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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Toshiba Hits a Triple... lacks some basic needs

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    BADog
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    Toshiba is not currently a huge player in the TV market, but they have done a pretty good job with this TV... but not with some shortcomings. Lack of features that a basic user would want need to be added, even at this price point. The package comes with the TV, 2 detachable legs, Fire TV remote marketed for this setup, 2 AAA batteries, power cable, and user instructions. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. In addition, my pictures show the positioning of how the ports on the back of the TV are laid out. PROS: ----------- * Initial setup was simple and user-friendly. The TV automatically updates itself once connected to your network. * Extremely great picture for this price point. At $400, one of the best I've seen for a 50" TV. Watching HDR via Netflix premiere package looks phenomenal. I watched "Thor Ragnarok" and "Guardians of the Galaxy V2" and picture clarity was stunning. * With access to hundreds of apps in the Play Store, this makes for a great Smart TV option having Fire TV built-in; however, see "CONS" #4 below for possible setback. * Responsive remote, buttons solid, don't have to be aimed at TV (works via BT). * With lack of good sound via TV speakers, they can be turned off so that a sound bar or audio system can be used. It's a huge plus that both optical audio and headphone (analog) jack are available. If optical audio port is used, the speaker control (+/- button) on the Toshiba remote cannot be used; however if the headphone jack is used instead, you can use the TV speaker controls in addition to your other external speaker/system volume. * The TV uses a standard detachable TV cord instead of having a block/transformer combo (like most laptops have). * The TV includes both wi-fi and ethernet connection availability. You should generally use wired whenever possible as wi-fi antennas can degraded over time. CONS: ----------- * There is NO TV support via phone call (only phone support for their PC computers is available). Upon calling their customer support line, this was stated on the recording, and they said for support you can go to http://go.toshiba.com/tv That is NOT a preferred option for most people. The website had a knowledge base and some general support topics. * There is NO regular TV remote control (with numbers, input, settings). All settings and input controls are done via the Fire TV remote in the Settings menu from the Home page. You can use voice...but suppose you are in bed with someone that is sleeping and you want to change the channel (via antenna TV), there is no convenient way to do so without speaking and possibly waking up the other person. Was it not possible to create a full but simple regular TV remote with the Fire TV functions included? * After the TV is setup with your Amazon account, it goes to the Fire TV home page. However, if you go to HDMI 1 or 2 and decide to use another device or watch TV via cable provider...and THEN power off the TV, the next time you power on, it won't start where it left off. It will start you out on Fire TV regardless (not on HDMI 1 or 2). So if you have a cable box hooked up and use that function more than anything, you'll have to change to the HDMI input each time you power up the TV. There is no option that will keep your current input as the input used on a power off/on sequence. Toshiba should offer a firmware update to add this option. This is a big problem IMO. * Though many apps are available in the Play Store, this TV only has slightly over 4GB of internal storage. That is not good. However, the TV does have a USB port which can be used for External Storage options. I had a spare 32GB thumb drive which I plugged in... the TV asked to format the drive, so I did... and it does work as extra space. But a possible problem you now have is the fact that you can't use your USB drive for an optional power source for other USB devices if those should be used. It's workable, but having more internal memory would have been a better option. * TV offers Composite (Y/WR) input but no Component (GBR/WR) input (or combo of the two which some TVs have). OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------ * This TV appears to be more for the cord cutters out there as using HDMI or other inputs regularly could be a slight nuisance each time you power on the TV. * Onkyo 10W speakers offer as good a sound as most other TVs if you decide not to use a sound bar or audio system. It's not great, but definitely doable. Great sound from a base TV speaker system is rarely expected. * The edge of the TV is black plastic that doesn't offer a lot of visual appeal. This is minor as the main focus should be on the picture which is very good. * Because it has legs on each end instead of having a center stand, the TV cannot swivel and has to remain stationary. * TV is a bit thick (depth) so mounting may be a bit tedious. It's not very light to be mounted either at ~30 lbs. * TV is BT-capable but only connects to other Amazon Fire TV remotes, Fire TV game controllers, and other BT devices such as "other" remotes, keyboards, and mice. I was unable to pair up my phone (Samsung Note 8) with the TV in any way for Casting or other functions. * TV has the ability to connect with Alexa and be connected via Amazon Echo. I don't have an Echo so was unable to try this feature. * In addition to this TV taking updates, the remote also has to take updates. But you will only know if your remote needs to be updated if you go into the Fire TV settings and check where it states the version remote that you have. It will state there if it's up-to-date or if it needs updating. The process takes about a minute or two to update. CONCLUSION: ================= Though this is a TV with Fire TV built-in, a "regular" TV remote setup would be a great addition to the device. That's what most people are accustomed to. I'm not sure why a bigger remote with the same functions and number pad, etc couldn't have been designed for this unit. That's my biggest complaint along with the last-used input not being active after the TV is powered OFF/ON. Toshiba - can this be corrected with a simple Firmware update? If users can get around some of the inconveniences of the TV, the end result isn't very bad. Some of these flaws can be expected at this price, but given the price point, it's still a good buy. A few minor changes would make this an exceptional product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Toshiba Customer Care

      Hello,

      Thank you very much for your review of our Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition TV. Following up on your comments around TV channel tuning, there are several features available to help find and tune to your favorite channels.

      1. From the Home Screen the "Recent" row will show the channel that you last watched.

      2. Also from the Home Screen, the "On Now" row will show the last several channels that you watched. Similar to that, when you are watching a TV show, pressing the menu down key will show a channel guide which also shows the last several channels you watched.

      3. Additionally, the remote control includes a "Channel Guide" button, which lists all the available TV channels. When you are in the channel guide, pressing the Menu button on the remote will give you options to save stations to a Favorite Channel list, and also to show the Favorite Channel list or All channels.

