Picture is brilliant ambient lighting does seem to work. The remote is a little fiddly but once you familiarize yourself with it its ok.
***editing after a couple of weeks more use. I’ve improved the score to 4 as i took in not only improved pq but also the amount we paid into the equation. So it took a while of playing around and removing all the presets philips used on this. Turning down the gamma (making brighter) made a huge (massive) difference. The colour and contrast to my eye is so much better and black levels now better too. It’s certainly not perfect but for just over £500 its very reasonable. Quality is massively improved after much fiddling and we are now pretty happy. As said below the ambilight is great. We don’t use this for gaming.
Ambilight is a feature that no one else can offer, and i can’t imagine ever having another type of tv again. I can never really tell much of a difference between any high end tv picture quality, but the lighting effect is something only the philips product offers. Combined with my other hue lights they look super stylish. Bargain price too when i was gonna buy oled.
I’ve had this tv for a couple of months now and overall i’m impressed with it. For the cost it gives you a lot of features and is good quality. Android tv is something i wanted due to previous issues of relying on the tv manufactures keeping their apps updated and working – the last samsung we had (which cost the same money) had issues with the apps and two of the main ones just kept stopping working and there was nothing we could do. The tv has plenty of picture adjustments so you can get it exactly how you want, if you aren’t sure what you need to adjust then it has a quick way of setting it up by asking you how like to watch tv. Or you can go onto youtube and there are some videos on how to adjust it to your liking. In terms of on-demand tv apps, there is one big issue – you cannot get all of the catch-up apps on the tv as they don’t support the way of controlling them with the remote. Currently all4, itv, demand5/my5 won’t work with the tv remote – you can side load the apks and the apps will run but you’d need a mouse to control them. I don’t know why philips haven’t done anything about this as it is, in my mind, a really disadvantage. The ambilight is actually quite good.At first it seemed a bit distracting but you get used to it and if you then turn it off you feel there’s something missing so it’s worth giving it a go.
Had it 6 months now and it’s never let me down on any aspect. The integrated smart features and android is so much more convenient.
My girlfriend bought a tv at the same time different make and i feel i got the better deal. Picture quality is excellent and the led effects are incredible. Not a bad processor either and it’s fairly fast when operating apps and other features. For the money i would recommend it.
I’ve had this tv for a few months now, so feel better equipped to provide a helpful review. In short, this mid range tv has pleased me in many ways and continues to impress. This is my 2nd ambilight philips tv so have ‘previous’ if you like. Upon starting up i noticed the advances in picture quality, sound, connectivity, etc. Also, the ambilight function has more options, including syncing the ambilight to sound (great for parties). Of course, the ambilight effects are vastly improved if wall mounted on a bright wall (white best but most off whites are fine). My tv is 55′ on a 9° tilt, the ambilight adds a foot of light each side while a glow reaches the ceiling. This makes, therefore, a lovely centre piece. (you can add to the effect plugging usb lighting rigs into the 2 available slots on the tv)so it makes everything look nice but is it a good tv?.Well, i don’t own multiple similar age tellies, like most people, so am no expert, but compared to an old ambilight, 22′ bedroom tv, and a 3 year budget philips, it is vastly superior.
The picture is perfect, i mostly have virgin cable in 1080p and it really improves the picture versus the last hd tele. The android os works well and both the full qwerty keyboard on the back of the remote as well as the voice search make looking for content easy.
Picture and sound quality are fantastic. And internet connection works state of art. It converts boring tv to sunshine. Highly recomended if you plan to change your tv.
Fantastic imaging, breathtaking quality and depth of colour. This tv has a built in guide but doesn’t answer my one problem of how to stop the tv going into standby every 10 minutes. Having a comprehensive built in book for complete guidance on all matters i discovered a help line phone number for support. I contacted philips by phone they were incredibly helpful regarding my one problem. I was advised to follow the instructions for reinstalling the tv. It stopped my tv going into standby and i standby my own earlier comments. The ambilight interaction is brilliant, fantastic depth in colour and built in sound. Everything is easy to follow and installing is easy. If you are looking for a new tv this would not be a disappointing choice. I bought the 43′ because my lounge is not really big enough to accomodate a larger model.
