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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A unique and satisfying TV experience

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    It still seems unusual to be setting up a TV with nothing but a power cord plugged into the wall and still being able to view a broad selection of stunning images from all sorts of channels and sources. The Toshiba-Fire TV has a pretty, colorful, and detailed picture. And, it’s definitely a cord cutters dream. Of course, there’s nothing keeping you from adding cable or satellite or whatever. SETUP: Out of the box I decided to mount my TV on a (robust) mobile stand because we’re likely to wheel this very flexible TV onto our sun porch, or into a spare bedroom, or even the exercise room. With so few wires needed, why not? I also added a Mohu Digital antenna, purchased separately (it’s amplified but can be powered from the TV USB port!!). From here I let the Toshiba-Fire Tv with its Alexa software take over which it did from a series of screen prompts. The screen at start-up let’s you know what it’s doing, and what you need to do. The Toshiba-FIRE-Alexa software alternates between software/firmware updates of the TV, getting your Internet connection (wireless password or wired) setting, finding what Apps you want loaded, updating the remote control, searching for over-the-air channels (OTA) digital or cable channels or both, and finally providing some guidance on using the screen and the nifty remote. You can feel confident that you’re ready for some TV. It seems that the Toshiba’s digital tuner (with some help from the Mohu Antenna) is quite good, as it was able to get very stable OTA digital channels from locations around my house that could have been a problem. Nice. Its success with my high bandwidth wireless internet is not a surprise, but I had forgotten how many Apps are available from Amazon’s Fire software. PERFORMANCE: I’ll say it again. This is a very satisfying TV with a crisp, very bright and colorful picture. It gets exceptional picture quality from OTA local digital channels (which can be shockingly better the same channels via compressed cable). The quality is excellent as well with online programming from Netflix, Amazon Prime, MLB, CBS, Smithsonian, etc., etc. Because I also have Directv services, my account authorizes me to access MANY of their channels directly, using APPS such as HGTV, PBS, ESPN, etc. with no need for any wires. This adds flexibility and the channels we like. The remote uses ALEXA software. It has direct access buttons to your OTA digital channels, Netflix, Amazon prime, HBO, and Playstation. And, there’s that MICROPHONE button on the remote control. I tested this last, because I was pretty sure it would be frustrating. I was wrong. Completely wrong. I held down the MICROPHONE button, and said, “turn TV on”. Bingo! It was on. “Tune to NBC.” Done. “Lower Volume to 0.” Done. “Netflix App”. Done. “Stranger Things”, and that program became available. Good grief. This technology has come a long way. Do you need an Alexa device to operate this TV? Nope. it’s built in. Go ahead and ask for the weather. Sound quality is as good as it gets from flat panel TVs. It intelligible and doesn’t try to add sound effects that often just make things worse. I always augment TV sound with a sound bar or more, but this TV isn’t rushing me to make that decision. Sounds nice as it is. COMPROMISES and SUGGESTIONS: Let’s be reasonable. There are significant features and exceptional usability in this modestly priced Toshiba-Fire TV. Something’s got to give. I did a cruel comparison next. I set this TV up next to my premiere OLED TV, a comparison that would be unfair for many more expensive TVs. Compared to the OLED, the Toshiba-Fire’s image appears to get foggy/bluish as you stray off to the sides. Viewed off-center, the Toshiba loses black intensity and color accuracy. This TV looks best viewed straight on. If that isn’t always possible, I’d suggest not mounting it above the viewing area. If it’s on a wall mount or table-top, choose a mount or location that allows you to swivel the TV towards the main seating. Using an image from Netflix’s “Lost in Space” or Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on my reference TV and the Toshiba-Fire, the images were remarkable similar from straight on. Very sharp, very colorful and capable of wicked brightness. However, in this comparison, even from directly in front, the less expensive Toshiba Fire couldn’t get the blacks as dark as the comparison TV, but the images were not so different in every other respect. I found selecting “NATURAL” PICTURE MODE in the settings and dialing back the BACKLIGHT to 75, and a few other adjustments got the sets much closer. A calibration disk is always helpful. As I wandered off to wider viewing angles, the differences became more obvious. Toshiba lets you set the PICTURE MODE differently for each input, HDMI 1-3, Antenna, or the online Streaming Apps. This is a nice feature, as it lets you customize a Blu-ray player for HDMI 1, and customize for streaming differently, and OTA channels also differently. This squeezes the best performance from the TV. RECOMMENDATIONS: This is a great TV with very useful and easy-to-use features. Everything works. The Toshiba-Fire makes reasonable compromises and still delivers an enjoyable and compelling TV image. It has a detailed and richly colorful image that only pales (literally) next to the most expensive TVs if you try to view too far off center. The Toshiba-Fire TV is easy to recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Lot to Like, Easy to Use