      UPDATE 07/18/18: We take customer's feedback very much into consideration so we have recently enabled a software update that provides a new feature that allows the TV to power up directly to the last input you were watching. This software will be automatically downloaded to the TV when your TV is connected to your home network. You can also check for new software updates from the Settings menu: from that menu navigate to Device & Software -> About -> Check for System Update. If new software is available it will then update.

      To change the TV to power up directly to the last input setting, press the Home button on your remote control and select the Settings menu. Then select the Display & Sounds menu and change the Power On setting to Recent row. With this new setting, the TV will power up to the last input that was watched. Keep enjoying your new TV!

      Arely R. - Toshiba Support

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      Dan, Best Buy Customer Support

      BADog - Thank you for your feedback. Often our Tech Insider Network program participants will receive a product before it is available to the general public & notification will accompany that product that the manufacturer may not yet be ready to offer full support until the product launches. That was the case with this product, but as of today (6/22/18), this product is now available to ALL customers and support is now fully available both online and by phone at: tv.toshiba.com 1-855-527-2411 Thanks again for your feedback! - Dan

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive and affordable 4K TV fire TV edition

    Posted
    Goncho
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    We’ve had this TV for 3 weeks already and it has been positioned as our main TV replacing our aging Sony HD 42’ flat screen TV in the living room. This is our first time owning a Toshiba and my whole family has been satisfied enjoying 4K and HD content. Initial Setup: initial setup was a breeze, except for the fact that it needed your Amazon account in order to get Apps installed (I am not really fond of having Amazon snooping on what we consume). I also have a Roku 4K that I bought from BestBuy, so I was not initially much comfortable adding my Amazon account, but I decided to configure it with my Amazon Prime account to try some of the Apps. Setup was easy, I had the TV running after a few minutes (after upgrades). Initial home screen reminds me a little of the Xbox One home screen, but well, this one has access to the different HDMI ports and settings for display and audio. I also added PIN protection to disable buying content automatically. YouTube, Netflix and other Apps installed just fine. Roku 4k seems like a redundant device, but I decided to have it connected permanently, mainly because we have gotten used to it on the other TVs. Display (settings): I was not really bought into the 4K frenzy. Yes going to BestBuy and Costco, one could tell that 4K seemed more enjoyable; however, a few feet behind, HD and 4K wouldn’t be that different I would say, but I was wrong, 4K is just awesome. Colors are vibrant (well other TVs may be comparable provided settings are adjusted accordingly) and out of the box, I only had to do minor adjustments (e.g. decrease brightness for the Cable TV HDMI connection). Interestingly, the display settings are per HDMI port. One HDMI port for Cable TV, other for Xbox One, and the last one for Roku 4K, and each one has its own (slightly different) settings. There is a vast series of parameters to configure which I assume can satisfy the most demanding videophiles. Also, there is automatic preconfigured settings that can be used if you don’t want to spend much time paying with the settings. We have content in SD, HD and 4K. 4K no doubt brings the best, HD doesn’t disappoint, but SD is just not very enjoyable, it might be also because of the size of the screen, at 50” the coarse “pixels” are clearly noticeable and some odd colors may result as well (I would have expected for the TV to make some adjustments to the quality but I think it doesn’t, I might be wrong). For example, watching the Soccer World Cup in SD was not vey enjoyable, one game in which the goalkeeper had a yellow outfit when focused closely, suddenly it turned orange from the distance with a halo yellowish effect. Other SD content was more enjoyable though. I would recommend this TV for HD and 4K content consumption. Audio: I was having issues connecting my 5.1 Sony audio system with the TV, so I decided to just give it a try to the built-in speakers, this one is really 5 points, sound is excellent (at least when compared to other devices with Audio that we have at home), it is so good that it feels like we don’t need our Audio system to be hooked up (well we will have the Audio system hooked up :) at some point). I am planning on setting up my Sony receiver with this TV (this will eat one of the HDMI ports leaving only two if I want a direct connection to the TV, though). Connectivity: glad there is still at least one old composite Audio/video port available, so I can use my classic PS2 console to play some old school games. I am disappointed that there are only 3 HDMI ports! My old Sony has 5, plus other old school connections. Software: So far, the fire TV edition hasn’t disappointed, navigation and the like feels easy enough. Besides easy access to all Amazon content, Alexa is being sold as one of the prominent features. We don’t like digital assistants, or for that matter, a disruptive agent that learns what we do and the like, so we haven’t used Alexa at all. I assume we could be happier telling orders to it, but I don’t mind using the remote(s) to access what I want. If at some point the “espionage” level of Alexa and Amazon levels down, then I might consider it. Lastly on this matter, to be fair, the software feels well crafted, so a compliment to Amazon. Others: - Remote control felt very over simplified at first and I suspected it was that way to entice people to interact with Alexa. We don’t use Alexa, and so far we’ve had no real issues with the remote control except for having to type the PIN whenever we are making some configuration change or accessing the Apps. - I got the feeling that this TV was too heavy and it seemed to be thicker to other similar devices (other brands such as Vizio). I needed help to place it on top our TV stand. I shouldn’t complain though, at least the construction of this device feels solid when compared to others. - Finally, this is our first 4K TV and we may be biased to give it a 5 start rating, but given the range of settings for Video for this TV, I can tell one can definitely configure it to be at par with other more high end 4K TVs, so a 5 is well deserved.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    VERY Nice 4K HDR TV at a Great Price!

