Hi friends today I will be writing the review of the 43 inches full HD Onida fire TV edition, which essentially means that this TV runs on the Fire TV OS the same OS that’s found on fire TV sticks. Before we get into anything, I want to give you the most important piece of information, to access the picture settings you actually have to press and hold the home button for a couple of seconds and then you get a number of different settings. Also, you can go and change the picture and sound settings so if you are in the hunt for the settings button out here it’s not going to happen.
So let’s get into the review of this TV now this is the first time we have seen a TV running on the Amazon fire TV OS but we all have become used to it simply because most of us I presume have used the fire TV stick in the past. So let’s actually start with this remote control, now apart from the power button which you need to point this remote on the TV to switch it on and off you could literally just point it anywhere and control it. This is happening because things are moving in the background, it’s because just like the fire TV stick this doesn’t need to be connected to or pointed at the IR which at this price range is something that’s really good.
The other features are pretty standard to what we have seen, you get the microphone button, back, home menu button, the navigational buttons, ok playback controls. There’s volume button out here which is there on the new fire TV stick remote.
But the biggest addition is of course the presence of OTT platforms button, now we have Netflix Prime videos, ZEE5, Sony Live, this remote is by far the best at this price I mean the only one that comes really close is the MI TV remote control which is also a really nice minimalistic remote control but thinking that we really enjoyed this remote control so much.
I really want one change in remote that instead of permanent button for ZEE 5 SONY LIVE etc if we could had three programmable hotkeys it would have been really cool because in that case I could have put one key on hot star the other on YouTube etc this will actually make this remote more useful. But overall I am happy with this remote.
Coming back to the TV at hand, it has a full HD resolution it is an IPS panel and this is 43 inches now if you are someone that’s wondering that I can get 4K and I can get HDR, Please understand that this panel actually is really nice, we really like this panel and we’re going to get into the details of that as well.
So kicking things off, with a standards lew of content now we usually play shows like altered carbon which is on Netflix and it’s mastered in HDR but you will only see it in full HD out you. Know that we have tested the 50 inches of the 55 inches 4k HDR TVs which are available from brands that produce TVs in this price segment which is the budget price segment and this TV performs better than those.
I mean the colors are bright you can see them in vivid. This TV has two picture modes called dynamic and standard. I recommend you keep switching between them because these are the two modes where you can actually get really nice punchy colors and the dots don’t look really that dark but you can actually see details and dark scenes.
You know show like our planet the season 1 episode 1 which has this beautiful god rays coming in from the clouds in a forest, it actually looks nice and green. The green in dynamic looks a little darker than we’d like it, but the saturation is good enough and everything is visible, you don’t have these patches of darkness so you can’t make out what’s there so that’s really good even if you watch full HD content. If you watch TV shows like let’s say “Young Sheldon” everything just looks it just looks so nice that you think “hey this is a great all-round TV” and the picture pre-sets are great there is no crazy motion flow settings.
The settings are easy to navigate, the TV is responsive there’s barely any time that we’ve had a problem with the UI when we are navigating different shows and that’s because everything is just built in baked in a manner which is really fluid. I have had the steamy crash on me literally twice and that’s because I was trying to navigate too much too fast and that’s okay it works as good as a fire TV stick.
When it comes to gaming again all our games played up in full HD the Xbox one X showed us that this is a 1080p TV and it ran all the games in Full HD. Again Assassin’s Creed Odyssey which is our benchmark for HDR gaming, you can actually see it what it looks like.
It looks absolutely beautiful and the TV also has a game mode where the picture settings are pretty much the same as standard but I think they do implement something because the input lag is a little bit less so the controller was pretty responsive when we played games on this TV in the game mode so that actually really worked.
Coming to the UI, now one thing to note is that if you have a fire TV take at home you do get the Apple TV plus app on that but on this you don’t get it why it’s a question for us as well but apart from that this works exactly the same as your fire TV stick does with of course the only change being one row of inputs.
A cool thing is you can actually go back in and change these inputs to let’s say a ps4 an Xbox the set-top box because you could literally just do this HDMI to and it’s gone on to the HDMI to signal so if you set HDMI to as PS4 or Xbox all you have to do is press and hold the voice button and say.
The voice controls on this TV work absolutely brilliantly to the point where every 10 times whatever I said it gives the same result almost all the time. For example even if I say things like stranger things on Netflix and it’s just gonna open Netflixit’s gonna log in and it’s gonna show me stranger things, if I would have said play stranger things from Netflix it would have actually started playing the last episode I stopped on I could even say something like cyberpunk 2077 trailers on YouTube and it’s gonna give me a row of all the cyberpunk trailers that are there on YouTube.
I mean the navigation of this TV is almost the same as the fire TV stickworks and that implementation happening on this TV as well, even the fluidity we can see in real time.I can confidently say that this work brilliantly.
So by now you actually think that we are in love with this TV I’m going to recommend it but hold on there are two things that we would like to touch upon:
- First is the audio, which is really bad. It is so bad that it forced us to actually pull out a out a speaker that was lying in office just to use it so we could enjoy this TV and that’s the one place that you are going to really suffer from it. However please note that if you have a pair of bluetooth headphones they could be something that’s really simple and you can connect them to this. You just go into the settings and then into the Bluetooth settings and you can literally pair any bluetooth headphones with this and watch it so you’re not only not disturbing people while they’re sleeping but you get a much better audio experience from this TV, also it has enough connectivity options so coming to that it has three HDMI ports just one USB port but it’s got Bluetooth, it’s got a 3.5 mm output it’s got optical output as well it’s got an antenna and composite. So from an audio perspective it has HDMIAARC as well 3.5 mm aux. It’s got optical and bluetooth so you can actually connect a suite of devices if you have to this to get rid of the really bad speakers that come on this .
- Lastly about the build it’s all plastic we’ve kept it on a tabletop it uses one scoop of foot now that was something that kind of bothered me initially because most TVs use two scoops per foot to hold it tightly in place but the structure of the foot on this TV is such that it has a groove that goes inside the television and that is held with one screw so if you tighten it really nice and tight it’s not something that’s going to bother you it’s gonna be in place and the wobble is nothing more than what we’ve seen on other TV.
So as a verdict what we like to say is the picture quality on this TV is really really good it comes built-in with most of the OTT platforms that you would like to watch like I said the only exception is the Apple TV Plus app which I don’t think you’re going to miss unless you’re consuming content on that picture quality is great the UI is fantastic the remote control is functional and really really good voice commands work like a dream the audio from this TV is really bad so that was our verdict what do you think of the Oneida fire TV Edition TV really long name I wish they would have just called at the Oneida fire TV but itis the only da Full HD 43 inch TV fire TV Edition whatever anyway it’s a great TV if you guys wanted with the audio being the only exception you can let us know what you thought of this review in the comment section below.