Zebronics Zebmate Cinema 4.3 Review
- Full gamut of audio & video playback
- Plays back 720p videos
- Touchscreen response is quite good
- Audio lacks the expected punch
- Feels plasticky
- No dedicated volume buttons
At a price which is just a shade under Rs 7000, the Zebmate Cinema 4.3 does have a price advantage over the likes of the Philips GoGear range. However, lack of perceived brand value may turn off a few consumers. However, it is a good buy considering you would pay more for a similar feature set from a big brand.
Having recently reviewed the Zebronics Zebmate Cinema 3.0, and complained about the lack of touchscreen capabilities, I am happy to see the Zebmate Cinema 4.3 arrive for review. This is the Cinema 3.0, plus quite a bit more. Let’s find out how good this actually is.
The Cinema 4.3 is dressed in black coloured plastic, which is thankfully matte finish. The front panel does not have any buttons around the 4.3 inch touchscreen. The left panel has the 3.5mm headphone jack, the TV out port, microSD card slot and the miniUSB port. The rear panel has the speaker, and the top panel has the power on/off button.
Performance: Where’s the punch?
The Cinema 4.3 promises a lot on paper. The 4.3 inch touchscreen is much bigger than the smaller and non-touch versions offered by most rivals in this price bracket. The touch response works well, and the screen has enough real estate space for precise finger touch. The resolution of 480x272 is enough to allow for an okay-ish video viewing experience.
FM Radio capabilities are a part of the device, but in areas where the reception is a bit patchy, this one won’t work very well. There will be a lot of shrieking and screaming, but not too much of the radio will be heard! The audio player has the usual gamut of features, including the EQ settings. However, what we noticed is the fact that the audio is a lot sharper than expected. We were using high end headphones, but the sharpness was hurting a bit more as the volume went up. Rock EQ settings were the best option, because the Dynamic Bass Boost settings actually managed to make the audio sound as if it is coming from behind a pillow- stifled.