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    lambda100
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    The Toshiba Fire TV Edition is the first television to integrate the Amazon Fire TV and Alexa Voice Remote, and it is a fantastic combination taking the next level up from a smart tv to that of interactive artificial intelligent tv. Amazon put its brand name on this television and it is apparent that they worked hard with Toshiba and Best Buy to provide a quality, well made, value oriented 4K UHD television for the consumer. Here's what I liked about the tv: (1) Seamless set up. After the usual attachment of the support legs, you fire up the tv, allow it to connect to your wifi network and perform its firmware updates, and you're ready to go. (2) Multiple inputs. Three HDMI ports one of which is HDMI ARC, one optical (toslink) output, one 3.5mm audio out jack, a usb2.0 port, Ethernet connector, Antenna/Cable In, and RCA input. Plenty enough to connect both legacy and modern audio equipment. (3) Very good, crisp and sharp picture. Out of the box, the tv had good color, saturation, contrast, and sharpness. Images are bright and vivid, skin tones are well reproduced. I was impressed with the picture quality especially at this price point. (4) Bluetooth. I love the bluetooth feature. With bluetooth built in to the tv, you can connect game controllers, a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and best of all, your bluetooth headphones or even a bluetooth speaker. I enjoy watching television and movies late into the night and having bluetooth built in to the tv is a major plus as I can continue watching with my bluetooth headphones without disturbing my family members. (5) Alexa Voice Remote. I came from a traditional tv with a conventional remote control which had all the numbered buttons for selecting channels. I'll admit that when I first saw the Alexa Voice Remote, I had a little bit of anxiety since it looked so minimalistic with only a few buttons, a control wheel, and a voice button. To tune into specific over-the-air channels, you'll need to press the voice button and say, for example, “Alexa turn to channel 7.1” After a week of using the remote, I can say that I'm starting to get used to the voice commands. Interacting with the tv with voice commands is a paradigm shift and I think that Amazon purposely created a remote with so few buttons so that our brains can be re-trained to do everything with our voices. The Alexa Voice Remote is basically the Amazon Alexa that we all know and love, only now its built into the television and not simply into a speaker like an Echo. You can do so much with it. Tell it to switch inputs by saying “Alexa, switch to HDMI 1” or “Alexa switch to composite”. Turn the volume up by saying “Alexa increase the volume” (6) It's not just a television anymore. With the built-in Fire TV, you can download and run apps such as games. I downloaded a simple game such as CrossyRoad and it was just mesmerizing seeing my kids playing it on a big screen tv and not some 5” smart phone screen. The tv is also now an internet browser. Download the Amazon Silk browser and Firefox browser and you have the internet on you tv. Download a music app like Pandora and stream music via wifi (without the bluetooth compression) through your television or connected soundbar. You get the picture...The possibilities are endless. (7) USB port isn't only for storage. Yes, you can attach a memory stick for storage or view photos. But just for kicks and giggles I attached a usb receiver into the usb port in the tv, and it instantly recognized my wireless keyboard and mouse. I couldn't think of anything significant that I disliked about the television. This isn't a perfect television, it's just that it has all the features that fit my needs as an average consumer. Oftentimes with televisions, you'll hear the usual complaints that the audio from the built-in speakers sound like they're coming out of tin cans. However, I didn't find that to be the case with the Toshiba Fire TV. The audio from the internal speakers didn't sound bad, but it didn't sound great either. Turn off the surround sound feature and the built in speakers are tolerable. Voices and dialogue are clear. Here's my two cents on how to get the most out of this television. (1) Create a Favorites List of over-the-air (ota) channels. I live in a large metropolitan area where I receive over a hundred ota stations, most of which I never watch. I only watch a dozen or so large network stations such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, and others. If you go into one of the settings menus on the tv, you can quickly create a favorite list of the ota channels you typically watch. This way, instead of using voice commands to tell Alexa to change the channels, you can simply use the control wheel of the Alexa Voice Remote and quickly scroll through your favorite channel list instead of the one hundred plus frivolous channels. In this way, the remote acts more like a conventional remote with the familiar channel up and channel down keys. (2) Use the RECENT ROW feature. Everytime you power on the television, by factory default, the television will display the Amazon Prime screen with the latest Amazon Prime programming and apps. Instead of this you may wish to power on the television to display the last television station you were watching or function (e.g. HDMI) you were using right before you turned off the television. This is where the RECENT ROW comes in handy. It allows you to do just that. It's located in the Display & Sounds sub-menu in Settings. (3) To experience the best picture quality in the Toshiba Fire TV, you'll need to pair it with some 4K content. Find some 4K content to stream or purchase a 4K UHD Blu Ray player and some 4K movies to watch. The 4K quality is amazing. The Toshiba Fire TV lists the television as HDR. I'm assuming here that it is HDR 10. Would have been great if it was Dolby Vision, but that would have increased the price of the tv due to the licensing fee. (4) Even though this is an Amazon Fire TV, you're not limited to viewing only Amazon Fire TV content. Remember you have three available HDMI ports. You can always stick a Google Chromecast in there and watch content that isn't available on Amazon Fire TV (think YouTube). That's what I did. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this television to those who are already subscribed to the Amazon Prime and Fire TV ecosystem. The price is competitive and the television offers good value in the sense that it has a lot of features, input, and has very good picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I need at the right price - no remorse!

