Cello C22230 Smart Traveller Review
Overall - 75%
The last TV I reviewed was the 65-inch Sony AF8 OLED that costs around £2500, so this reviewing a 22-inch travel TV is a little different by my standards.
You may not have heard of Cello before, but they are a growing TV manufacturer based in the UK, and they make (or at least assemble) all their TVs in the UK at their factory in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
While the trend for TVs has shifted towards 55-inch and greater, there is still a large market for smaller TVs for rooms such as the kitchen and Cello has various options all of which appear to be well reviewed on Amazon.
The Traveller range is even more niche, you can obviously use it at home still, but it can be used using a 12v travel power adaptor allowing you to use it in a car or other vehicles. Specifically, this is targeted at caravans, mobile homes, boats, and HGVs.
The TV has integrated Freeview HD and satellite tuners so by simply adding a dish the TV can be used abroad or in areas where terrestrial reception is not possible.
This model eschews the DVD functionality found on other models in favour of smart features built around Android TV.
There is also a USB port which enables you to play music and movies from a USB device and can also record digital TV channels. The two HDMI inputs are great for connecting devices, boxes and of course HD gaming.
I can’t find availability online yet, but the older C22230F-Traveller which has a DVD player sells for £179.99 on Amazon so I would expect this to be a little bit more.
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Design and Set Up
There is not a great deal of exciting things about this TV it is very much a function over form unit. It is very plasticy and surprisingly thick but for the price, this is to be expected.
You can either mount the TV on the included stand or for a more secure option within a vehicle you can use the VESA mount points.
Set up is similar to most TVs, when you switch it on at first, it will scan the available channels for stations. I only have a terrestrial aerial available so was unable to test the satellite functionality.
Once the scan is complete, you will have to go through the process of setting up Android TV, this is always a chore using a remote and it was particularly cumbersome here, while a little patience is needed there was nothing complex about it.
Once you are logged in everything works the same as you may be used to with other streaming devices such as the Shield TV or cheap Android boxes. In particular, there are all the streaming apps you would want when travelling including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Spotify. Other apps will be useful if you want to play media from the USB such as MX Player.
This is a budget TV, and it performs as such, there is nothing particularly bad about it and it will be excellent for its intended purpose of a travel TV. Picture quality is surprisingly decent, the small screen size and FHD display mean you don’t have to worry about things like pixilation. Similarly, things like light bleed and ghosting were hard to notice. Colour accuracy and deep blacks may not be its strong point but it is unlikely you are buying the TV with the expectations of OLED quality.
The smart TV functionality is obviously the standout feature here, and I have mixed feelings towards this, which to be honest, is how I feel to all smart TVs. It works fine, but the interface is a bit slow and can’t compete with dedicated streaming devices from much larger companies.
While it is nice to have an all in one solution which gives you no hassle you would undoubtedly get better performance using a Fire TV stick or Roku stick especially as these will likely continue to receive updates over the next few years, whereas you never know with built-in smart TV functionality. Granted in this scenario if you are moving around the TV a lot you probably want to minimise the number wires, dongles and remotes, so the smart functionality being built in will be advantageous here.
Looking on Amazon, it appears that Cello have the caravan TV market cornered and this addition to their range will no doubt improve things further.
The all in one smart solution here is convenient and will no doubt be an excellent choice for a travel TV, but I would be tempted to see if it is cheaper to get a none smart option and then buy an Amazon Fire TV or Roku to add the smart functionality.
Overall though if you want a travel TV that does everything in one unit then this is likely to be the best option on the market.
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