back to Logo usat smarthome 3d00d0583dd95af3f7ce8dd6c5b121640f13c9e2513cef3241fb16a5d3f4960d
Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
televisions

Ocosmo CE3201-H3LE3 LED Review

The low end

$499.99 MSRP | Buy now at Amazon 32 in.
Advertisement

Overview

Ocosmo is the latest, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed company to step onto the TV market. The company launched just this year and we nabbed its 32-inch CE3201-H3LE3 (MSRP $499.99) LED TV for review.

Out of the box, this television doesn't look like much, and testing revealed that this is one TV you may be able to judge by its cover.

The Outfit

Same ol' tired tune

Shiny high end toys from companies like Samsung and Panasonic spoil us, leaving us bored with the layout of everyday TVs like this Ocosmo. The design screams, "BUDGET!" Black rectangle here, another one there—done. At least the cheap build gives your billfold a break.

At least the cheap layout gives your billfold a break.

On-set controls line the right side of the panel, and they're a little too clearly marked: The white labels actually scrawl over the face of the bezel—talk about ugly. Outputs and inputs live on the opposite end of the panel. Stacked along the left side are shared component/composite hooks, stereo analog out, and a headphone jack; on the back of the same side, Ocosmo included SPDIF, an antenna jack, a VGA hookup, three HDMI connections, and one USB port.

For a controller, Ocosmo provides a classic remote with mushy buttons. Just like everything else on this rig, it's as basic as they come.

Advertisement

The Extras

Like a cheese pizza

In the way of features, this TV is again very plain. Don't expect to find any innovative goodies or extras. Aside from a USB port and a sleep timer, the Ocosmo is just a one trick pony. Users won't find 3D, smart content, or special control sets on this television.

The picture settings are abbreviated, as well. Basics like color temperature, brightness, and contrast are all present, but beyond that you won't find much. At least there is a full EQ and a surround mode for better listening.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Ocosmo CE3201-H3LE3, take a look at these other televisions.

The Picture Quality

A horse of a dreadful color

The CE3201 is an entry-level display with wholly average performance. You can't have the world for under $500 bucks, but we've certainly seen better quality for this price point.

Users would be wise to just keep this TV in lighter rooms.

This display does produce nice-looking dark and white levels. The luminance is such that this TV is well-suited to both theater-like and sunny settings. Not only this, it has a very wide viewing angle—much better than what we usually find on LCD televisions.

In terms of color, though, the CE3201 falls flat: Reds are overemphasized and pure white borders on cyan. Thus, reds take on a tacky, overly vibrant appearance and whites are never pure. On top of this, temperature errors lend a blue tone to areas of both light and shadow, all throughout the spectrum.

The CE3201 struggles with motion performance, as well. Regular cable content like talk shows and sitcoms look fine, but cinematic discs suffer from visible blurring and choppy motion.

The Long & the Short

For its full asking price: No way.

Sales are this TV's only shot at love. The full asking price of $499 is simply too much for 32 inches of questionable color. The contrast is certainly ample for a low end display, but the ho-hum motion performance and unsightly colors bring everything down a peg.

Of course, if you find it online like I did for $189 bucks, you can rationalize to your heart's content—just don't expect great color performance. And whatever you do, don't jump at the Ocosmo CE3201 with 500 dollars in hand.

News and Features

Hisense news hero

Hisense Debuts New Premium ULED TV Lineup in NYC

Hisense ULED will compete with OLED and SUHD TVs for just $2,999.

Lg hdr oled hero

LG Unveils World's First HDR-Capable OLED Televisions

LG has just announced the new EF9500 series, two flat HDR OLED models.

Xfinity share hero

New Comcast App Live Streams Video to Your Friend's TV

Xfinity Share allows users to cast live video to their TVs.

Seiki dorm tv hero

Back to School: Picking the Best TV for Your Dorm

No matter your major or tenure, a dorm without a TV is just no fun.

Amazon fire tv stick hero

'HBO Now' Arrives on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The standalone streaming service continues its slow rollout.

Nfl football broncos flickr craigindenver

NFL Ratings Plateau, Adding to Broadcasters' Woes

Broadcast TV's bellwether is treading water.

Tv size hero

How to Choose the Right TV Size

If you're not sure which size TV to buy, just aim for the biggest.

Apple tv service hero

Apple Delays Launch of Internet TV Service to 2016

Fans will have to wait until next year for an internet TV package.

Sideclick hero

Sideclick Is a Universal Remote for Cord Cutters

This simple IR remote can control your TV and streaming media devices.