For those who want more options: Philips 50PUS8545 TV with Ambilight review


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The Philips 50PUS8545 TV is part of the second generation Performance line. This means that we are talking about the maximum

"Charged" TV on Android TV mediumprice segment. Its advantages will be appreciated by buyers who do not want to buy on the basis of the “cheapest” principle, but are looking for additional opportunities at a reasonable price. This is Android TV itself as the best platform for smart TVs thanks to the significantly more available applications, including the ability to install applications for power users using apk files. And the unique proprietary Ambilight lighting, which has already received many praises, and which is developing every year. And the favorite hobbyhorse of all fans to dig deeper into the settings - ample opportunities for sound and picture control, which other TV manufacturers do not have. The 2020 Philips Performance TV lineup uses a new vertical pixel alignment matrix to achieve better brightness (up from 350 nits to 400 nits, by the way), contrast and black depth compared to traditional IPS matrices. It's nice that buyers also appreciated the first generation of the Performance line, which we recommended for purchase last year: according to the manufacturer, sales of these TV models increased by 75% compared to the previous year, when they were called differently - just the 7000th series. Philips TV model 50PUS8545 also gave us the best experience and was once again honored with our editorial “we recommend” award. It is also worth saying that all of the following will be true for the rest of the models in the line, with diagonals 43, 65 and 70 inches.

Philips 4K TV 50PUS8545 with Ambilight

The pumped-up TV 2020 on Android TV

Performance Series Android TVsecond generation. It features improved brightness, contrast and black depth thanks to a VA matrix that outperforms traditional IPS panels. The swivel stand is adapted for use with the soundbar. Supports bluetooth connections to headphones and external speakers. Like all Philips TVs, it compares favorably with the competition with the branded Ambilight lighting, which received new features.

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5 reasons to buy a Philips 50PUS8545 TV

  • Android TV is the best platform for smart TVs today;
  • VA-matrix with improved color gamut and indicators of brightness, contrast and black depth;
  • proprietary Ambilight lighting;
  • the ability to connect bluetooth headphones and speakers
  • advanced options for sound, image and lighting settings.

2 reasons not to buy a Philips 50PUS8545 TV

  • your budget allows you to buy an OLED TV;
  • you are looking for the TV with the lowest price.

Philips 50PUS8545 TV video review

What you need to know about the appearance of the Philips 50PUS8545 TV

All screen manufacturers, large and small,compete for thin frames. The frame of this TV cannot be called record-breaking thin, but it is really small and, what is even more interesting - metal, with a practical matte sheen.


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The design of the stand that produced on usimpression with its design last year, this year has undergone changes. In general, it should be said that all manufacturers have very little room for maneuver with the design of TVs - in fact, they have to work just with a rectangular screen, so they direct all the main design delights to the stands. But the stand changes this year had practical reasons. The fact is that buyers of Performance TVs often augmented them with the purchase of soundbars. And the spectacular stand with a low panel fit simply did not allow for convenient placement of the soundbar. Therefore, this year, the stand was raised just enough so that the soundbar, adjusted for the corresponding diagonal of the TV, would best fit in the gap between it and the TV. At the same time, the stand received another support at the back, which added an additional 600 grams of weight to it compared to its predecessor. And she still has the ability to rotate the LCD panel around the vertical axis, which will never be superfluous.


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In the cover that locks the mounting of the stand, brackets were placed to help neatly route the power cable.


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On the back on three sides of the perimeterAmbilight LEDs are placed. They are completely open and are not protected by anything from external influences, which looks unusual. On the other hand, no transparent plastic elements stand in the way of the light emitted by the LEDs. Yes, and TVs are usually placed against the wall or even on the wall, so the possibility of damaging them is questionable.


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External connection options

The block with connections hasn't changed much over the year(the component inputs YPbPr have disappeared, which have become archaism) and consists of two modules: one is located on the left (when looking at the screen) panel of the TV. The other is at the back. A CI slot for cable operators' cards, a headphone output, one HDMI input and one USB module were placed on the side. By the way, it supports USB 3.0 specifications and can be used to connect flash drives or external hard drives with music, photos and videos, and also for gamepads. In total, the TV has 4 HDMI connectors, all with support for ARC (Audio Return Channel) - an audio feedback channel that allows you to reduce the number of cables when connecting the receiver. And transmit sound from the TV to external acoustics through the receiver's HDMI cable using this feedback. There is also a digital audio output on the back, a second USB port, an Ethernet input, antenna and satellite signal input.