    Posted
    Wraith
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    Now this may sound stupid, because it probably is, but I already had a nice 4K TV that was less than 2 years old but didn't have HDR. It was beautiful and did a great job as my 'man cave' TV for movies and Xbox gaming. Since I purchased that TV I have upgraded my Xbox to the One X with HDR and I have a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player so I have been itching to see how much of a difference the HDR thing really makes. I can now definitively say that, to me, the upgrade to HDR is worth it. It is especially worth it when you can get this in a $400 TV! I used to own a lot of Toshiba stuff back in the day but for some reason they seemed to never be on my short list for the longest time. I know the TV market has gotten saturated with a lot of new players and perhaps they just weren't getting the shelf space that they used to. Well, this price point and these features should definitely put it on the map for you if you had kind of forgotten about them like I had. I have run several 4K Ultra HD movies through this TV and they look stunning though to tell you the truth these I had a hard time actually seeing the HDR effect even with both TVs side by side. Perhaps it is my selection of movies/TV shows (lots of sci-fi) but if that was all it was I would have been pretty disappointed. Looked awesome, but not worth getting a new TV over. Now when I started playing some of my Xbox One games that have been optimized for 4K and HDR, THEN I could tell the difference. Perhaps it is because a movie or a TV show is short compared with the time spent in a game. Some of these games I have been playing for an unfortunate number of hours and I know them extremely well so the differences really popped. Areas that previously had been a tad dark and almost muddy now had detail in them. Colors seem more 'correct' or perhaps more lifelike. Also, in some games I would have to boost the brightness to even really play it (or play in the dark) to get enough contrast (and this was on a really high-rated big name 4K TV). Now the plain Game mode is just perfect because and I don't have to wash out the colors with increased brightness. BTW, that had nothing to do with the 'realness' of the colors, that is actually most pronounced in well-lit parts of the game. The Amazon Fire being built in is nice, though my other TV also had a great selection of apps as well (to include Prime Video). I don't have much use for Alexa, so that is neither a positive or a negative for me. The homepage feature when you turn on the TV is also helpful but if you don't agree you can turn that feature off. So what are the drawbacks that are obviously there for a $400 4K HDR TV. The big one is that it is big, or actually it is thick. While the 50' only weighs a little over 40lbs, I'n not sure this would look as great hanging on a wall as some other TVs. Fortunately I have a TV stand for this anyway that holds all the players and the TV and leaves wall space for movie posters and an 'I Love Me' wall. This is not a sleek bezel-less design that 'disappears' while viewing. It is a lot of plastic and more plastic. Toshiba put the money into this for the screen and I'm happy with that. Again, perhaps not your show TV that you have for all to see but for a game room or bedroom TV, this is a winner. If you have been waiting for a good TV at a great price with HDR support, you won't be disappointed in the picture that the Toshiba Fire TV Edition gives you. If you have been waiting even for a 4K upgrade, then this is a no-brainer and is an awesome TV at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tv, remote is awful!

    Posted
    HoustonStrong

    I'm glad I waited a few weeks to write this review, because my initial reaction was to give it one star. Let me start by saying that this tv is in the bedroom, and we have cut the cord (well technically we got rid of satellite, so we cut the dish). I put an antenna in the attic and can pull in over a hundred channels (only 15-20 or so are worth watching, but still not too bad). We also use or have used Amazon Prime, Netflix, Sling TV, and a number of other online apps. There have been no issues with streaming to the tv, everything works great, and our tv does not have any problems staying connected by wifi, even on the opposite side of our house from the router. Streaming through the built in Amazon Fire TV has been just as easy to use as our Fire TV box that we have, perhaps even a bit quicker. There are also lots of apps to choose from and many more that you can easily add. For streaming, I would rate it 5/5 stars. The picture is quite good, although not as good as our more expensive LG tv in our living room. However, it also cost a lot more than this tv did. As I said, we have an antenna we use to pull in OTA (over the air) channels. A lot of those channels are broadcast only in standard definition. The default of this tv is to stretch the 4:3 ratio channels to fit the entire screen. However, this produces a very poor, unnatural picture. If you want it to look normal then go into the display setting and turn the 4:3 stretch setting to "no." This will show standard definition channels in the older 4:3 format, with the black bars on the sides, but at least it looks natural. I don't watch many SD channels, but when I do they are at least watchable now. I'm giving this tv 5/5 stars for the picture quality for the price paid, and would rate it about 4.5 start for the picture quality overall. The thing that really bothered me about this tv, and still does to this day, is the remote control. It is the weak point of this setup and almost made me return this tv. The remote is very similar in looks and function to an Amazon Fire TV remote, if you are familiar with that. It is easy to use to pull up apps and stream or to change different inputs. You can even speak into the remote to do this. However, for someone like me who likes to channel surf in the bedroom late at night, and not wake my wife, it's almost a dealbreaker. There is no way to enter channel numbers with this remote. Sure, I can speak into it and change the channel, but I'm already using the bluetooth to connect to my headphones so my wife isn't disturbed while she sleeps. Speaking into a remote control to change channels is not an option. So the only way to change the channel is to click down on the remote, and keep clicking to the right until I find the channel I want to watch. It is so much easier just to enter the numbers on is once you are used to using it. And the channels are listed by name (or call numbers/letters), not by channel number. There are many channels which I had no idea what the call letters were, but I know the channel number. You might not have thought about it this way before, but now you will need to. There also is no last channel button on the remote. So once again you will need to click the down portion of the select circle, then move to the right to choose the other channel. No 1 button function here. Because of this I give the remote 1/5 stars. I did purchase a Toshiba universal remote that has numbers on it and works with this tv (kind of). It powers it on and increases the volume. The channel up and down don't work on it, and the last channel button doesn't as well. So it is basically worthless to me other than it having the numbers on it. I've decided that isn't enough to warrant keeping 2 remotes on my nightstand. So for now I just use the remote it came with, and only watch a handful of channels on my tv that are easy to access. Toshiba, if you read this, please come up with a better solution for us channel surfers and people who like to flip back and forth between 2 channels. We need channel numbers, and a last channel button!!! Overall, the remote wasn't bad enough for me to take the tv back, but it was very close! I would recommend the tv and have enjoyed it. Although. writing this review, I can once again tell how much this poorly thought out remote control upsets me, and how close Toshiba came to a great setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding 50in 4k TV with Alexa functionality

