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Jinoy Jose P | Updated on: Aug 22, 2018
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CloudWalker’s smart 50-inch TV X2 offers quality video playback at less than ₹35,000

Mumbai-based CloudWalker makes a bouquet of digital and electronics products, including interactive flat panel displays, wireless meeting room solutions, hybrid LED TVs, and more. The Cloud TV X2 series of 4K-Ready smart televisions is the latest offering from the promising tech startup.

Powered by Quad-core ARM cortex processor and aided by 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM, the Cloudwalker 50SFX2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and can play 4K content on Full HD. The TV is not super slim but is flat enough to make it sit neatly on your living room wall. The screen feels a bit soft and slippery, but the ridges are strong and steady. In our experience, it’s dust-resistance capabilities are not so great. The XLuminous display is bright and controlled. Users can choose various displays modes from the menu and even customise display settings. In fact, display is the most interesting part of this TV which renders colours fairly diligently and honestly, considering the price range.

Mind you, this is not a 4K television. All it does is it plays 4K content in a safe Full HD mode. That’s more than enough for an average user in India, where good, legal 4K content is tough to come by. But yes, times they are changing and sooner or later 4K will get popular and cheaply available. We tried playing a few 4K videos using the USB play faculty on Cloudwalker. To be fair, it ran the content pretty smoothly. Still, the device struggled a bit while playing super heavy video files (.mp4 files above 20GB in size, to be precise). But its HD playback is crisp and sharp and delightful.

CloudWalker’s Content Discovery Engine where curated content and apps are available for users, is a work in progress. Most of the content is gleaned out of Youtube and other public sources. We didn’t find any impressive playlist there. But the OS supports most apps, including Netflix and Amazon Prime. While Netflix and Mubi worked without glitches, it took some time for Amazon Prime to get into business. There are an array of apps available on the CloudWalker’s homepage, but you’d better leave most of them and are advised to stick with the trusted and famous. CloudWalker offers free lifetime subscription to the MovieBox app, from where you can download and watch HD content. You can download content on to the device’s internal storage and play it as you like. But we experienced that too many files slowed the system down significantly. So, stick to the basics.

Cool and cost-effective

CloudWalker provides what they call a Super Remote with in-built Air Mouse to navigate the user interface. But the mouse lacks finesse and precision. If you are an elderly user you may stick to the remote’s buttons. That said, youngsters might master the art of manoeuvering the mouse rather quickly and might use it more than the buttons. The remote uses basic alkaline batteries. Users can also download the CloudWalker app on their mobile, which is more convenient than the remote. The app lets you mirror your phone on the TV screen and do a lot of activities such as surfing content on screen. The App UI is short on imagination but performs its duties pretty neatly.

The CloudWalker 50SFX2 comes with a 20W box speakers but the audio experience is average. If you want high quality sounds, you may rely on an external home theatre system which you can connect using an auxiliary cable. There is no bluetooth connectivity to speakers. The TV gets software updates via OTA (over-the-air) updates. You can connect the device to the web using wireless and using the ethernet cable. In sum, the CloudWalker TV X2 offers impressive video playback considering the price range and in comparison with other low-cost peers, it can rub shoulders with most of the biggies in the price bracket.

Price: ₹14,990 onwards (Review unit: ₹33,990 online)

Pros: Good display, strong parts, curated content

Cons: Poor audio, low RAM that causes occasional lags, average mouse

Published on August 22, 2018

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