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The live back panel looks like this:


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Picture: What's new on the Philips 50PUS8545 TV


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What do you need to know about the matrix of this TV? Instead of IPS, a version of the matrix with vertical alignment (VA) of pixels with an extended color gamut - wide color gamut - is used - it is increased to 90% of the DCI-P3 color space, compared to 75% for Performance TVs of the 1st generation. It is worth saying that in the older models of the Performance series of this year with diagonals of 65 and 75 inches, IPS-matrices with an extended color gamut can be used, but in a 50-inch TV it is exactly VA. The VA matrix itself is a development of IPS technology, which has its advantages in the form of deeper reproduction of blacks, higher indicators in brightness and contrast. What has a downside is the reduced viewing angles compared to IPS. This is due to the technological features of pixel placement. With vertical alignment, the crystals are closer to each other, which allows them to more effectively block light (hence the best black depth) and better influence such important parameters for the image as brightness - it, recall, has grown from 350 to 400 nits - contrast and clarity. The crystals of a traditional IPS-matrix, on the other hand, are able to transmit more light, which gives better viewing angles. Both technologies (as always in such cases) have supporters and opponents. Subjectively, I liked the picture even more than last year's series, and I had no complaints about viewing angles at all. There is a suspicion that buyers will not even realize that such a technological dilemma, in principle, exists.

Image settings are heaven forlovers to dig deeper into them with playful little hands. Perhaps no other TV manufacturer has such a variety in image control. In addition to all these simple options for adjusting brightness, color and contrast, there are also options for choosing a color temperature, an extended color gamut. It is possible to adjust the white point by 20 points and all these tricks are not for the average mind with ISF settings for adepts of THX cinemas. I'm not talking about support for Dolby Vision and other HDR options - this is a matter of course for TVs of this class.


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Ambilight: the lighting that makes Philips TVs unique

Ambilight is excellent as always. And every year the engineers working on the development of Philips TVs come up with more and more new use cases for it. Last year, it was a mode for sports fans, displaying the country's flag in the backlight, as well as AmbiWakeup mode combined with an alarm clock on the TV (you can see how it works in our last year's video). This year, we added a new AmbiSleep mode, which allows you to fall asleep under the slowly fading backlight when the TV screen is off to the sounds of nature.


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Since Ambilight is one of the keyadvantages of this TV, and even giving a simple and visual difference from TVs of other manufacturers, it is worth dwelling on it in more detail, despite the fact that we have done this more than once. Ambilight settings allow you to choose the lighting style - to adjust to the image or soundtrack (for example, if you decided to arrange a disco at home and launched, for example, Spotify). You can just choose a single color scheme. All modes are listed in the screenshots below, there is no need to list them again.


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The settings take into account the color of the wall on which theTV set. You can select the brightness and saturation of the backlight. And also choose the option for the backlight to work when the TV is turned off: turn off the backlight instantly or softly, with a smooth fading out. You can even set up an ISF profile, although I don’t know who needs to bother like that. The backlight control options are clearly redundant.


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Finally, the Ambilight settings have a newa section for AmbiSleep, which allows you to select (yes, a sound appeared in the backlight control, such a curious paradox) one of the sound options that you want to fall asleep to: crackling fire, howling wind, noise of rain or rainforest, sounds of a waterfall, summer night or just silence.


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Sound control: customize everything

The sound capabilities of modern TVs are alreadyhave long surpassed the unpretentious needs of ordinary buyers. This TV has a pair of 10-watt speakers located at the bottom of the panel and pointing downwards. As I already said, buyers of Performance TVs prefer not the simplest solutions and love to buy soundbars for them. I would consider such a possibility as some kind of TV upgrade over time. It's always nice to get even more out of your purchase by purchasing something meaningful. The difference in sound with a soundbar, of course, will be noticeable to the naked ear, but, in principle, the sound of the TV is good in itself and has a huge headroom.


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Sound settings are also a separate song, pleasingthe heart of anyone who at least somehow considers himself an audiophile. Well, or at least not content to listen to music with complete headphones or headphones purchased in the underpass. In the screenshots below, you can appreciate all this beauty. I personally am most surprised not by all these sound enhancers, but the good old five-band equalizer, which allows you to change the sound of the TV in an understandable way.


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Special thanks to the developers for the impeccablework of Bluetooth-connections and the ability to listen to sound from the TV through wireless headphones. Here is a big gratitude from the father of a small child. Of course, the Bluetooth connection can also be used to connect wireless speakers or soundbars, should someone suddenly have such a desire.