    Posted
    gonzaloejimenez
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    Since the TV market has been in the hands of a couple of big brands, it is nice to see Toshiba back in this market with this model that offers features that compete at the same level and offers great video quality as well as sound. Unpackaging was straight forward. It took me 15 min. The box comes with the tv, 2 printed Quick start guide in English and Spanish, Fire tv remote, 2 detachable legs, 2 AAA batteries and a power cable. Initial setup was smooth, once you turn on the tv it starts to look for network connectivity. I have it connected wired so it automatically started to look for firmware updates and once the update is finished, an interactive tutorial took place. You can also have wireless connectivity. I highly recommend to follow the tutorial, it is not long and you will learn the basics of the tv. Now, the first thing that is noticeable is the resolution and colors. The video quality is outstanding, it really is a 4k HDR. I have 2 other tv’s, 4 years old and a tv that is one year old. The last one is a 4k, but with the Toshiba, blacks are black. Every single color is brilliant and the little details of the picture is amazingly clear, not saturated or white. Without changing the factory default it has an amazing picture, video resolution, it is a true 4k Ultra HDR picture quality that gives a superior TV experience, I will say more vivid or lifelike. Even the Antenna local channels program looks great on this TV! I have a Sony Blu ray 4k player, and I couldn’t have enjoyed more watching Thor Ragnarok, not to mention the Sound, which was clear, and loud, only using the internal built in ONKYO speakers. Let’s talk about the functionality, for what I need, it has everything you need to connect the TV to any device available in the market. Starting by the Coax Cable jack in, which I use a lot, I have an exterior antenna to watch the air digital channels, through the tv settings, you can start the Search for digital channels. There is also a Lan Port for wired connectivity, RCA AV in, Stereo Jack audio out, Digital Optical Output, 3 HDMI ports, one of this is an ARC port, and one USB port. Through the USB you can view pictures stored in a USB drive, or Use it as additional storage for the TV which I found very useful. The ARC Port is a feature I loved. I have a Soundbar that I connected to this TV. The ARC feature doesn’t come enable by default, so in order to enable this feature you will have to turn on HDMI-CEC In order for them to turn on HDMI-CEC they need to do the following Go into Settings/Display & sounds/ HDMI-CEC Device control and switch it to ON. Now, I decide to add the Soundbar at the very end, just for testing purposes, because I have to say that the Built in TV speakers are great! I was really surprised about the performance and the power of the sound, and reading the specs I found out why. This TV comes with Onkyo Speakers. I you don’t care about having 5.1 sound, the Toshiba built in TV speakers will please you for sure. This is something that you will not find on any of the other popular brands. The TV is sturdy, but not bulky, which make me feel confident and reliable because it doesn’t feel flimsy or weak comparing to the others TV in the market.The remote is pretty simple, few keys, but well designed, you can do everything you need with the way the keys are distributed. And I also noticed, that if you have just a little experience with previous TVs, you can easily learn how to operate this one, it is completely intuitive. Now, during the initial setup you add or create a Amazon Account, you can enjoy all the benefits of having Alexa with the mic located in the remote. You can change the HDMI port, ask for a specific, video, or app or anything, through voice command, and it will do it. Because it has the ability to connect with Alexa, it be connected via Amazon Echo. The remote includes 4 buttons that are preset to Prime Video, HBO, Netflix and Playstation Vue. You can also assign names to the HDMI inputs so you can say “Alexa switch to HDMI1” or “switch to WII.” Can be paired with an echo device so you don’t even need to use the remote voice button and can go hands free with your TV experience. Having Amazon Fire TV built into the TV in combination with Alexa makes a huge step up into the TV technology nowadays. By far, this Toshiba TV is impressive! For just $400 you can have a 50in TV with all these features and great video and sound quality, as well as the Alexa functionality, it is a great choice for someone who is looking for all these features at an affordable price. I would highly recommend this budget-friendly and great quality 4K TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 4K LED TV

    Posted
    cinsteadofak
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    After my last experience with an under-$500 LED TV (a Samsung), I was dubious that I’d find a worthwhile LED TV within this price range. Therefore I was surprised that Toshiba was able to produce a cost conscious LED TV while maintaining fundamental features, such as a great picture and sound. Setup The setup was pretty straight forward. I decided to use a wall mount instead of the legs and I had no problem installing it. The TV sticks out about 5 inches from the wall, which is about the same depth as the soundbar. The initial programming gave step-by-step instructions and choices, which were easily understood. After the setup was complete, I was watching a show, and the TV randomly locked out the screen, requesting I kept the remote within a close distance while it updated (this took about 3 minutes). I’m hoping this isn’t a frequent occurrence. Picture Even though I believe the picture quality is better than most of the TVs within this price range, I felt it was not as good as other 4K competitors. I can’t really fault Toshiba for this since they are about half the price. Sound I am not a fan of internal speakers, but the quality and volume of sound this TV produces is amazing. I was very impressed with how clear the voices were and how loud the speakers were. Pros Rapid startup Good, clear picture Little motion blur Well-balanced speakers Cons Remote randomly updated and blocked picture for about 3 minutes after setup was complete Thicker frame than competitors I would readily recommend this TV to anyone who has a budget of less than $500 and doesn’t want to sacrifice important features. I believe this is one of the best TVs within its class and price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Tv

