The Thomson Q55H1001 from Super Plastronics Private Limited (SPPL) is a 55-inch 4K TV, one of the most impressive in terms of the price-to-performance ratio. Televisions with great specifications tend to cost way more than the average consumer can afford. Thomson is looking to change this with their Thomson Q55H1001, a television filled with top-of-the-line features that don’t completely destroy your wallet.
Naturally, this builds a lot of intrigue and interest in the product. Many people want to know if corners are being cut or if there are a lot of concessions made to reach that price point. Well, worry not, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put the Thomson Q55H1001 through its paces, testing all of its features, its performance and taking a closer look at its build to see whether it lives up to the hype.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Overview
So, what are we dealing with here? First off, looking at the spec sheet of the Thomson Q55H1001, we’re in store for something pretty remarkable. Unlike many other allegedly high-end televisions that feature large displays and nothing more, the Thomson Q55H1001 has a lot more backbone to its entire system. Most of its specs are excellent, without any noticeable low points.
Thomson Q55H1001 Specifications:-
- 55 in, LED TV
- MediaTek MT9602 Quad-core @ 1.5GHz
- Mali G52 GPU
- 3840 x 2160p Resolution (4K)
- Dual 40W(20Wx2) Speakers
- 2 GB RAM, 16 GB Internal Storage
- Google TV Based on Android 11
- 178 ° Viewing Angle
- 3 HDMI Ports, 2 USB Ports
As we said, there’s nothing here that would obviously make the Thomson Q55H1001 lesser than its competition. Even in terms of design, the smart TV doesn’t slack off. Extremely minimal bezels and hidden ports make for an immersive experience no matter what you’re watching. This is why we’re going to take a closer look at the Thomson Q55H1001, to find out whether it has any hidden flaws to cut corners.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Design and Build Quality
Design-wise, the Thomson Q55H1001 doesn’t disappoint, though it also doesn’t shatter expectations. Gone are the cheap plastic exteriors and chunky bezels that define budget smart TVs. The Thomson Q55H1001 instead comes with an impressively premium-looking exterior, complete with the popular bezel-less look. Only one small chin at the bottom hinders your watching experience, though this is common with any budget smart TV.
This chin of course holds a lot of the Thomson Q55H1001’s important internals, including the power LED and IR receiver. Just from looks, things are great, but on closer inspection, there are some flaws in its design. For starters, the included stand for the TV isn’t the most robust thing we’ve seen on a TV of this size. While they’re serviceable at their job, I don’t know if you’d want them to keep your 55-inch investment secure.
Thankfully, there’s a wall mount, which works much better at keeping your TV locked in place firmly. Outside of this, we still find that the Thomson Q55H1001 looks and feels pretty good. While it doesn’t outdo its competition at the higher end of the market, it puts up a good fight and performs admirably for a budget product.
If there’s one flaw we can point out regarding design, it’s that the Thomson Q55H1001’s remote isn’t all too solid. It’s your typical plasticky, cheap-feeling affair, but to be honest, it’s a minor issue. Most smart televisions tend to have poorer quality control on their remote controls, and in this case, the remote still works as intended.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Display
By far, the best aspect of the Thomson Q55H1001 is its 55-inch, 4K display. Simply put, the quality on here is astounding, outdoing most TVs in its price bracket and even showing up some more expensive alternatives. Even without any tuning, you already get some solid visuals. As you dig deeper and deeper into the settings, you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.
First thing first, the display’s incredibly sharp, as one would expect from a 4K display. What you might not expect are the bright, boisterous colours of the television. It enhances rich visuals, piercing the eye with sharp reds and cool blues that pop from the screen and give life to anything you watch. Every colour is well-tuned by default, though we did tone down the red a little bit.
The smart TV supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, both of which are popular HDR formats used by many streaming sites. Brightness is great, with Thomson giving an official rating of 550-nits. Vivid colours are also here as expected thanks to the use of a panel that supports 10-bit colour. On top of all this, we’ve also got solid black levels, though there’s noticeable flickering in high-contrast scenes.
Getting into the more technical aspects, the Thomson Q55H1001 has excellent contrast for a budget TV. Digging into the settings and presets, you’ll find 6 presets to choose from, with the default being set to eco mode. You get sliders for brightness, saturation, gamma, and contrast, in case you’d like to fine-tune things further. With enough shifting and tuning, you should be able to achieve just about any result you desire.
