This 39-inch Insignia smart LED Roku TV with wide-angle viewing offers fast and reliable connectivity for streaming your favorite movies, music and radio. LED lighting ensures a crystal-clear picture, and the personalized home screen offers intuitive navigation to save time. Easily block questionable content with the V-chip built into this Insignia smart LED Roku TV.
Decent For Thrifty Cord-Cutters
Posted by: LaughterOnWater from: on
We are keeping this Insignia 1080p 39" Roku TV bought for $199 plus tax, but there are some caveats you should know about before you buy one.
The device was shooed out the market door without a lot of thought for design other than economy. They barely satisfied the question "What's the minimum we can get away with in a TV and expect people to pay about twice the price of a Roku 3?" Barely... This device is sufficient for most cord cutters. This is only technically a TV because it does have analog/cable capability, but the remote is clearly not designed for use as a cable or analog television source. Otherwise, it's more of an HDMI monitor with a roku inside.
We're cord-cutters, so we'll be using it for various channels on Roku and as a monitor for our BluRay/DVD player which has its own remote.
I vacillate between giving this 3 or 4 stars. It is an average machine, designed for those who don't want to pay a lot, but for the price-point, it's hard to at least not give it four stars. It loses a star because of the remote and no ethernet connection -- wifi-only.
1. Reasonable color, even when you view the screen at an oblique angle. So if you're doing your sit-ups on the floor, and the screen is on a wall, the color is not mutated because you're outside the screen's normal viewing angle.
2. Roku is built in. It takes about half an hour to set up all your channels the way you want them, and the first time it starts up, it can be minutes as it updates, etc. But it's not nearly as bad after the original setup.
3. The screen is big. 1080p.
4. There is only one power LED. It's red. It blinks in response to IR control input. Thankfully, it's not blue and it's not way too bright, so it's not a wake trigger for people with sleep issues in a completely dark room. Finally, a TV that doesn't keep you awake with a plethora of blinking beacon-style LED's even when it's entirely powered off.
5. Sleep timer. The original Roku 3 didn't have one. This can be useful if you fall asleep and find yourself having streamed through most of a season of Star Trek on Amazon overnight without actually having been awake to watch it. That can mean less bandwidth waste and less power waste if you choose to use it.
6. You don't have to keep the Insignia-Roku screen saver. You can set it to Power-Saver, which turns the monitor off entirely without powering down the roku power entirely. That can make powering up seem faster, a bit like turning off the television, even though your original Roku 3 stays on permanently.
7. You can change the default Insignia-Roku theme to the original Roku theme that changes seasonally or a custom Roku theme.
7. Up to 3 external HDMI devices. This is great if you have HDMI devices.
8. Amazingly light for the size of the screen. Easy to move, but be careful that your most playful cat doesn't tip the screen over.
9. Not an energy hog.
10. When everything is connected, on and running, the interface is sufficiently fast for a reasonable experience. Typical streaming does not seem adversely affected by WiFi-only connection, except on some channels like Newsy.
1. WiFi-only Ethernet connection. This device should have included an Ethernet connection. Ethernet will always be faster, and waiting for YouTube, Acorn-TV or Amazon to load -- every time, even with the router only 10 feet away -- can be just annoying. My original Roku 3 loads faster, even though it's on the other side of the house because it's connected via Ethernet.
2. The device typically takes almost a minute to turn on, and WiFi can take almost as long to handshake. Sometimes you'll see "Cannot connect to the internet" when you first turn on the device and try to go to a channel. Patience may be required.
3. There are no buttons on the TV. There's not even a power button. NOTHING. If you lose the remote, you've lost entire control of your TV. This was a flagrant flaw, designed only to cut corners on cost. There should be rudimentary control buttons on the TV. It's not like there isn't room. I shouldn't have to unplug it to turn it off manually. If you have a smart phone, you will be able to turn it on or off using an app, but you won't be able to quickly set the sleep timer.
4. No Component RGB RCA connectors. This device connects only to Cable/Antenna, HDMI devices and RCA Analog (Yellow video, Red and White Audio). If you own a legacy DVD player with RGB connectors (Red, Green and Blue RCA Video connectors, Red and White Audio), be prepared to use the worse yellow connector instead at 480p with very muddy color instead of your crisper 720p RGB. It looks like garbage on this 38.5" 1080p screen. You'll be forced to buy a cheap bluray player with HDMI so you can watch your legacy DVD collection. VHS will always look crummy, so you'll have to live with it if you actually still own a legacy VHS player.
