Devant 55WIZ830 55-inch Smart LED 3D Internet TV Quick Review : Five Things I Like About It, Verdict!

As some of you already know, the TV in my own living room is the Devant 50iTV630 50-inch Smart 3D TV. I love my TV - I'm proud of it - and I trust Devant whole-heartedly.

In fact, every time my friends and readers would ask for my opinion about the Singaporean brand, I'd always tell them that it's easy to underestimate and underrate Devant because the company is relatively new but the truth is their TVs are totally right up there with all of these big names in the industry when in comes to design, build quality, and features. The main difference is that Devant prices its TVs far lower than the competition so more people can get the opportunity to enjoy them.

Anyway, a few weeks back, our friends at Devant sent me another cool TV to play with -- just in time for the NBA Playoffs! TP Friends, check out the ultra-gorgeous Devant 55WIZ830 Smart 3D Internet TV:

This one is both the younger and - uhm - bigger brother of my 50iTV630. It sports a larger 55-inch Full HD EDGE LED panel and offers several enhancements in both design and picture quality.

If you're thinking about trying out Devant and purchasing this specific model, allow me to give you a quick and uncomplicated review of the product by citing the five things that I love about it.

1. Stunning Design: 55WIZ830 flaunts what the company calls a 'Polished Silver with Crystal' design identity, which quite simply looks arresting. The display comes replete with a crystal-framed thin metallic lining and a four-legged metal stand with high-gloss finish.

These design elements combine to give the TV an air of understated elegance, which - I think - most consumers would find very attractive and pleasing to the eyes. Even the back panel - where we can find the neatly lined-up ports and terminals, including the the 3 HDMI ports, L/R Audio for component, 2 composite AV input, SPDIF, and the VGA input, among others - exudes this svelte aura.

2. Great Picture Quality: I know this review is supposed to be very down to earth but allow me to quote a few display specs just to give you - especially the more geeky ones - an idea of what 55WIZ830's 55-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution, energy-efficient EDGE LED panel can deliver.

Consumers get contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1, 500 cd/m2 brightness, 178º / 178º viewing angle, vivid motion of 120Hz, and response time of 6ms. Lots of numbers, eh? But simply put, these specs work together to create a brilliant display highlighted by crisp details, fluid motion, and vivid colors, which you can enjoy from almost any angle facing the screen. And the coolest part is that you can even tweak the display settings to match your taste.

3. Keeps you Connected! These days, you can't call a TV 'smart' if it can't connect you to the internet and let you browse websites and check your social networking accounts. That said, 55WIZ830 is smart all the way.

The TV comes with its own native web browser and even has applications for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and even Picasa. Too bad they don't have one yet for Instagram (ahee!) and their current social media apps only allow you to check updates by your friends and not to post your own. Then again, you can always use the browser to do that.

To surf, you'd have to plug in the WiFi dongle (that ships with the package) to the USB port located at the back of the TV and connect to your hotspot at home. Then, use the remote control to navigate the interface and type names of websites by clicking on the up, down, left, and right buttons, which is a tad inconvenient. (So yeah, I wish the TV also comes with a remote control with QWERTY keyboard for easier and faster typing.)

4. Lets you Enjoy 3D! 55WIZ830 doesn't just let you enjoy 3D movies as you would on its far more expensive competitors, but just like them, it can also convert 2D content - including free TV and cable channels, games and 2D movies - to 3D with just a couple of clicks! Isn't that hot?

You get two handsome 3D glasses that you can recharge after hours use via its microUSB port!

5. More than Reasonable Price Tag! Finally, the best part is that you can get all that and whole lot more that Devant 55WIZ830 Smart 3D Internet TV offers for just Php 109,950! That might sound like a lot but when you consider the Php 150,000 to Php 200,000 SRP of TVs by other brands having the same specifications, I tell you, it's already a steal.

Verdict: So there you have it. Those are the five things I love about this TV. I've actually been thinking hard, trying to list down stuff that I don't quite like about it - apart from the lack of remote control with QWERTY keyboard - and I realized, what's there not to love about this stellar release? Whether you're a gamer or you just love watching cable TV, I'm sure you won't find it hard to fall in love with the Devant 55WIZ830 55-inch Smart 3D Internet TV. All things considered, I give it 9.8 out of 10 TP Stars.