I had been in the market for a new tv as our old panasonic plasma was slowly giving up the will to live. I’d initially settled on getting a sony and had been waiting for the black friday deals. This one popped up and after a bit of googling i couldn’t really find a lot of info on it. But had seen great reviews on the cheaper model, so decided to take a punt on it. At £400 it was kind of a no brainer. I work in the creative industry in animation, so i feel fairly qualified in saying the picture quality on this tv is absolutely stunning. Out of the box it looks great. But with a bit of tweaking (there are many settings) it really is a beautiful bright and punchy image. I was really unsure whether the ambilight feature would be distracting, but we absolutely love it. Friends and family that have been over also say the same.
It lacks itv player and bbc iplayer but you can find several apps doing the same. The tv integrates well with google assistant and has integrated chromecast. Remote is very good with an extended keyboard. Screen is bright with a bit too much contrast which flatten the immage a bit but it’s still very good.
Only have this tv to watch youtube, netflix or vimeo and we love it. The ambilight is brilliiant, always wanted to buy it but philips wasn’t available in ireland. Now, seeing how it works, i consider my top choice when upgrading other tv. I like the fact, that’s an android tv, it connects seamlessly with my mobile, i’m even able to play films taken by my phone camera or from other source. Not fully checked its abilities but for what i need it’s just perfect so far.
This arrived yesterday, and since then i have been able to assuage my greatest fear – the input lag is excellent. I find the picture to be better in monitor mode than game mode when upscaling my 1080p xbox, but either one is just as responsive, the input lag is absolutely not noticeable and i am massively relieved as i couldn’t find much information on this pre-purchase and it’s a big deal for me as i like to play some fairly twitchy games (titanfall 2 and battlefield 1 of late). Android tv interface is okay, a little slow, but to be honest i’ll be using the xbox / sky most of the time anyway, it loads into netflix quickly enough and that’s the main thing. Haven’t had time to play around with the picture settings yet but it all seems much better to my untrained eye than my old 1080p samsung 48h5000 (as expected i guess). I haven’t seen a lot of 4k tvs to compare it to but no complaints from me and i’m quite picky about this stuff. Sound not great but to be expected for a thin tv – the magnets have to go somewhere. – but got a sound bar plugged in so no bother there. Ambilight is actually excellent, wasn’t sure if i was going to like it but it’s very immersive so very happy with that. All in all very happy with my purchase, and at just over £500 in a pre-black friday sale i feel the value for money is excellent.
I bought this tv on a black friday sale and within one month i sent it back and replaced it. Ambilight, everyone raves on about this and it isn’t just a gimmick. It really does add to the immersion of playing games or watching films, it helps your eyes to strain less while focusing on the screen. The sharpness is superb whether 4k native or 4k uprezzed. The colours are punchy and vibrantnow the negatives:1. Even on my replacement some of the direct lit led strips are placed too far forward leaving bright white streaks vertical and horizontal. It also leaves dark patches on either side of the streaks. Its very annoying when the screen goes bright with blues and whites. Both tvs suffer from it and the replacement is worse than the first2. The first tv had terrible gray uniformity and the replacement it better but more vertical strips are present. Black levels on the first tv degraded in the first 3 weeks, resulting in poor hdr and clouding which appeared orange and the led strip showing in dark scenes.
Ps4 pro for hdr games and 4k netflix/prime content. Easy setup out of the box but got a lot of static while unboxing. Wall mounted replaced a 5yo samsung 40′ no probs. Instantly impressed with the picture quality without messing about with the settings. After a minor tweek and realising that only 2 of the hdmi ports support hdr i’m very happy with the picture. Got a lot of hue anyway so this integrated perfectly and ambilight is a joy which won my missus over after i rashly bought this set for £399 on offer. Haven’t used much of the android features as i mostly run with the ps4. Also have a 4k fire stick but don’t really need it as it receives chrome casting due the the os.
Brought this tv on a black friday deal at reduced price. For the price i’m very happy with it, picture quality is great, black levels look really good and colours really pop, even the sound isn’t too bad compared to similar tvs. Not had any issue with input lag for gaming with my ps4 either. Ambilight is a real bonus, if you haven’t tried it before i’d give it ago, really brings the tv to life in a dark room. Plus android os is really slick. Well picture takes a while to set just right, there is a multitude of settings and took me quite a few attempts to get the sweet spot between it being overly bright and obnoxious or dull and lifeless. I’ve tried streaming a couple of things via the inbuilt chromecast, and there’s been a delay between sound and picture, although this may be the streaming service i used. There also seems to be a niggle with the hdmi ports where it won’t recognise the input occasionally and you have to unplug and replug back in. Not a massive problem but is certainly irritating and expect better from a £700 tv.