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    banjo
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    Toshiba - 55” Class – LED - 2160p – Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV Edition Best Buy is getting the knack of putting excellent “price point” electronics on the market. An example would be an Asus gaming laptop I recently purchased. The laptop didn’t have EVERYTHING that the higher priced models have (obviously, I guess) but it has EVERTHING I NEED. This TV is another excellent example. Does it have EVERY bell and whistle that is currently available on the market (regardless of price)? Nope, but it has WHAT I NEED to enjoy my first large screen TV and get an excellent picture along with assistance in CUTTING THE CABLE with the built in Amazon Fire TV. We had already jumped on the cable-cutting bandwagon using a smaller TV by picking up both a Roku and Amazon Prime, which the better half got the hang of in about a week of playing around and looking for the channels and shows that she wanted to watch. This TV seemed like a good choice to move to a large screen size for the next step, with the built-in Fire TV and Alexa Voice Remote. As a side note, we have just started playing around with an Alexa Dot and that’s another story for another product review, but an amazing and very engaging device in itself. Back to the TV, this appliance exceeded my expectations for picture quality. It gets awful confusing when researching all the technology issues for today’s TVs, and my main concern with this model was the 60Hz refresh rate compared to the “latest and greatest” 120Hz refresh rates that are being pushed to justify the cost of the high-end models. I guess there is a difference, but after looking at the picture on this TV with the 60Hz refresh rate, if there is a difference I can’t tell what it is. Maybe from time to time something will be on the screen that the high refresh rate handles better, but money is money and for this price point I will accept a little micro-second blip once in a blue moon and keep the money for something else. I say this tongue in cheek, because we have viewed TV shows, movies, and sports on this TV in high definition and this movie might look better than that movie (or show), but they ALL look great! Set up was easy, take the TV out of the box, attach the legs, plug it in, connect to the home wireless network, and the TV goes through an easy to follow setup routine. Add your Amazon Prime account login (really, that’s a great thing to have) and we were off and running. Since we already had the Roku and a Hulu Live subscription, all it took was unplugging the Roku from the little TV and connecting to this beautiful panel. There are a few things on the Roku that the better half wants to keep watching, so that stays as part of the package. We are still WAY AHEAD of what the monthly cable bill USED to be. The sound system on the TV was fine, but we already had a nice little Polk Audio system with sound bar and sub-woofer (Best Buy, of course) so that got plugged in and makes the viewing experience much nicer. Amazon Alexa is built in to the remote control, all you must do is push a button and tell Alexa what you want to watch. I was thinking about connecting the Alexa Dot to the TV, but it doesn’t seem necessary at this point and the Dot will stay in the office to tell me bad jokes, provide weather reports, remind me of upcoming to-do tasks, and find the music that I like. The Amazon Fire remote control itself is a breath of fresh air, check out the picture on the product description… the little TV we have been using has about a zillion buttons on the remote that I can’t read anyway, but the remote with this TV is MUCH easier to use and having Alexa at the touch of a button makes it all the more simple. The old DVD player hooked right up, but with the R/W/Y composite cables it looks like the next thing to get is an up-to-date disk player with HDMI to get the full viewing experience. I saved enough on this TV to make it a no-brainer to pick up a disc player. Honestly, the stacks of DVDs will probably go the way of the old records and cassette tapes – put in a box in a closet. There is so much available online at the touch of a button (or now all it takes is a word or two to Alexa) that playing a DVD almost seems like too much trouble. A few nice Blu-Rays might be tempting, but the quality of today’s online content moves that down on the list of priorities (and expense). Back to the opening observations at the beginning of this review, the PRICE POINT of this TV is excellent. There is always something better no matter what you buy, so the main concern I always have is getting what I NEED to enjoy the technology experience, and not have regrets a few months down the road that I “woulda, coulda, shoulda” gone with the newer/faster/better/expensive choices. This TV fills the bill, provides everything I need, makes for a MUCH more enjoyable viewing experience, and doesn’t break the bank. Best Buy has hit the nail on the head, again, by setting an attractive price point for this product in collaboration with Amazon (smile) and Toshiba. SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to the Geek Squad guys that came out to deliver this TV. They said they hadn’t had a chance to get a look at this new model and hung around to see what’s what with the new product, so they could spread the word back at the store and answer questions from customers. They were also impressed with the easy setup and out-of-the-box performance of this new generation Smart TV from Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice TV, with plenty of features

