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Philips 55PUS7303 12 55 Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with HDR Plus and Ambilight 3 sided Dark Silver 2018 Model

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2019 (Refresh Now)
7.8
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Software Platform
 36
tv, apps, netflix, philips, 4k
+86%
-14%
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  It great for web Surfing . ... As you wound expect from an android based Tv .  ...  "
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" ...  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 .  ...  "
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" ...  4 Stars for use, it taken awhile to get used to the Android 7.0 software, mostly connection my AV receiver up. ... Android OS - I gotten used to it now and I really like it, Netflix is amazing UHD 4k HDR, Amazon Prime no HDR :(  ...  "
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" ...  The UI is now Android and super snappy and the build quality of the remote is very high compared to cheaper versions in the Philips range. ... The Amblight+hue integration actually works unlike cheaper models.  ...  "
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" ...  Of all of the current Smart TV platforms, Android TV still makes the most sense to me - Google play, standard interface and built in Chromecast - it really is a simple choice . ... Overall I can recommend this TV, compared to a non Android equivalent the functionality is considerably better.  ...  "
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" ...  The 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.  ...  "
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" ...  Android tv is a better OS than most and has voice recognition built into the remote.  ...  "
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Picture Quality
 35
picture quality, quality, sound, image, stunning
+100%
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" ...  The pictures are from Planet Earth 2, which looks absolutely stunning.  ...  "
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" ...  Replaced a 2 year old Sony Bravia with this and the picture is much better.  ...  "
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" ...  Picture is great on satellite and free view.  ...  "
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" ...  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! ... 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.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is usually great, the upscaling looks good with decent source material.  ...  "
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" ...  I had a Sony 3D tv before this and I thought the Philips picture wouldn’t compare but it’s better even though it’s a bigger screen  ...  "
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" ...  Instantly impressed with the picture quality without messing about with the settings.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is good but what you receive from Freeview is not going to be enough for the tv so you have blurry even the hd channel quality is not perfect because of the poor quality of Freeview signal.  ...  "
Resolution
 34
hdr, hd, tv, picture quality, content
+94%
-6%
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" ...  This TV has ISF calibration settings for an enhanced visual experience. ... I love the HDR Plus settings and put them on max. ... There are 4x HDMI sockets with 2 of them being 4K 60fps.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all the TV is brilliant and I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of purchasing a 4K TV!  ...  "
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" ...  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).  ...  "
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" ...  you needn’t worry about image retention as you would the Oled.  ...  "
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" ...  Had a 4k v without hdr which i thought was great until i bought this bad boy when 22% reduction was applied.  ...  "
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" ...  Vibrant, true to life colours combined with a sharp image makes watching any HD or UHD content a pleasure.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is perfect, I mostly have virgin cable in 1080p and it really improves the picture versus the last HD tele. ... 4k with Netflix is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  Thought that equipped with 4k VA panel, direct LED backlight it will excel my existing good, but slowly aging Full HD Bravia TV. ... After making sure it's all up to date and playing 4k video content from Netflix and Amazon Prime after only 5 minutes I knew I made a mistake.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 19
tv, speakers, picture, audio, sound bar
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Fantastic picture, good sound absolutely nothing I can complain about, I gave four stars on ease of use simply because there are many functions I need get upto speed on, would I recommend this T. V. Yes  ...  "
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" ...  The ambilight interaction is brilliant, fantastic depth in colour and built in sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Great picture and sound quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound is ok but I will get a sound bar.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is ok . ... For listening to News .  ...  "
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" ...  Lastly the sound.  ...  "
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" ...  There are several music modes that react to sound or flash different colours in a pattern.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 19
ambilight, hue, philips, android, using
+95%
-5%
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  It can even be linked (through Philips Home Hue Hub - sold separately .  ...  "
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" ...  Overall I can recommend this TV, compared to a non Android equivalent the functionality is considerably better.  ...  "
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" ...  In a nutshell, this is a computer with a TV on it.  ...  "
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" ...  It is a direct lit tv . ... I love the tv .  ...  "
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" ...  This was my first ambilight tv.  ...  "
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" ...  Having a comprehensive built in book for complete guidance on all matters I discovered a help line phone number for support. ... This is a great TV.  ...  "
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" ...  The Amblight+hue integration actually works unlike cheaper models.  ...  "
Price
 17
money, black friday, tv, sale, order
+100%
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" ...  Great buy at the price!  ...  "
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" ...  The reason why I highly rate this is because for £375 it's an absolute steal!!!  ...  "
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" ...  I paid £419 for this, which is far less than the asking price of £600.  ...  "
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" ...  Definitely would recommend for the price and unique experience.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money I would recommend it.  ...  "
