Ambilight three sided makes your viewing experience more immersive by emitting a wide glow from your TV screen onto the wall; colour and excitement move beyond the screen Ultra HD has 4X the resolution of standard Full HD; this gives sharper, crisper, more detailed images and with HDR Plus enjoy improved colour and contrast P5 Perfect Picture engine optimises sharpness, colour, contrast and motion Android TV with Google Assistant, Google Play Store and Chromecast built in Please note, ITV Hub, ALL 4 and MY5 UK catch-up apps are not available on Philips Android TV Includes two year UK warranty
So I've had this TV for a while now. Disappointingly, mine is an IPS screen and not VA so the contrast was certainly not as good as I had seen them in the shops..certainly the blacks were not as deep. The software side of things work adequately fine and I don't see the ambilight feature as a big deal for me.
One issue I'm having is that in dark scenes the picture can be too dark which means you lose a lot of detail. I've compared this next to another TV and it's pretty alarming. I've adjusted the picture settings, but can't get it right without blowing the highlights. It's a big annoyance.
There is one serious issue I'm experiencing with the TV which is connecting my console using the composite cable. The console and cable worked fine on the previous TV with the same cable but has a very distorted picture with this TV - black patches and blurred our text. The console is unusable right now. It works fine on my other TV. I'm raising this with Philips Support and they are asking me to get hold of another device to try the TV with. I'm not certain how that will resolve the problem with my console. The problem solving skills of the Support department doesn't seem to be the best - since having tested the console with another TV they are still not convinced the issue is with their equipment. Will obviously escalate this to Philips, but another star dropped for this purpose, and I would certainly test all aspects of the TV before accepting it. But very disappointed with Philips Support. It would be good if someone else could try using the AV cable with their PS3 to see if they are getting a similar issue. Of course, I would use the HDMI if I could but this PS3 version doesn't have the HDMI port.
6 months we have now had a semi-functional TV, several support requests and one visit from an engineer have got us no further in fixing the abundance of issues. Sometimes it turns on but has no picture, sometimes you get a picture but it is distorted, and sometimes for a day or two it just won't do anything! Each request we put in to Philips takes a minimum of 4-5 weeks for them to process and the only time the engineer came out happened to be on a day where the TV was working fine so he wouldn't do anything but tick a box to say it was fixed and left. I'm so angry now at the lack of support from Philips and Amazon that I will be taking it to the ombudsman as we feel we are left with no other option. DO NOT BUY THIS TV!!! I cannot stress that enough.
Having terrible luck with this TV. Picture quality and sound are fantastic, the lights are brilliant however we've had to return two sets so far.
The first had issues with the ambilight constantly being on green in the top corner even when the TV was on standby. Issue couldn't be resolved with IT support so we had to have a replacement. Thought all issues were resolved but after 6 days we discovered the TV had simply stopped working. Now waiting our 3rd replacement to come tomorrow and hoping it's 3rd time lucky, but I can imagine this constant back and forth being near impossible to organise for people who work full time and can't be in at the drop of a hat to wait for a courier.
However, when the TV is working the picture quality is amazing, the apps run smoothly and quickly and set up is a doddle (and we've run through the setting up process a few times now) It's incredibly handy to have a full keyboard on the reverse of the remote which makes logging in and searching for shows/movies a breeze. The voice function works well, and we've not had any issues with it mishearing us between my midlands tone and my husband's Yorkshire accent. I think disregarding our luck with the sets we've been sent so far the TV is fantastic quality at a bargain price. Only discounting stars because it's so far been unreliable and I do worry about how long it will last in the long run.
I was so excited to get this TV earlier today. The bargain price that it currently is on Amazon definitely swayed me. I was slightly nervous that the review was only 75% 4 and 5 stars, but after reading the glowing review by Barnaby Fox I was convinced. It looks fantastic, but immediately from the outset is buggy and as it turns out, useless. My first foray, switching on, pairing remote, setting up Google etc went without a hitch. I got it connected to wifi no problem, installed 170 channels through the aerial, great. Before I had even seen any TV, a message came up telling me that there was a software update for the remote, so I followed the instructions and installed it. Then the TV said it would take a minute to set up my home screen, great...I waited a minute and nothing. The screen had gone black, but the TV was on. I decided to leave it, and returned half an hour later...still nothing. So I pressed 'home', 'TV' etc on the remote. The red LED blinked...but the screen stayed black. I then switched off the TV with the remote, and switched it back on...still a black screen. So I turned it off again with the remote and then at the mains to power it down properly. After switching it back on, I'm prompted to re-pair the remote, which I have done now about 40 times. The TV screen is stuck on the pairing screen and it pairs, but wont go any further. I've wasted around 5 hours today on this 55 inch piece of junk, and am truly gutted that it doesn't work. It's definiely a software issue, but I don't know how to proceed, so will be sending it back via the Amazon returns policy. Very, very disappointing indeed. That will be another day wasted waiting for the return courier.