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    cw77
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    Pros -Printed setup instructions are simple & easy to follow. -Very nice picture, especially for the price, with nice color balance out of the box. -Built-in speakers were surprisingly good! Most of the TV’s we’ve had lately were extremely lacking in the sound department, and were almost worthless without an external home theater/soundbar. For general TV viewing, you could easily get away with using the built-in speakers. For those that want more, it does have an ARC enabled HDMI port that can be connected to a compatible theater/soundbar for even better sound. -All ports are easy to get to, and don’t result in cables hanging out the side of the TV. -Startup (after initial setup) and navigation is very quick. I’ve had other smart TV’s that seem to take forever to start up, and have a laggy interface. Definitely not a problem with this one. -Screen finish keeps glare/reflections to a minimum. -Antenna input channel selection (we cut cable years ago…) displays what is currently airing on each channel, along with the network (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, etc…) affiliate. You can also switch to a guide that displays upcoming shows for each channel as well. -Fire TV is nice & comparably replaced a Roku we had connected to the old TV. The voice controls even work as advertised; tell it to open Netflix, it opens Netflix; tell it to find comedies, and it will find comedies. That said, it seems to search online sources (Prime, Netflix, etc…) much better than live TV. Naturally, it seems to show the Prime results first, but still pretty cool. If you have Alexa & smart devices, you can even tell the TV to turn on/off lights & control other devices. -Remote makes navigation easy, and has only the buttons you need. Very simple & easy to use. Cons -Vesa mount isn’t a square pattern, it's 200x300. Might not be a big deal for some wall mounts, but something you may want to keep in mind. -Although the 4K picture is beautiful, 4K content can be difficult to find. Netflix has content, but you have to subscribe to the Premium plan. YouTube has content, but it’s not the mass studio content you may be used to. -Build quality is decent, but not great. It feels very fragile, and I was worried about breaking/cracking something while moving it around. That said, it does say you should have two people to move it, and it moved it around on my own, so... -Guide/channel selector for antenna does now show the channel numbers. Maybe I’m just old, but if someone says ‘hey, you should check out this show on channel 7’, you can’t easily tune the TV to a specific channel number. Minor thing, but it’s a thing. -Speaking of tuning directly to a channel, the remote doesn’t have numbers, so you can’t just enter the number; may be an issue for some. -The stand, if you choose not to wall mount, doesn’t let you swivel the TV at all. Probably not a huge deal, since glare & viewing angle aren’t a problem, but something you may want to be aware of. Conclusion Overall, this is a very nice TV. It’s a good size, has several popular features, and is reasonably priced. At the end of the day, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very impressive, certainly at this price point

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    bd43274
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    the good: picture quality - This is probably the single most important thing for most people when purchasing a new TV. This Toshiba excels in that category. It may not have some of the features of the higher end models, but for this price it is absolutely fantastic. 4k and HDR, and boy can you tell when you’re watching it. This TV is priced under $500, and looks significantly better in every way than the $2100 samsung I bought just a few years back. Color come to life without being overly saturated, and contrast is good with SDR content, fantastic with HDR. In my testing I saw inky blacks with gradations in dark areas maintained. Very impressive. sound - This model touts 2 10w Onkyo speakers and DTS Studio Sound. I found it to be decent, certainly better than the tinny “laptop speaker” sound you generally get with LCDs. I tend to not care too much about internal speakers on TVs personally - I would guess most people will connect either a soundbar or a receiver / speakers to this kind of a TV, but if not, the internal speakers are decent. remote - bluetooth instead of RF, some typically used apps have their own buttons in the remote face. Remote also has Alexa integration. Fire TV built in - depending on what ecosystem you belong to (Apple, Google, Amazon, etc.) this may or may not be a selling point. The built in Fire TV functionality worked well and was intuitive in my testing. External sources also worked without issue. wifi and ethernet built in 3 hdmi inputs 1 usb port - can be used to OTA live TV pause functionality by adding a USB drive. ease of use - The longest thing about set up was the automatic firmware update. That took a few minutes, but the TV itself took almost no time. Connect to network and you’re ready to watch just moments later. the bad: nothing in my opinion misc: only 60Hz - The 60Hz refresh rate may be a deterrent to some. In typical daily use, I actually don’t like higher refresh rates, as you can get a sort of “soap opera” effect and content just looks “off” to me. I prefer 60Hz with no motion smoothing personally. not the slimmest or lightest - not heavy by any means, but you need to pay more to get the slimmest of these TVs. bezel isn’t tiny but not overly huge either - some may also prefer a slimmer bezel, but this one isn’t what I’d call thick at all. overall: Very nice TV, especially for the price. Great picture quality, nice integration of Fire TV, and good remote functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great price, not perfect