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" ...  At £550.00 you can't go wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  But for the money I think its great  ...  "
Remote
 16
keyboard, control, nice, tv, buttons
+75%
-25%
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" ...  The remote is two sided which is just amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Plus, the remote is awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  Remote is very good with an extended keyboard.  ...  "
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" ...  The remote again, love or hate, voice remote is excellent, the qwerty keyboard on the reverse seems very much like an after thought.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice remote with built in keyboard on back for Internet use etc .  ...  "
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" ...  The UI is now Android and super snappy and the build quality of the remote is very high compared to cheaper versions in the Philips range.  ...  "
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" ...  The remote is solid and also requires updates itself as it runs the Google voice assistant.  ...  "
Color
 14
colour, blacks, colours, image, black levels
+93%
-7%
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" ...  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!  ...  "
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" ...  this means you get far superior blacks and conformity of image. ... or set to a single steady colour .  ...  "
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" ...  The P5 chip really makes a difference with better colours, upscaling, motion, contrast and sharpness. ... The blacks are truly black and very impressive, even in the dark. ... You can’t go wrong with this screen and the colours are so vivid.  ...  "
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" ...  The blacks are good, they don't get genuinely black really quite impressively dark for an LCD.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture quality really is good, some reviews mention the display lacks colour depth - I don't see it personally, sure compared to a Super AMOLED it doesn't pop, but then again the colour representation is realistic and accurate. ... Colours are represented clearly and accurately even reflecting the briefest appearance of on screen menu but genuinely this is evolutionary rather than revolutionary.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Not to mention motion processing, colour reproduction and contrast as good as if not better than more expensive models.  ...  "
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" ...  The lights are great and can be adjusted if you don't like the different colours.  ...  "
Features
 11
ambilight, lights, light, led, people
+100%
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" ...  Altogether, although a few issues, given the price against features it is excellent at what it does.  ...  "
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" ...  The back lighting is beautiful .  ...  "
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" ...  Finally there is the ambilight feature.  ...  "
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" ...  The selling point has to be ability light.  ...  "
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" ...  Tiny but powerful inbuilt led lights run along the top and sides of the rear of the set.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice ambilight feature.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a lovely size, the frame is sturdy and the led lights are fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  Ambient light feature is cool, as long as you are directly facing the set, from the side you can see the leds.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 11
tv, panel, viewing, panels, colours
+73%
-27%
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought the 50" version to replace my 50" plasma screen. ... I was thrown back by how bright this screen is compared to my plasma. ... I can't compare it to any other 4k sets, but it's leaps and bounds compared to a plasma screen. ... I'd recommend it to anyone jumping from a full HD screen.  ...  "
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" ...  The blacks are good, they don't get genuinely black really quite impressively dark for an LCD.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is sharp.  ...  "
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" ...  First up the screen has a nice Black to with little light bleed. ... Driven from what on seven it does a fabulous light show to mirror what is on screen.  ...  "
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" ...  Colours are represented clearly and accurately even reflecting the briefest appearance of on screen menu but genuinely this is evolutionary rather than revolutionary.  ...  "
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" ...  This UHDTV has a direct lit VA screen which delivers a superior contrast at the cost of viewing angles. ... You can’t go wrong with this screen and the colours are so vivid. ... You won’t be disappointed and will love this screen.  ...  "
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" ...  In short, Direct Lit LED panels have the screen lights behind and across the entire screen . ... As opposed to the cheaper and far more common Edge Lit panels of today where the screen is Lit from lights around the edges . ... The fact it’s a VA panel also means that again, the contrasts are far superior to an IPS panel which are far more common. ... And because it’s LED/LCD . ... Set to “follow video” and they immediately and in real time analise what’s on screen (closest to the edges) and they paint that particular shade of colour on the wall behind. ... It actually enhances the viewing experience and removes the limitations of the screen size by extending the visual experience around the TV whilst acting as bias lighting to reduce eye strain.  ...  "
Apps
 10
tv, netflix, android, google store, nice
+90%
-10%
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" ...  Android cost a bit more compared to other version however its the whole point i wanted android so you can download anything from google play. ... Netflix button is very handy you can also download Amazon app etc.  ...  "
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" ...  Not a bad processor either and it's fairly fast when operating apps and other features.  ...  "
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" ...  The settings on the tv are extensive and easy to reach whatever app you are in which is a bonus, i find myself constantly adjusting the picture settings depending on what im watching/ the brightness of the room.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Only have this TV to watch YouTube, Netflix or Vimeo and we love it.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  I have not yet discovered a way to "favorite" the apps I will be using most, so there are a few steps more than I would prefer when launching them.  ...  "
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" ...  Being android based you can load almost any apps you want. ... If you’re not bothered about having all catchup apps then I’d recommend this tv and it’s cheaper that the Sony equivalent.  ...  "
Design
 10
looks, lights, good, say, room
+100%
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" ...  The back lighting is beautiful .  ...  "
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" ...  Will look at 3rd party one maybe .  ...  "
