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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Insignia 5 Stars, Fire TV 2 Stars

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    MnstrMike
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    The Short: Insignia Good, Fire TV Bad. 4K/HDR extra price for performance not gained...At this size, save your money, buy a 1080p non-smart version and add your steaming player of choice. Quick background, I have purchased many of Insignia TVs of the years and have turned to that brand again and again for budget sets. I am also a long time Roku platform user/advocate and at this price point this product was offered to me, I thought I'd give Amazon a shot, both to test the Fire TV platform and to replace an aging 32" TCL Roku TV. In short I will be putting a Roku Streaming device on this set as the Amazon Software just stinks. Setup: A neat feature, probably better suited for this size tv versus larger tv's is the that set was in addition to the typical foam protection, came in a big bag with handles, which made removing the tv extremely easy. I install and mount tv's for cabins quite often by myself and that normally requires cutting the box to safely remove the set from the packaging. A 43" is neither heavy nor awkward to remove, but this was made even easier by the handled-bag-design. Installed the two separate stands quickly (they are not reversible) and clearly marked which way is front and which is right/left and then moved on to plugging it in. The cords on TV's these days are getting annoying. I did not measure but I am gauging it is in 3.3 meter (4ft) range. 6ft would definitely have been welcomed seeing as the power supplies are either on the far right or left. I had to move my power strip to the other side of my dresser to plug-in the set, mild annoyance. However, if this set is sitting on a taller dresser (mine is short and wide) you may need an extension cord to reach a wall outlet. The design of the TV is black plastic with a brushed aluminium texture. There was only one sticker/protective wrap on the tv (a first) and it was the yellow power consumption sticker. Bezels are thin enough. The TV is quite thick for its size due to the lighting type. The startup procedure took a little longer than expected. I had assumed there would be software updates, but it took about 5-7 minutes to download and install. I did notice the set does not have 5Ghz Wifi capabilities. I prefer that for my smart tv devices and use the 2.4Ghz for smartphones, computers, and tablets. I don't count that against the device, but it could have been why it took longer to update as my 2.4Ghz network is full of devices. What was interesting after the update it asked me if I wanted to use the same Wifi Network I just setup minutes before. Um...YES why would I want to change the network? A cool feature that others could learn from, when signing in to the internet and amazon accounts, the keyboard interface was standard qwerty for email, but not for password. However, both interfaces use program the Menu Button and Play/Pause Buttons as quick keys to toggle Upper/Lower Case and Continue respectively. That's different from other devices I have used. Hardware So far the Hardware seems fine for a budget tv. it is a definite upgrade in both picture and speed from my current bedroom TV (minus the software update). The speed could be the differences in the smart platform, but I'm inclined to think the hardware upgrades are definitely helping out. I could not find out what type of lighting it was prior to purchase, but surmised it would most likely be edge lighting and after turning it on for the first time, that is correct. There are definite dark and light spots, again this is a budget TV, so don't expect the true 4K HDR combo of pricier sets. The HDR compatibility will be for HDR10 as it is the current industry standard and Dolby Vision requiring certain hardware requirements. Picture quality and sound quality are great for this price range. Again 4K is the new fad, so it has to have that, HDR as well as, but I'm hard pressed to think this set has any advantage of having it. Better lighting mechanics would greatly improve it, but for what you are paying its a fine entry-level 4K TV. There are 4 Display Settings to change the warm/cold color of the TV: Standard, Movie, Dynamic, Natural. And then also a Custom setting. Each pre-programmed setting can be tweaked. Sound comes from two down firing speakers. They are a bit hollow and have an echo effect, treble and bass could be adjusted (deep in the settings menu, more on that below). I've never had a TV set that sound was excellent, but that can always be remedy by adding a soundbar or even computer speakers via 3.5mm headphone jack, which this TV has that and Optical Out. However, the 3.5mm headphone jack was not working properly. It was displaying sound out of only the right speaker and at a greatly reduced rate than what the volume was. The speakers I know work fine on the tv it is replacing, so I am inclined to think it is the port on the Insignia. Sound I also found to be very loud at only 12-13 sound level. Distortion will occur around the 20 level with any content containing explosions or high treble and bass sounds. Of course having that high I think will be at the max range for any viewers listening experience as it will be extremely loud (and no I'm not old, I still listen to my music loud...I really like to feel the percussion in my Beethoven and Bach...that was a joke..but also true). I did not tweak the treble or bass settings as it seemed fine for normal listening level, but if for some reason you like it louder, I would definitely lower the stock settings. The remote is good sized, actually like it better than the Roku remotes. You may have to reach a littler further to get to the top most buttons, but that is hardly anything we are not used to. Roku Remotes that have sound control capabilities, place them on the right side edge. Very easy to accidentally mute or change volume. This remote is also bluetooth and it responded quite well, with no noticeable lag. Software I'll start with the one positive I mentioned above, this OS is based off of Android TV, which means Apps/Channels can be sideloaded. So if you like to tinker or have specific apps you want, you can get them. But the average user I would not recommend that as you are not even guaranteed a good user experience. And that's where the good stops. My 2 Stars is generous for this platform. I had hoped that it would improve greatly on the Prime Video App on other platforms, but it is an absolute mess just the same. Adding the fact that you have to use the UI to access other streaming apps, makes it even more a mess. Again, I new this already and for the price point it was offered to me, I went with it, however, Amazon puts is services first, which translates to it does not offer any other apps for download that competes with its ecosystem ie Vudu, Google Play Movies, Fandango Now, etc. Amazon and Google are also in a small war and so you cannot even get Google backed Apps even though the platform is based off of Android TV. This is mainly for Video Steaming services. It does have Spotify, which competes with Amazon Music. There are definite nay-sayers that Roku is a boring tired UI, however, it works and anyone can quickly navigate it. It took Apple's formula and applied it to its OS, simple, easy, even a mere child or octogenarian could navigate it. If Fire TV is innovative, then I prefer boring. My two biggest complaints with Fire TV, just like Prime Video App, is I don't know what I am selecting half the time. It takes a while to determine if what I am highlighting is Yellow or not and then the UI navigation is all over the place. I first thought there was no way to access Display or Sound Settings, but after delving into the Settings Menu (and turning off all the "data sharing info" I found them. You are then instructed to hold down the HOME button to bring display this pop-up settings menu, which pauses whatever streaming content you are watching. Each Input HDMI 1, 2, 3 can be adjusted accordingly. Steaming content is lumped together. When it comes to steaming players the options are: Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and then whatever fork of Android also exists. Samsung, LG, and Vizio are busy building their own Smart TV OS Platforms and so to keep things cheap budget brands like Insignia, Toshiba, Element, TCL, Hisense, etc. are turning to partnerships. Google does partner its Android TV with Sony and Hisense and gives built-in Chromecast functionality to Vizio, but Vizio uses its owns limited Smart OS platform. This is new territory for the TV industry having Third Party software running on a multitude of hardware manufacturers devices and quite frankly its scary, its Android but in the tv arena and Google is trying to fix this fragmentation. The difference is the UI with Fire TV or Roku is the same no matter the brand tv, however, if there is an issue the brand only has control of hardware, not software. I ran into this with a 2018 TCL 55" 6 series Roku TV and returned it after 14 days, since the only remedy was to ship for repair, no thanks!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Enjoy Local OTA & Stream Popular Internet TV

