Specifications: 43-inch LED display, 60Hz refresh rate, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 3 x HDMI, 2 x USB port, Ethernet, SD card, headphone port, VGA, 2 x 10W speaker, WiFi, dual core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage,OS, 7kg
in India just a few months ago — with fairly aggressive pricing, we might add. The brand has now launched a 43-inch 4k TV (exclusively available on Flipkart) which is amongst the cheapest 4k smart TVs available in the market.
There are always a few cut corners when it comes to TVs with budget pricing. On the CloudWalker TV, you’ll notice the gaps in build quality. It has an all-plastic body, a plastic table stand and thick bezels around the screen. It won’t wobble or feel fragile, but it lacks the premium look and feel we have seen on a number of other brands — something that one has come to expect of a device that attracts eyeballs even when off.
For connectivity, the TV offers 3 x HDMI ports (2 on the back, 1 on the side), 2 x USB ports (both on the side), Ethernet, VGA, coax audio and a headphone jack. The trouble is that of the two USB ports on the side, one is permanently taken up with the dongle for the air mouse remote-control.
Effectively, you only get access to one USB port for your peripherals.
The 43-inch panel has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and impressed us with rich colour and viewing angles. We tried a variety of content with a Tata Sky HD set top box, Xbox One, direct USB playback, wireless streams from smartphone to TV,4k videos and other streaming services via the TV’s content discovery engine.
While we feel that the blacks could have been better, overall the TV proved to be fantastic for movies, gaming as well as general day-to-day use. One issue we had with the TV was that its upscaling capabilities for media playback from USB drive was not up to the mark — 720p videos and above looked fine, but any videos below 720p resolution suffered from visible pixilation.
Being a smart TV, it comes with WiFi and you also get a wired Ethernet connection option. Once you setup the Internet access, you can access the home panel which has a tiled interface with five sections —, My Media, Apps, Settings and Content Discovery Engine (CDE).
Keep in mind that the TV runs on Android, so you get access to the Play Store for installing apps — the list shows only those apps that are compatible with your TV.
The CDE section is powered by the HalfTicket TV platform — it offers curated content across genres (movies, music, kids etc.) from multiple online streaming sources. It’s a great way to discover content you might have missed otherwise.
Streaming content from your smartphone is also child’s play — just install the Cshare app on the smartphone. Once the app is installed, it lets you stream content to the TV and even offers a remote-control interface on your phone/tablet’s touchscreen.
Overall, while the interface of the CloudWalker might not look as refined and fluid as a, LG orTV, it is still functional and offers a good user experience. Audio output from the speakers of the CloudWalker TV is a big surprise.
Volume level is shockingly loud and we did not feel the need to take the volume above 40% level in a medium size room. Even at 90% volume level, the audio output was clear without any distortion or jarring which is great for users.
Overall, the CloudWalker 43-inch 4k smart TV is impressive and good value for money. At roughly the same price, you can also consider offerings fromand Sansui — both offers similar features (43-inch 4k display, smart TV functions, multiple ports) in a more premium looking design with slimmer mettalic bezels .