RS50U1 from RCA : Test and analysis

RCA RS50U1 : A Ultra HD 4K that makes the difference ?

RCA is now an important television manufacturer, and proposes this basic model RS50U1, a possible choice tested by our Laboratory.
A quick glimpse at the specification sheet : 50 inches.
The engineers from RCA say they have worked with specialist from the Hollywood studios to get a high quality result.
In addition this RCA displays a Ultra HD 4K resolution.  Interesting characteristics. This television which embarks all the RCA know-how is in the end at a rather reasonable price for the brand
Is it worth buying it ? This is the question we are going to answer.

TV design presentation RCA RS50U1

The first thing we always do is to analyze the design since it is the first thing that is obvious and also because it is important.
Nothing has changed in the design of this new model. RCA continues to ride the wave of its design to which we are now accustomed.
Who said that entry-level products could not benefit from quality design? That’s the thought we can face each other with this TV set. That nothing is impossible for RCA.
The RCA RS50U1 adopts a standard shape with a flat screen.
With an interesting size of 50 inches, it has a typical piano black color.
Another thing we can highlight in the design of this TV is the design of its support. Indeed it has a double base, in which we have a division where each part of the base has its place. With this, the TV is exactly the same on both sides, thus creating a very symmetrical and stylish TV that can be enjoyed in any room.In the end, we’re on an entry-level product. Even if at this level, when it comes to design, we could simplify it by saying that it is cheap. Materials of poorer quality and ergonomics identical to what was done 5 years ago, make this RCA RS50U1 a just acceptable television set.

RS50U1 from RCA – The screen

The new RCA offers an image with disappointing contrasts. It has pale, dark and shallow colours. This translates into completely washed out blacks that do not allow you to enjoy a movie properly in the dark.
With this new model, RCA confirms one of its technological choices. 
The RCA RS50U1 is available in the Ultra HD 4K resolution. Which puts it among the above-average TVs in its range.
With a screen size of 50 inches, this RS50U1 is among the greatest. Beyond its size, we are still in front of a beautiful quality screen.
With a frequency of 100 Hz, this television sets itself below its competitors. The game mode is to be avoided, as well as the cinema mode, due to the delay that can occur in the image.
Finally, RCA has chosen to put advanced technology on this TV, which makes it possible to have an Ultra HD 4K image quality .
To conclude the display part, we could say that it is average; but what more could be asked of a low-end device.

RS50U1 from RCA – The sound

In general, the sounds are well reproduced; but you have to forget about bass and low-midrange. It will be preferable to use an external system to enjoy better audio immersion.
The equipment consists of  two baffles with 6 W at output.
In any case, you have at your disposal a rendering below what you will find in the other models. And for those who are always more demanding, adopt a few more speakers. The home cinema experience is yours with a sound that resonates right into your living room furniture.

In conclusion, the sound of this TV will barely play all the sounds. Bad in the high notes and in the low notes. It’s not great; but that’s enough for this range.

RS50U1 from RCA – Embedded intelligence

It has almost become a habit for RCA, this RS50U1 has its operating system Smart TV installed; it allows you to explore a whole universe of entertainment.
This TV’s Internet access is possible either via Wi-Fi or via a LAN local network and you have the possibility to download a wide variety of applications and movies.

RS50U1 from RCA – Its connectivity

Its connectivity is decent for a basic range. You’ll have little choice.
In this TV range, the RS50U1’s offers are among the widest choice of connectors. This TV has more than most of its competitors.

It is with 8 possible connections that this RS50U1 is presented. Almost all the devices in your home can be connected: the box, the game console, a multimedia server, and many other devices, in addition to your DVD or Blu-ray player.

In detail here are the available connections:
2 USB ports, 3 HDMI ports, 2 audio outputs, 1 headphone socket

Technical characteristics of the RCA RS50U1

Here is a summary of the technical characteristics of the television set:

CharacteristicValue
Ratio16/9
Screen size in inches50
Screen resolutionUltra HD 4K
Display systemTFT
Display frequency100
Sound power6
WifiYes
Tuners availableDVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C 
Number of tuners5
Number of USB ports2
Number of HDMI ports3
Number of audio outputs2
VESA compatibilityYes
PVR AvailableYes
EthernetYes
Power consumption137 W

Our conclusion on the RCA RS50U1

In conclusion, the RCA RS50U1 is correct for simple use. No home cinema; and to be placed in a room less than 15m².
With its 4K display technology, this TV offers you an image quality close to perfection, and a sound quality above the others; Enhanced with an aesthetics that stands out, you have the ingredients of a device that you want to own.

If there are any positive points to remember, here are 3 interesting ones:
the display frequency, the screen size, the sound power.

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