Last year saw a genuine push to make affordable big-screen televisions—the shining examples of this were the Micromax 50K2330UHD (around 48,990) and Vu 48D6455 (around 55,000), the most affordable 4K (or Ultra HD) TVs for their respective screen sizes. But given the lack of 4K content, it would perhaps be a smarter decision to invest in a Full HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) TV—it will work better with cable and Direct to Home (DTH) connections, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and any other streaming accessories, such as the Teewe 2 and Google Chromecast. InFocus, an American brand better known for making Android smartphones, is doing exactly that, with a 50-inch screen sporting an unbelievable price tag of 34,999.

The 50-inch television, InFocus II-50EA800, has what is known as a Direct LED panel. Simply put, the DLED panel uses a cluster of LEDs behind the display panel for lighting—because they are more economical than CCFL lights, can have much lower illumination levels, and offer the possibility of controlling the lighting in each LED individually, for better detailing of the content on screen. Incidentally, Samsung had introduced this with its TVs a few years ago, but inexplicably shelved the technology.

The DLED panel, made by Sharp Corp., has Full HD resolution; what stands out immediately is the native, or default, brightness level. While that certainly has a positive bearing on the content, the viewing angles are also much better than what other similarly priced Full HD LED TVs can manage. The depth of the black colour reproduced by this TV is very good. The menu, however, only has settings for the colour level and temperature—there are no options for managing the black level, colour bias or even multiple noise correction layers—we would have preferred finer control over the picture quality.

But for all its simplicity, what you get is a competent big-screen TV. The fast-moving scenes are handled smoothly, and the sharpness is quite good, be it poor-quality standard definition content or an HD movie on Star Movies HD or Netflix.

The audio is decent, with clear vocals even at fairly high volumes; there is no audible distortion. The remote is well laid out, and the TV design itself will be universally acceptable.

There is just one drawback—there are only two HDMI ports, which means that if you want to connect multiple gadgets, you would need to keep switching cables regularly.

It is hard to find any other flaw in the InFocus II-50EA800 TV. It has a lively panel, good audio, and retains a level of simplicity that will appeal to most users. And at this price, you can’t go wrong.