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Great Gamer TvPosted
Bought this to be a game room TV because I wanted a cheap 4k to pair with my ps4. Iam very happy with it so far, especially since it has amazon fire built in. I don't really watch movies or shows on it, but I can tell you is perfect for gaming. the picture is Crystal clear. The audio is much better than I expected, it gets really loud and bassy.
I would recommend this to a friend
This TV is way more than I thought it would be. After reading a lot of the reviews, I was mostly worried about the sound. It's loud enough for me, I haven't turned it up past ten. The colors are great and the 4k rocks. You can't beat this TV for the price!
I would recommend this to a friend
Amazing Picture and AudioPosted
I bought this for $200 during the President's Day Sale. Immediately when I turned this on I was shocked at how good it looks. I thought that this was only an LCD TV, but I got an LED LCD for $200. I knew right then that I made a good choice. I was also able to change all of the display settings that I wanted to. I upgraded from a 26 inch TV with a bunch of cool display settings and was worried that this TV would not have all of the settings that I used to have. I use this primarily for 4K gaming and it is perfect for that. Netflix looks amazing as well. The audio is so crisp. It is very noticeable compared to the cheap soundbar from Walmart that I have hooked up to it. The speakers can also handle being turned up very high. So loud to the point where it hurts your ears. I can't find an option for "Stable Sound" I am pretty bummed about that. The best thing about this TV is that it has Composite. I am able to plug my PlayStation 2 into this TV and change the Luminescence and Contrast and Brightness and Sharpness and Color to the point where it looks like you're using HDMI out of your PS2. Overall I would recommend this TV to anyone and everyone.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good, but ..... Failed!!!Posted
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
Great TV option – let down due to interfacePosted
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 didn't 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
Insignia 5 Stars, Fire TV 2 StarsPosted
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've purchased many of Insignia TVs of the years and have turned to that brand again and again for budget sets. I'm 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'll 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'm 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've 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's 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'm 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'd 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's 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'd 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'm selecting half the time. It takes a while to determine if what I'm 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