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    pauldar
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    After two weeks of enjoying this Insignia LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition, I am convinced this is primarily designed for the ever-increasing abundance of 'cord-cutters', who still have a generous-data Internet connection. This particular TV offers outstanding local OTA TV in 1080-I and 4K UHD with numerous Internet content found mostly only on 'streaming-devices', which require additional hardware costs. Amazon's Fire TV has cleverly combined these operations for you. For its price-point this Insignia TV has loads of features, which are usually found on much more expensive units. As a long-time cable-cutter I particularly enjoyed the enhanced TV channel guide. This on-board guide gives you pictorial graphics of the TV shows available, presents an informative narrative of that specific presentation, and allows you to move forward in time to see the future available entertainment offerings, too. The built-in AI (artificial intelligence) assembles my most frequented local channels, at the time, and displays them in sequence when I access the channel guide. A fascinating feature is the ability to rewind, stop, and, or, fast forward your live TV, or streaming by ten seconds either way . . . . Love it. From a 'Smart-TV' standpoint I have been able to access my e-mail account, search the Internet using the 'Silk' Browser, You-Tube, ESPN, and various other popular Internet sites. I can also access my on-line banking, however, my concern is what virus protection does Insignia or Silk, or FireFox Browsers offer? I do not know of any other TV Internet operation that allows the user to access both Netflix and Hulu on the same platform. Plus, the Wi-Fi connection to your router can be 5.0 GHz or 2.0 GHz, which ever you choose to configure it that way. How cool is that? What I Like About Insignia LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition: ** Simple Remote – Very Intuitive with Voice Actuation. You need an Amazon account to fully take advantage of the myriad features, but you can simply enable the voice command and tell the remote what you want to do. It also allows you to stop live TV or videos and move them forward or backwards. It will sync with Amazon's Alexa or Echo, if you have one in the same room to find whatever your heart desires. ** HD Picture Quality - 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast and vivid colors. For its price-point the picture quality is amazing. ** Realistic Sound – Most TV's this size have chinnsy sounding speakers – this TV delivers a full DTS TruSurround and Dolby audio at 8 watts each speaker – they are very good, especially, if you adjust the Sound Settings to 'Standard', Bass at Level 16, and Treble at 8 - turn the main volume control to a moderate level (no higher then 18) to avoid distortion. My TV shows, movie, video sounds, and Spotify, Pandora, etc., produce full, rich, mid-range frequencies with clear voice. You can also add a sound bar or other external speakers through the HDMI-ARC port, which gives you the option to enable or disable the TV speakers. ** Acceleration and Operation - Quad-core CPU/Multi-core GPU – Very responsive to OTA and Pay TV Services, Downloaded Apps, and or Web Browser Bookmarks. Internet browsing is surprisingly fast. ** 3 HDMI Inputs – For your home theater connections to Blue Ray Video Players, TV Sound Bar Systems, Gaming Console, Satellite Receivers, Cable Box, or other electronic devices. ** One USB Input – I connected a compatible keyboard to my Fire TV for enhanced navigation through all of the various entertainment options, and, it also allows me to send e-mails quickly. I can also connect my digital camera to display selected photos to share with my friends and family. ** Web Browsers – Amazon Silk or Firefox. You can use both and bookmark your favorite websites, and, or download additional Apps to the numerous featured Apps. You can always remove or delete featured, and, or downloaded Apps at any time. ** Personalized Viewing Settings – I can adjust picture settings for each of my connected devices - Blue Ray Player and Gaming Console. Since I am a cable-cutter, I can also designate my favorite TV channels in my on-line TV Guide. If you are not experienced with Amazon's Fire TV platform you will be pleased that the learning curve is very minimal and simple. Another plus is that software updates are automatic so the software on your TV and remote is always the latest. WooHoo! I highly recommend the purchase of this Insignia LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition. It is truly both an entertainment hub and Smart TV with loads of features and Apps. Christmas is just around the corner – this Insignia Fire TV would make a great gift for that special family member or friend. You will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good display, ok remote, horrible live tv controls

