Acer launched its latest i-series of smart TVs in India in July 2022, and it comes in three sizes – 32-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch. It has Android 11 out-of-the-box, HD and 4K resolution options, 24W or 30W speakers with Dolby Audio, and more. Here are our first impressions about the 43-inch version of the TV.
The Acer i-series TV has a plastic enclosure all around it, and it comes with two plastic stands for placing it on a table. With the stand, the TV stands firmly and does not move at all. The ports can all be found on one side of the TV, and the (detachable) power cable is plugged in on the other side.
The plastics, while they are not high quality, feel good enough for this price range. As for the branding, there is an “Acer” logo right in the middle of the thick bottom bezel.
Our model has a 43-inch 4K panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The viewing angle of the panel is 178°, and there is support for various technologies like Wide Color Gamut+ and Intelligent Frame Stabilization Engine. The Intelligent Frame Stabilization Engine helps smooth out motion in content by analyzing and enhancing frame transitions. It essentially works like MEMC technology, which can be found on other TVs.
Along with this, the panel also supports HDR10+ with Dynamic Signal Calibration, UHD Upscaling, Micro Dimming, Blue Light Reduction, HLG. We did a quick test of the HDR10+ capability and found it to work in YouTube videos.
For audio, the TV has two bottom-firing speaker units with a combined output of 30W. Based on our first impressions of playing music from YouTube, the speakers get pretty loud, and they remain distortion-free at most comfortable volume levels. As expected, they lack bass, which makes audio sound less punch-y, though voices sound clear. They also support Dolby Audio.
The TV is powered by a quad-core Realtek processor with Cortex-A55 core. It is paired with 2GB memory and 16GB internal storage. It runs Android 11 out-of-the-box without any custom UI.
For anyone who has used Android TV before, the UI is familiar and will be easy to use. There are tabs for Home, Discover, and Apps, along with shortcuts for accessing input and entering the Settings menu. The amount of pre-installed apps is also minimal.
For inputs, the Acer TV has a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, a LAN port, a cable-in port, an optical audio port, 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphone jack, and a mini AV port. The first HDMI port also supports eARC) For wireless connectivity, the TV supports dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and 2-way Bluetooth.
The remote’s design is very different as compared to other Android TVs. It is a bit taller than the remotes on OnePlus and Xiaomi TVs, and as a result, it has more room to work on the remote. The button presses don’t feel particularly good, but they aren’t too bad.
At the bottom, Acer has placed shortcut keys for Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar, which in my opinion are 4 of the most popular streaming services in India.
Pricing and Availability
Acer I Series 43″ 4K Model . available from Amazon.in 24,999 for Rs. It is also available in 32″ HD, 50″ and 55″ 4K models.