The Acer ‘Limitless’ H Series 50-inch UHD TV is, on the face of it, indistinguishable from its similarly sized peers and that’s a good thing. For most people, 50 inches is a lot of TV screen real estate, and unless you’re a brand snob – it does a respectable job with audio and video.
I’m a tech nerd first and a reporter second. As before, I have three main interests in my life – TVs, games and smartphones.
Now, it could be argued that the first two go hand-in-hand, although there are those who rail against certain gaming computers using dedicated gaming monitors. But for me, size will do Case and the deep immersion that a big screen TV delivers on a game so hard to replicate on a small screen.
And because of that, I’m always window shopping for big screen TVs and I consider myself well versed in that department. So, when Acer reached out to me to review their latest offering, a 50-inch Ultra HD television, I was more than happy to oblige.
The Acer ‘Limitless’ H Series 50-inch UHD TV is, on the face of it, indistinguishable from its similarly sized peers and that’s a good thing. For most people, 50 inches is a lot of TV screen real estate and unless you’re an advertiser or brand snob – which most people aren’t – it’s more than enough for your everyday TV needs.
Don’t get me wrong – the Acer TV isn’t perfect. The 2022 is missing one of two key features you’d expect TVs to have. But he is not alone in this. Every TV in this price range – around Rs 30,000 – lacks these features, I’ll get to that in a minute, but that’s just the price you pay, right for a 4K, big screen TV.
The user interface should be immediately familiar to anyone using a Smart TV – out of the box the TV runs on Android 11.
The Acer 50UHD boasts a maximum brightness of 420 nits, which is good even for a well-lit screen – trust me, you don’t want your TV burning your retinas – and it comes with HDR10+ compatibility, Dolby Vision, MEMC, blue light reduction, 4K up. These are actually quality of life features that one can appreciate visually in television, the rest are numbers that are not that useful in real world use.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Basically, in theory, it means that the TV will display accurate viewing angles even in poorly lit scenes. The Acer UHD performs like no other TV in this price range.
That said, Acer’s visual features are the rest of the aces. MEMC reduces tears – the inability of the screen to keep up with fast-moving views, which causes the effect of tearing – the reduction of blue light, although it cannot be measured physically, can be played in the long term; And 4K upscaling ensures HD-quality images are delightfully sharp and pixel-free.
The TV comes with three HDMI 2.1 ports – Current industry standard. HDMI 2.1 provides for higher data transfer compared to 2.0, allowing for better fidelity and viewing.
Sound quality is another notable feature. Often in TVs this thin, the first thing to sacrifice is sound quality, because it’s physically impossible to fit speakers that produce deep, rich sounds into a thin frame.
Televisions have fixed this in the last couple of years and the ACER 50UHD takes full advantage of that. Equipped with 60-watt HiFI PRO speakers with Dolby Atmos, I never once felt like the sound was missing during my week of testing. They provide very pleasant, punchy, and rich sound when watching movies, shows, or playing video games.
The Acer 50UHD, around Rs 30,000, is as good as it gets. Although all TVs in this price bracket have a similar experience, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better piece for this price.
In short, if you buy the TV, you probably won’t regret it. It’s hard to go wrong with this one.
(Edited by: Shoma Bhattacharjee)
First published: IST