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    Jaron
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    Pro -Inexpensive -HDR -Remote is non-LoS wireless -Can pause live TV Con -Entire menu system is FireOS -Live TV interface and control is an afterthought -Remote has limited buttons Overall It's a basic 4K TV at it's heart ( yeah, duh ) with unsubstantial stats. It's only 60 Hz, so it still has to deal with dejudder. It's only LED lit, not OLED, so black levels are ok but not great. These aren't bad marks. For only $300, you can't be mad about a decent but not great display. It's not going to wow anyone, but it won't let you down, either. The bonus is it does have HDR support, so you get a little extra for the money. The integration of Amazon Fire is the big story here. But this isn't a TV that just has a built-in Fire system. The Fire OS is used for the TV's entire menu system. Inputs, display controls, channel memory, EVERYTHING in this TV is controlled through the FireOS interface. Anyone who's used an Amazon Fire TV dongle or stick will be right at home with this. I'd prefer the TV specific controls ( like picture quality and audio output ) to be in their own menu outside the FireOS because anytime you want to change anything, you have to stop what you're watching, go to the Fire home page, and then into the settings. When you're done, you then have to navigate back to what you were doing before. Maybe I'm olde school, but I prefer the small transparent pop-ups that let me make changes and then go immediately back to what I was doing. When on a given input, you can bring up a small side menu without going back to Amazon home, but not a complete system menu. The remote, no surprise, is a modified Fire TV remote, complete with voice control. But whereas normal Fire remotes are Bluetooth only, this one also includes IR so it can also control you other AV devices. While it's great to have a non-line-of-sight remote, the remote itself is quite limited. It has no number buttons or channel up/down. No last channel recall button. No buttons for closed-captioning, audio switching, input switching, or any soft-programmable buttons. All this hints at the TV's focus on online streaming services and ignoring live broadcast TV. Apart from no buttons on the remote for direct channel control, the menu to change channels is very limited. You can only change channel from a channel guide list. The list is sorted alphabetically by channel broadcast name and you can't change that ( some of us still remember channel numbers ). You can save channels to your favorites list, will be shown at the top of the list, or just hide them altogether, but no other filtering or sorting options are there. The redeeming feature for live TV is the ability to pause it by saving a temporary rolling recording to its internal storage. If you don't load down with a lot of Amazon/Android apps, you can get about 2.5 minutes. However, you can also plug in a USB flash drive to the TV to extend its storage capacity, and thus pause time ( a 32GB drive gives you more than 30 minutes ). In the end, it's still hard to fault the TV given its price. For $300 you're getting a great work-horse 4K HDR TV with a slightly better than average display. The hardware inside is plenty strong to run 4K streaming services. If the majority of your viewing habits revolve around Prime Video, Netflix, and other subscription services, you'll be very pleased. If you watch a lot of live TV, you'll be a little frustrated with the remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hi Jaron. Thanks to reviews like this you bring to our attention what is important to you. We appreciate you taking the time to write such extensive review, I'm sure many people will find it helpful. We will have your ideas in mind for future iterations of the TV. Charles V. - Insignia Support BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great economical TV option for Cordcutters

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    Poocher917
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    This TV exceeded my expectation based on the price. It is amazing what you can get now for a TV under $400. This is perfect for cord cutters or anyone else. Set up – The product came well packaged. The box contained the TV, remote, batteries and legs. This TV was replacing an old 42 inch plasma that is wall mounted. Attaching it to the wall mount was simple. This TV uses the VESA 200mm x 200mm standard. After you connect to your wifi (I had no issues connecting to the 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz – it is connected to 5ghz as there is less traffic), it will download and install an update for the TV and the remote. Overall this was about 5 minutes. There is also the ability to connect via Ethernet. Next you are prompted for the full or basic Amazon experience. If you are already an Amazon customer, select the full experience. You can then scan for channels. I use OTA and it picked up the expected 34 channels in my area with no issues. More comments on OTA below. I tried the different picture modes (Standard, Movie, Dynamic and Natural) and found Natural the best for my liking. I played with the sound setting a little to fit how I like the sound to be. There are many adjustments available for both picture and sound. You can adjust the picture setting for each video source. OTA – The TV accurately found the channels available in my area. The TV guide was created and is accurate. A great bonus! You can pause, rewind and FF live TV. Another bonus! This TV is great for OTA viewing. Home network streaming – I downloaded VLC for Fire TV. After opening VLC, I select the home network option and saw HDHomerun and Serviio as expected. Once I selected Serviio, all of my folders were displayed for me to move through and select the files I want to watch. I record OTA shows on my computer and convert to MKV (after removing commercials of course). There was no issue playing my content. I found the fast forward in 10 second steps to work very well. Streaming using the other apps operated as expected. I found navigating through the menus to be quick and crisp. Amazon Video and Netflix operated as expected. 4K – I tried this using Netflix and the picture was great! The TV supports HDR10. To the best of my knowledge, it does not currently support Dolby Vision. Sound - As this is mounted on the wall, the downfiring speakers sounded MUCH better than the TV it replaced. I was surprised how good the sound quality is. It also has digital optical out so you can add a soundbar to enhance the sound if you like. The TV does support DTS TruSurround. Remote – For those of us that have used Amazon devices in the past, this will be a very easy transition for you. If you are not, it is very intuitive to use. Also, the voice commands work very well once you know how to word your phrases. They provide some tips when you are setting up the TV. Conclusion – There are definitely better TV’s out there with better features but it will cost you more money. For someone on a budget, you will find it hard to beat this TV. Especially if you are already an Amazon customer. As a cordcutter myself for more than 4 years, I really appreciate the features provided on this TV. As for the Amazon/Roku user interface debate, I will leave that to others. I find you get used to either of them as I have both. With Amazon Fire OS you can side-load which is a HUGE benefit. Especially for those other app fans out there. Last thought - I believe the Insignia Fire TV's are made by Toshiba for Best Buy if this matters to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good picture, lots of problems