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" ...  I have a regular PS4, which looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  Very pleasing to the eye. ... It’s sleak, angular design looks perfect in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  Out of the box it looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything so far look s better.  ...  "
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" ...  Style is very sleek. ... All look pretty good now.  ...  "
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" ...  Lights look bright and metal shines reflectively.  ...  "
Setup
 9
easy, tv, install, follow, minutes
+100%
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" ...  Easy setup out of the box but got a lot of static while unboxing.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Very easy to set up and wire up.  ...  "
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" ...  It took a few minutes to download and install it but it was perfectly straight forward.  ...  "
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" ...  I have to say, once setup properly, it does look amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  You can’t beat a dedicated home cinema setup though.  ...  "
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" ...  Install FireDL and well the world is your oyster with this set then.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 9
tv, setup, set, follow, difficult
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Easy setup out of the box but got a lot of static while unboxing.  ...  "
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" ...  Very easy to set up and wire up.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  The built in Microphone and Keyboard make input easy  ...  "
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" ...  A very user friendly TV.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Its very easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  or set to follow audio .  ...  "
Ports
 9
tv, hdmi ports, saying, picture, audioquest
+56%
-44%
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" ...  After a minor tweek and realising that only 2 of the hdmi ports support hdr I'm very happy with the picture.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is very good and there are plenty of ports for all types of media outlets.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  All out clients are standard FireTV, XBox One S and an old (2011) Mac Mini.  ...  "
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" ...  I strongly recommend an AudioQuest Pearl HDMI cable at least. ... There’s also 2x USB, Component, Composite, Ethernet & Optical.  ...  "
Overall performance
 7
slow
+57%
-43%
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" ...  The interface seems good to me, fast with little or no lag.  ...  "
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" ...  It's fast and responsive with the std fire stick.  ...  "
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" ...  It great for web Surfing .  ...  "
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" ...  Fast processor certainly compared to the Sony Android I have.  ...  "
Gaming
 6
games, movies, game, ambilight, xbox
+100%
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" ...  I bought this for my gaming room and boy oh boy was it worth it!  ...  "
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" ...  I haven't played many games on it yet, but Red Dead Redemption 2 is crystal clear on this TV. ... Especially for games.  ...  "
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" ...  XBox S switches to BE and looks fab  ...  "
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" ...  It great for web Surfing .  ...  "
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" ...  This is a fantastic TV for gaming and the Ambilight really brings out the action, especially in FPS games like Halo 5. ... There’s a special Ambilight game setting too to make the lights react even faster.  ...  "
Firmware
 4
tv, philips, day, android tv
+25%
-75%
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" ...  The TV updated itself the first day I had it to the newest firmware but no further updates have come, and issues are still prevalent to this day.  ...  "
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" ...  Android TV crashes often even after installing the latest firmware update.  ...  "
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" ...  I have updated the software but the issues still persists.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 4
error, couple, set, days
+75%
-25%
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" ...  I have had the 50" model for a couple of days now.  ...  "
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" ...  ***Editing after a couple of weeks more use.  ...  "
Lagging
 4
unresponsive, ui, fast
+25%
-75%
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" ...  2) Unresponsive and weird UI behaviour ... (kind of like real life with my missus but anyway, a reboot fixed it)  ...  "
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" ...  really painful and the menus slow to respond.  ...  "
Keyboard
 4
underside, remote, nice, back, full
+100%
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  The built in Microphone and Keyboard make input easy  ...  "
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" ...  Nice remote with built in keyboard on back for Internet use etc .  ...  "
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" ...  It has a full query keyboard on the underside to save time inputting information.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 4
light, edges, around, panels, lit
+100%
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" ...  The screen is sharp.  ...  "
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" ...  Driven from what on seven it does a fabulous light show to mirror what is on screen.  ...  "
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" ...  You won’t be disappointed and will love this screen.  ...  "
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" ...  As opposed to the cheaper and far more common Edge Lit panels of today where the screen is Lit from lights around the edges .  ...  "
Capacity
 3
looks, ambilight
+100%
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" ...  Friends and family that have been over also say the same. ... We will definitely be expanding with a couple of extra small lights around the room.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s sleak, angular design looks perfect in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  The ambilight is highly recommended at it adds immersion especially in a darkened room  ...  "
Video Playback
 3
watching, netflix, tv, love, uhd
+100%
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" ...  Only have this TV to watch YouTube, Netflix or Vimeo and we love it.  ...  "
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" ...  watching a TV without it .  ...  "
Device Stand
 3
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Wall mounted replaced a 5yo Samsung 40" no probs.  ...  "
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" ...  It genuinely seems an incredible purchase, especially when compared to other TV's I was looking at in the same price bracket.  ...  "
Cleaning
 3
-100%
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" ...  This TV is an absolute mess  ...  "
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" ...  what a mess.  ...  "

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