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Insignia™ - 43” Class – LED - 2160p – Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good display, ok remote, horrible live tv controls

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter 4K

    Posted
    bzm3j81
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV option – let down due to interface

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent for the price

    Posted
    Marat
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    A steal. Looks great in the bedroom.

    Posted
    VideoGamesAllDay
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    First let me preface this by saying I got the tv for $199. I was in the market for a cheap 4K tv and this was the one I settled on. It’s a little bright in terms of the backlight, but the picture is great. I love the Amazon Fire TV integration and being able to manage input devices with the help of Alexa. I’m also able to turn the tv off and on using my Echo Dot. The TV even has an Ethernet jack that lets me hardwire into my network which was a plus for me. There is little documentation out there for this tv and when I posed a question to Insignia I never got a response as to whether the apps on the tv are capable of displaying a 4K picture. I’m assuming yes? Overall, if you are looking for a budget 4K tv and already bought into the Amazon ecosystem this is the right move for you. Definitely would like a second one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal

    Posted
    Chris
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    Bought this one on a deal of day ad, pretty glad I did. Overall screen quality is great, not the best I've seen but it does a decent 4k HDR for streaming. Sound leaves a little to be desired but also to be expected running a screen of this size. Like the Amazon FireTV built in although the layout could be better. The app catalog is huge but also a little weird to sift through. The voice remote is a nice touch but it comes at the cost of convention. Theres no standard channel up down button and inputs are dealt with either on screen manually from home or by voice command. Tried pairing a 3rd party remote but the only button presses it mimicked were volume and power. That is a bit disappointing. The Amazon account setup was easy enough and the freedive channel is a nice touch for those not paying for prime who want content. Far from a perfect screen but impressive for what I paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TV Is Serving It's Purpose!

    Posted
    TheoneAG
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this TV mainly to have in my bedroom. It's the right size and has all the features I needed. Since I was on a budget, a Sale Price tag of $199 on this 4K Smart TV was a no brainer for me. THE GOODS: - It's an affordable 4K Smart TV - Picture quality is good, nice sound on speakers - So far Wi-Fi connectivity it's going on point, perfect to watch Netflix - The faux-brushed-metal finish edges around the screen is a nice touch, so no finger prints THE BADS: - Remote Control can be confusing for people who aren't familiar with the Fire Stick - Too many Ads, useless Apps - Standby light(Blue color) appears to be too bright once you shutoff the TV Overall is a nice TV considering the affordable price. So far it's been a month of using this TV and it's performing great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Tv for the price

    Posted
    bronx
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    So this TV has an excellent picture, god sound and an overall great performer. Only a few things bug me: 1. You cant select a permanent home screen on power up - only last input - so if you were on ps4 but would like your TV to go directly to Netflix or vice versa its not gonna happen unless that was your last input 2. its like operating a giant firestick 3. Ads can be annoying Other than this its great - ps4 look totally amazing - movies sharp and awesome - easy set up - nice emote with voice control which is A+ Yes buy this TV when the price is right -insignia 43 inch 4k HDR voice remote amazon fire tv streaming ready - $170 - wow!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Deliver more than expected

    Posted
    Addi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Bought on sale, was not expecting much. But it delivered more than expected. Awesome sound and picture quality. Happy with the purchase. I only gave 4 stars, because i am not impressed with setting. You always need to leave current video to alter the setting. Like, If you want to customize picture brightness, you can't see the actual imapct while doing the change. Because, you need to close the video to go to setting. TV should display settings on top of video/app screen and should have dedecated button in remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great deal for a 4K smart TV

    Posted
    GopherBruinEater
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    Got this to replace a 10 year Samsung LCD that cost almost 10X as much as I paid for this one. Picture is very good. Although the Fire TV interface is pretty than Roku TV it isn't as friendly for switching being devices. Roku allows you to label your devices. Also my cable TV remote doesn't allow me to switch inputs as I'm forced to use the TV remote. You can use an Echo dot and give voice commands however I don't always want to hear Alexa. TV speakers are decent and sound better than my Insiginia Roku TV. Still happy as I picked this up for $199 on sale