I bought this tv for two things, ambilight and hue integration. I can happily say that the ambilight is an incredible feature that is so unique to all other tv manufactures currently out there. Its my new favourite party trick. And then there’s the hue integration which is rather. The responsiveness of the ambilight is very quick and sharp matching the picture on the screen perfectly whereas the hue bulbs are slow to react and don’t really match the colours as well as the ambilight does. The setup process was horrific also, rather than use the ‘entertainment areas’ much like the computer application does, it has its own built in setup which is very limited and cannot accurately portray where the lights are placed. I have this tv wall mounted which has left no access to the bottom ports so bare that in mind and wire it all up before wall mounting although saying that, the two 4k 60hz hdmi ports are on the side of the tv thankfully. Rather annoying that only two out of the four hdmi ports are not 4k 60hz, saying that though the i/o is adequate for many peoples needs. Onto the picture quality, this is my very first 4k tv so naturally i think its incredible, watching youtube or netflix shows in 4k is a delighful experience, the colours really pop and the clarity is wonderful. Which sadly brings me to the next point, watching tv in standard definition looks awful on this tv, worse than other screens i have in the house although i think it may have something to do with the 4k panel. The builtin speakers are actually fairly decent, not mind blowing but vastly better than other speakers i’ve heard on tvs, will eventually upgrade to a sound bar but for now they do the job rather well. The remote is okay, its chunky but does have a keyboard which is a nice addition, too bad the apps on the tv swap between both sides of the remote constantly which makes it confusing. The buttons appear to lack accuracy as buttons will require more than one press for it to be registered by the tv properly.
This was such a good purchase i will never regret making. The 4k direct backlit panel allows for deep blacks and crisp pictures which look stunning when watching 4k content from netflix or youtube. The sound of the built in speakers was very impressive too, but at higher volumes the bass frequencies distort a bit so i would recommend a soundbar with the tv. The led ambiance was the main feature which makes this tv stand out and wow, it isn’t a gimmick. The level of immersion this tv has is steps beyond any other, you can configure then to follow sound or video or have them off or still on one colour and this versatility makes it perfect for everyone. My personal favourite is when it follows the video as this extends the colours and gives you the unique experience no other tv can. The remote of the tv has a keyboard on the back of it which was a very nice addition and making typing a much better experience. Android tv is a better os than most and has voice recognition built into the remote. It also has the ability to download games from the google store and you can download apk files from google so with a ps4 bluetooth controller i was able to play gta san andreas directly off the tv with no console, something no other tv can do. Definitely would recommend for the price and unique experience.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Excellent TV
- Needs settings amended to turn off all presets
- Decent features and quality for the money
Bought this the other day, easy to setup, put kodi on it really easy, amibilight i must admit i thought was a gimmick but i can’#t see myself buying another tv without it. Overall really happy with it. Sound is useless on it though so think about investing in a soundbar or bluetooth speaker system.
Wow, i have to say i was nervous about this tv, but when it arrived and i set it up, it’s just stunning. It’s sleak, angular design looks perfect in my living room. Picture quality is great and the ambilight function is visually stunning, especially when watching animation films.The android smart features on the tv i feel are the best ones on the market, especially as you can download apps to the tv from google store such as vlc player to watch movies/shows stored on an external hard drive plugged in via usb. One thing to mention here (which i learned the hard way) is that pretty much all tv’s do not support external hard drives with a capacity greater than 2tb, because of the power needed to run them. This isn’t a philips problem but an industry wide caveat so does not affect my review of this tv. The one thing that stops me giving the tv 5 stars, is the remote. It’s such a shame that philips decided to put the text colour on the remote buttons to a shade of grey which is not far off from the colour of the buttons, so it’s actually quite difficult to see the text – i’ve attached a photo for reference. I find myself bringing the remote right in front of my eyes to make sure i’m pressing the correct buttons.
Absolutely a fantastic tv with stunning picture quality after picture configuration obtained on youtube, worth every penny.
Bought this during black friday. Great price and a great first 4k tv. Ambient light feature is cool, as long as you are directly facing the set, from the side you can see the leds. The remote could do with lights or brighter buttons, it’s tough to see in poor lighting conditions. Very easy to set up and wire up.
I bought this tv for my daughter bedroomfantastic value for the money, ambilight is an excellent feature to have. The p5 chip offers excellent performance. Audio is very acceptable, so no need for a sound bar or active speakers here.
