Product Review: SunbriteTV Veranda Television
As we head into the summer months, you might be thinking about investing in a television for your outdoor living space or pool area. The SunBriteTV Veranda series offers a high-quality weatherproof television that’s perfect for full-shade outdoor spaces.
The television boasts a sharp 4K picture and HDR support for great colors and has been ranked one of the best outdoor televisions you can buy. There will be some compromises that have to be made in comparison to your indoor television sets, and this is worth noting if this is your first investment in an outdoor television. I’ve broken down the pros and cons of this series of televisions, so read on for a comprehensive overview of the SunbriteTV Veranda Series television.
Before you continue this post, though, you might take a look at my overview of outdoor televisions, which you can find here. That article will bring you up to speed on outdoor TVs in general, and it’s where you can learn why I believe having a dedicated outdoor TV is so important.
Design and Durability
The SunBriteTV Veranda is built for a very particular set of circumstances that are very distinct from an indoor set. It is designed predominantly for full-shade environments, like covered patios, garages, gazebos or cabanas. As a result of being designed for shade, the brightness on the screen has been increased significantly.
The design of the set itself is also built to reflect outdoor living, with a heavy-duty aluminum shell that is weather-sealed to protect the set from rain, snow, or extremes of heat or cold. It has a black powder-coat finish, with protective closures around the AV inputs in the back and sealing against any moisture.
It has a locking door that is ringed with a foam-rubber gasket, which serves to let the cables connect easily while preventing any unwanted moisture from reaching the actual ports. The set will operate easily in quite extreme temperatures – from minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also be stored in temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
A sealed IR sensor is set into the bottom bezel, which allowed the set to pick up a signal from the television remote.
It’s important to note here that an outdoor television will have an LCD screen that does not perform as well as you will be accustomed to from an indoor television set. With a resolution of 3840 x 2160, the set only has a basic refresh rate of 60 Hz. Some mid-range outdoor sets make an attempt to deliver an improved refresh rate, but you won’t find that on this set.
As I already mentioned, the brightness has been increased on the set in order to improve picture visibility. To give you a comparison, an average maximum brightness on a television is 180 nits. The SunBriteTV Veranda runs up to around 350 nits. The contrast and brightness of the display have been tweaked in order to make sure that you can get a good viewing experience despite the variables an outdoor viewing experience can provide. However, it can mean that for standard mode television watching, you might find the display a little overly bright.
Other important features, such as support for HDR content is available, but if you want to access digital content, you’ll need to invest in an entertainment stick or a casting device. So overall, when it comes to what you’re actually getting on this television, the price tag is reflective of the intense weatherproofing, rather than add-ons or additional features you might see on say, an indoor smart TV.
The construction of the SunBriteTV is essentially a standard television with a hardy metal shell over the outside. This means that when it comes to the audio, you’ll find the downward-facing speakers give you a slightly muffled, muted sound. This is less problematic than on an indoor television set, as you’ll be more likely to turn the set up louder than you would indoors.
SunBriteTV is aware of this muffling and how it may frustrate people, so they also recommend investing in a pair of all-weather outdoor speakers, which is a pretty common addition to outdoor televisions.
When it comes to comparing the SunBriteTV Veranda to other outdoor television sets, it is the hands-down winner when it comes to weatherproofing and being able to cope with extremes of weather. Sure, you can find less expensive options, but what you are paying for with the SunbriteTV Veranda is the best full-shade, most durable outdoor tv.
Essentially you’ll need to make a decision on what matters to you most – are you looking for strength and durability? Are you in a full shade or partial shade setting? It’s all going to depend on your individual circumstances and specifically the amount of sun your set will directly receive.
What the SunBriteTV Veranda does, it does very well – giving you the chance to enjoy 4K television outside. But you will need a few extras and add-ons if you have more advanced television preferences. However, if you want a set that will stand up to the weather and last you a very long time? The SunBriteTV Veranda is the set for you.