m has put together a video showing what the Seiki 39″ 4K TV looks like alongside an Apple Thunderbolt Display – both connected to a Macbook Pro Retina:
If you still think 4K is expensive, the prices on these televisions will blow your mind:
Yeah, those prices are not typos. These monitors are 3840×2160 UltraHD television sets, capable of 120 Hz refresh rates (That’s 4K stereo at 60p – just waiting for the next Avatar).
Okay, can something this cheap be any good?
Xpromumbai has this detailed review of the Seiki 50-inch 4K TV:
A thin bezel clad in glossy black plastic atop a non-swiveling, low-profile stand. The Seiki looks as unassuming as any TV out there, aside from the wide status LED below the screen.
The remote is plain bad. Too many tiny, indistinguishable buttons dot its too-small face, belying the company’s “simple” marketing message.
Aside from the TV’s resolution, the only other item of note is a 120Hz refresh rate. Unlike most so-equipped TVs, however, it lacks the option to engage smoothing, aka the Soap Opera Effect. The LED backlight is the standard edge variety, illuminated from the sides and without local dimming.
The USB ports are equipped to handle only MP3 music and JPEG photos, not video.
You get three color temperature presets, a couple of noise reduction settings, and that’s it beyond the basics of contrast, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness. Sorry, no backlight control.
You can swap between four different aspect ratio modes with non-4K content, but none of them display 1080i/1080p video with zero overscan; the best, called “wide,” chops a bit off the sides and top. On the other hand that’s less of an issue with a 4K panel, since all content aside from 4K needs to be upconverted to fit the native pixels anyway. You cannot adjust aspect ratios with 4K material on this TV: it’s all scaled pixel-for-pixel.
The HDMI ports can handle 4K (3,840×2,160-pixel resolution) at refresh rates from 24Hz to 30Hz via HDMI according to my early tests. I was unable to test whether higher refresh rates were supported because according to Nvidia, the graphics card I used can only do higher refresh rates via DisplayPort, a connector the Seiki lacks.
Black levels are poor, shadow detail murky, color relatively inaccurate, and the screen less than uniform.
Read the entire article here.
Even so, the Seiki was used by Neil Smith (CEO, 4K Studios Hollywood and LumaForge) on a training program:
We had the Eizo CG276 monitor and SEIKI UHD TV on display … great combination of a very accurate color grading monitor ($2700) plus a beautiful looking 50 inch 4K client monitor ($1500) … mix in a little BlackMagic 4K Extreme DeckLink ($995) and for around $5200 you have a totally viable 4K imaging backbone for your 4K grading and viewing pipeline.
Attendees were really impressed with the image quality of the calibrated SEIKI UHD TV …. as a client 4K monitor it’s going to be pretty hard to beat.
Now that’s a tough audience. I think looking at the prices, the Seiki 50″ is a damn cool client monitor to have – just don’t use it for critical evaluations. The 39″ monitor also is a great fit for a smaller edit room.
The 4K wars have now officially begun.