Ocosmo CE3201-H3LE3 LED Review
The low end
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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