What is the Cello C32227T2-S2?

The Cello C32227T2-S2 might just be the most unusual TV I’ve ever tested. For starters, it’s a 32-inch set that can run on a built-in battery. It also comes with a car charging adapter and a digital aerial. Two of its USB ports can be used to charge your mobile phone. Most unusually of all, it ships with two wired LED bulbs.

Put all this together and it’s clear this is a TV aimed first and foremost at campers. Surprisingly, it also performs well enough to be a decent second-room home TV, too.

Design and features

The C32227T2-S2’s design is… functional. The screen’s dark grey frame is too plasticky to be stylish.

Its rear is both far chunkier (94mm) and far more plasticky than we’re used to seeing with today’s TVs. Then again, most TVs don’t accommodate a substantial rechargeable battery.

The rather flimsy build quality does at least make the set light enough (5.1kg) to tuck under your arm and move around, and its glass-free finish makes it fairly tolerant of camping clumsiness.

The C32227T2-S2 really does go the extra mile to keep campers and caravanners happy. The battery life is very impressive. I got seven hours out of it even using the Dynamic picture setting and with the volume running quite loud. This stretches to more like 10 if you can cope with one of the darker picture settings.

The two high-efficiency LED lights you get with the TV come with helpfully long cables, and have on-off switches near the end of each cable. More importantly, it can connect to a digital aerial (included), or a satellite dish if you have one on your camper.

The ability to charge phones via its USB ports, and its provision of standard AC and car voltage chargers, seal the great outdoors deal.

Connections are mostly up to snuff. They comprise two HDMIs, a headphone jack, two 12V outputs, a component video input, a VGA port, a PC audio input, a composite video input, a CI input, and four USBs. Two of the USBs support multimedia playback from USB sticks, or recording from the TV’s tuners to USB HDD.

The only disappointment is that there’s no wireless support – be it Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. So you can’t wirelessly share content on your phone with the TV, or access streamed content.

I guess it’s not common for Wi-Fi to be available on camp sites. Where it is, it might have been nice to be able to stream shows from Netflix and Amazon. Especially as this would remove the need for external source boxes.