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    Truman
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    First of all, it has a pretty good picture, not great, but good. But it goes downhill from there. The first problem is that you cannot just turn it on and watch TV, as far as I can tell, this cannot be done. You have to “hunt and peck” for anything. This has confounded everyone from the salesman at Best Buy, to the elderly, to visitors, to the children. Even the Millenials, who seem to have the least amount of problems with figuring it out, have to work through it. Why? The second problem is very similar, and that is the menus. Endless, pointless menus! You have to wear out the remote control, moving around, looking around, and making selections. It is insane – the organization is nuts! You cannot turn it on Live Broadcast Channel 9 or Cable Channel 247, or whatever because Alexa has no clue what you are talking about and there are NO numbers on the remote! It is such a pain to watch whatever it is showing on TV at the moment. Example, Spongebob was on, and I wanted to turn it on and could not find it – was not on the menu. So I asked Alexa to find it, and it did. It found it in three places, so I had to go through each one until I found the one that was currently showing – are you kidding me? The third problem is worse. Apps, apps, apps, endless, pointless apps. Literally apps within apps within apps. No standardization. Want to find a particular show? You have to know where it is, and you have to navigate through the menu, you know, the one that makes no sense. It is like a maze! Alexa helps very little and once you find your show, Alexa is going to more-than-likely show you the one that needs yet ANOTHER App to watch the show! I am not kidding. The fourth problem is that it is anti-cable and anti-broadcast TV. It is designed this way NO PURPOSE. Do you have Xfinity? There is no app for that! The TV loses where the cable TV is and it cannot tell the difference between broadcast TV and Pluto TV. Want to watch the local news? Good luck finding any channel. There is a TV button with little antennas, you push it, easy right? The channels are not listed, instead it shows you what it wants to show you. There are too many channels and it is kind of nice to go to the History channel instead of channel 3441, but how do you know that your favorite History channel show is on? Alexa might help if you want to list 14 of your favorite shows and ask which one of those are on at the moment, but you are lucky if Alexa gets even one of them right. The fifth problem is Alexa. Alexa is your best bet on finding what you want, however, it rarely understands what you want, even if it gets what you just said perfectly correct, no matter how you say it. It is literally like talking to a senile elderly person and it is loud! For example, just try to get it to turn on the Weather channel. It wants to tell you the weather, but it just will not turn on the Weather channel, nor will it find or turn on the local weather or news. It might give you 14 weather selections and the Weather channel might be among them, but if you want to watch it, you have hunt it down, select it only to find that you have to download an app. What?! Never mind it is on local broadcast channel 5 or on cable channel 38 at the moment. The same thing is true for just about everything! The sixth problem are the remote control buttons. Not only are there no numbers so you cannot override the insane, maliciously out-of-control menus, but the “how can you possibly get it wrong” buttons are a real pain as well. Want to watch Amazon Prime? Push the Amazon Prime button. Now you get yet another menu, similar to, but always different from, all the other apps. So you are stuck endless hunting through the weird, nonsensical categories forever. If you are lucky, you will find something that you can tolerate to watch, so you select it, but no, you can’t watch it. You have to subscribe to yet another service. Amazon Prime is littered with endless services that you have to purchase first. Want to watch 10 different shows? You might have to subscribe to 10 different services first, each costing who knows per month. Then good luck on finding what you want to watch, Alexa has no clue to select the one you are subscribed to. Try selecting the Netflix button and you will see the exact same shows that you were not interested in watching years ago show up. Not only that, but they seem to show up in every other category, over and over and over. Heaven forbid you started to watch a show that you decided was horrible, it will be listed in your face FOREVER. Netflix will assume you loved it so much that it will give you horrid selections just like that show you could not stand to watch. Furthermore, all menus seem to have this same problem: classic, awesome tv shows and movies listed next to the most rotten garbage as if they were the same thing. Amazon Prime is especially bad at this. Does it have a 1.2 rating on IMDB? No problem, Amazon Prime gives it a 5 star rating! There are no real filters, so Ben-Hur, the Ten Commandments, or anything with Charlton Heston is listed right next to Bubble Guppies or Death Wish. Hey, it’s all the same thing, right? Good luck on finding the classical movie, you are just as likely to get the animates cartoon version.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter 4K