This is a first class tv the picture is perfect just the right size with a philips tv you can be sure that you have a really good set.
I have had the 50′ model for a couple of days now. I have only tweaked picture settings a little so far (mainly dynamic contrast settings, motion settings and the like) and i am very pleased with the image quality. I am sure given time i may have a look at weaking some of the other picture/colour settings but as it stands now the colours seem perfectly good to me. I have seen some other reviews mentioning issues with contrast/black levels, but speaking for myself i am happy again. The blacks are deep black and i can only assume that for others it may possibly be down to picture settings. Regarding the audio, i was actually pleasantly surprised by the tv’s speakers. I wasnt expecting much from them given the price i payed (bought during black friday sales), but i would actually have been happy enough making use of them though i am not due to the fact i already had a sound system in place. The tv was straight forward enough to set up, and after choosing to connect to philips servers the tv notified me of an available update. It took a few minutes to download and install it but it was perfectly straight forward. Finally there is the ambilight feature.
Great tv bought on a great amazon deal. Not specifiically for uk msrket as it does not have the usual. On demand apps but with a fire stick or any other smart box that can be solved. Colours are great when calibrated.
I purchased this tv and had to return it as the bluetooth is purely for connecting the remote and the use of google assistant built into the remote. You cannot connect any other bluetooth device, i emailed philips with regards to the compatibility of bluetooth devices and they informed me that you can’t connect any other bluetooth device.
Found this tv just ‘as it says on the tin’ the but comes with the price point, its approx £150 dearer than its little brother the 63 series. Although you do get a better performance from the 73 there’s a few niggles for me at the price you pay. There is no freeview with this tv , which means ** no catch up tv ** you cant even add the apps to it because they’re not compatible. You cant use bluetooth headphones ** once again not compatible **i know the niggles can be overcome using. But should you really have to ????its like buying a car and paying extra for the mirrors (was going to put ashtray.
have had this tv for over a month now and i’m very happy with my purchase. The screen is fantastic with great colours and response times. The ambient light is a great touch and really adds to the experience. I’ve added a few phillips hue lights around the room and these correspond perfectly to the ambient lights at the back of the screen. Everything connects seamlessly and the screen casting is a synch. I’ve got an iphone 6, samsung 7, nexus 9 and ipad pro and they all cast to the tv quickly and effortlessly.
So this was of a course a cyber monday purchase. I wasn’t looking for 4m bid hdr. All out clients are standard firetv, xbox one s and an old (2011) mac mini. Tv was a panasonic from 2012, and has always looked washed out. First up the screen has a nice black to with little light bleed. It’s fast and responsive with the std fire stick. Everything so far look s better. Xbox s switches to be and looks fabthe selling point has to be ability light. Driven from what on seven it does a fabulous light show to mirror what is on screen. Xbox menus work nice, pugb, fortnight, counterstrick.
This was my first ambilight tv. I think it works well, my partner took a while to get used to it but you can turn it off easily. The interface seems good to me, fast with little or no lag. I have not sideloaded an app yet but it doesn’t seem difficult to do. The missing catch up apps don’t bother me as i have a fire tv stick. Picture set up can be very complicated but if you concentrate on contrast, colour and brightness you end up with a great picture, not oled but pretty close. Sound is ok but i will get a sound bar.
I bought this for my gaming room and boy oh boy was it worth it. It’s a lovely size, the frame is sturdy and the led lights are fantastic. Unless you are a tech whiz, the settings can get a bit much but i enjoyed playing around to set it up the way i like it. The lights are great and can be adjusted if you don’t like the different colours. I tried 4k on netflix, youtube and amazon prime and really loved it. The remote is two sided which is just amazing. It’s an android tv so you will be able to play around here and there. Sound quality is very good and there are plenty of ports for all types of media outlets. I’ve had no issues connecting my consoles and pc.
When looking straight at it the image is vibrant and crisp. The ambilight feature adds further depth to a great picture. Minor niggle but when viewing from a slight angle the colours seem a bit overblown and un-natural. Not sure if that is something that needs tweaking in the settings but it is something that i have noticed that i did not notice with my other tv. Had one issue where hdmi input kept blacking out. Could not fix it and ended up carrying out a factory reset which resolved the issue. Odd one which has not re-occurredthe menu system is quite convoluted and clunky, whilst this is an android tv it does not seem to be as easy to use / navigate as i had expected. That said the netflix capability is pretty good. I’ve not really spent too long exploring what i can do with this tv, i am sure i will be able to do a lot more than my other lg tv with a bit of tinkering.