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great TV for the price

    Posted
    Alberta
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    I am not someone who is willing to spend thousands of dollars for the biggest, high-tech, most expensive equipment out there. TV is a form of entertainment that occupies a part of my life; it doesn’t define it. Lots of the shows and movies I enjoy wete not recorded in hogh def in the first place. So I am absolutely thrilled with the performance of this TV - the nicest one I have owned - that was very affordable and fits my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No complaints

    Posted
    Windsor
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    I have no complaints about this TV. It has a very good picture with easy setting adjustments,. It’s my first Fire Tv so I am not use to having to enter a source every time to watch but I am getting use to it. For 200 dollars it satisfies my visual requirements and the sound is very good on it. I am sure you can spend more and I have a curved Samsung model that was more than twice this price but it does the job in a very satisfactory way. Time will tell more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the price

    Posted
    TheScourge
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    This tv replaced a Samsung which had given up the ghost. Quite an improvement. The sound is the best we have had - previously we had to run the sound through the stereo to get adequate volume. For normal watching the sound level is quite good. For movies with a lot of music, however, we still use our stereo. There is an amazing improvement in picture quality. We previously - about a year ago - tried out some 4K tv's and were unimpressed. This unit delivers superior picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Insignia 43" Smart TV

    Posted
    scott
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    This is the first smart TV i have owned and so far i am pleased with the performance. Having the ability to go online to watch youtube and the integration of netflex and hulu make this easy for us to watch the shows we want. The only con i would say is watching broadcast TV. the fire remote does not have channel numbers if i wanted to switch to a particular channel. I now i have to remember the the station i.e. NBC instead of rememering channel 11. This would be the only inconvienance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy Set Up

    Posted
    bart
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Easy set up except whne it comes to using antenna input for channel scan as it does not ask you whether you want to connect to cable or antenna. First you have to do a an antenna scan and then go to other choice which then allows you to select cable. Then you do a channel scan which takes a long time.Great picture. Sound could be improved a little bit. Alexa for changing channels is nice feature but slower than using a standard remote to quickly get to channels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tv and smarter than me

    Posted
    Laurie
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    I love all the things you can do on this tv. The apps work great. It has lots of options. I didn't realize you could do so much on a tv. The only downfall I found is my ability to utilize all of them. The remote is a little too simple that I have trouble getting it to do what I am trying to do. But that is more me than the tv. Thanks to the salesman who recommended it to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good TV for the price

    Posted
    Jtsaud
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Not a bad TV, picture looks great. It features the Amazon stuff to heavily in my mind though, always starts up on Amazon home screen instead of last used input, that's annoying also not an easy setup to get it to work with Alexa devices, I was disappointed that it took me almost 30 minutes to get it paired and then the commands don't work that great. Other than that quality is good and again, good picture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great deal on Smart TV

    Posted
    bobbi
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    This TV was a great deal for the price. I finally tried hooking it up and the TV itself was simple, but hooking it up to cable did leave a bit of a challenge. I'm not a geek or have good knowledge of these type of electronics. I'm thinking through trial and error and phone calls this will be great TV. I miss the instruction booklets!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hello,

      Thank you for taking the time to to review our Smart TV. It's great to see you are happy with our great deals!

      Please feel free to contact us at anytime on #877-467-4289, for any questions. Arin - Insignia Support. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy with TV

    Posted
    mabow
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    So far I am very happy with this TV. It was extremely easy to unpack and set-up. I can finally see the screen compared to the old 20 inch box TV I had in its place. I wish the remote control had numbers and more functions, but I realized most TV's are going this new minimal approach. Negative point is I am having problems connecting it to my Echo device.

    I would recommend this to a friend