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    bzm3j81
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    Straight out of the box, this Insignia 43" 4K TV - Fire TV Edition had a plastic smell. While the smell has faded, it is still present after about a week of ownership. It also has a bit of a buzzing sound during operation. This buzzing sound is imperceptible when there are sounds in any video, but I can hear it while scrolling through the menu system where there is no sound. During initial setup, I thought the power on process and menu system was being really slow. Thankfully, it was because several updates were being downloaded, applied in the background. There was at least one time I thought the updates were done, but the menu system was being very slow, then without any acknowledgement, a firmware update of the remote control occurred. I would have appreciated a scrolling message to indicate what was going on in the background during this initial setup. I also found that I had to wade deep into the menu system to set the zip code of the TV. It wasn't prompted during initial setup and it didn't pick this up from my Amazon account. It was set for some strange zip code that didn't make sense to me. Onto the TV performance. I think the picture performance right out of the box is very good. I was playing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (UHD + HDR) which was automatically available from my digital movie account and the color and clarity were great. I will probably look up some calibrated picture settings at a later date, but I'm quite comfortable with the out-of-the-box picture. This TV is edge-lit. It was easily confirmed as the corners had dark spots. At this price range, I wasn't expecting local dimming. The menu system is a bit clunky. I hope they continually improve it via software updates. This being a Fire TV edition, Fire TV is thrown in your face when you turn it on. There is, however, an option to have the TV start in normal TV mode. I like having Alexa built in. It ties automatically to my smart home controls. Unfortunately, the sound left much to be desired. There is very little bass available from the speakers. I highly recommend pairing this TV up with a soundbar (especially one with a discrete subwoofer). The available connections surprised me. This TV has 3 HDMI connections (1 with HDMI ARC), Antenna In, Audio Out for headphones, USB port, Digital Optical for a speaker bar, but it also has Component In. The last one surprised me because I have another modern TV that no longer has Component In to handle legacy devices. If you're someone who's looking for an entry-level 4K+HDR TV with a built-in streaming device, this one performs well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This TV is Smart!

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    Ponskippa
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    Nowadays many TV's in this price range are called "Smart" when in reality all they do is provide Wifi and a handful of apps so that you can stream online content. I'd call them connected Tv's. This Insignia Smart TV with HDR and Fire TV is the definition of Smart TV. It comes preinstalled with a lot of useful apps and there is a plethora of apps you can download and add to your TV. I say that this TV is Smart because of Alexa and Fire TV. You can control your TV by speaking into the microphone on the control. You can use it to search for content online, to switch between your HDMI ports, or to an installed application. There was only a couple of things Alexa couldn't do on the tv when prompted. I imagine that this TV will get updates with Fire TV to add even more possibilities. It really is pretty awesome to be able to control your TV using only your voice. No need to type out phrases using only a directional pad. Alexa and Fire TV are also quite snappy. The UI loads quickly between apps and inputs. Also the voice commands are heard accurately and only studder when you give it a command that it isnt programmed to do. I am very impressed with the function. Honestly, it is the quickest, smartest TV interface I have ever used. Picture quality on the TV is great. 4k content streams smoothly and looks great at this price point. It also has pretty good viewing angles and I did not notice any light bleed on my unit. Blacks are nice and contrasty and colors are crisp and punchy. It does have a game mode which i tested with a Playstation 4. I can't find the specs for it anywhere, but I did not notice much input lag, if it is present it is minimal. I was able to play shooters and fighting games just fine. I'd recommend this TV to anyone looking for a smart TV that is 4k and HDR capable. I'd especially recommend this television if you are an Amazon customer and a Fan of Alexa and Fire TV. I honestly only found two things that I did not like about this TV. One being that the provided power cord is very short. My TV is only about 3 feet off the ground and the cord did not reach the power strip I have on the floor. I had to set my power strip ontop of my entertainment center so that the cable can reach it. The other problem I have with the tv is that you have to go to the home screen, then select which input you want to adjust when adjusting picture profiles. Thankfully its not a setting you have to constantly adjust but it could be implemented better. That's it. There isn't much to complain about on this television. Go out and Get it, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV option – let down due to interface

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    mkcar1
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    4k on a 43 inch set is kind of pushing it as to really gaining anything over 1080P. If you are on a budget and overlook the interface (or maybe are more familiar with amazon and its fire stick) this is a nice TV. I really like the TV and would give it 5 stars. BUT due its to minimalistic remote coupled with, in my opinion, a terrible FireTV/Roku interface and it also more or less requires you to have or create an amazon account (which is ridiculous) as well as store your settings/info on amazon - I give it low 4 stars. Easily removed from the box and once legs are attached you are ready to go. Weighs about 20 lbs. Has 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB 2.0, digital audio out, antenna in, component/composite in, audio out and LAN connection. Power connection is on back right side. Positives; Easy to setup as TV presents step by step onscreen instructions to setup wifi and date/time. Supports 5Ghz wifi as well as hard wired LAN. I connected wirelessly at 5Ghz (could not tell if N or AC) about 50 feet away and thru 1 wall from Orbi AC3000 satellite. Picture quality is very subjective but I found the standard setup right out of the box good for me. But you can fine tune if you like. Watching 1080I HD Cox cable channels including movies or sports looked fine even at 60hz. The picture was GREAT when I streamed 4K content using its built in Netflix and Amazon Prime apps. They loaded very quickly with no buffering. Comes with a lot of apps installed and has an option to add more. I am only interested in Netflix and Amazon at this time and they have dedicated tabs on the remote making it easy to navigate. The amount of apps available would make it easy to gain access to a large amount of different channels if trying to cut the cable cord. Sound for 2 down firing speakers is not great sounding but is very loud at lower volume settings. Screen looked good from all the angles we watch TV from, even in a very bright room. Negatives Minimalistic remotes are all the rage right now and some perform better than others. This remote is passable but does have designated Netflix, amazon prime video, HBO and vue – which helps. I could go on and on about the FireTV interface – but suffice it to say it is confusing at best. When you turn on the TV it takes you to a home screen where you have to – always – select your input? I can see this if using a streaming app/interface but if I was watching HDMI1 – why not start on it? It does have voice control but I found it worthless most of the time as it did not understand my question(s) even after several attempts at rephrasing them. It has a LOT of built in apps so much so that it is very confusing to go thru therm. I could not find an easy way to sort them so they are presented haphazardly. You can reorder/delete them – but you have to do each one manually. Big issue for me is only 1 USB and while it states it supports video it didn’t recognize m2ts files that all my Samsung TV’s and sony blu-rays players recognize. Very dis-appointing it doesn’t do video requiring an additional purchase of DVD player with that functionality. You can do a lot with this TV but will require patience and a learning curve if not familiar with amazon/roku…

