When was the last time that you saw a TV set that was not totally flat? All new TV sets released in many reason years are flat screen: what about the Olevia TV? Is it any good? If you are looking for a review for this brand you have come to the right place.
The flat TV market place is a crowded one, no doubt, and it only gets busier with time. There is just so much choice that it can be difficult to know what to choose. At some point all TVs may end up seems too alike or, the opposite problem, when you can become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of features available.
And while it is true that the price of flat TVs or Smart TVs continues to go down, let’s be honest: for most people, buying a new TV is always an expensive purchase.
If you are anything like me, you would be familiar with the feeling that it is sometimes referred to as “buyer’s remorse”. That’s the feeling you get when you buy something only to regret it almost immediately. This happens a lot when buying electronics. Often, the reason for this is that buyers find out that what they have bought does not fit their specific needs.
Reading online reviews is one way to avoid this. Here, at Tech Review, we do all the research for you, so you do not have to.
The Syntax Olevia LT30HT
The first thing that you need to know about the Olevia TV is that it is an LCD TV.
Some people swear by LCD TV but if you have never used one, you will need to consider where you are planning on placing it and what viewing angle you are going to use. This is because you will only be able to see the screen properly from certain angles. This is a common complaint about LCD TVs. If you are always going to watch TV from the very same angle, then you do not really need to worry about this at all. You can always place the TV in such a way that you would be able to see the screen from your chosen viewing point.
As long as you are aware of that, you can consider all the different features of this TV.
Here are some basic facts about Olevia:
- Its size is 30 inches.
- It is suitable for HD to the following resolution 1,280×768 pixels.
- It also has an incredibly thin profile.
All that sounds really good but there are, unfortunately, some drawbacks to this TV as well.
The Olevia TV has one major problem: the picture quality is inferior to that of most other LCD TV sets. That is probably why it is generally priced lower than most of its competitors. So, all things being equal you should consider investing in a different TV if you can afford it.
But, unfortunately, the picture quality is not the only issue with this TV. I will be looking into all the different features of this TV in the next section. So if you would like to get more detailed information about you can expect from this TV, you should continue reading this.
So, the picture quality is not great but there are also a few other issues that you should know about this TV.
If you care about aesthetics, you should consider what this TV looks like. While it wouldn’t be fair to consider this TV a monstrosity, it is also not the most minimalist TV you could find.
Both the logo and the sensor for the remote control are incredibly prominent. So, this TV will stand out in a minimally dressed room.
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Another thing that you should be aware of if the remote control. It does not really look like what most people would expect for an LCD TV. Why? Because it is really light and small to the point that it looks and feels more like a remote control for a DVD or Bluray player than one for an expensive TV set.
But the size and weight of the remote control are not the only two things that are wrong with it. The way the buttons are laid out on it is not intuitive at all. For example, very often you will need to go through menus in order to do something so simple that most of other TVs let you do from the remote control directly.
A case in point is changing the aspect ratios. If you need to change from 4:3 to 16:9 (or vice versa), you will need to access a menu and click a few times. If they had thought to put a key that would allow users to do with just a click, the Olevia TV will rank a lot higher in my estimation.
How about inputs? Well, the lack of inputs is also another major problem with this TV. For example, there is only one input that is HD-ready. In this day and age, this would be far from adequate for most people. You will find the following inputs:
- Dual component jacks.
- S-video input.
- Composite input.
- VGA input (this would allow you to connect your computer to your TV).
But the features that come with this TV are also not the only things that are lacking with it.
There are many potential issues with the picture quality. First-time users might find that they need to adjust the brightness and contrast. Of course, some people like to do this with a new TV anyway but it is shocking how bad the picture looks here before you adjust the image settings. Any new TV should come with better settings when you take it out of the box. The worst thing about it is that even when you change the settings and make the image display as better as it is possible, the problem will not disappear completely.
This issue is not helped by the fact that the remote control is so poorly laid out as I mentioned earlier in this article. You will need to figure out how to access the menus before you can tweak the calibration and the image settings (contrast and brightness).
Unfortunately, as much as you try to adjust your TV set, you will not be able to fix all the picture quality problems. For example, some fast moving images render are shown choppily. Whenever there is something like ocean waves or moving flags on the screen the image quality will decrease noticeably.
If you are an attentive viewer there will be many things like that that will no doubt bug you. For example, you might notice purples blotches when you are supposed to be seeing black. This is a problem because, in the last few years, it has become quite fashionable for many TV shows and movies to have scenes that take place in almost complete darkness. So, seeing purple blotches all over the screen can be not only very distracting but also don’t do justice to the content that you are consuming.
As if that was not bad enough, you would also have to put up with lines displaying around figures and objects. The lines will be subtle but trust me when I say that many users will notice them. When encountering this, you might want to try to tweak the sharpness setting but, again, this will do very little to fix this particular problem.
There is also a lot of visual noise when you play HD content on this TV. This is nothing short than unacceptable. The last thing anyone would expect from an HD TV is to have their viewing experience hampered with lots of dots appearing out of the blue all over the screen. And this would happen even when playing HD content from the cleanest possible source.
There is so much wrong with this TV that we would not recommend it in our review. If you do not mind these problems or, for whatever reason, this is the only TV that you can afford to buy at the moment, it could be the one for you. But, in all honesty, I seriously doubt it.
If you have encountered this TV, our advice would be to continue shopping around. You will be almost guaranteed to find a much better TV out there somewhere, even if you are convinced that an LCD TV is for you.
This has been our review of the Olevia TV. If you have any feedback for us, or would like to share your own experience with this TV, or talk about better LDC TV alternatives to it, please leave us a message in the comments section below!