google TV a thing of the past, you cannot even install YouTube from the Play Store. This is the reason why Toshiba provided a patch just for the YouTube app alone.

CONCLUSION

Bottom line is, if you are not concern with the smart feature, then this TV is alright but then you might as well go for other cheaper Pro Theatre series like the L2400 series which do not come with Android.

So buy it if you like what you see. Forget about that built-in Android. It is cheaper to get an external box with way better specs and performance.


Pros

Good picture quality
Slim design
Abundance of apps from Playstore as well as custom apks.

Cons

Slow Android performance
Two separate remotes
Smart remote uses joystick instead of gyro
TV picture/sound settings cannot be changed outside of the TV app
TV stand is unstable. Needs to be screwed down.