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 4K TV/Fire TV combo

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    grimmace
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    This TV combines an Amazon Fire TV box and a 4K TV pretty seamlessly. If you use Amazon Fire TV, the setup will be easy to get through, if not, the learning curve is small. The remote is a fire TV remote with a few extra buttons such as volume, power, and buttons to access some apps directly. After first hooking it up, the TV and the remote each had their own updates. Took under 10 minutes for both to compete, the TV updates, and then the remote. The remote was more responsive after the upgrades. The TV has a black plastic bezel that isn’t to big and it looks nice. The only light is a power light that has the only button on the TV. The button, under the light, lets you change the input, and if held, turns the TV off. For the issues people have questions on. Yes, it is an Amazon remote. I was able to go to the remote section like any Fire TV device to add or remove remotes. I was able to add my Logitech Harmony remote with no issues and it controls the TV fine. Just have to figure out the power button since home to sleep are not options on the TV. You have a separate power button now. HDMI 1 and 2 at least are 4K. I plugged in my Fire TV 4K device and was able to send 4K signals. Yes, the TV will decode OTA and unencrypted channels over cable lines with no issues. You can access the OTA channels directly from the menu and it imports the channel guide for them. So, stations are identified and shows come up on the TV listings. Switching between inputs can be done by going through the menus, but they want you to use voice commands for it. The voice commands worked fine for me. Although small for a 4K TV, 4K sources looked great. Netflix and Amazon 4K shows looked superb. You can change the picture quality for each input the TV has to preset or customizable settings. I sent sound to my home theater in a box through the HDMI ARC channel with no issues, surround sound came through fine. The TV speakers were okay as far as any stereo TV speakers can be. All of the standard Fire TV selections are there, just with inputs and local channels available directly instead of through an app. I hooked the TV up with an Ethernet connection and had no streaming issues, everything was smooth. If you are not a Fire TV user, when setting up, you have the option to go full Fire TV, or a basic setup with just certain apps. So, you don’t have to go all in with Fire TV. Overall the TV is light and was easy to hang on an existing wall mount I had with a 200x200 VESA pattern. You get a remote with batteries, stands with screws if needed and setup guides. The TV is easy to remove since it comes inside the box in a bag with handles on it. Just pull it right out, and start setting it up. So, with on purchase, you get a 4K TV with a built in 4K Amazon Fire TV for a good price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent for the price

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    Marat
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    After deciding that we needed a new tv in our living room (ok, I needed a new toy!) I started researching all over the Internet. The general consensus seemed to be either spend as little or as much as possible. As our living room is pretty small I decided I didn’t want to go over 43” and I definitely wasn’t in the “spend as much as possible” demographic. Also, we had been using a Firestick and had become pretty comfortable with it so a Fire TV seemed to be the way to go. Unfortunately, none of them were highly reviewed. In reading other reviews it became clear that the reviewers were comparing these tv’s to sets 2-3 x’s the prices. So anyway, I chose the Toshiba Fire TV. Next was a trip to Best Buy as they had a few of the models I was researching on display. Lo and behold, the Toshiba was nowhere near as clear and sharp as the Insignia. The colors were less smeared on the Insignia and the Toshiba was hard to see if you weren’t directly in front of it. And not wanting a sound system or sound bar, I found the Insignia to actually sound pretty decent. So, alas, no Toshiba. I left with the Insignia 43” Fire TV. We’ve had it for about 3 weeks and haven’t had any real issues. Setup took a while only because it said our WIFI was slow during the update process. I never had that issue with our Firestick. I moved our router right next to the TV and I haven’t had any issues since. HBO GO will buffer for a second every few programs but it’s my understanding that that is more of an issue with the app than anything else. It also suffers from the buzzing that many LED TV’s suffer from due to the backlight setting. I’ve read that this happens on a lot of sets regardless of price. The buzzing is so minimal that I don’t even notice it unless I’m listening for it. Other than that it’s been pretty decent for the price (sale price was $229.99).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great price, good tv.

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    Anonymous
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    So I seen a few reviews some good some bad. This tv for the price us a great tv, good picture and is pretty fast with search and app loads. My previous tv was a Samsung smart tv, was very very slow poor navigation and slow loads with very few apps. The remote on this tv however (insignia) is very basic and can cause some navigation issues. However I was able to setup my cable remote to help out with this issue. One review said you cant just turn on your tv and start watching cable, you have to hunt threw menus and apps, well this tv has a feature built it, a quick start sort of thing. It remembers what you use and has a list that pops up for you to select. Aside from that it remembers what was last used, in my case we watch our cable tv so as soon as I turn on my tv and cable box it starts automatically playing cable tv without me searching for it. Now it does have a lot of pros and cons for instance my Samsung tv had built in screen mirror and our Samsung phones and tablets would connect and display what was on our phone to the tv. So this tv the insignia is more like an iPhone in the sense, sure it can screen mirror but you have to get an app for that, then get the app on you device then turn on both apps and blah blah blah. The Samsung was instant and seamless mostly, it again was slow to load but easier than this. Love the tv the menu is wonky remote to basic and like the iPhone it has an app for that so because of that it has draw backs in my mind. Samsung tv was slow and had few apps but it had the basic stuff built it, the apps for it were Facebook Netflix YouTube that sort of thing. The insignia requires a lot of functional apps to be downloaded in order to work, then the download of your common apps can come along. For the price and for a tv that isnt a primary I say this is a good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great TV