    Posted
    Buffalorose
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    This TV is replacing a Vizio 48” 3D as our secondary TV. My husband unpacked it and was able to pull it out of the box by convenient cutouts on the wrapping plastic. We ordered an outdoor OTA to pickup “live TV. Since it is a smart TV, we easily connected WiFi and since we are in a very rural area, we connected to Dish satellite TV. Unfortunately, none of these connections as we have them set up will offer 4K programming so I can’t speak to that important aspect yet. Our satellite internet provider restricts us to 420p and we have ordered a 4K joey from Dish and a 4K DVD player to acess the 4K services. However, All of the setup was very easy. There was a quick start sheet included but on line no true detailed guide that I could find. That being said, the on screen setup was VERY simple. The tv easily connected to my WiFi and once I entered my password everything began downloading with minimal input from me. If you want full benefit from online content, you will need to have an Amazon account. I already had one so just entered my password. There are many things I like about this tv, but there are many things to learn. I have always used custom color display setups. This tv adjusts colors based on each type input. Our dish is connected to hdmi 1. I can chose several precalculated color setting on hdmi1 or customize them to my taste for the Dish. Same is true for the antenna. That enables us to make the colors true to life based on the input we are using. Very nice featuresince all transmissions are not the same quality. The sound from the TV speaker seems to be pretty good. We generally use external speakers from a surround system, but haven’t set that up as yet. Another feature I enjoy is watching OTA (this TV calls it “live tv”). Nowadays, we can get a channel guide showing “upcoming” programming for OTA channels. Nice. Being “old school”, some of the many features are a bit confusing. I do miss seeing channel numbers and there are no numbers on the included remote. With our internet being satellite, we have to monitor our data usage. 150gigs per month. Streaming indiscriminately is not possible, and streaming is only allowed at 420p, anything over that is buffered (slooow). One nice feature for us is a data counter. I was able to set when our data replenishes each month, set a limit on how much data we want to use on programming and receive an alert when we reach it. Then there is Alexa. The remote is fairly small with no numerical keypad. To interact with Alexa, you have to hold the microphone button and speak to her. It works very well and she is very responsive. Personally, I prefer to “do it myself” but those who grew up in the tech age will probably enjoy this. One last thing that was a fun surprise. There is a screen saver when the tv is inactive. I looked up and some of my personal photos were scrolling through a slide show. I had forgotten that I had uploaded some pics to Amazon cloud drive last year. That was really cool that Alexa knew that. OR maybe kinda creepy! Lol. This is a cool tv and I can’t wait to see 4K programming. Try it, if you have good internet this is a game changer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful set 5 stars esp bang for $$.

    Posted
    mojo
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    For background: I've watched a 40" plasma set from 2011 for many many years now and have been plenty pleased with it. Back in the day, LCD sets were not the greatest when it came to blacks and I've just felt no need to replace the plasma set for that and other reasons. So when the opportunity to check out this Toshiba came along I figured "Why not?" Let's see what the new guys can do compared to the old boys. 1st of all, the picture...the reason we watch TV. Let there be no doubt...blacks are black.Colors are pleasing, not overly saturated or unnatural looking. Mind you, my viewing is done with all settings are at factory defaults. +1 Size, weight, ability to use my existing TV stand: Ok, somewhat subjective but this was as simple as unplugging the sound bar, electric & HDMI cables, swapping out the sets, and reconnecting. I like simple! +1 Channel assortment: I'm a long-time ROKU user so was interested in checking out Fire TV. Still early on but it's ok. Plenty of channels - I'm an Amazon Prime user and the selection of available choices is much greater than for non-members [that's the "hook"]. The usual assortment of channels is available to include Internet radio. Ease of navigation could be refined as tad, though. +1 On-air TV channels: I know, who watches OTA TV anymore? Well, having an old amplified TV antenna stashed away, I was happily surprised at the tuner in the set. Even with the antenna in a poor location and not aimed with any precision, I was blown away at the channels pulled in. Well done! +1 I tinkered with Alexa and did not find it useful. Others might find it helpful, not me, it won't be missed. And I'm sure not installing a listening device in my home. Not going to happen, Jeff! +0 Lone negative experience: for whatever reason [software update?] the set worked great with my wireless network the first day/night and has not been able to connect since. Tried changing protocols, passwords, rebooting the set to factory defaults, restarting the router [Uverse]...nada, zip, zilch...it fails to connect. Every. Time. I suspect a firmware/software update that first night/early morning of the next day as prior updates had been made with no ill effects. So yeah, have to use a cable. -1 By my completely arbitrary scoring method, the set crosses the finish line at +3. My old plasma gets donated this weekend. Job well done, Toshiba and BB!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great budget-friendly 4K Fire TV

    Posted
    NateN
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    After testing all of its features during the past several days, I would highly recommend this budget-friendly 4K TV. Worth noting, I have multiple TVs with various versions of Roku attached via HDMI and was hesitant to try a TV that has a built in streaming service other than my Roku experience. However, I am very pleased with the Fire TV software within the Toshiba. Seeing as I am new to Fire TV, those reading this may already be familiar with how it works. I like how all the apps and over-the-air TV are shown on the home screen without having to change inputs. In addition to videos and live TV, there is also a large selection of games that can be downloaded and played via a connected Bluetooth device, which I figure I could use an Xbox One controller. However, I did find it annoying that the over-the-air channels were listed in the guide in alphabetical order according to network name (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc) instead of the channel number that I am used to for my local area. It would be nice to see an update that allowed the user to decide if it should be sorted by network name or channel number. Also, the remote took some getting used to. There are no channel up/down buttons and the 4 'sponsored' buttons are preset to Prime Video, HBO, Netflix and Playstation Vue. It would be nice if you could customize those to different channels/apps. Also, a backlit remote would have been a nice touch since I like to watch TV in a dimmed room. On to the actual TV review. It is listed as 4K with HDR but nowhere on the packaging does it say it has HDR capability and there are no settings within the software that mention it either. Also, it is about 3.7 inches thick and I was hoping for something quite a bit thinner to make it look sleeker to not stick out as much since I have it wall-mounted. On a positive, I know it is listed as 10W audio, but I am personally pleased with the sound from the Onkyo speakers. Also, even though the video/display preference settings are minimal, there are still enough options to tweak the picture to your liking and the quality of the video is excellent. To be fair, most of my nitpicking has to do with the software and not the actual Toshiba TV and its good quality. There is always the possibility that future Fire TV updates will improve the user-experience. Overall, there are more positive features than negative that I would recommend it to others looking for a 4K TV with built-in streaming services.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Toshiba Customer Care

      Hi,

      Thank you very much for your review of our Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition TV. Following up on your comments around TV channel tuning, there are several features available to help find and tune to your favorite channels.

