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55-inch Super TV from Vu

The market is exploding with "smart" 3D TVs. Big players such as Samsung, Sony and LG are already trying to grab a major chunk of this fairly nascent market. VU's Super TV has come as a surprise amidst all this. The package VU offers with its Super TV is impressive to say the least.

tech reviews Updated: Sep 24, 2011 15:19 IST

The market is exploding with "smart" 3D TVs. Big players such as Samsung, Sony and LG are already trying to grab a major chunk of this fairly nascent market. VU's Super TV has come as a surprise amidst all this. The package VU offers with its Super TV is impressive to say the least.



Design


It is very important that big screen TVs look good. That's probably one of the reasons people install them in the first place. The 55 inch VU Super TV looks absolutely stunning at first glance. The bezel, edged by clear glass, provides an elegant look without distracting the user away from the screen. The lower left corner contains the touch sensitive buttons which are both easy to spot and highly responsive to use. The screen rests on a chrome plated four legged stand that also allows the TV to be rotated by approximately 10-15 degrees left and right.



Super TV

The back of the VU Super TV is fairly simple for a smart TV. The ports on the back include four HDMI ports, two USB ports, audio out (for headphones) along with the conventional coaxial port. Beneath the back side, there are even more ports for VGA (to connect a computer), SCART port and composite audio and video cables. The Super TV indeed provides a wide array of choices for the user to connect their favorite devices using cables. On the other end you'll find an ethernet port (for Internet connectivity) and more USB ports for usage in PC mode.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/VU-SuperTV 3.jpgVU's Super TV comes with a wireless keyboard for using the TV in PC mode along with 3D glasses for viewing 3D content on your TV. The wireless keyboard comprises of a touchpad and includes a standard QWERTY keypad. The rechargeable 3D glasses are quite bulky and uncomfortable for viewing over a longer period of time. The remote that comes with the TV is one of the most well designed remotes out there. It's very easy to get used to.



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Features and Performance

VU Super TV is packed with all the features you would expect from a smart TV. The 3D LED TV can operate in a large number of modes. Apart from being a standard television, the Super TV can also run as a digital media center as well as a large screen PC. It can pick up almost any popular format, from a USB flash drive to even an external hard drive. It also offers a decent 3D viewing experience using glasses provided along with the TV. The TV has a native resolution of 1920x1080 which makes it optimum to watch high definition content.The PC mode is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and features a 500 GB hard drive along with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. With a decent amount of storage on board, you can store all your favorite content such as movies, music or photos directly on the TV. What's missing is that the PC mode isn't tied up to the TV components. It could have been super to be able to record live broadcasts directly to the TV. What's more exciting here is to browse the web on a 55 inch screen using a wireless keyboard. The keyboard supports Windows 7 gestures which make the whole web browsing experience even better.



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The VU Super TV features DLNA support for seamless sharing across various devices. It allows DLNA certified devices to connect and share content such as movies, music, photo slideshows and more, thus forming a great digital network. DLNA works quite smoothly with the Super TV. With more compatible devices hitting the market soon, it will become a whole lot more usable.

3D viewing on the VU Super TV is decent but so great. You have to understand that it's nothing like in the theaters or the promos you watch on TV. Firstly, it takes a great deal of patience just to get the settings right. Secondly, you need great 3D content to play on the TV. Third, converting 2D to 3D doesn't always work well. If you're thinking of buying a TV for 3D viewing at home, you might want to wait.

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Performance wise the VU Super TV offers unmatched picture quality when it comes to watching high definition content. It can really give the likes of Samsung and Sony, a run for their money. The crisp LED backlit display offers a great TV viewing experience for the living room. The white and black levels along with the colors are simply excellent. It works pretty good out of the box but there are easy-to-use settings available in case you want to tweak it to a perfect view.

Conclusion
At Rs. 1,49,990 the VU Super TV is a hefty investment yet the excellent set of features and a highly impressive performance makes it totally worth it. Alternatives include other smart TV variants from Samsung, LG and Sony that are available at a slightly higher market price.

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