Smart TV at a budget
What is it?
Kodak is a brand which has been popularly known to make cameras. However, with the changing times, Kodak has now stepped into the TV market as well and has come up with a range of smart TV’s. We have tried out the 40-inch FHD Kodak Smart TV and here is how it feels.
How does it feel out of the box?
The box, packaging are of decent quality. Once out of the box, the Smart TV looks premium and does not feel like an entry-level budget TV at the first go. It weighs less than 10kgs which is on the lighter side which means that the installation process is quite easy. The screen bezels come with a piano black finish and are very small which gives a premium feel to the TV. It even comes with an air-mouse which makes operation slightly easier.
How does it perform?
The TV starts with a bright Kodak logo followed by Smart TV. It comes with Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It has 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports along with two AV ports. You also have the option of TV-in, PC Audio-in, Digital audio(COAX) and Ethernet connectivity. The positioning of the ports is something that could have been better and if you plan to wall-mount the TV, it is advised that you get an aftermarket port extension. There is a noticeable lag while navigating through the menus which can get annoying over a period of time. It comes with preloaded apps like Facebook, Youtube, Netflix, Twitter and Gmail. It even gets ‘Miracast’ screen mirroring and it worked fine(mostly glitch free which casting videos) with the Asus Zenfone 3 Max but somehow refused to connect with my One Plus 3T and even the Moto Z. The overall Android experience is a bit glitchy but expecting a lot from a budget smart TV also does not make a lot of sense. Overall, it justifies its performance with the price tag.
What’s so special?
Affordability, build quality and a crisp display can be termed as the good bits on the Kodak FHD smart TV. The USB-chargeable air mouse comes with a QWERTY keypad and a track pad with a toggle button, home and back buttons below the track pad with volume up/down and TV on/off buttons. For an entry level TV, the air mouse is a pretty cool feature.
The Kodak 40FHDX Smart TV is a smart TV on a budget which justifies the term ‘smart’ budgetly- well. Overall, the TV looks good, offers good viewing angles, has a decent display and is a good upgrade for people using a CRT or a LCD display without burning a hole in your pocket.
- 40-inch Full HD LED Display, 1080 x 1920 resolution,
- Android v4.4, ARM A7 1.7GHz dual-core processor,
- 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM,
- 2 X USB, 2 X HDMI, VGA, Ethernet Connectivity