      1.From the Home Screen the "Recent" row will show the channel that you last watched.

      2.Also from the Home Screen, the "On Now" row will show the last several channels that you watched. Similar to that, when you are watching a TV show, pressing the menu down key will show a channel guide which also shows the last several channels you watched.

      3.Additionally, the remote control includes a "Channel Guide" button, which lists all the available TV channels. When you are in the channel guide, pressing the Menu button on the remote will give you options to save stations to a Favorite Channel list, and also to show the Favorite Channel list or All channels.

      4. And finally, you can use your Voice Remote with Alexa to tune directly a TV station. With voice commands you can tune by channel number or the name of the TV station.

      We hope this clarifies the features on your new TV.

      Arely R. - Toshiba Support

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very good experience

    Posted
    Hikergal
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I wanted to put a TV in a guest bedroom without paying for an additional cable hookup, and the Toshiba Smart – 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition was the right way to go. Before I moved the TV to its permanent home, I hooked it up to a cable outlet and Blu-ray player and tried it out. No matter what input I used – Wi-Fi, Blu-ray, or cable – this TV delivered excellent reception, a high quality picture, good sound, and all around good performance. The affordable price makes everything even better. The good experience began with the packaging. The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a diagram for how to remove everything from the box and how to separate the TV from its Styrofoam cocoon. I have kept that diagram in case I ever need to re-box the unit, because I know from experience that what appears obvious when you’re unpacking equipment is often far from obvious when you need to repackage it. The next good experience was how easy it was to attach the feet to the TV and hook up the various wires and cables. There again was a very straightforward diagram that allowed me to do this alone and get everything right the first time in about 5 minutes. The only thing left to do was to strip off the protective plastic film, insert the batteries into the remote, and turn everything on. Set up was a breeze. Onscreen directions walked me through everything, and as soon as I had entered in the Wi-Fi, Amazon, and Netflix passwords and allowed for a software update, I had access to everything. The closest thing I can think of to an inconvenience is for users who usually watch TV using the cable input. When you turn on the TV, it opens to the Fire TV option, not the last viewed input. However, the opening screen does display the Recent, Last Viewed, and On Now content, and you can just click on your desired option. It takes just a second to accomplish this. I couldn’t be happier with the Toshiba Smart – 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition and wouldn’t hesitate to use it as my primary TV. Indeed, whenever my husband or I want to go off and watch TV alone, we go to the guest bedroom and use this TV instead of watching the higher-priced TV in our master bedroom. If (when?) the day comes that we finally cut the cable cord, we will either move this TV into our den or buy another one for that location, because it makes streaming so convenient and simple. A very good experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazon Fire with Alexa Makes Smart TVs Smarter

    Posted
    TravisJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    So far, this TV has been impressive! We watch a lot of shows from streaming services as well as standard cable. Being able to use the Alexa remote to switch between services, inputs, channels, and more makes navigating between all the services convenient. Pros: -TV was packaged well and everything was intact. -Transferred my mounting hardware from old TV to the this tv, uses standard mounting positions. -Setup was easy – connecting to the internet and setting up apps are done through a first-time use setup wizard. I opted for wireless connection and it doesn’t have any problems connecting or streaming. -The 4k screen looks really nice. You can really tell the difference when gaming consoles upscale the resolution from 1080p to 4k -Volume is loud and clear, I’ve yet to test my sound bar with this TV (more on this later). -3 HDMI inputs and can use Alexa voice assistant to switch between inputs instead of button mashing to get where you want. You can also assign names to the HDMI inputs so you can say “switch to cable” or “switch to xbox” instead of whatever HDMI they’re plugged into. -Can be paired with an echo device so you don’t even need to use the remote’s voice button and can go hands free with your TV experience. Cons: -The TV currently boots up to either the home screen or recent screen. I would like it to default to the most recently used HDMI input. -This is nit-picky but I’ve never been a fan of the amazon fire remotes. When I reach across with my thumb the remote shifts in my hand and makes it hard to for me to use, although this is likely just a “me” problem. -This TV is a bit more “glary” than my previous TV. I believe this could just be where I remounted it and I’ve not got the angle correct, or maybe there’s just less dust on the new one. -Smart TV’s can be a bit daunting if you’re a first time user. It’s worth the effort to learn though. Final Thoughts: Having Amazon Fire TV built into the TV in combination with Alexa makes for a really great TV. The evolution of TV’s have been slow beyond resolution, but this is definitely the next step.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Toshiba Customer Care

      Hello TravisJ,

      Thank you very much for your review comments on our new 50" Amazon Fire TV Edition TV. We take customer's feedback very much into consideration so we have recently enabled a software update that provides a new feature that allows the TV to power up directly to the last input you were watching. This software will be automatically downloaded to the TV when your TV is connected to your home network. You can also check for new software updates from the Settings menu: from that menu navigate to Device & Software -> About -> Check for System Update. If new software is available it will then update.

      To change the TV to power up directly to the last input setting, press the Home button on your remote control and select the Settings menu. Then select the Display & Sounds menu and change the Power On setting to Recent row. With this new setting, the TV will power up to the last input that was watched. Keep enjoying your new TV!