When it comes to streaming content, the Thomson Q55H1001 upscales lower-resolution content, and it does a good job of it. 1080P videos mostly work perfectly, though 720p videos can sometimes appear a bit iffy. Despite this, the Thomson Q55H1001’s QLED panel is an overall impressive one, not cutting corners in any apparent ways.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Audio
Audio is one department where the Thomson Q55H1001 is more serviceable than outstanding. That’s not to say it’s bad in any way however, on the contrary, it’s pretty good. With two 20W speakers delivering good-quality audio, the setup for a solid audio system is there. In its execution, it does well in most usage scenarios like watching shows but is only adequate for other forms of usage.
Volume is good, with 50% being enough to push out decent-quality audio that’s pretty loud. You can push it further if you’d like, but at higher volumes, the sound begins to distort. In case you need a louder setup, you could always opt for a soundbar, which you can pair with the Thomson Q55H1001 through either Bluetooth or an audio port.
Generally, we’d say the audio isn’t a strong point of the Thomson Q55H1001, but despite this, it still delivers an above-average listening experience. While they aren’t exactly the best in class, they’re loud, and clear and don’t have any notable shortcomings. They aren’t going to perform like a built-in home theatre setup, and they don’t have to. For the budget-conscious user, this is more than enough.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Performance
This is an interesting section, mainly due to how Smart TVs aren’t usually seen as powerful devices. The Thomson Q55H1001 comes equipped with a MediaTek MT9062 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, of which 9GB is usable. These aren’t exactly high-end specifications, but typically they’re more than adequate when it comes to simple matters like streaming and navigating the UI.
Using the Thomson Q55H1001, you’ll find that while most of the time it performs snappily enough, it’s also prone to bursts of sluggishness here and there. This issue is exacerbated when you apply multiple user profiles. While it never gets unbearably slow or stops functioning altogether, it’s definitely no performance champion either. You aren’t going to want to do any heavy gaming on this smart TV for sure.
Once you start streaming, however, things are a lot more positive. Gone are the bouts of sluggishness, with all streams being smooth and not skipping a beat. Even when playing 4K HDR content, the Thomson Q55H1001 maintains a steady frame rate and never generates choppy sequences or load times. While it isn’t exactly earth-shattering, we’re glad to report that the Thomson Q55H1001 has a decently good performance.
The UI is also generally kept simple, being stock Google TV OS with only a stark few regional differences bundled in. It helps keep things running smoothly, and despite some moments of slowdown, it never becomes a big issue. Overall, we’re pretty satisfied with the performance of the Thomson Q55H1001. It was never going to break records, but it does what it needs to do perfectly fine.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Connectivity
The Thomson Q55H1001 is a connectivity champ like most smart TVs are. When it comes to I/O, you get three HDMI ports and two USB ports. It’s important to note that of the three HDMI ports, only one supports ARC in case you use it. Outside of that, we get the typical audio and video ports, a LAN port, and a digital audio output slot in case you need it.
Switching over to the wireless side of things, the Thomson Q55H1001 continues to impress. With dual-band WiFi supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks and a Bluetooth connection on top of that, the Thomson Q55H1001 will never find itself in a lack of connectivity options. This makes it a prime candidate for pairing with devices like Bluetooth speakers.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: FAQ
Here, we’re going to address some of the commonly asked questions regarding the Thomson Q55H1001. If you’re curious about something regarding the smart TV, check the questions and answers below to see if you can find an answer.
i) Is Thomson a Chinese company?
Many ask if Thomson is a Chinese company considering their competitive prices in contrast to their solid products. The answer is no, Thomson is not a Chinese company, but in fact a French company.
ii) Are Thomson and TCL the same?
Despite having similar-sounding names, Thomson and TCL are not related in any way. TCL had a partnership with a different company named Thomson in 2003, but this wasn’t with Thomson India and is now defunct either way.
iii) Which company has the best TVs in India?
While this is a debatable subject, when it comes to sheer value, Thomson sees itself competing against Chinese behemoths like TCL and Xiaomi most of the time. All have competitive products, though Thomson has a home-field advantage, allowing for a better understanding of the local needs.
Thomson Q55H1001 55-inch 4K TV Review: Conclusion
Overall, we find a lot to love with the Thomson Q55H1001. It has practically no low points, with many of its shortcomings being minor issues instead of deal breakers. On top of that, it’s also a 55-inch 4K TV, which paired with its INR37,999 price tag makes it a seriously good value for money. If you’re looking for a solid smart TV that doesn’t break the bank, we recommend the Thomson Q55H1001.
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