The Chinese language producer Caixun is making its debut within the U.S. market, and the corporate’s Sequence S 4K UHD Android TV (particularly, the 55-inch-class mannequin EC55S1UA) is our first take a look at its choices. This $479 TV received’t blow you away with its image high quality, however we didn’t encounter any eggregious image artifacts. It runs the Android TV interface, it comes with a good distant management, and is a typically strong worth total.
Design and options
The Caixun EC55S sports activities a 60Hz show with 3840 x 2160 decision and array backlighting, albeit with out native dimming. The refresh fee and backlighing particulars are primarily based on our take a look at outcomes and viewing. Caixun doesn’t listing these specs on its web site, and the corporate had not responded to our fact-check questions by our publication deadline.
Weighing about 28 kilos, the EC55S is fairly straightforward to maneuver throughout set up. It can even be solely a light pressure on its 200mm x 200mm VESA mount level. That’s factor, because the ports on the again of the set are so deeply recessed that I had issue plugging the cables in. You’re basically working blind, and the difficulty is compounded by the absence of any labels figuring out the ports, as you possibly can see within the picture beneath. Care for cable connections earlier than you place the TV in a good scenario.
As you possibly can see above, you’ll not be discovered wanting for stated ports. There are three HDMI 2.0 ports, optical (Toslink) digital audio out, 3.5mm analog audio out, A/V audio enter, ethernet, coax (cable/antenna), and two USB ports. Bluetooth is on board, although it’s not low latency or significantly appropriate for film listening.
Interface and distant
The Caixun distant is longer than most and is properly designed to maintain many of the performance below your thumb moderately than on display. I’d argue for putting the transport controls beneath the rocker button, however that’s a nit. I don’t typically speak to my distant, however this one has microphones so you possibly can summon Google Assistant.
The Android TV person interface consists of a house display with rows of enormous icons for numerous apps and streaming companies. On the very high you’ll discover the settings, enter choice, and so forth. It helps Google’s numerous applied sciences, together with Chromecast and the aforementioned Google Assistant together with an enormous array of apps.
I discovered the synergy between the distant and the Android interface fairly environment friendly and tailored to it rapidly.
Whereas the EC55S proved greater than watchable with all materials, the very first thing I seen out of the field was that the colour has the identical, ever so barely skewed palette we’ve seen not too long ago from different funds, units such because the Konka U5. I discovered the Caixun’s colours to be a bit extra subdued as properly.
It’s not the icy chilly, blue-skewed palette that plagued the business when LED backlighting first got here out, however reds do are likely to orange, and greens to gentle lime. Past that, with out native dimming and the comparatively tame brightness degree, there are few of the artifacts you’ll discover with that stop-gap expertise. Blacks aren’t nice, however they’re actually serviceable.
Display conformity is first rate, movement dealing with acceptable for a 60Hz panel, and as we already acknowledged, processing artifacts had been minimal.
Observe: I’ve used the Caixun-provided pictures of this TV for this text. The EC55S’s picture is first rate, nevertheless it’s hardly pretty much as good as what you see in pictures.
The EC55S isn’t an incredible TV, nevertheless it’s not a unhealthy TV. It’s the sort of 55-inch TV that you simply get whenever you spend lower than $500. Having simply seen the $700 TCL 6-series, nonetheless, you’d be properly suggested to spend a pair hundred extra.