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    Daniel
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    The best thing about this TV is the price. It is undeinably affordable for a 4k HDR Smart TV. Overall, the TV is very good and I would recommend it to most, but there are a few little annoyances that prevent me from calling it perfect. Alexa - This may be a widely unpopular opinion, but Alexa is not as smart as it should be. This is just one example interaction I had with the voice remote. (While playing an episode of The Office on Netflix) Me: "Play next episode." Alexa: "What would you like me to play?" (Attempt #2) Me: "Play next episode of The Office" Alexa: "Here are the search results I found." /Shows listing of all different apps I can use to watch The Office including anything with "office" in the title. (Attempt #3) Me: "Alexa, play the next episode of The Office on Netflix" Alexa: "Ok playing The Office from Netflix" /plays episode 1 of the British version of The Office. This might not seem like a big deal, but the Google Assistant (paired with a $35 Chromecast) can handle the above perfectly. I can tell it "play next episode", "Next", "next episode", etc. And it figures it out. That is truly "smart" to me. "Smart" TV - Speaking of "Smart" one huge issue I have with this TV is that you can't stream things to it. For those who have never seen a true Smart TV before, this will be no big deal. But for the rest, the fact that you can't open up your YouTube, Netflix, hulu, etc app and stream the content to a "smart" TV connected to the same wifi is comically restrictive. Also, unlike the majority of TVs, this TV will not default to the last input that the set was on. Meaning, if you use a cable box, console, etc on this TV primarily every time you boot up you will get brought to the main screen and have to click through to get to the input. In my opinion, this is a cheap trick to try and force people to use their applications. Other minor annoyances: No native YouTube app - the fact that I have to click a YouTube icon and then click again to navigate to YouTube through a browser is a petty cheap way to get back at a rival. Doesn't play well with Harmony - This won't affect many, but for those who use Harmony hubs (like me) to control everything, this could be a deal breaker. While you can pair the TV, there is no ability to control the power. Overall this TV will do awesome for most people, but for a little more $ there are better options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make sure you read the latest reviews

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    Mark
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    We have Amazon devices including Fire TVs all around our house and we love it. We tried to get my mother in law to use it on her old TV but switching back and forth between HDMI ports was confusing to her so she didn't like it. However, when her old TV needed to be replaced, I read the reviews on this one. The main issue people had with this TV is that when you turned it on, it would default to the Fire TV interface every time which might be a problem for some. Then I saw a response from Toshiba that stated the latest firmware allowed you to have the TV start on the last interface. What that means is the main complaint people had has been corrected through a software update. Advanced users might not care, but for some, this is a huge change. I installed the TV for my mother in law, updated the software which happens by default, changed some settings and voila! I had it starting on HDMI 1, so her cable would come on just like before. She loved it and didn't initially care that it was also a Fire TV... or so I thought. The last time I went over there, she was watching her cable, but had no problem going back and forth and using the FireTV portion on her own. As long as it started on HDMI 1, she wasn't intimidated and started using the additional capabilities. As far as the picture is concerned, we are very happy with the quality for the price we paid. I bought a 43' LG 4k for our bedroom and I wish I bought this instead. It would have integrated into our home automation set up much easier. For someone that uses Amazon home automation and fire TVs, this is a great option for the money. Amazon Fire TVs interface is much better than most smart TV's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bought 2, both died w/in 75 days, Best Buy No Help

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    996ttelise
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    I purchased 2 55 inch Toshibas for an Airbnb so I kind of cheaped out trying to save about $50 or so dollars over a comparable Samsung, Vizzio or LG. Huge mistake. One died and completely stopped functioning and I thought it was cable. Cable came out and showed me it was TV. Not more than maybe 2 hours later, my 7 year-old was watching cartoons on the other and it just went blank. This one is doing the same thing. Turn on and screen is blank. Turn off and turn on again . . . nothing. Best Buy tells me to bring them in and they will exchange them. So I take them down, bring them in and the, in a very rude and condescending manner, tell me I should have paid the extra $50 for Geek Squad on these $350 TVs and they would not do anything for me but give me Toshiba's number and tell me to take them back home. I purchased 2 more Samsungs to replace as I had to have working TVs for this Airbnb and my sales person said this happens "pretty frequently" on those and its a "processor issue." "Get a Samsung" he said. Just purchased these 55 inch Toshibas about 70 days ago. They were perhaps delivered less than 60 days ago. Even when they worked, they had an annoying boot up screen that you had to navigate before you could watch them. Never again. Spend the few extra dollars to avoid an inferior product that may end up dying and Best Buy won't stand behind or help you with unless you spend n extra $50 for Geek Squad.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart TV, Smart Buy

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    1ShadowFox1
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    Its amazing the features you can get in a television today for a very affordable price. For someone that already has smart devices in their home and is familiar with the Alexa platform, this concept of putting Alexa in a television sounded amazing to me. And after using this television for a while, it did not disappoint. I mounted this television in my office opposite of my desk and it made my office so much more enjoyable. After going through the very simple setup process (which includes tutorial videos), it asks you what popular apps you want to install to get you started off on the right foot. After that, use your remote and talk to it as you would any Alexa device. My biggest surprise was that the Alexa integration isnt just in the television, it can control any smart device on your network. This is awesome, makes things simple, and frees up my Echo Dot that I originally had in my office to another room. Its also nice that being partnered with Amazon, I ask my television to play music and it links to Amazon Music and plays my request. I have been using this television to mainly watch streaming services (Hulu, Netflix, Etc) and Twitch, and the ease of use is amazing. I especially enjoy the Twitch app as it plays both the stream and the chat box together and just gives you a great layout. The video quality is pretty good and the sound, for a television, is surprisingly good. I still have mine hooked up to an external receiver, but you could definitely get by with just the TV speakers if need be. Add into that the amount of A/V connections that the television supplies, I personally think that this television is a steal, even at MSRP price. Overall, this TV is worth every penny and then some. Inexpensive yet feature rich. WIN-WIN.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Almost a good budget TV