      Arely R. - Toshiba Support

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Sure What to Rate

    Posted
    Jeanette
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm not sure how or what to rate this tv yet, we purchased it for my daughter 2 days ago and unboxed it finally yesterday morning and connected to WIFI just fine. I got all excited because of the big screen with all the apps that she would be able to use etc, then we came onto please login to your amazon account. I order from amazon all the time, we've had a prime account for years, i have 3 firesticks loaded throughout the house, so for the fact that this tv has all the perks loaded into one seemed to be a great option. My downfall is it will not login to my account, I called customer service with amazon through my prime service on my phone and he told me that since it was a Toshiba Fire TV, he would not be able to troubleshoot or figure out why it would not logon....to me it seemed like an amazon problem bc it would load on my phone but not on the tv right? I ended up getting on the phone with Toshiba, he asked me when I bought the tv, my response being literally last night, and he says well you are still within the return warranty window you can take it back. Our team is aware of the problem and you aren't the only one who has called in that hasn't been able to login to access the tv options. With that being said, I wouldn't mind if she couldn't use the netflix, hulu, HBO, amazon, etc right now, I understand that things happen and software shuts down and has to be updated and fixed, but there's no way of getting around logging in to your account on this tv. I tried logging in through full version, which is already having an account and it telling me that my password or email was wrong, and basic version, which just kept going to an error screen and not letting me just connect to an HDMI to watch cable or even a dvd player. Seems like there would be a bypass option if there are technical difficulties with what the tv was purchased for, which was all the perks and apps, but just to be able to plug in and watch regular tv would be nice. We don't live near where we bought this tv, so for me to have to unmount it, box it back up, and take it back to the store isn't just as easy as it sounds. Not sure what to do still holding on to not being able to get past the login state....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Various issues

    Posted
    nospam77
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I decided to go for a Fire TV because I like the Amazon 4K Firestick so much. First alarming surprise, no response from remote! Turned out one of the batteries provided was completely dead. Wew, relief. It was really annoying that the TV kept exiting the picture set up screens as I looked for the next setting in this picture calibration from www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/toshiba/amazon-fire-tv-2018/settings When you take too long between settings it exits and you have to renavigate to wherever you were. The picture settings are custom to each type of input. When setting them for streaming input the video does not continue. For over the air TV you can make settings while the TV show continues to run. This and the fact that it's a bit of a route to get to the settings makes tweaking the picture while viewing clumsy. It's more of a set it and forget it thing. The TV guide for antenna TV does not list the TV station number and is not listed in order of the TV stations. After you make a selection like ABC you will see the actual station number. So you have to adapt to a new way to select TV stations and remember networks and names rather than station numbers. With another TV set I have I control the volume of a receiver with my 4K Firestick. Turns out you can't do that with this TV unless maybe through an ARC HDMI connection? I assumed I would be able to pair the TV remote with my receiver the way I did with a Firestick but I can't so I have to turn on the receiver (which gets sound from the TV's fiber optic output) and control the volume with a seperate remote. I found information from RTINGS.com helpful partly because I could compare many aspects with other TVs I have. https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/toshiba/amazon-fire-tv-2018 My star rating takes price into account.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good TV; Less Boxes; Great for CordCutters

    Posted
    Ebonovic
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    So plain and simple, this is a next chapter in our television experiences... the built in Amazon Fire, now IN the TV... changes things a little. One less box, all integrated and tightly bound... wrapped up in a stunning picture and sound. The remote is almost identical to your modern Fire TV remote. Has the Voice options, so you can control it via Alexa... you can also search and play content. The TV starts right up into the Amazon Fire TV menu/screen. From there you have access to ALL of your setup content: DIRECTV Now, CBS Access, Netflix, NBC, History, Amazon Prime, etc... it appears anything that was available on Amazon Fire TV (Standalone) is available here...(I haven't found anything that isn't). You also have access to external boxes, via 3 HDMI inputs (on the LEFT side of the TV)… 4k UHD ready, gives you a STUNNING picture. Dolby kicks out the sound in good fashion, and this TV can get LOUD. Very light... especially for 50"... while one person COULD mount it by themselves, make it easy... use two. But this TV has to be at least half the weight of my 6 year old Sharp 43" that it is replacing. Takes about 5+ minutes to get the software updated when you first start. I used a HARDLINE ethernet connection (Because I had one). So I didn't try the Wireless, but it is there. So for the most part, all positive. My two negatives, and why I gave it 4 stars. First: If you are not a pure cord-cutter, and still use external devices (like a DIRECTV box) as your primary source of video... you need to use the OEM TV remote, each and every time you start to select the HDMI input. Second: The power cord is short, about 6ft. depending on your mounting situation, this may lead to problems. Upside, it is removable, thus you can get a bigger one from Amazon or somewhere else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Toshiba Customer Care

      Hello Ebonovic,

      Thank you very much for your review comments on our new Amazon Fire TV Edition TV. We take customers feedback very much into consideration so we have recently enabled a software update that provides a new feature that allows the TV to power up directly to the last input you were watching. This software will be automatically downloaded to the TV when your TV is connected to your home network. You can also check for new software updates from the Settings menu: from that menu navigate to Device & Software -> About -> Check for System Update. If new software is available it will then update.

      To change the TV to power up directly to the last input setting, press the Home button on your remote control and select the Settings menu. Then select the Display & Sounds menu and change the Power On setting to Recent row. With this new setting, the TV will power up to the last input that was watched. Keep enjoying your new TV!