5. The color saturation is about what you would expect for an inexpensive TV. In other words, black isn't dark flat black when the screen has a lot of black on it (Default screen saver), but when most of the screen is covered with color, you'll be pleased with the results.
6. Poor Remote -- If you only use Roku on this device, then this is the only remote you need. However, if you use it as a cable TV, the experience is unsatisfactory. Roku and Insignia should have come up with a remote that had the following:
a. A larger remote with a normal assignment of numeric and other keys for a regular smart-TV remote.
b. Assignable channel buttons instead of paid buttons for Netflix, hulu, sling and Google Play. Yes, the services have been around for many years, but when they change -- and they will -- these pre-assigned buttons may become useless. I don't use any of these services on Roku. The only reason why Amazon isn't there is because they make a competing product, but it should be there, because I'm betting most Roku users do have amazon prime. Give us a firmware update so we can make these buttons programmable to our desired channels.
c. They stopped making the RF remote because IR remotes are cheaper. I preferred the RF remote that came with my original Roku 3.
d. The "Sleep" button is exactly where the "OK" button was on the original Roku 3 remote. It will take a while for you to get used to the new position of the "OK" button. I've got mixed feelings about this because the "OK" button should have been in the center of the arrow buttons on the original Roku 3, and a sleep button is a reasonable addition.
e. Volume control and mute on the side? Come on, this isn't a phone. It's a remote. Put a volume control where we expect it to be.
I have not tested the TV antenna or cable. Athens is just over the horizon from Atlanta. We get no signal from there, nor Charlotte. Cable pretty much has this market cornered because nobody thinks it's worth putting up a repeater antenna for a university town addicted to cable, even for the public broadcasting stations. We have cable internet but I refuse to rent cable television because the price keeps going up every year for less value.
Bottom line, if you're a cord cutter and you don't want to pay a lot, this device might be for you. If you have to watch cable TV, you'll need to be an alternative television remote and find the code to set it for this Insignia device.
I would provisionally recommend this device to a friend. So long as they are aware of the caveats posted above and they're fine with that, the TV deserves a recommendation at a price of $200 or less.
208 out of 231 found this review helpful.
Do Not Buy - Buy the Model Without Roku
Posted by: cordcutter from: on
I was excited about buying this TV because of the built in Roku and one remote for both the TV and Roku. It is actually fair to call this a Roku with a built in TV instead of the other way around. That's why it sucked so bad to find out that the version of Roku included with the TV is already obsolete. I call it obsolete because the Roku software will not update past version 7.0.2.
There are already great new channels that require a higher version of the Roku software. You will not be able to download these new channels and will not even see them in the channels list.
So, not only did I pay extra for the Roku in this model, I also had to buy a standalone Roku to get the new channels. But that's not the worst of it. Hooking up a separate Roku creates a Roku within a Roku, which is very awkward. So, without a doubt, you would be better off with a plain TV and a standalone Roku.
If you are fine with limited channel offerings, then go ahead and get this TV. Roku does contend that the software in this TV and other Insignia smart TVs will be updated some day. However, they will not say when.
Absent of this I might give this TV a 4 star rating. However, because this TV is sold without any apparent disclaimer from either Best Buy, Insignia or Roku,I think the harsh 2 star penalty is justified.
173 out of 210 found this review helpful.
Posted by: LasVegas from: on
5 stars not because it is the best tv in the world but because it is the best TV for the price. How can you beat $229 on sale? I hooked this up a few hours ago. The Roku operating system is fantastic. Way better than the very expensive Sharp SmartTV that I have. Super easy to use. The simplistic remote is actually all you need if watching Over-The-Air channels or Roku streaming channels. Picture is very nice for the $. Case/bezel is thin and looks good on the wall. Lightweight. Really an unbelievable value at this price.
45 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Great For the Price
Posted by: Boss from: on
Roku functionality works great and responds quickly. Interface is better and more responsive than other TVs.