    Posted
    Parish
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Let me start off by saying that toshiba has been around for a long time. I have had a older tube tv by toshiba for SEVERAL years. This 55in has a spectacular picture in my opinion. There only thing that caused me to return it was the fact that, how do I put this, it would have small sections on the screen that would do a jitter or stutter effect in various places. This was sporadic but did happen pretty often while watching anything from Blu Ray to HD satellite to a mp4 in HD. After trying multiple things to try and figure out what was causing this, the conclusion upon reading other reviews with this similar issue, I decided it was hardware based (meaning, something with the processing of the video was not being handled right to cause the jittering in sporadic sections of the screen) and I wasn't going put up with that, even for a budget tv. Any TV should play flawlessly and smoothly without any hiccups. So I returned it in replacement for a TCL of same size and price. Which I will be giving a review as well. Please note I have read worse issues with this model but the majority of the issues were similar to mine that has 1 to 3 stars rating. It appears that the engineering of this budget tv shows the quantity vs quality in the number is reviews I have read on this model. I'm giving one star because any New TV should always play the video flawlessly. If you buy this model you may get lucky and get a solid one. But the chances are higher that you'll get one with an issue. Hope this helps.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Terrific Buy

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    Bill
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    Bought this 4K (compatible vs. full but should not be an issue) 55 inch set at a great price. Wanted the apps on the Smart set to access streaming tv. I have had Alexa in the house so that was not an issue. It may take a day or so to get use to the minimal remote and lack of direct access to stations/channels but that will not last long. And the voice command via Alexa is great. I am so pleased with it that I bought the 43 inch version to replace a CRT set inside the house on Black Friday. As to the tv itself, the picture is better than I hoped for, especially at this price point. Not Plasma or OLED quality but for under $400, it is more than acceptable. Movies and sports look great. I have my set on a lanai, which is a fairly bright room. So, a little glare/reflection but nothing I can't deal with. The picture quality out of the box was real good and I only made very minor adjustments. I like that you can adjust the different inputs as I found Bluray and Vudu movies needed some tweaking in my eye. The sound is better than some flat screens. I do plan to get a sound bar but the sound quality of the set is such that I am not rushing out to get one right away. The main menu is Amazon-based. It is not pushy and the main inputs and selected apps are the first line shown. Plenty of good apps to choose from. You do NOT need to be a Prime member to get access to lots of choices. Limitations: Not many so far that I have seen. The horizontal viewing angle is best straight on or up to 45 degrees either side. After that, the image falls off. Which is fairly standard unless you are real high end or OLED. Same with vertical viewing - if you plan to mount it on a wall above normal seating eye level, you will probably need to angle it downward. If you are a real videophile, you will likely be aiming much higher than this set. But for the money, and Best Buy has really sharpened its price-points on TV's, this is a very good purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Family TV

    Posted
    AgentOrange
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is my second Toshiba UHD TV. The first was a Chromecast and the backlight and ballast finally pooped out on new years day. We loved that tv, and I do miss the ability to cast anything from my phones and tablets, so I'll likely purchase a dongle for this TV. However, the fire tv was a huge upgrade. The picture is clearer and looks more realistic, despite both TVs having the same amount of pixels. If you own an Echo or Echo Dot, you can pair your TV with those devices and have a completely hands free voice-controlled experience. The only problem we've noticed is for shows and movies, Alexa typically defaults to opening them in the Fire TV app despite us telling her to open the show from Netflix or Hulu. It works itself out with repeated use, though. Just takes a few tries. The parental control is nice, but you have to put a five-digit PIN in EVERY time you open something, and that kind of defeats our purpose of having our child ask Alexa to watch something instead of constantly asking a parent. So far we haven't had any problems without the PIN, since our kids knows that all of her shows are found in the kids accounts, so she asks for those and Alexa opens them. Right out of the box this TV is smart. There really isn't much for you to configure, aside from entering your passwords from Amazon and other accounts. After a few prompts, the TV downloads some updates, restarts, and you're ready to download apps to personalize your viewing experience. There are mobile games that your can download and play with your remote, but be careful because some will charge your Amazon account. We're very happy with this TV and plan to buy another in the future. If you're already an Amazon customer and regularly watch Prime TV, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services, this TV is perfect. It transforms your antenna television into a smart experience, too. And if you own an Echo or an Echo Dot, you can easily pair this TV in your Alexa app for a completely hands-free voice-controlled experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Glitchy TV

    Posted
    JustinJames
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    Unfortunetly my Tv had an issue connecting to the internet but when we used an Apple TV hooked up to it, it worked perfectly with the internet. The next downfall was that every time I powered on the TV, the whole screen would glitch for 10 seconds or so. Then during playback while watching, the TV would glitch every 15 min for a Second. I believe my issues may be because I got it during Black Friday and I’m sure it may have gotten banged up during its way to the sales floor. This also my first smart TV (without using an Apple TV) and since the internet didn’t work, it was a bummer as I wanted to not use an Apple TV on a smart tv (defeats the purpose of buying a smart tv). Besides the bad I do believe if I didn’t have these issues it would be a great TV! I’m an average “watcher” so the quality is just great (when it was working for me) you do get what you pay for and if you’re thinking about buying this Tv and don’t mind a few pixels (especially during dark scenes) this will be just fine. If you want better quality color and sharpness, I’d look else where. Also hoping your Tv wouldn’t glitch and the internet connection would stay.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    JUNK! Stay Away!

