Another budget AOSP smart TV
We have seen a number of TV launches in India in the budget segment of Android TV, not AOSP. With the upgrade from AOSP to Android TV in the budget segment, UI and UX have been greatly improved. However, some TVs are still running on AOSP and trying to give users a different user experience. Today we have Cloudwalker with a smart LED screen. The unique thing is that the TV comes in a box with a keyboard and mouse, runs on AOPS and has a customized home screen. Is it enough to make a difference?
Key specification at a glance
Panel size: 55-inch (also available in 43 and 65-inch options)
Panel type: IPS
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 60Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: No.
HDMI port: 3
USB port: 2
Speaker: 2 x 10W
CPU: Dual-core A73 ARM Cortex processor
GPU: Quad-core Mali 450 graphics processor
Built-in storage: 8GB
OS: Android 7 (AOSP)
Price: Rs 29,999
Construction and design
The TV is made with what we expect from a 30k TV It has an all-plastic shell, thin plastic feet and a bezel around the display. The bezel below is thicker than what we’ve seen on other TVs in this budget. It’s thicker than the other three bezels on the TV and at times it can look a bit inconsistent. This is something that you will become accustomed to over time. When placed on a tabletop, the TV has a little less than 5-inch space underneath, which should be enough for a thin soundbar and your set-top-box. The legs on which the TV stands are strong. There is no shaking and if you decide to keep the TV on a tabletop, know that it will stay strong. Overall the build is compatible with other TVs in the same price range.
Ports and connections
In terms of connectivity, the CloudWalker Smart LED screen has 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports along with HDMI 3 ARC support. On the back, you have a LAN port, optical audio port, two component-in ports and an earphone port.
Remote control, keyboard and mouse
Before we get into the performance, let’s talk about the things we get in the box. In addition to the remote control, you’ll also find a wireless keyboard and mouse. Let’s start with the remote control. Remote control standard, what would you expect from a budget TV. It is a rectangular remote control with a rubber button. Above you have the playback control, then the settings button, the navigation button, the channel and volume rocker and then the number pad. I want the playback controls to be at the bottom and the number pad at the top because it uses the navigation buttons and then can’t press the settings or playback buttons with the current layout. With the number pad at the top and the rest of the controls at the bottom, the remote control becomes more ergonomic to hold and use. It runs on 2 AAA batteries. Overall, though the functional remote is not ergonomic.
Moved on keyboard and mouse, they are compact and run on two AAA batteries. They connect to the TV via a USB dongle, so be aware that one of the TV’s two USB ports will use it. Keyboard and mouse made of plastic, light and really cheap. The keyboard has a slight inclination that makes it convenient to type, but the mouse is barebone basic. They have no physical on / off switch, which is annoying. For basic navigation and typing, it gets the job done. I recommend using a mouse pad with the mouse as the movement on a wooden table is not easily recognizable. Another thing to note is that if you leave the keyboard and suddenly start using it, it takes a few seconds to reconnect and start responding. The typing experience from the keyboard is acceptable and key spacing is good. It only took a few minutes to get used to typing.
Considering the price of the TV, it’s a little difficult to complain about the mouse and keyboard. This is an additional function for those looking for it. The remote control has all the functions, but their placement is not ergonomic.
Display panel and image quality
The display on the CloudWalker 55-inch 4K TV is a 4K panel with support for HDR 10. Despite having HDR enabled, many budget TVs produce darker images than we like, which makes for a better viewing experience on the SDR. . That’s partly the same feeling here. We will explain more in the next section.
4K and HDR content
Since the TV runs on AOSP, none of the built-in apps support 4K and HDR content. So we resorted to our trusted XBOX One X. Be aware that to get 4K HDR output from the TV, you need to go to the TV settings and turn on the 4K and HDR toggles manually. One tip is to restart the console when you change settings. This makes a difference with the output of the image. Also, you can go to the console settings and see what it is outputting, so your selected settings and the output on the TV are the same. This is very helpful when viewing 1080p SDR content of streaming services. We’ve seen shows from our test catalog like our Planet, Grand Tour, modified carbon and more, and with the introduction of HDR the output was a bit darker than we liked. Not only has our planet contained decent color saturation in episode 1, but also because it is in a well-lit situation. Reboot the console and place the settings on the SDR and the effect of Vivid Picture Preset is good. Needless to say, change the settings on the SDR for a better viewing experience. Viewing HDR content means losing brightness and keeping the colors as they should be. The colors are washed off when HDR is turned off. For best experience using content with HDR off 4K HDMI configuration. Overall, despite boasting HDR, only limited content on the TV looked good in this setting.
Here the image quality again depends on your source. Mission: Playing shows like Impossible or Young Sheldon and you will notice that the picture is bright and the colors look good. Keep presets at Vivid to get the best experience. TV gives you control over brightness, contrast and much more which is good. So if you know what settings you’re looking for, you can manually tune the TV to the user’s profile. We ran the same 1080p movie trailers from the TVs YouTube app and the Xbox console and there was a slight noticeable difference in quality, but nothing very noticeable on the Kodak TV we reviewed earlier.
The TV doesn’t come with game mode so don’t expect settings to change and input lag down. In fact, Cloudwalker tells us that TV is not for gamers. However, we thought we would still give up gaming. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a new HDR game that is a benchmark of the One X. On the HDR TV on the right, this game runs like a dream Sadly, the same dull picture is seen when HDR is turned on. Turn it off and you’ll wash away some of the color, but change the preset to vibrant and it’s acceptable. In some cases, the input lag is noticeable, so don’t expect to play online multiplayer games on this TV. A game like Forza Horizon where we run on winter days seems to be standard and acceptable in vivid presets with HDR enabled. If gaming is preferred, go for a monitor at the same price point Casual gaming, however, can still happen on this TV.
The TV is also quite loud at 45 percent volume and that’s a good thing. It won’t crack unless you upgrade it quite a bit, go close to 80 percent or more, but you don’t have to take in that much volume. This will fill the average sized living room with loud noise. News and soap operas should be seen on this TV. However, movies and music lack the expected thump. The dialogue with the movie is melodic but if you mash it with a background score it takes a bit of a push. If you want to enjoy a immersive movie experience, you should invest in your speaker or soundbar to enjoy the movie. Thanks, the audio connection options available on the TV are good, including ARC, optical and 3.5mm.
Built-in service and UI
Since the TV comes with a keyboard and mouse, know that you can access social networking websites and type documents on the TV. For some basic work, it works, but don’t expect it to be your primary device, especially if you have a computer or even a smartphone in your hand. The UI was backwards and on multiple occasions, the apps crashed and I had to restart the TV. There is a Windows-like desktop home page that you can create with apps. Aside from some social networking and typing, I don’t see this TV being used to create PPT or multitasking like you do on a PC.
For the rest of the UI, the content is divided into rows highlighting the content of different streaming services. This layout of the UI is good because it exposes you to the content first and then the app. Below is a row that gives you access to installed apps and the App Store to download more apps. The UI was responsive and worked well. Even streaming services like Hotstar and others have worked fine. If Netflix and Prime videos are not the primary source of your streaming, you may be really happy with the UI and streaming capabilities of this TV. The UI isn’t the smoothest out there, but whatever it aims to do, it gets the job done.
The last row
At the 30K price point, there are plenty of 55-inch TVs to choose from Kodak, Shinco, iFFALCON and many more brands. In fact, if you go for 50-inch instead of 55, some TVs are running on your Android TV platform. Coming close to the 35k price point, we have 55-inch TVs from manufacturers like Xiaomi, TCL and many more that give you remote control and voice control from Netflix, Prime Video, Android TV and even better picture quality out of the box. But, as we said, it’s a premium of 5k. If you have a budget of 30k, I suggest you take a look at the other offers before you decide to purchase.