Light, Thin, Small Bezel
Great Picture Quality For the Price
Decent Built-In Sound
Pretty Bad Black Levels (Expected For A TV At This Price Point)
Some Motion Tearing (Again, To Be Expected For A 60Hz TV At This Price Point)
33 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Really nice for the money
Posted by: hdtvkid from: Atlanta, GA on
Was looking for a TV for my home office that will get light use. No cable outlet or OTA so wanted a Roku TV to minimize the remotes. Look for $249 you really can't complain. It has a reasonable decent picture. I love Roku and having it built in is like saving $50. This TV is not going to impress videophiles as it has a somewhat washed out contrast, but colors are not bad and the brightness is acceptable. The power on time is SLOW! I guess the Roku portion initializes with ever power on so be prepared to wait. The Menu is a bit laggy, but once you are viewing something it is great. The back-light dimming is obvious depending on how much black the background has, but again for the price point it is fine. This TV was my second choice as the branch I wanted do not come in a 39-40 only a 43, and this was already pushing the size of what would look reasonable on the wall. And as I said for the price this is perfect, you will get what you pay for, but it will work fine. Great for a kids room or anyplace non-critical viewing will occur.
23 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Vicki from: on
I love the picture quality of this brand! As my older ones go out I am replacing them with Insignia. This is my 3rd one. The 1st one was not a smart tv but the picture quality rivaled that of my expensive Sony smart tv.
The last 2 I purchased are the roku tvs. I think they are great tvs. I love the ease of use and the picture is great. I love the built in roku which is very easy to navigate and you don't have to actually switch inputs. The set up of the tv is very easy. The tv walks you through it as soon as you turn it on. Be warned that it will probably need to update itself right away but it finished very quickly. The only negatives are that I don't care for the "tin sound" of the speaker but that will be a easy fix with a sound bar which I also had to buy for the expensive Sony. This is just me being picky but I also don't like the clicking that it makes when you are navigating roku. I would prefer to be able to mute that. In case you have never used roku before the clicking comes with any roku product so it isn't exactly a negative for the tv brand. There is really nothing else that I found negative to say about this brand of tv. My advise would be to save yourself the money and buy the tv. If you don't like it you can always return it.
21 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Irenita from: on
I bought this tv yesterday I did read all reviews on this set.. I was amazed that the reviews really were true .. It has a great picture quality I'm very satisfied with this purchase the remote is very little but very easy to use don't be fooled by its size it does everything the big remotes do ... If anyone is looking for a great bedroom tv I recommend this one I love my new tv and its only been 1 day... The only thing you need to know is that this set takes a good 30 minutes to set up you need Patience but once set up your good to go!! Enjoy I recommend this tv to anyone ....
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Works great so far after 3 months
Posted by: ohexplode from: on
My biggest gripe would be the Roku software, which can get lagged up on some apps and I suspect won't improve over time as Netflix and other services add more and more "stuff" to their menu and title screens. I had an even older Roku independent device and it suffered from similar issues, and had even older software.
The TV itself has enough options to render light and color to your own preferences as well as video options depending on input device/apps, so my Steam Link and PS4 are set for gaming while Netflix and other apps are set for a softer movie tone.
The default speakers can be a little harsh, and the volume goes extremely high, but expect heavy bass to rattle and shriek at you. I was hoping to use my old school home theater speakers, but the digital-optical sounded worse than the TV speakers, so I ended up getting some cheap Logitech desktop speakers with a small subwoofer and use that for my speakers.
For $200 I can't gripe too much, has a clean 1080p 60hz display after some fiddling, Roku device already installed for my Netflix/Twitch/Pandora/Youtube, and the TV is also extremely light in weight. No issues moving it around by myself. Great product for someone who doesn't want cable, and means you dont need a bunch of external boxes or stuff to go with it.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Perfect for my needs
Posted by: onefunnyguy from: on
This Roku TV is perfect at this price for what I wanted. I needed to mirrorcast my PP presentations from my android smartphone for a study group I lead. No external internet access is required (unless you incorporate online streaming audio or video). In other words, it DOES transmit point-to-point: from phone to TV.
The sound is clear enough for a small to medium sized room. Picture is really good.
And the fact that I have to sometimes transport it from one location to another is no problem. I just kept the original box (w/cutout handles) and the foam packaging.
The bonus is I still get to use it as a regular TV in my bedroom.
It's definitely not the absolute best model out there, but it really suits me fine; especially for the reasonable price I paid.
Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. It's much less expensive than a decent quality LED projector; and it has more functionality too.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Chaseliv from: on
Purchased for $199.99. Can't beat the price! Picture and sound are good. 3 HDMI ports and a 1 USB. Again great value for under $200!