Design of unit and picture quality is first rate, however, the handset is over complicated, and it lacks the option to watch free-view tv which i was surprised at. Biggest gripe is the handset though,and lack of instructions in a paper format to understand what all the buttons do.
First all the build quality is excellent, the tv looks very well built. I do dislike the tv stand, they just isn’t any flexibility with it. I give the tv 3 starts for sound but the truth is i dont use the tv audio i got an av receiver connected up. 4 starts for picture because out the box its horrible, do yourself a favour and go to av forums ‘link below’ for much better user settings. Switch off the motion interpolation, its rubbish for most tv tbh it doesn’t do anything good. 4 stars for use, it taken awhile to get used to the android 7. 0 software, mostly connection my av receiver up. Hdr – this is my first tv with hdr and while i believe its the low end hdr 400 i was blown away by it on the ps4 god of war looks amazing. Android os – i gotten used to it now and i really like it, netflix is amazing uhd 4k hdr, amazon prime no hdr :(soon android 8. 0 will be releasing for this tv.
The picture quality is truly the best in class and great value for money in my opinion. Vibrant, true to life colours combined with a sharp image makes watching any hd or uhd content a pleasure. Android tv is a great os even if it doesn’t support all the uk catchup apps currently. The built in microphone and keyboard make input easy; better than competitors’ solutions. Cons:•sound quality – this doesn’t effect me as i use external speakers but the built-in speakers sound hollow; i’d reccomend a sound bar if you’re purchasing this tv•outdated software – while this is being updated to android 8. 0 at the begging of 2019 (i contacted philips to ask), android tv 9. 0 has recently been released. Like most manufacturers, it’s going to be a generation behind. This isn’t a huge issue howeveroverall, i would reccomend this tv. Great image quality, fluid software and wide variety of features make it a pleasure to use. I looked at many models such as sony, samsung and lg and this offered the best overall package for the price.
The picture is good, and ambilight looks great. Although the tv guide is basic, it works, but it’s not a patch on freeview play or youview where you can scroll back and catch up via the guide. Really basic pvr when you plug in a memory stuck or hdd, it does pause and record, but no time shifting/ rewind of live tv. I returned it even though i got it for great price of£419 on black friday, just couldn’t justify to my wife spending good money on a tv to then have to use either a fire stick or set top box in order to watch itv programmes on demand, pause and rewind, she just wants to be able to watch corrie on catch up with minimal fuss. It’s just not quite smart enough when you still have to use a £25 fire tv stick for catch up, or a £40 youview box for pause and rewind and catch up.
After a bit of thought, went ahead and bought the android television. Set it up in half an hour, updated all the softwares, managed to link it to a google account, chromecast done. The back lighting is beautiful. Friday night-ins haven’t been better.
Bought this for £409 (43′ model) around 4 weeks ago. So far i’m very impressed with this tv. Had to buy due to my old non-smart lg tv dying on me. I put this tv on a wall bracket that sits in the corner of my room. Easy to fit using pre installed vesa bolt holes and was on the bracket within minutes. You are prompted for inputs much like setting up a new phone or tablet for things like wifi, google account etc. It comes with 4 hdmi which i’ve filled with sky, firestick, playstation and a wii. Also has two usb, one of which is powering my firestick the other is currently unused but can be used for hard drives or usb sticks with media on. Again once all devices were connected it was very easy to navigate to each on via the remote.
The speakers that come inbuilt with the tv are quite poor, that is its main drawback. I use a surround speaker setup so not a concern for me. The user interface is a little sluggish but capable enough and i had no issues connecting via arc to a receiver and to dlna sources. Toslink was another matter and the interface doesn’t directly allow you to select it, seemed to mostly work if the speakers were turned off but spotty on its support of dolby digital and dts passthrough, but passthrough has worked ok with the main formats over arc. The picture is usually great, the upscaling looks good with decent source material. The processing does have moments when it gets it wrong and introduces artefacts or over sharpens the image. The tv by default is always frame interpolating giving it that crisp movement style. The hdr works well enough in that it can get reasonably bright at times but it is limited in just how bright it does manage to get, but i didn’t notice much in the way of bloom from the bright points. The blacks are good, they don’t get genuinely black really quite impressively dark for an lcd. Really happy with it at the sale price, looks and runs better than i expected.
The back lights are super they seem to make the picture even clearer and they definitely make watching easier on the eyes.