I know we’re inundating you guys and gals with news about Seiki’s ultra-cheap new 50-inch 4K TV lately, but we still can’t get over the novelty of a $1299 UltraHD display, no matter how iffy its performance may be. The crew over at PC Perspective got their hands on one of the new sets, and gave it a full unboxing and preliminary run-through, including test run on some of today’s most popular games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3, as well as some native 4K video on a high-end PC. As you might expect at this price (and after reading the impressions of REDForum users), this is a completely no-frills display. No fancy video processing, slightly uneven back-lighting, and a slightly flimsy stand.
What’s surprising, though, is that preliminary picture results are genuinely solid with some material, but the PC Perspective guys did note some moiré issues in ultra fine detail in motion. Keep in mind, this panel is pretty much as advertised: a bargain basement first-on-the-block honeypot. You buy it, you will have 4K today, and if you have the horsepower to drive it, your games will look better than any of your friends’ gaming setups. You’ll probably be able to take advantage of Sony’s new 4K service coming to PS4 and standalone devices later this year, but if the externals of the Seiki are this iffy, it doesn’t bode well for the build quality of the internals on top of the externals, so this may well be the equivalent of a disposable display. That may not matter, though, since any future developments in 4K video transmission will probably hinge upon DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, which the Seiki definitely lack. (It should be noted that Samsung’ Evolution Kit allows its 4K displays to be updated with current relevant connectivity ports.)
With that forewarning, check out their video below. Yes, it’s long, but if you’ve been considering picking up Seiki’s cheap 4K display, it should give you a good idea of what you’re getting for the money.
Via: [PC Perspective]