The 55 inch segment of the TV category has grown exponentially over the last year or so. While the lockdowns caused by Covid-19 have certainly helped to increase demand for televisions in general, this sector has grown faster due to the launch of strongly priced offerings that do not compromise on performance or quality.
Another name was recently added to this list in the form of the Acer I-Series TVs. These new TVs come with an edge-to-edge display, giving it an almost bezel-less design. The TV also offers some interesting upgrades over its predecessor, supporting Wide Color Gamut + improved, HDR 10+, Super Brightness, Black Level Increase and 4K Upscaling.
While interesting on paper, do all these features make the new I-Series TV from Acer worth your money? Let’s find out in our review when we will focus mainly on the picture performance of the device.
Series I ACER 55-inch
Panel Size: 55-inches (also available in 43 and 50-inch screen sizes)
Panel Type: VA with D-LED backlighting
Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel Refresh Rate: 60Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
HDR 10+ support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: No
HDMI ports: 3
USB ports: 2
Acer TV: Display performance and picture quality
Acer’s new I-Series TV is available in multiple sizes, and the one we’re testing today comes with a 55-inch panel. It is powered by a quad-core chipset paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. This hardware is paired with a rich feature set that includes support for HDR 10+, HLG and Dolby Atmos. Thanks to the lightweight UI, the TV’s performance doesn’t take a hit when you play HDR or 4K content. All of this comes together for a generally enjoyable experience for using an affordable 4K TV.
Therefore, viewing SDR and HDR content via a set-top box or the latter via an OTT platform was not a problem. The TV handled content as expected, and the new Acer I-Series TV was not an issue to upgrade to inferior content. But the performance doesn’t look good unless you compare the TV to similarly priced offerings. And when you start going a bit up the price ladder, other options with more refined UIs and powerful chipsets come into the mix.
Another thing to note here is that Acer’s new TV comes with Micro Dimming, instead of frame or local dimming. Therefore, the performance of the TV in darker scenes can suffer a little, with some level of halo effect visible in such scenes.
Moving away from the subjective, we also collected some interesting data while testing the Acer I-Series TV using the Calman Ultimate software paired with the Spectracal C6 Colorometer and Video Forge Pro. During our tests, we got the best results for TV on the Movies preset. However, compared to the results we found on some competing devices, the flaws of the Acer I-Series TV began to reveal itself.
During our tests, this preset gave us slightly high delta errors in color accuracy, with an average delta of 3.7 and a maximum deltaE of 7.3 when the TV was set to output content in the sRGB color space. For SDR, RGB balance was also about right, with slightly oversaturated blues. With an average FPS of 6771, such content had a slight blue bias that we could not fix through the TV’s internal settings.
We found the TV’s tuning for HDR content slightly better, while checking the RGB balance much more. However, color accuracy for HDR content was again on the higher side, with the Average DeltaE hitting 7.3 and a maximum error of 13.3 observed at 100 percent red. Apart from that, the TV managed to cover about 94.7 percent of the sRGB color space, going down to 71.6 percent of the DCI-P3 container. The TV also threw in a decent brightness of 401 nits for HDR content and around 330 nits for SDR content – both good enough to handle mastered content in their respective color profiles.
Acer I-Series TV review: Design and Sound
With the Acer I-Series TV, the company has brought back its timeless design language which sees it offering very thin bezels around the panel. This is paired with a functional design language that sees the TV’s HDMI, USB and other ports placed in such a way that they are easily accessible not only when the TV is set on a stand, but also when mounted on the Wall.
Overall, Acer has done a good job of making the TV look premium and worth the money the company is asking for. And thankfully, this is also the case for the device’s remote, which complements the look of the TV with its design that makes it look very high-end thanks to the use of premium materials.
Acer I-Series TV review: Verdict
The Acer I-Series TV is a good choice in a sea of similarly priced 55-inch 4K LED TVs. However, it certainly doesn’t stand out as the best option in the segment. Although it does get HDR 10+ support, the fact that it is not Dolby Vision ready is a negative in its favor and makes it difficult to recommend to buyers looking for an affordable offering that can be used to watch some select content in . highest possible fidelity through OTT platforms.
However, that is only if you want to watch such content on TV. For most pieces of content, the TV’s HDR 10+ and HLG support should be good enough. And thankfully for this Acer I-Series TV, for such buyers, the TV’s inaccuracy in reproducing certain colors may not be a problem at times.
For them, the TV’s above-par audio performance and support for essential features at an aggressive price may be more than enough to make a purchase decision.