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    Tony
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    As an existing Fire TV user, I liked the idea of having the service built in so an HDMI port and a power outlet could be freed up for other devices. They did a great job of integrating the TV functions into the Fire TV platform. It is simple to switch to an HDMI port and even possible to do so via Alexa. Local channels via an antenna are also integrated. They even get placed into an on-screen program guide so I do not have to blindly change channels. The image quality is amazing. Obviously 43 inches is not exactly a big test for a 4K image but it is still excellent. The screen is really clear whether it comes to fine detail or fast motion. The audio is also really impressive for a TV. Of the flat screens I have owned over the years, this TV by far has the best audio I have heard. Of course, high quality external speakers would sound better. But this TV does an excellent job, especially if it is being used in a bedroom or somewhere it would be impractical or undesirable to use a soundbar or other types of external speakers. The one problem I ran into with this TV is that I could not figure out how to connect my computer to the TV via HDMI. It turned out to be a simple change of a setting but it took 20 minutes on the phone with tech support to figure it out because there were no instructions on how to do this via the manual. Turns out my computer uses HDMI Mode 1.4 but the TV is set to HDMI 2.0 by default. If you happen to run into the same problem, switch to the input, press and hold the Home button until the menu appears. Go to Picture>Advanced Settings>HDMI Input Mode>Mode 1 (1.4).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Terrible TV design/Good picture quality

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    Robert
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    I purchased the 43' inch yesterday for my sibling to replace a broken Samsung 40' inch. 8-9 years ago I bought the 55-inch Insignia LCD. The best TV I ever purchased and it still runs like a champ. So, I figured this 43 inch was a no brainer. Pros: Good picture. Great audio volume even at a very low number. Cons: Tv design is extremely flawed. The TV is completely dependant on the remote for volume control, smart tv features, and settings. The only two things you are able to do without the remote is power off and select inputs that is it! *Remote stopped working not 14 hours later after purchase making the TV practically useless. Customer service troubleshooting is a joke. There is basically no fix for it and your options are... they can send you a new one (10-12 business days no expedited) or return the entire TV set for exchange/refund. Additional comments: My older 55 inch Insignia is a beast it also has volume/channel control, input toggle, power on/off, menu/settings on the tv panel itself. Which makes sense in case your remote stops working or you lose it. This 43' inch is an moronic design. Why would you make a television co-dependant on a remote of all things that could break or be lost? It makes the television useless. TV manufacturers need to stop combining smart features within the TV functioning. It causes more problems. Their design was amazing years ago, but now it's junk. I will package this garbage back up and return it. I will not be purchasing insignia again until their designs change.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Secondary TV at $200

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    Mike
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    I use this as the TV in my secondary residence, where I'm only at 1-2 days a week in a smallish room. For this purpose it's sufficient. If you've never had a better quality TV then this will look good the first time you use it, However, if you've had a better one (got the TCL R617 at my primary reaidence) then you will definitely notice the difference and it's a big one. If the source quality of the movie/show is really good, not only ultra 4K but the cinematography, then the image can look decent to good. However, if either is lacking then the image can look just fair to mediocre, desaturated and shadowy, I don't watch in sun-filled rooms but this looks better in a mostly dark room with some sunlight than in an all dark room. Sound isn't anything to write home about but is not bad and better than some costlier TVs but has the mute indicator flashing in the TV and you can't turn it off (why some TVs have this is beyond me). Fire TV remote is good and fire has a good selection of apps. Got this at $229 during a sale then got an additional $30 rebate when they had a 2 day sale in Jan. Any more and I'd regret the purchase. As it is I still regret not buying at Walmart with their 90 day return as even using this 1-2 days a week I'll probably upgrade within the year to upgrade the picture, But adequate budget TV for a secondary residence or as long as you know it's picture limitations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Using as PC monitor

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    ducky
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    This 4k screen is one of the most, if not the most affordable 4K tv out there. Excellent response time even at only 60Hz I have experienced zero ghosting, tearing or other artifacts while playing BF, GTA5, World Of Warships, ect. The onboard sound sucks so make sure you get a decent set of speakers. Also, I am running 3 of these, so make sure you have a GTX1080 or better. I took a 30FPS hit at 4K in most games. my CPU is a 5 year old i5 @4ghz with a samsung ssd. (2 43" TV's and 1 50" all at 4k) The only downside to these TV vs the older 1080p tv's, is it never remember which port you were using when you turned it off, so you have to select (in my case) HDMI 1 everytime you turn it on - not a big deal at all, takes like 2 seconds. Screen clarity is amazing, much better color saturation and whites than the 40" Samsung's I used to use. Anyone that tells you that you cant us 4K TV's as computer monitors has never tried it. It works beautifully!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hello Ducky, I hope you are well, and that you are enjoying your new TV. I understand that this maybe frustrating for you to go back and forward from the home screen and the other units used. At this moment there is no that will go automatically to HDMI. However, there is a setting called "Last input used". This configurations will allow you to go the last screen you where before turning the unit off. Please follow the steps below to make this changes: Settings> Display & Sounds> Power On> Last Input used. - Pam M. Insignia Support BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good, but ..... Failed!!!