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Remote control: give commands by voice

This year, changes have also been made to the remote control. The traditional two-sidedness - a QWERTY keyboard was placed on the back of the console - was abandoned. Probably, in the era of voice commands (they went their hard way from a badly working toy in the first smart TV models to flawlessly working with any Google voice recognition language), there is no point in typing from the keyboard. The microphone is located on the front of the console in the upper left corner. To communicate with the TV, a Bluetooth connection is used (the remote control will need to be paired, but the procedure will not cause problems for anyone who has paired Bluetooth devices at least once in their life, and the TV itself displays prompts in the process). Some inconveniences arise, for example, when entering a password for Wi-Fi, for this, an on-screen keyboard is used, which must be controlled from the remote control. But, in all honesty, at home you will do it only once. So does it make sense to make a QWERTY keyboard for this one operation only? Traditionally, the Netflix application is brought to the remote control with a separate button - the service has more and more localized films and TV series, its popularity is significant even in our area.


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Captain Obvious Reminds: The Benefits of Android TV

Separately, it is worth recalling the main advantagesAndroid TV for those who for some reason are not familiar with them. This is a separate version of the Android operating system specially adapted for large TV screens - that is, you will not see the same menu on your TV as on your phone. But notice some similarities and some common logic or common elements. Starting from a Google account, which, by the way, can be activated from a smartphone or computer, simply by going to a special web page and entering the code suggested by the TV. No complex passwords are required. This will automatically activate your YouTube account, allowing you to see your watched, pending, favorite channels, and so on immediately. In the app store, you will see a large (significantly larger than on any other Smart TV platform) selection of applications and even more games. Games are available for Android TV that can often replace the console and entertain you, your children and guests. Some games support gamepads (both USB and wireless). Some of the games (usually racing) have a multiplayer mode with a split screen into 2, 3 or even 4 parts. Of course, if you have a purchased game on Google Play and it has an Android TV version, you can play it on your TV, saving the progress of the game.

Android TV has customization options(individual settings) of the desktop, that is, the first screen that appears after turning on the TV. In our last year's review, we told and showed you more about how to do this, how to set up preference channels for each application. This year, Android TV has a new feature: previewing digital channels as you scroll through them. Unfortunately, we were unable to reproduce this function due to the lack of on-air television in the editorial office (we switched to OTT broadcasting for a long time), but visually it looks like playing the channel in the preview window right on the system desktop. Here's a video where you can see the demo (scroll to 24:10):

In addition, Android TV is the only platformwhich has shown not only reliability and stability of work, but also makes it possible to install applications not from the Google Play store. To do this, it is enough to allow the installation of applications from unknown sources in the TV settings and install the one you need from an apk file saved, for example, on a USB flash drive. Separately, it is worth mentioning that Android TV is well updated, so the buyer of such a TV has the right to count on its updates, thanks to which you can get new opportunities provided by the latest versions of the operating system. The c TVs run the original version of Android TV, which gives a lot more confidence in the upcoming updates than buying Android TVs from smaller companies that have appeared like mushrooms after rain in the last few years. It is also worth noting that Philips TVs have 3 gigabytes of RAM, which exceeds the amount of RAM in most TVs on Android TV. This is also worth remembering for those who like to shop "without overpayments".


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The main technical characteristics of the TV Philips 50PUS7334

Screen
50 ″ (126 cm), VA-matrix, 3840x2160, 400 nits, LED backlight

Dimensions (without stand)

1120x659x113 mm

Dimensions (with stand)

1120x681x 254 mm

Weight
13.9 kg / 16.9 kg with stand

HDR
HDR10 / HLG, HDR10 + / Dolby Vision

Android version
9.0 Pie

CPU
P5 Perfect Picture

Memory
16 GB

Communications
dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Chromecast

Connectors
HDMIx4, USBx2, Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack

Sound
2x10 W, Dolby Atmos, 5-band equalizer

Remote control
with Bluetooth and microphone for voice commands

Energy consumption
86W (<0.3W standby) Energy Efficiency: Class A

Ambilight backlight
adaptive, 3-sided, AmbiWakeup, Ambisleep

Price
21 999 UAH

The bottom line: three top things to remember about the Philips 50PUS8545 TV

  • Philips 50PUS8545 is TV on the best platform - Android TV with its advantages in the form of a large numberapplications and games, the ability to install applications, stability, customization and ease of use in general and voice control in particular. Well, remember about the updates.
  • Philips has 50PUS8545 excellent LCD with wide color gamut, increased black depth and moreadvanced contrast and brightness capabilities (up to 400 nits). In fact, it loses in image quality only to more expensive OLED matrices or quantum dot matrices.
  • Philips 50PUS8545 equipped with Ambilight - a unique advantage of this brand of TVs, which creates a new sensation from watching TV.

If you have read this text to the end, then you now understand why the editors gg could not fail to award the Philips 50PUS8545 TV, in fact, the entire 2020 Philips Performance Series TV line, with the editorial “we recommend” award.