Philips 49PUS7100 4K TV is a 2015 midrange – top range Android TV from this manufacturer. Another advantage of the series is the Ambilight function.
The design of this model in one word: stylish. The frame is very thin and surrounded by a grey insert around all edges of this TV and the bottom has an illuminated logo that completes the look. The TV’s furniture stand has the shape of 2 small feet, arranged in the corners of the TV, thin and stylish. Although thin, those offer very good stability thanks to the spread layout and chosen angle.
As connections, Philips 49PUS7100 has 4 HDMI ones and the 3 USBs and besides these there are also available: SCART connection, and one for the satellite, a component one – although not really used in our country.
The TV has analog & digital tuner and satellite.
The USB player can play almost any format from H.265 (HEVC) for 4K, MPEG and 3GP, to MKV.
The 123 cm screen size is perfect for a viewing distance of 3,5 meters, if we often watch full-HD movies or 4K, if instead most watched programs are television ones, where the signal is predominantly Sd, a 4 meters viewing distance would be ok.
Picture and Sound.
Besides this classic stereo speakers, this model has placed on the back a mini woofer for a finishing touch of low frequencies. Although it is a plus, it is not necessarily a major difference compared with TVs which do not have this system. The thin plastic case will not allow a standard resonance of the bass, though it should be appreciated the effort to improve things.
Picture quality is average. Speaking of visual qualities, this model manages to restore natural colors and black levels are excellent. Green and red tones are pretty good, but blue has some problems with a slight tendency towards indigo (it probably needs some very careful adjustments to reduce the red range). As I said black level is ok enough, and even on small areas there are no problems of bleeding, or when the rest of the picture is brighter.
The brightness is slightly low – leading to a mediocre contrast if we don’t increase the value from settings.
Regarding the resolution, we’re talking about a 4K model that clearly brings very detailed images on video sources of the same resolution. On upscaling where the resolution is increased artificially for non-4K broadcasts, there can be seen, as in many other models, problems on details and sometimes troublesome artifacts on the image. This model has PMR 800 Hz, namely artificially inflating the number of frames displayed per second, for greater fluidity in playback.
I mentioned above Ambilight, rear illumination with projection – Philips patented. In this model Ambilight was chosen on 2 areas (the sides), which manages to bring out very much the red and the green. It’s interesting to watch movies with Ambilight on, the effects are very pleasant and from the sayings of those who own these models, with this system, it seems to reduce eyestrain.
3D is another feature of this Tv with passive 3d technology, so if you are into 3D effects this Tv might become your favourite.
Image rating is 7 from our point of view and the sound gets an 8.
Android Smart TV
Philips brings Android 5.0 49PUS7100 as novelty. About Android there is not much to say, the fact is that for TVs, there have begun to be developed many applications compatible with the resolution and screen size. Strictly speaking of the Philips interface, is well organized, categories can be scrolled from top to bottom and of course, those can be customized with favorite apps.
The running speed is quite good, the browser loads pages in reasonable time, and 4K / HD YouTube videos playback is smooth, even on a mid-range Wi-Fi signal.
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However during use we’ve had problems such as: blockages of several seconds, it froze while loading applications and stuff like that. Android is not the most fluent OS and the configuration of the TV is not like a next-generation phone. For storage we have 16 GB, available but some of those GB are occupied by Android and the installed applications.
To control the Smart TV you can use its own Philips remote control designed specifically for Internet. On one side is a classic remote control and on the other we have a full keyboard with additional functions. If you’re not satisfied, you can attach a conventional keyboard or even a gamepad for games for Android.
- Smart Tv
Overall it appears that Philips 49PUS7100 has it all (
well, less 3D ) later edit – Tv has 3D function, with passive 3d technology.
It has a UHD resolution screen, Ambilight, Android Tv and other options.
Its main drawbacks are: slightly mediocre image quality, Android instability in some moments and somewhat slow menus upload (a general problem for Philips).
If we refer to the price, we can say that is reasonable considering its features. As direct rivals in its price range, there are: Samsung 48JU6670, Sony 49X8309 and LG 49UF6907. Considering the image and the Smart TV function, I would personally go for for Samsung or Sony, but overall and with these features (Ambilight, etc.) I wouldn’t neglect this model.