Even full-HD and HD content rendered well with excellent contrast and brightness levels and no motion trails. Standard definition content also looked decent thanks to the TV’s efficient upscaling engine. The highlight of the TV is the Ambilight backlighting for which the TV features LED lamps at the two sides and top edge of the TV.
The LED lamps emit light in a colour matching whatever appears on the screen, expanding the canvas and making the viewing experience more immersive. Build & design However, even at the lowest refresh rate, Videocon’s 4K channel which broadcasts scenic documentaries looked visually spectacular with vivid colours, excellent sharpness and great contrast. Black levels could have been better though.
As we mentioned earlier, the TV supports active 3D and comes bundled with two 3D glasses (complete with button cells). At a price of Rs 1,55,000, the Philips 50PUT8509/98 4K TV is one of the most feature-rich 4K TVs available in the market. While it may not support higher refresh rates, the picture quality, sharpness and colour reproduction offered by the TV is excellent.
If you’re finicky about just 4K (there’s little reason to be), you may look at a higher-end set. Otherwise, the Philips 4K TV is a great all-rounder combining 4K, 3D and smart features offering a quality viewing experience. More than two years after it announced its exit from the TV market in India, electronics giant Philips is making a comeback with its range of Ambilight 4K smart televisions, following a tie-up with PE Electronics.
The new TVs feature Ultra HD panels, Smart TV functionality, Active 3D and support a large number of connectivity options. We’ve been using the 50-inch variant of the TV (50PUT8509/98 4K) which is available at Rs 1,55,000 and try to find out if it’s a good buy in our review… 4K content is not easily available in India and that’s one thing that will bother you especially if you have a capped (and slow) broadband connection and buy content legally. We used a Videocon D2H 4K satellite box and some 4K movie trailers and videos provided by Philips to test the TV’s performance.
The Ambilight feature makes TV viewing enjoyable, especially in a dark room and adds to the aesthetic. Other than that there’s nothing really extra-ordinary that it adds to the overall experience. The audio in port (DVI), digital audio out port, 2 HDMI ports, a VGA port, Component out ports, tv antenna port and ethernet port are placed at the back.
Two more HDMI ports, a USB port and a headphones port are placed towards the right side at the back. The placement of the ports at the back is not very convenient for wall mounting but you can use the HDMI ports at the side if you switch between connected devices often. The TV comes with Wi-fi Miracast and enables you to mirror content from your smart device on your TV. The TV comes with a unique two-sided ‘Smart text’ remote control. One of the sides features 42 alphanumeric keys and a set of navigation keys while the other features regular TV function controls.
The remote makes entering text and numbers a breeze while using the smart functions of the TV. The TV has smart TV functionality powered by a dual core processor with Philips’ proprietary operating system, and supports internet connectivity via Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It also supports audio and video playback via USB flash and external hard disk drives and supports most popular audio and video formats in addition to still images.
Performance Audio performance was also pretty good with optimum sound clarity even at higher volume levels. You’d still be better off with an external set of speakers or sound bar if you want a great audio experience. And like us on Facebook >>> TOI_tech Follow TOI Tech on Twitter >>> @toi_tech With typical usage the power consumption of the TV is 60 Watts and standby consumption less than 0. We viewed some 3D content and found the experience to be really immersive thanks to the active 3D technology that infuses a sense of depth. We could feel the surfers on the waves, featured in a video, moving towards us! The TV can also convert 2D content to 3D but the effect is not the same.
You may not be viewing 3D content regularly but it’s certainly a nice addition. While the Videocon box supports 4K content at 60Hz refresh rate, it only played well when you set the rate to 25Hz as the TV struggled to display content higher than that on HDMI. Setting it to even 30Hz caused playback issues while 60Hz mode did not work at all.
It comes with pre-loaded apps such as YouTube, a web browser, and access to an app store means you can download other third party apps. There are apps like Netflix and Spotify that won’t work in India unless you have a US account (or use a VPN/DNS unlocker). The app store region can be changed but it doesn’t feature India so don’t expect any India-specific apps.
At first glance the Philips Ambilight tv looks like a conventional LED TV with a rectangular black frame and plastic bezels. There’s a hint of brushed metal at the bottom lip where you’ll also spot the Philips branding and an LED light. The metal finish extends to the rest of the edge as well.
The bezels aren’t too wide which is a good thing and even the overall thickness is just 39mm. Unlike the top 65-inch variant, the 50-inch comes with a rather humble, frail-looking plastic stand that lets you swivel the tv to a limited extent, when mounted.