First & foremost Philips just like number of other well known brands has sold / leased out the brand name to another manufacturer to build the TV sets. This is a TP Vision TV with a Philips badge.
TV viewing is a personal experience & everyone is different so just a short personal review;
I went for this set because of wanting darker blacks and less shadowing / greying as this TV (only the 50" version) has Direct LED & Vertical Alignment as opposed to Edge Lit & In Plane Switching although IPS remains superior in terms of viewing angle. Now I previously used the Philips 50PUS6703/12 which has the same display but instead of Android it has Saphi operating system, no P5 and assembled in a different factory / country.
So thought with the added P5 and Android operating system the Philips 50PUS7303/12 would be a step up in the mid range. I must admit on carefully adjusting the picture settings which was found on AV Forum web site, I felt the Philips 50PUS6703/12 had a much more superior picture.
Then when I used the android menu to side load my own apps, the display gets the right type of white so that was when all the imperfections came into sight. One vertical long brighter (likely faulty) back light in the middle right and number of cream spots on the screen and many black marks inside of the display (not dead pixels but actual black smear / scratch marks).
Android side is all as it should be if you know how to side load apps etc which will add to the smart side of things.
Sound of TV is nothing special but be warned if you'd like to connect it to your sound system or headphone through the headphone jack then you cant control the volume with the sound key on the TV's remote control and have to keep going to the sound menu to preset the volume and so will be forced to use the remote control of the sound system to adjust the volume or mute etc.
The Ambilight show is again a personal thing. Some love it and some think its a gimmick. For me after an extensive testing of it with the Philips 50PUS6703/12 it turned out to be a bit of a gimmick and I don't think it adds anything to the viewing pleasure, although those who do like to watch TV in the dark might find it as a cool feature. Again its a personal thing.
Overall a TV with a faulty or poor quality or badly assembled display panel is truly worthless to me. This set might have been a faulty one but I know of three other people with the exact display fault. The sets were purchased from various retailers with different batch numbers but all were assembled in the same factory in Poland.
The moral of the story is that in general you get what you'd pay for and for me personally its best to save up a bit more and instead go for a mid-range Sony TV. I returned mine for a refund.
A little side note regarding the returning of the TV which I found rather odd. Amazon made me to organise the return myself and pay for it in advance but I was fully reimbursed later. Also the item is delivered by Hermes in my post code area and sadly on arrival the packaging was not in a good shape and I have no idea why would Amazon use Hermes to deliver delicate items?
Buying a TV is a personal thing and everybody is different but hoping that my experience can help you in some way.
Upon checking this tv (is mid-range for Philips LCD tv) I have observed some dead pixels, but the backight is same white for the entire pannel(for a top range 8 series some areas where warm white some are cold white where should be same white everywhere)
Generating a uncompresed files with solid color for each: white, black, red, green, blue.
Have the files on usb storage and run the file while visual inspect the pannel close and medium-far. White should be solid same on all surface, same for black and if any dead pixel or half dead(for a certain color) you will see them on one or all of the colors.
Is unacceptable from any goods provider to expect the customer to pay premium while the products sold are having defects due to production technological issues (same for years - the technology is not novelty anymore). This is likely illegal but nobidy takes the necesaary action. The sellers should know and inform the clients about the defects and the price should reflect the quality of the product.
I really wanted this TV to meet my quality expectation because of ambilight and android features but fails as pannel. i have tested 2 of them and this 50PUS7303/12 and all are having at least one dead pixel on one color and backight issues on white and black.(this one is ok, just one dead pixel :0 )
LG has never fail in quality (on 3 different pannels for me) that maybe the choice; however this tv has a LG pannel, brobably LG keep for themselves the flawless pannels.
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