      Arely R. - Toshiba Support

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you are looking for quality-affordable LED TV

    Posted
    GEJF
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This Toshiba TV is outstanding! You can have not only a 50in TV with LED TEchnology and great quality color resolution, but sound as well as (Onkyo Speakers) and Alexa functionality, it is a wise choice if you are looking for affordable and being pleased with all the features included on this TV. It also have the Sling TV app free for 3 months, and after that $25/m which makes me consider seriously to get rid of my cable subscription. It is really a 4k HDR. Every single color is brilliant and the little details of the picture is neat, You dont need to change the factory default, the way it comes configured makes an amazing picture. Ports are: Lan Port for wired connectivity, RCA AV in, Stereo Jack audio out, Digital Optical Output, 2 HDMI ports, and 1 HDMI ARC port, and one USB port. The USB is just for viewing pictures stored in a USB drive, or as an additional storage for the TV. The HDMI ARC feature doesn’t come enable by default, so in order to enable this feature you will have to turn on HDMI-CECIn. The initial Setup is very simple, you can setup you Netflix, Youtube or amazon account and it will find automatically all the Wireless networks available, all you have to do is add your Password. The remote has a simple and intuitive configuration, few keys but enough to manage all the features you need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tv Zion kodi Mobdro

    Posted
    PodestaArt
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The only reason I bought this tv is because it’s an android platform smart tv and I refuse to give a penny to the mockingbird media or any spirit cooking celebrities. Unlike most smart TVs I can add all my favorite add ons without a firebox. I use kodi for live cable channels some 4K movies (without real debrid) and use Zion tv for 1080 movies and tv shows (fast amazing free) I like how the antenna tv shows up in the amazon tool bar, reminds me of the uverse menu. The picture quality is a little grainy in 1080, not sure the tv does much upscaling and in uhd it’s only impressive when cameras zoomed in on characters. Still looks good for 199.99 43in android tv that does everything i want it to with one remote and 0 hdmi plugs in use. I have access to everything and only pay for a vpn, prime,internet and 100.00 refurbished router. Someone who owns a 3000.00 4K with good upscaling would be disappointed with picture quality but it’s perfect for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GREAT T.V. FOR THE PRICE

    Posted
    HeaterHenry
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a great T.V. for an unbeatible price. We have 7 other T.V.'s (four 4k's and three non-4k's). For the first two days we set up our new Toshiba right below our 2 year old Samsung 4k T.V. for comparison and discovered the following: PROS: Viewing from side angles is more than acceptable. And it's definitely crisp and bright enough. Has vivid colors. No steaming problems with Fire T.V., works well with our old Xbox, set up is easy & quick. Fast response times. CONS: Although the LED of this T.V. is actually made by Samsung, the 4k quality just isn't equal to the 4k quality of our other 4k T.V.'s made by Sony, Samsung & Sharp, but for the inexpensive price it is still certainly noticeably better than our other non-4k T.V.'s. There's very little definition between different shades of White, which can be a little bit annoying at times. And as well this Toshiba has severe problems discerning the difference between various different shades of Blacks and Greys, which at times causes blending to the point that we couldn't figure out what was happening on screen for a few seconds, which for those few seconds is aggravating to say the least. SUMMARY: One gets exactly what one pays for in T.V.'s, hence in consideration thereof, for the price this is a great T.V. and we recommend it for a guest room, A.C.'d garage, climate controlled porch, or a child's bedroom, but not for your living room or den where you mainly watch T.V. most of the time, which regardless of its great value and inexpensive price is why we rated it only 4 stars out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome secondary solution

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

    It is amazing what you can get for $330 today. I can’t remwmber spending less than $3000 for a top of the line tv over the past 15 years. As our family has expanded so have our needs throughout the house. We have a very nice, large high quality TV in our Great Room which is where we spend most of our viewing time. However, we needed a solution for a kids playroom on the main floor, another solution for the living room space within our bedroom suite to solve for our little ones waking us up at 6am on a Saturday morning and also viewing needs across our entertainment space in our billiards room and bar area in the basement. The cost of adding something like our main great room tv at $3000 a pop plus a cable box at each location made zero sense for us. However, adding 5 of these 50 inch TVs with built in Alexa and an end to end Application platform truly automated and eliminates the need for cable at a price point of $1650 for 5 TVs (half the cost of our one TV in the great room) with no need for Apple TV or any additional add on devices required. Unreal! And the quality of the TV is excellent for what I would call our secondary TV needs for our home. This device at this price point is a no brainer. Awesome find at Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound

    Posted
    Not2trilled
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this TV after I returned Roku 49 inch TV. I am a sound person. Once you had great sound you can't go back to Beezy. I like all the Specs for the price 2160 4K HDR Fire inside. I decided to purchase because the sound on the Roku was terrible. My son has a 32 Roku 2015 model and I did not realize how low the Roku platform sound is. The sound on Roku TV are up and down depending on what App your looking at. Netflix may require that sound is on 20 + YouTube the same depending on production amateur or professional. Some commercials are lower or higher from commercial to commercial. I just could not tolerate the sound and did not want to have to depend on my sound bar. So back it went but. Now as for The Toshiba which I was hesitant because the last Toshiba I had kept in mint condition went out after a year and 4 months. Painful but this Toshiba has been pretty decent so far as I said the sound is what I love the most. Picture is OK . 4K quality is nice to on small amount of content. I can find. I have a Roku Ultra hooked up and it gives me some 4K content. Videos were beautiful so if and when their us 4K content on a regular basis you can judge for yourself. Bottom line is a person looking for more than fair technology for cheap this is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TV with a huge flaw

    Posted
    Toshibatv
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The TV is fine. Great picture, excellent sound, and no issues. Sadly, they made a massive error and it's unforgivable. Believe it or not, some people still have cable TV. We have Tivos or other DVRs and gadgets. Toshiba forgot all about us when they built this interface. So what's the flaw? No matter where you were in what input you were on, when you turn the TV off and then back on, it defaults to the setup screen of the TV. Every time you turn it in, you need to navigate to the inputs and select whatever one you used for your cable service. I use a TiVo and the remote controls power and volume. But no matter what, I need to use 2 remotes, because unless you have a 3rd party universal remote, you need their remote to navigate their menus. If the TV want already on the wall I'd have returned it. I'm opting to live with it because it's not my primary TV. I'm also hopeful they will put out a software fix or option to correct this insane design flaw. If they do it goes to 5 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend