TCL 32D2910S Smart TV Full Review
The TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV is finally available for sale in Kenya. Smart TVs are the rave right now. Leading brands like TCL are establishing a strong presence in the Kenyan market. Affordability is now becoming a non-issue due to this influx. Smart TVs allow you the freedom of choice in that if you can stream it, it’s likely that your smart TV can handle it. Almost all streaming platforms have their own apps for smart TVs. This makes it easier for you to watch the best content available online on a big screen.
There are quite a few Android Smart TV options available in the Kenyan market today. Most options are almost only available online. When compared, there are a lot of similarities in performance, features, and quality. Yet, one model still manages to stand out.
While not particularly a masterpiece, the TCL 23D2910S, is a very solid option. Retailing between KSH19,000 and KSH23,000, this model feels like its out of place within this price point. It gives a more premium feel than the other makes in its price bracket.
WHERE THE TCL 32D2910S EXCELS
The unit sports a 32 inch full HD (1080p) screen which is one of the main features setting it above the competition. A resolution of 1920×1080 at 50Hz means it is also well capable of delivering more than enough clarity and depth.
As TCL puts it, “This flat screen LED HDTV features a High Definition resolution and TCL True Color Technology for brilliant color and contrast. With direct-lit LED back-lighting, view darker blacks and luminous brightness while maintaining the best standards in energy efficiency. An advanced 50Hz refresh rate allows you to watch fast-moving sports and action scenes or play games with clarity and smoothness.” Even though that may sound like a nice sales pitch, you actually get a feel of this when you start watching your HD videos on this unit.
The viewing angles on the display are also superb. On paper, you should be able to view a clear picture from a 178 degree angle which is actually true in my experience.
The TCL 32D2910S features both WiFi and Ethernet connectivity. This makes it possible for you to switch between your preferred mode of connection. I prefer an Ethernet connection over WiFi, but only because I choose to. Connecting via WiFi is also pretty stable. The TV sports 3 HDMI ports (2 at the side, one on the back) and if that is not mind-blowing enough, it still spots a traditional VGA port as well as 2 USB ports. It almost feels like more than enough is being offered here. I’ve used my TCL 32D2910S for close to one year now and everything still works fine, including all the ports.
I haven’t found any use for the 3 HDMI ports. I’m planning on buying a PS4 console soon so I will use one for sure. I don’t see myself using the remaining 2 since the console will double up as a BluRay player. Seeing that this TV is DVBT-2 compatible, I don’t find it unnecessary to plug in a decoder. You can expect reception to more than 250 digital channels (in Kenya), most of which are free to air.
For easier navigation ant input, you might want to connect a wireless mouse or keyboard. It’s a welcome pleasure that you’ll have another free USB port free for your USB flash disk or hard drive.
The apps included are pretty solid, with another good collection of apps in the app store. Some of the apps are a bit outdated and you will need to have a little bit of skill if you want to install the latest versions. I will share a guide on how to do this. You also don’t have to root your TV since you can delete the unwanted system apps via ADB and install your apps too. There is no setting to enable installing of apps from “Unknown Sources” but you can enable this via ADB too.
WHERE THE TCL 32D2910S FALLS SHORT
This is the only part I found a bit wanting. I am unimpressed with the RAM as well as the storage capacity of this unit. The TV comes with a paltry 2GB of internal memory but at least 90% is still available for use after the first boot. Its noteworthy to note that you can install some of the Chinese apps like ZingTV since the best content on such apps is paid content. You will also need to do so if you want to install Kodi (or any of its forks). This because the data folder size will increase over time. You can often purge Kodi’s cache and thumbnails to free up memory which I will cover in another article).
The TCL 3D2910S Android Smart TV is a solid entry-level option for the budget conscious buyer. With a good balance between features and functionality, it places itself way above the competition. We’d recommend the TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV anyday!