Cello 55inch Android TV
The Cello QLED 55inch 4K TV measures 124x70.5x.6cm and the stand it sits on is 76cm wide at the front and 24cm from back to front, it is the shape of a ‘C’ this raises the unit by 7cm from what it sits on. It can of course be wall mounted. However as the fitment is the only place I can put any TV the width of the ‘C’ is vital for me.
So unpack the TV and use the four screws provided to connect the two sides of the open ‘C’ together and then connect this using the other four – meatier – screws to the back of the TV. Plug in the mains lead and aerial and you are ready to insert the two supplied ‘AAA’ batteries in the remote control, press the on/off button and then you are in setup mode, enter a few more details like a Gmail account and you are ready to setup the TV for digital or Android viewing. Things like iPlayer, YouTube and most other such offerings are available.
One thing that is currently missing is the ability to read the text pages broadcast on BBC channels as the Red Button on the remote does nothing. This problem was sorted with a software upgrade last week.
Talking of the remote this 44 key offering is better balanced than most as well as being smaller than the majority.
One thing that I did not like is the 29x40cm fold out sheet which is all the documentation you get. The main points are easy enough to read however the explanations of the remote control will either require very good eyesight or a magnifying glass, alternately a copy enlarged double size would produce a readable example.
The remote is the way most things are controlled – so no need to leave your chair.
This is a 4K TV but of course the best you will get down their aerial is HD. I found the picture was excellent and although my own TV is not that old the picture on the Cello was superb and far better in clarity, sharpness and colour than my own, I shall miss it when it goes back. I have watched a number of 4K videos from YouTube and these are excellent.
Sound was reasonable which may seem like a backhanded compliment – again better than my own TV – but as speakers can have little depth in a thin TV so must the sound be thin, of course this is partly due to the TV companies and modern dramas and films where mumbling is part of the script. However there was enough sound and strangely the HD channels had more volume than the SD channels. The speakers are 10w each.
There are four HDMI sockets, two on the left side and two on the underside, two USB sockets on the left side along with the aerial input. The base has a headphone socket and a micro SD card port as well as an Ethernet port. My tests were conducted using Wi-Fi which was fine. The remote has a mouse built in for things like user name and password entry for external sites and Gmail.
The TV has a single channel recorder which means while you can record what you are watching that is all, but my tests found that in SD anyway you could watch one channel and record another providing it was on the same multiplex. You can record to micro SD card or to USB stick.
This TV has the best channel guide I have ever seen and the program details includes radio channels.
For the occasions when the remote goes ‘walkies’ a nipple – back bottom right of the TV - can perform basic tasks but you need to leave your chair to do this.
This TV is made in the UK and the questions I had were answered promptly, and, the person even rang back to check that the problems were solved. Beautiful images and reasonable sound but it is large so wall mounting may be a better answer to placement it weighs around 14.5 kilos.
There are still a couple of other minor problems like the extended switch on time but as software updates are now automatic they should be solved.
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