    Posted
    Henfly
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Purchased the TV during a door buster sale. ($350). The picture was decent, nothing special. I noticed some blur during fast movements. The sound without surround is bad. I do not like the interface when the TV first starts. (Home Screen) It will not stay on the last selection you picked when you turn the TV off. You will always have to choose HDMI 1 for cable TV when you turn it on. Kind of annoying. After 4 days the TV went completely dead in the middle of the Army vs Navy game. Returned it and got another, only because of the price and the because of the placement of the this TV's legs (Center Mount) The legs on this TV saved me from money from buying a stand or mount because they allowed me to use my old TV stand that is not very wide. Hooked up the second TV directly out of the box and the sound started making a digital cracking sound within 1 hour of use. Returned it and purchased a 65 Sharp Roku ($499). Amazing TV, I am so happy. These TV's are JUNK!!!! Besides the two I return, I also noticed they had another one of these in the open box area. No telling how many more they had in the back. I wasted a lot of time with this product, don't make the same mistake. I did some research after the two returned TV's, Compal Electronics???? Is the company that makes these TVs. These are not the reliable Japanese made toshiba's that we used to buy in the old days. It is just Rebaged JUNK.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It was too good to be true

    Posted
    ColesMD
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    The first couple of days it worked great! Way better/faster software than the TCL tv I exchanged it for. We watched Prime Video and everything was great once it was set up except maybe a minor blip right after set up which I just figured might have been software updates. Then today I have my mother in law and mother with the rest of my family to watch a movie, but this time using DIRECT TV Now. All of a sudden less than 3 min in the whole TV freezes and the image becomes green static. We figured maybe it was just a poorly made app by DTV since I’ve had issues on my Apple TV with that app because it was in beta. However, I then attempted to find the movie on the HBOgo app—same thing happened. And when the static came, I couldn’t even control it with the remote or press the power button to turn it off and on. I had to reconnect it. I tried plugging it directly into the wall rather than surge protector— still problems. Clearly there’s an issue once you use any app within the firetv software other than prime video. Determined to watch the movie since I had company over, I figured that if it’s a software issue, and I just used my Apple TV which is hooked up to HDMI 2 input it would work. I was right. So it works when I do anything that isn’t a streaming app. It works when I use my input. There’s a little distortion in the picture for a quick second on the input but nothing too bad. I wanted it to work SO bad... but no. I would love to say it’s a fluke but based on some of the other reviews it sucks. Apparently, there’s an issue With the first tv editions and it’s more glitchy than if you bought a regular TV and added a firestick separately. I wish they would do something about this major inconvenience having to keep switching and forcing me to buy a new TV that is $50+ more because you all couldn’t sell me a TV that does what it is supposed to do.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these TVs

    Posted
    Jake
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    I had to replace the TV in my guest room due to user being an idiot. I replaced with the Toshiba 43" UHD FireTV I immediately loved it, as I am full blown Amazon. I then found a Toshiba 32" 720 FIreTV for a steal and added it to my kitchen (believe it or not it is one of my favorite and most used TVs). Then same idiot user had to replace living room TV, so replaced with Toshiba 55" UHD FireTV. I became a Toshiba fan about 12 or 14 years ago when my boss at the time swore by their laptops. I have bought numerous Toshiba laptops for friends and family that have lasted for years and years. That all sounding like a sales pitch let me explain specifically why I love these TVs: As mentioned I am full blown Amazon. My issue was Spectrum Cable does not support Firestick (stupidest thing I have ever heard) so I have Roku sticks on 3 of my TVs so I can get my cable. With the Fire TV I can now control things I could not control with regular TVs. 1) Bluetooth now goes through entire TV, not just through Fire Stick. So if I switch to another HDMI Bluetooth stays in tact. 2) I can switch to Roku (HDMI 1) by voice or remote, and pre-set HMDI ports via Fire remote. Without these TVs I still needed the TV remote on the coffee table to switch inputs and control volume. 3) The picture is great, or at least worthy of the price. 4) Things are uniform. The TV in my bedroom is Fire Stick only so I don't need to replace it, but I CANNOT WAIT until TV on porch dies so I can replace it with another 55" Toshiba UHD FireTV. I check prices often, looking for an excuse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Budget 4K UHD HDR TV with FireTV

