Simply SuperbI refrained from writing a review for a month since I did not want my initial excitement of buying a 65" 4K TV for 1.2 lacs to cloud my judgement.
Now that I have owned this TV for a little over a month (and know my way better around the positives and negatives), it seems fair to review it in a balanced fashion.
First of all, let me begin by saying that I live in Chennai and it was near impossible to find this TV for delivery to Chennai. Luckily, one night (at around 1:45 AM... yes I was that desperate) I saw one piece was available and ordered it immediately. This was a saturday morning.
I was pleasantly surprised that the TV arrived on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. What was even more amazing was that I got a call at around 10:15 AM from the installation team saying that the TV is on the way and they will reach my place for demo/installation by 11 AM.
The TV arrived in pristine condition and the installation was done by 11:15 AM. One word of advice to future buyers is that you should never open this TV out of its box until the installation team gets there. If there is any problem with the TV (physical/manufacturing defect etc) and you have opened the box already, then you're in trouble !!
Moving on now to the TV,
At 1.2 lacs for a 65" 4K TV, this is about the BEST deal you can get in this country as of now.
VU have been exclusively in the display panel business for some time now (unlike other brands like Micromax), so you can be sure that they know their stuff.
When you turn on the TV and begin watching, you will know this to be true.
Setup is a breeze, though an additional keyboard will probably reduce your operating time drastically. Given that this is a smart TV (with built-in Opera and Youtube and Netflix), you'll be needing a physical keyboard to make life easier. (Not that you cannot live without it)
I will not get into the technical details of the TV - like refresh rate, contrast ratio, pixels etc. Coz these are terms that companies use to promote their TVs and Im not here to do that.
I will tell you this - the picture quality is mind-blowing. The TV upscales anything you play on it to 4K. That doesn't mean you will get crystal clear SD content - upscaling can only work so much you know !!
But when you play 720p content on it, it does a pretty good job upscaling. 1080p looks even better.
And when you play 4K content (i have a few sample videos as well as the built-in Netflix) you will know where every single rupee of that 1.2 lacs that you paid went. And believe me, you will be happy you spent it !!
I have compared this TV to a 42" Sony Bravia 1080 TV as well as a 55" Samsung 4K TV and I can tell you that the picture quality is on par with Sony at every turn (Samsung doesn't even come close to this TV). Maybe it has something to do with the A+ grade panel that VU is offering, but honestly that is only my guess.
For those of you wondering if this TV is good for gaming, I have connected my PS3 and my PS4 to it.. and trust me you won't stop playing !!!
The TV has enough HDMI ports to make sure you never run out of connections. What really impressed me is that this TV has 3 USB ports, all of which can be used for playing media.
I have 3 NTFS formatted 1TB external hard drives loaded with movies and TV shows that I have downloaded over the years. I plugged them all into the TV and am now able to watch all my downloaded content upscaled in 4K (once again, for fullest clarity, your content has to be 720p minimum).
The built-in media player easily plays avi, mp4, mkv files. Dolby Digital Plus is an issue - sound is not supported (probably coz the latest Dolby and DTS sound formats are chargeable to device providers), but maybe they will fix that with a future firmware update. But honestly its not a deal breaker. What really was cool was the speed of recognition - a 1TB hard drive is recognized and loaded by the media player in under 20 seconds after plugging in. I have a dedicated KDLinks HD720 3D media player which takes almost 90 seconds to do the same !!
Sound quality is good - nothing to blow your socks away, but good enough for you to not invest in a dedicated sound system (unless course you want 3D surround sound)
I have set this up in my bedroom, so typical viewing distance is around 8-10 feet, but that doesn't hurt my eyes or give me a headache.
Please note that THIS IS NOT A 3D TV. Personally, I don't think its an absolute requirement coz honestly, who watches 3D all the time???
All in all, I would sat that this is definitely a must buy if you're in the market for a 55" / 65" 4K TV without 3D.
Perhaps the other manufacturers can learn a thing or two from VU about how to provide a Grade A product at an affordable price (Usually 65" 4K TVs are priced around 3.5 lacs)
Source Flipkart: http://www.flipkart.com/reviews/RVE2VZPN6POAN2N74