Rated 5 out of
Stellar picture quality and top tier specs
I took a chance on the 49PFL6921/F7 sight unseen with little to no reviews.
It had everything I was looking for in a display 4k,HDR and highly customizable settings.
This is reference level as far as how much this TV can be dialed in to your liking.
The 49" Model ships with an IPS panel,Full array local dimming backlight,10 bit wide color gamut panel and the BrightPro panel which promises twice the brightness of competing displays for outstanding HDR performance.
Let's start with the IPS the selling point for the display tech is better viewing angles less wash out at off angle viewing. It isn't as good as I have seen on some IPS panels,but I sit directly in front of the display therefore washout isn't an issue.
Let's move on to the Full array local dimming backlight (FALD). Early reports had this pegged at around 128 zone for the 49"-55",but from my experience the 49" is likely around 64-72 zones.
Having a FALD helps with one of the biggest issues with an IPS panel lower than average contrast ratio. Employing this dimming tech puts it on par with my wife's VA panel Samsung from 2014 w/o FALD.
There is a little stray light from the neighboring zone known as blooming,but is quite minimal and worth the trade off for improved contrast ratio.
The new buzzword recently in display tech is HDR. While the tech is old hat in photography circle it is in its infancy for television.
The 6921/F7 uses the open source version HDR10 which is the most commonly used currently.
Any UHD blu-ray player,PS4 Pro or Xbox one S will work perfectly with the display.
Using this with console refreshes like the PS4 pro has breathed new life into the aging consoles. What you get is more realsitic colors,deeper blacks and brighter brights without loss of finer shadow detail and color saturation.
As a gamer this thing is a dream,but not owning a Leo Bodner for measuring input lag I can only give you personal experience.
I have run the gamut from adventure games like Uncharted 4,FPS games like Destiny and twitch shooters like Doom and have no perceptible lag.
It offers a dedicated HDR setting in game mode to help taking advantage of this huge selling point without sacrificing performance.
Let's get to the only thing that is a bit of a downer,The smart features.
It doesn't have a built in Smart hub for apps such as Netflix,Hulu and Amazon for streaming.
Instead it opts for the newer casting method which uses a paired smart device like a tablet or cell phone to stream from the device to the display over Wifi.
While a cool idea in theory in practice I have found it cumbersome and have since switched to using my console for streaming.
While when it worked it was acceptable it never was stable or fast enough to compete with using a built in hub or attached box.
This isn't a deal breaker for me per se,but is worth noting to those expecting a full smart hub built in.
I can't express how blown away I have been with the picture quality on this gem. From gaming and cinema fan I couldn't be happier with the Philips. Just note a few of the niggles that may be cons for some.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of
A gorgeous display enhanced by HDR.
The 49PFL6921 will not be winning any awards for design,but that is not what we're here for.
A thin black textures bezel frames this beautiful IPS panel. The black levels are excellent for an IPS panel and the are made better by the Full array local dimming backlight called Micro Dimming. Early reports stated it would have up to 128 dimming zones,but from my experience it seems to fall closer to about 20 zone (4 rows vertical and 5 rows across).
Blooming is noticeable when active over a small area. The adjoining zones will illuminate slightly causing halos around object.
This is not present during normal use,but if you have a small loading icon on a mostly black screen it can be noticeable (not a deal breaker).
I owned the 49PFL7900 earlier in the year and was disappointed in the gaming performance both in image quality and input lag.
Philips has hit it out of the park with the 49PFL6921 a dedicated HDR game mode offers stellar performance visually as well as very low input lag.
I have run the gamut from twitch based shooter (Doom) to slower paced adventure games (Infamous:Second son) and came away thoroughly impressed.
The monster lined halls of the Mars bases of Doom moved at a blistering pace with no sign of input lag.
The nighttime rain soaked streets of Infamous's Seattle were equally impressive.
The Neon reflection from shop signs to the fine detail and Neon glow of your super powers trailing behind you as you raced around the city.
Now with that said I have one slight knock against the display,but not from the visuals on hand.
The recent trend with TV's has been casting and the Philips employs Google cast.
Essentially the smart features aren't built into the TV,but are streamed from your smart device (IPhone,Galaxy,etc..) to the set itself via Wifi.
I so far have not had a successful casting session due to intermittent connection error or failure altogether. I will continue to test this feature as well UHD/HDR movies and will submit another review with further testing.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of
This Product Is An Upgrade from my 1080P Philips ...
Yes, my wife and I upgraded to this 4K Philips from our 55" 1080P Philips. We still have the 1080P but, we will now be using it in our basement as a second TV. Mostly the price caught our attention however, with the wonderful operations of our 1080P we thought we'd continue with using a Philips TV. And, unlike the 1080P this upgrade has the ability to use apps that I used online with our tablet and phone plus many others. However, we'll be able stream and to watch 2K and 4K content. A great Bonus... Thanks Philips ...
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of
My last 2 living room TVs were Philips. They still work (10 plus years) but I just wanted to upgrade to the latest tech. With that said, the 55PFL6921 model is an awesome 4K modern tv with internet connection and google's chromecast built in.
The TV is very lightweight at around 35 lbs. It's easy to setup physically. Color balance is fantastic. There are many enhanced video and sound options you can choose from. For me, I like everything standard. TV picture is visible at sharp angles and good with medium window sunlight.
These days, most important part is connectivity. This TV has a ethernet port. I plugged it into my router and it worked immediately. The specs say wifi is also an option, but I don't actually see a wifi configuration option anywhere in the manual or on the TV options.
Chromecast beats any smart TV operating system hands down! The process to set up chromecast which they call Google Cast here is the same as a standalone chromecast. Only hiccup I ran into is that after setup, I had to update the firmware and restart the TV to get it working. Otherwise, the setup screen didn't refresh but my mobile Google Home app told me it was ready to go. Even if you didn't want to use chromecast, you can plug in your favorite steaming device and it would still work. I also use Roku as it has a easier interface for less tech savvy people in the family.
Overall, I'm very pleased with Philips TVs!
Date published: 2016-12-02