SunBriteTV 55-Inch Veranda Series 3 review

SunBriteTV 55-Inch Veranda Series 3 review

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The SunBriteTV Veranda 55-inch outdoor TV is a worthy successor to the models we’ve reviewed in the past, with the same stout build quality, weatherproof design and improved picture and sound quality.

As with other SunBriteTV models, we wish there were some smart-TV functions on offer, but with so many ways to add those features to the TV yourself, it’s a small quibble on an otherwise excellent outdoor set. Compared with past models, including the SunBriteTV Signature Series, the new SunBriteTV Veranda is the best outdoor TV we’ve seen.

SunBriteTV 55-Inch Veranda Series 3 Specs
Screen Size55-inches
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60Hz
Ports3 HDMI, 1 USB
Audio2x 20-watt
Smart TV SoftwareN/A
Size49.4 x 28.7 x 3.5 inches [w/o stand]
Weight47 pounds [w/o stand]

The SunBriteTV 55-inch Veranda (SB-V-55-4KHDR-BL) expands on the previous model’s impressive weatherproof design with improved picture, better sound and the addition of HDR support.

SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV: Design

When it comes to the physical design of the outdoor-oriented Veranda, this TV is a fortress, not a fashion plate. It’s all about protection, and style comes in a distant second. The TV cabinet is built like a tank, with powder-coated aluminum instead of the lightweight plastics and fancy finishes seen on premium indoor sets. The front and back halves of the cabinet are bolted together and sealed against moisture and dirt. It’s also all enclosed, with no vents that might let in dust, bugs or salty ocean air.

The beefy metal construction makes for a hefty TV, with the Veranda weighing 47 pounds and measuring 49.4 x 28.7 x 3.5 inches without the optional stand. The overall design still manages to be slim and light compared with other outdoor TVs. The 40-inch Evervue Cosmos TV weighs a back-breaking 80 pounds, thanks to a stainless-steel enclosure and an internal climate-control unit. Even without specialized internal temperature controls, the Veranda can be used in extreme heat and cold, from highs up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit to lows of minus 24 degrees.

The back of the TV has a matte finish that resembles the protective spray-on lining seen in truck beds, while the front of the chassis – which is mostly just the display bezel – has a shinier finish. Set into the bottom bezel is the TV’s IR sensor.

The set is primarily intended for wall mounting, and is compatible with 400-millimeter VESA brackets, of which SunBriteTV offers several weatherproof models. They range in price from $139 for a basic fixed mount, up to $369 for an articulated dual-arm mount. The tabletop stand used on our review unit is sold separately ($105), and has an all-weather design made of heavy-gauge aluminum, painted black to match the TV.

A thick, permanently attached power cable extends from the back of the TV. All of the other ports are in a large recess on the right side of the back that’s secured by a gasketed door with three thumb screws. You get four HDMI ports, a USB port, a second USB port only for service, two 3.5mm outputs, a 3.5mm composite input, an optical audio output, an Ethernet port, and an antenna/cable connector. A cutout at the bottom of the recess with a thick foam sealing lets cables run out and prevents moisture from reaching the ports.

SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV: Ports and protection

On the back of the set is a sealed panel of inputs and outputs, giving you a full port selection. To keep the elements out, but allow cables in, the connector panel is locked behind a heavy metal door that secures with three thumb screws. Along the bottom of the door is a gap protected by a thick foam-rubber gasket. Flexible enough to mold to the shape of cables passing through, it effectively rebuffs wet weather and warmth-seeking insects that might try to work their way into the set’s ports.

The port selection is decent, with three HDMI ports (including one with Audio Return Channel support), component and composite video inputs, and even a VGA port. A single USB 3.0 port lets you connect a drive for digital media, or power an external device. An RF connector lets you attach an antenna for over-the-air channels.

While there is an Ethernet port, it’s purely for IP-based control of the device. The TV has no smart functionality, and it isn’t equipped for streaming without a secondary device. That said, the port compartment does offer enough room to add a Google Chromecast or other streaming stick, so you can add some smarts to the weatherproof dumb TV if you want to.

SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV: Audio

The SunBrite Veranda’s built-in speakers may be all you need to enjoy shows and movies on your covered porch. The two 20-watt speakers deliver potent volume and strong bass. When listening to selections from The Bourne Identity soundtrack, I was impressed by how clear everything sounded. This is, again, an improvement over the 2017 Veranda, where the sealed-chassis design slightly muffled any sound coming from the speakers. This time around, I didn’t have any such problems.

SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV: Remote control

SunBriteTV has been using the same remote-control style for at least two years now, so the Veranda’s remote is something of a familiar face. Like the TV, it’s designed for outdoor use, and has a sealed plastic layer over the 50 buttons that offer everything from numbered input and up/down for channel and volume to media playback controls. The individual buttons are each under an individual domed bubble on the plastic surface, and there’s no tactile distinction between one button and another.

Strong Color, Modest Contrast

Speaking of color, the Veranda 3 impressed us with its range and relative accuracy. The above charts show the TV’s color performance with an SDR signal in Outdoor Day mode with the warmed color temperature setting compared against Rec.709 broadcast standards, and with an HDR signal in HDR Theater mode compared against DCI-P3 digital cinema standards. The SDR picture looks fairly accurate, but oversaturated; it also suffers a bit from some greenish drift in cyans and reddish drift in magentas.

The HDR color performance is better, covering an appreciable but not full span of the DCI-P3 color space and keeping most colors properly balanced. Cyan still inched just slightly green, but not to a significant degree.

BBC’s Planet Earth II looks excellent on the Veranda 3. The greens of plants and feathers really pop without looking cartoonish, while fine details such as fur and bark come through sharply. Subjects in shade, particularly animals with dark fur, can occasionally look a bit washed out or muddy depending on how bright the entire frame is and the setting of the local dimming.

The reds of Deadpool’s costume in the opening scenes of Deadpool look balanced and vibrant under the overcast lighting. The flames in the burning lab fight scene look bright and stand out against the darker parts of the scene. Plenty of detail comes through in the shadows, but once again, they sometimes look a little washed out.

The party scenes in The Great Gatsby reveal the Veranda 3’s limited contrast and high black levels particularly well. The cuts and textures of black suits come through clearly in most frames, but appear overly bright in the process. In darker frames, those same suits can look muddy, with the lapels nearly vanishing. Skin tones appear balanced and natural in all conditions.

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