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    Nukz18
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    Here we go! I was on shopping of a new TV and i was trying to upgrade to bigger TV since i sold my 22” Westinghouse 1080p & 32” Vizio 1080p TV. I was thinking of getting a smart TV or just a regular 1080p TV since i have a Roku device to use. And I don’t want to spend too much $$$ to a newer TV so i found this Insignia 43” smart and give it a try ‘coz i used to have a Insignia brand way back and it last me for almost 9-10yrs if I remember. So bought this Insignia 43” and it perfectly fits in my room but by the time i installed it and hook up all those cable and set up the firestick, the weird thing is that when i am watching a movie im trying to make the sound loud since i have the sound bar hook up. The movie i am watching was going fast forward when i pressing my sound bar remote. So i pause the movie with the Firestick remote and control the volume again with the sound bar remote, we’ll it happens again the movie going past forward. I was like what the heck is happening with my brand new TV?. So the next day morning when I am trying to watch a movie again my TV won’t turn on, so i pressed the Firestick TV again but i failed. Wait for 5mins and no luck. So i manually pressed the button under the TV and it turn on, but the apps on the screen got freezed for no reason. I got disappointed with this TV and returned it that same day Jan 01, 2019 and i just bought this last Dec 31, 2018. Not even 24hrs i had this TV. Idk if its the Firestick that cause of it or maybe the TV itself. So i change this to another brand with the same size and lil’ bit cheaper

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good introduction to 4K

    Posted
    getdownprincess
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    My original intentions were to get a 1080p smart television but this one stood out with it's attractive price I thought it's usually worth it to spend a little more for televisions and I'll be happy when I have it in my home, and I am for the most part, although the lack of dedicated Google apps such as YouTube are annoying and the Fire TV software can be kinda wonky on occasion, and they always advertise Prime video and suggest things you can say to Alexa from the remote that comes with it. I'm not huge into Amazon's ecosystem so it's actually a little off putting but all of that is why I only take away 1 star. For the most part using it is a dream and I love the size and quality of the screen, and there actually are some really handy voice commands to switch between different HDMI outputs and going to a specific show on a specific service which I really appreciate. Keep in mind this is my first step up from non smart 1080p televisions as 4K is becoming increasingly accessible so you might not be as wowed by some of the features as I was. So all in all I was really happy with this purchase and I'd recommend this or maybe even go the extra mile and spring for a bigger version if it can fit where you want it to go because it really is worth spending a little more when it comes to televisions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing quality!

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    tmcgo510
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    I absolutely love this tv! This is the 3rd Insignia tv I have had in my home and by far, it is the most impressive. Let's start with picture quality. I could tell the picture was amazing as soon as I turned it on! Watching 4k content on this tv is great. Picture is clear and crisp. I absolutely love that this tv has Amazon Fire TV built in that streams 4k content. Fire TV is what my family and I have been using for watching streaming tv service and movies. The built in Fire TV functionality seems to be smoother and faster than on my other "plug-in" Fire TV Sticks. Built in wifi is very convenient however a wired connection is available if that works better for your home. I love the remote as well. All the Fire TV and regular tv functions at your fingertips. The remote also includes Alexa voice functionality as well. There are several dedicated buttons at the bottom. I like that, but I wish they could be customized to specific apps. We do not us PS Vue but there is a dedicated button on the remote that takes you directly to the app. My only complaint with this TV is the blue power indicator light by the power button that stays on when the tv is off. At night, it literally lights up the room which is inconvenient when attempting to sleep. I have looked through tv settings and there appears to be no way to turn off that light. All in all, this is a great tv at an amazing price. For bringing in smart tv functionality with UHD picture quality, you cannot beat it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality for the Price

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    JohnZ
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    It hasn't really been that long since we bought our last flat screen but the prices have dropped so much lately for such better quality that it was hard to resist. Throw in Fire-TV and Alexa and it is practically a no brainer, especially if you want to be a cord cutter and just get high speed net access from your provider without spending a ton of money for a higher end unit. Setup of the unit was a breeze, just have to wait a little bit for the software upgrade. Picture quality is great, especially for the price point. I wish we could get a larger screen, but this is what fits over the fireplace without doing major work. Fine when sitting at edge of screen though our room isn't that wide where it might be a problem. Sound quality is fine as the room isn't that large. No need for a soundbar, though I'm sure would be better with one, for a larger room. User interface is a bit awkward in places, all depends on what you'll frequently be doing. I like the voice input and connectivity to Echo for voice controls. Just have to "train" the eleven year old to not abuse it. For now the novelty is too new to him to care about his annoying behavior when watching TV. While the system has its own parental controls, not sure if it is worth using on top of controls from service provider. Definitely would have benefited from longer power cord.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value, pairs with Bluetooth Headphones

    Posted
    Tymcode
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    I like this thing so far, I can't get it to turn on using my Echo dot even though I have it enabled in the TV's settings, but otherwise I'm super happy. The image is very nice; not as nice as my Samsung but it was like a third of the price, and it's good enough to where I'm never going to be watching something and thinking "too bad this picture isn't better." I don't like those 120 or 240Hz TVs because they make everything look like a soap opera so I'm OK with 60Hz. 3 HDMI inputs is plenty given that I don't have to connect streaming boxes like Fire TV. I also discovered that it will pair with and use Bluetooth headphones, so I don't have to bother my housemates. I've always wondered why more TVs don't do this. Turning on closed captioning is a little tedious at first because some of the apps need it turned on separately. The remote is nice, the voice control works well, searching multiple providers (Amazon, Netflix etc.) for whatever I'm looking for. And it's kind of cool and convenient controlling my lighting with my voice on the TV remote. If you're watching Amazon videos, clicking up on the remote shows all kinds of interesting stuff and lets you jump to scenes like a DVD. I'd like to reassign the PlayStation Vue button to something I will be using like the Plex app, but I know that's probably a cross-promotion thing and will never happen for business reasons.

    I would recommend this to a friend