Kodak, a brand with a deep-rooted history of imaging products, is diversifying into other product genres, including TVs.



The supremacy that the likes of Samsung enjoyed for a prolonged period is now gone. Proof, if any were needed, comes in the form of the Kodak FHDXSMART television—a 40-inch screen size, Full HD (1,920x1,080) resolution and smart TV features, at a rather affordable price tag.

The design minimalism—clean lines and good build quality—stands out. There are 2 HDMI ports as well as Wi-Fi. With two USB ports, you have the luxury of leaving one movie-laden pen drive plugged in.

We were impressed by the vibrant colour, the automatic noise-reduction capabilities and the lack of reflection. And you can further improve sharpness and contrast levels if you explore the picture settings. The display should work well for just about any content you may want to watch on it—and in brightly-lit living rooms too.

The only disappointment: The sound is a bit weak when it comes to reproducing the lower frequencies, a factor that is hard to ignore when it comes to movies and music.

The smart TV feature is basically a bunch of preloaded apps, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Kodak has also bundled an Air Mouse with the TV that you can wave in the air to navigate the apps.

At this price, it is hard to find fault with the Kodak 40 FHDXSMART TV. But if you don’t want the smart features, the Sanyo XT-43S7100F ( 22,990) could be an option, with a slightly bigger 43-inch screen and excellent picture reproduction.