    Posted
    Idoc
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Toshiba 55 inch 4K tv with FireTv is a very good prefrormer for the price. It provides the latest version of the FireTv integrated into a budget 4K UHD HDR TV. The TV comes well packaged with feet for placing on a dresser or stand the TV can also be wall mounted. The remote is an expanded version of a stand and Amazon FireTV remote with a live TV , Netflix, Amazon prime video, HBO and PlayStation vue button. There is a volume rocker and a mute button as well. The remote and Tv are Alexa enabled and respond to voice commands. You can even add Alexa skills to the TV to control other devices. The remote is Bluetooth and infrared. Some things are not that obvious such as how to use the remote to get to the TV settings, Just hold down the Home key until the settings menu appears and then use the navigation circle and button to select the desired setting. You might want to adjust the dynamic contrast, brightness and contrast using the custom setting. While in the live TV mode or the AFTV mode use the three bars to select any settings available. I spent some time watching a variety of content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and OTA all looked really good and there were no glitches at all. The OTA set up will need your Zip code to generate a guide which is included. Alot of reviewers remark about the poor black levels or the low brightness of the panel. Although this TV does not have the specs of much higher units I found it pretty good at playing streaming content including 4k. At this price point I did not expect it to match my LG OLED or Samsung series 6 QLED but it was not bad at all. As far as connectors there are three HDMI inputs, a USB port, and an optical audio output on the left. Side and an Ethernet port, antenna/cable connector, and an RCA composite video input facing more toward the left center. It also has a power button that doubles and an input button on the lower right. The Wifi connected solidly to my 5ghz AC connection. If you want a 4K UHD HDR 10 TV at a budget price and you are an Amazon Fire TV user then this is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Please don't buy this TV

    Posted
    Katie
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    Hi! My family bought this TV 3 days ago (Dec 23) from our local Best Buy in Snellville, GA, and once again 2 days ago (Dec 24). Yep, thats right we had to buy this TV twice because the first one stopped working over night. Worked just fine out of the box and we loved it, but turned it off over night and woke up to find that our TV didn't work anymore. We returned the first one and exchanged it for another one hoping to have better luck. Ironically enough, the exact same thing happened to our 2nd new TV. Right in the middle of watching our new new TV, the screen went completely black but sound kept playing. Called the actual Toshiba Troubleshooting number, and was told there was absolutely nothing we could do to try and fix our now second broken TV. We were told on the phone that we were not the only ones experiencing this problem with the FIreTV. Now we are returning to Best Buy tomorrow morning to return our dead TV and hopefully get a full refund. Don't get me wrong, the TV has (well had in our case) such a beautiful picture and qualities but too bad we only got to experience them for 2hrs :) Please don't waste your time and money on this TV, especially if you are buying from Snellville, GA location since there must be something wrong with their shipment of FireTVs. Hopefully this TV ends up working out for you and you don't have to go through 2 of them in less than 24 hrs like my family had to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Bang for your Buck TV

    Posted
    compguru910
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    Lets start off with this isn't your high end Sammy, LG or Sony TV. Lets also ignore that the box says this is an HDR TV (HDR spec is really lose allowing things to pass that are questionable at best). But, lets look at the price and what you get. First, picture quality on this is pretty good. I picked this TV up after my samsung 50" failed on me 10 months after buying it. I was intrigued by the inclusion of Alexa and the well built Fire TV aspect. I wasn't disappointed. Along with the good picture quality, the Smart aspect of the TV is very well laid out with tons of selection in content. You can even sideload other android TV applications with a simple bypass in the settings. As for the HDR. This TV doesn't have the contrast ratio to support proper HDR display. I honestly cannot tell a difference on this display between HDR on and off. I have even verified that it is in fact on. This is due to the very low spec that TVs are allowed to pass off as HDR. I wouldn't consider this an HDR TV. That said, picture is still pretty good. The only issue so far I have seen with this TV is what appears to be a weird artifacting with streaming videos. I haven't found the cause but I assume it may be caused by drop in bandwidth or the scalar being unable to keep up at certain times. Its rare and isn't a deal breaker for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good TV, but lasted 2 days.

    Posted
    Felipe
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    We bought this TV on Black Friday after reading such good reviews here, and it arrived 2 days ago. After picking it up, it was very easy to use and intuitive. so me and my family were excited for the purchase. Soon I noticed the microphone button on the Voice Remote with Alexa was not working; after looking it up online, I found out it was a common issue on the remotes. I was considering not sending it back just for that, but today, 2 days after picking the TV up from the store, the image went black in the middle of a movie. The sound kept going and stopped after a couple of seconds. We have unplugged it and plugged it back, disconnecting everything, waiting a few hours and nothing has worked. The little blue light on the lower-right corner still lights up when turning it on, but there's no image; we could also hear the Netflix app starting up on one occasion, but even then the screen was black. It is such a shame to have to return it, and such a waste of time. This might be an isolated incident but if this had happened after the 15 day period on Best Buy's return policy, it could have been money down the drain.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend