Lloyd 55 Inch 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV (L55U1X0IV) Review: Good Panel, Dark
For those looking for a 55-inch TV, there are many good TVs available at a price of 60K, with a nice display panel, feature-rich UI and a versatile remote control. Exceeding the 60K price point means you are diving into a premium category TV. Expectations from TV are higher in this price range. The display should have impressive image performance and the UI should be impressive enough so that a user does not have to resort to any device like Fire TV Stick.
Today we have Lloyd’s 55-inch ULED TV. The TV has a 55-inch 4K panel with HDR support, a host of connectivity options and a custom UI. Is it worth asking Rs 95,000?
Specification at a glance
Panel size: 55-inch (also available 65-inch)
Panel type: VA
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 60Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: No.
HDMI port: 4
USB port: 3
Speaker: 2 x 12W
CPU: Quad-core processor
GPU: Dual Core Mali450-540MHz
Built-in storage: 4GB
OS: Linux based custom UI
Price: Rs. 95,000
Construction and design
Lloyd closes things up with the design of the 55-inch 4K TV, which has a gunmetal bezel around the TV with a matte finish. The feet are silver and have a glossy finish. In a day and age where TVs have a minimal black design, the gunmetal and silver color on a tablet sets the TV apart in a beautiful way. The legs of the TV are quite reflective and can be a bit confusing when placed in a brightly lit room, but I’m just nitpicking here. The gun-tipped border around the TV can be confusing for some, but I appreciate this style. The TV also feels premium with its construction. The legs are made of metal, and the bezels show no flex.
On the back, the TV has the same setup that we have seen many times before. You have all the connection options neatly set aside. On the side we have an antenna port, 3 USB ports, 2 HDMI ports (including an ARC enabled), a service port and headphone out. On the back we have Ethernet port, optical out port, 2 HDMI ports and 2 AV ports. Overall, the connection ports on the TV are plentiful and should meet the needs of most users.
One thing to note is that there are two protrusions on the back of the TV. These are used to wall-mount the TV and keep enough space for easy access to the side ports. For wall facing ports (when wall-mounted), I suggest you install those cables when installing the TV.
Overall, the TV’s build looks strong, the design is elegant and the connectivity options, enough to meet your needs.
Display and image quality
The Lloyd 55-inch 4K TV has a 10-bit VA panel. Thanks to the 10-bit panel, the TV has 4K capability with HDR support. The company claims that the brightness of the TV is 420 nits which is much higher than the 350 we saw on some TVs with low price points. This is good because it helps the TV to provide bright images A little more on this. Below we will highlight TV performance using three types of content – 4K, HDR, 1080p and gaming content.
4K and HDR playback
We used the built-in Netflix app to play some 4K and HDR content. Changed Carbon Season 1 Episode 7 has a scene where there is a fight scene in a warehouse. Let’s use our 2019 benchmark TV, Sony X95G (read our review here). It’s a 2.5L-rupee TV so it’s not an apple-to-apple comparison, but it gives you an idea of Lloyd TV’s performance. On Sony TV, even the darkest parts of this fight sequence were very well visible in a relatively bright room. The flash of his face from the gun spread the light around him very well. Lloyd, there was a little lack of this experience on TV. The bright sequences of this fight sequence were quite enjoyable but when it goes dark, it loses its charm.
Daredevil Season 2 Episode 3 is the same for the ladder fight sequence. It’s darker than we would like. We’ve tried changing the available HDR settings and found that “dynamic” HDR settings are best for taking content. Backlighting in HDR settings is 100 percent by default. You can play with other settings like color and saturation to get the settings you like.
1080p content on TV looks bright and vibrant. Movies like Mission Impossible and shows like Young Sheldon look bright and lively. These look good enough in standard presets, but you can use dynamic presets if you like popping colors. I prefer standard presets for 1080p content.
The thing here is interesting. A game like Doom, which is available in 4K and SDR, looks a bit strange on TV. Mars has an orange surface but orange is a little less full. On Lloyd TV, using standard presets, it looked very saturated and in game mode setting it looked a little more brown. The HDMI 2.0 standard setting on the TV needs to be turned off to make SDR colors look a little better, but it still looks far from what it should be. Surprisingly, indoor environments look like them – combined with industrial metallurgy labs.
On the other hand, a game like Gears of War 4 looked very good. The game’s HDR settings work in contrast to most budget HDR TVs we’ve tested, and the game looks impressive overall. From the dark shadows of the corridor to the bright open environment and even the character model, everything looks impressive. You may want to change the photo setting between HDR Games and HDR Dynamic to get the best visual output.
The TV audio is quite flat, lacking a pit. The audio works for everyday viewing, especially news and even shows like Young Sheldon or any soap opera where vocals are important. For a movie and gaming experience, I suggest you invest in a soundbar.
This is where things get a little frustrating. As we mentioned above, the TV runs on a custom Linux UI and the app library seems to be limited. There is no access to Hotstar or Prime videos, but the TV has a TV version of the Netflix app, which can present content in 4K and HDR, which is nice. The UI, though simple, lacks the complexity and depth of functionality that is available on Android, Tizen or WebOS. Of course, you can cast from your smartphone, and change your display settings, but the app’s library isn’t as polished as Android TV-powered smart TVs. The lack of apps like Hotstar and Prime Video is very bad.
The UI has some learning curves. For example, pressing the Home button brings up a horizontal bar with options like Notifications, Apps, Live TV, Media, etc. Clicking on the app will show the installed app library and app store. At the bottom left of the remote control is a button that brings up the apps view. One would think that pressing the Home button brings up the Apps menu and this can be a bit confusing when using the TV for the first time. The remote control has dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix, which is great.
Overall the UI is functional, smooth and gets the job done. Inadequate apps library makes us want more.
One good thing about the remote control is that you don’t have to direct it to the TV to make it work. The remote has a plastic construction and a candybar form factor. The remote has the same glossy silver border around it, like the tabletop feet of a TV and it adds a nice touch to the remote control. So far we’ve seen the matte-finished simple remote and I like the little silver bling on it. The buttons with number pads on the top are quite standard, with the directional buttons at the bottom resting with channel and volume control, and at the bottom there are dedicated media streaming and apps buttons.
The last row
It’s hard to recommend a Lloyd ULD TV, not because it’s bad, but because we haven’t tested some TVs in the 60 to 90k price range. This price range includes offers from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and LG and most of them display a good UI but we cannot comment on the performance of their panel. Lloyd TV comes with better 4K and FHD performance, the TV version of the Netflix app, unlike some TVs. It has deep settings customization options and good design. Where HDR performance and UI are lacking.