Philips 50PUS7334 review: “charged” 4K TV series Performance Series on Android TV


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In the past few years, Philips TVs have been confidently holding their positions now, thanks not only to

Ambilight brand lighting, but also to useAndroid operating system, gradually gaining its place in the sun and in the largest screens. We already talked about the capabilities of older Philips 803 series TVs equipped with an OLED screen. And the flagship 8503 series of Philips Android TVs with LCD screens. Now we will talk about a new series of TVs called Performance, which combine modern design, good technical capabilities and a really competitive price.

What is behind the term Philips TV Performance

In essence, we are talking about the marketing name of the seriesPhilips TVs, which received the traditional index 7304. Let me remind you that the first series of the index means a series, the higher it is, the more expensive the TV. The oldest series with index 9 has always been “festival” and was created not so much for sales as for demonstrating technological capabilities and harvesting prestigious awards. For example, Bowers & Wilkins speakers are now used in such televisions. The second digit of the index indicates the sub-series within the ruler. The third - on the design option (we sell televisions with indices 7304, 7334 and 7354). Finally, the last series indicates the year of manufacture (and every 10 years, repeated). 4 means 2019 of release. Thus, the full model index 50PUS7334 / 12 reads like a 50-inch Philips (P) TV with UltraHD (U) resolution, DVB-T / T2 / C / S / S2 (S) tuner, which belongs to the 7000 line of 2019, created for the European market (12 after the slash )

And this 7300th series was calledPerformance, in order to highlight it. And she is really worth it. A special commercial has been developed for the series promoting the slogan “The one, in which there is everything!”. Literally, it can be translated as “the one in which there is everything” - remember, Neo from the “Matrix” also had a similar name for the messiah - One. It’s impossible to understand the technical capabilities from the video itself - it is only needed to attract attention, so we will dwell on the advantages of the entire series.

In the automotive environment for such casesthe word charged is used. It means that this is not about the basic configuration of the car, but about a large number of all kinds of bells and whistles, which the buyer independently added as an option. In this case, this word perfectly describes the ideology of the Performance series. She has a rather "expensive" design, with a thin metal frame and a spectacular stand (weighty, as expected, in order to bear the weight of the TV). On the shelf of the store, you will be surprised at the price tag, because it will look noticeably lower than the effect produced. No, this series does not have the best deep black panels that the 803 series (and 903 series) can boast, and the sound is also not the most advanced. But everything else in the TVs of the entire series is done to the maximum: Android 9 version, 4K panel (10-bit), the most advanced Philips P5 Perfect Picture processor to date, the capabilities of which we devoted a separate review to, a thin LCD panel with LED direct- backlit. Branded three-way lighting Ambilight, which has new features. Advanced audio and image settings. Finally, the ability to connect Bluetooth headphones and wireless speakers. And a proprietary remote control with a QWERTY-keyboard on the back and a microphone for voice commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Assistant. Are you impressed? Now let's talk about everything in more detail.

Design

As already mentioned, the TV is thina metal frame and a weighty monolithic stand, giving it an impressive and uncompromisingly respectable look. Of course, in a situation where all televisions are rectangles, the only place where the designer’s efforts are applied is the stand.


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You paid attention to the fact that outwardly TVsdiffer today in the stand design? Especially when they are standing next to the shelves of the store. Therefore, all manufacturers every year try to come up with something new. And with all responsibility I’m ready to say that this TV has the most ingenious stand of all that I have seen before. It is extremely compact, with a very low TV fit - photos do not convey this amazing sensation and enthusiasm for the design idea.


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At the same time inside the stand still managedinstall a swivel mechanism that allows you to rotate the TV panel around a vertical axis. In the photo below, you can catch the optical illusion: the pictures look like the panel is rotated clockwise and back.

Benefits of Android TV

We have repeatedly talked about the benefits of TVs using Android TV. In short, the list looks like this:

  • the ability to use your Android account (now you don’t even need to enter a password to connect to the TV, you can connect it using a computer or Android smartphone / tablet)
  • automatic authorization in Google services(for example, YouTube) - after connecting an Android account, all personalized YouTube lists are immediately available - watched video, recommendations, favorite channels
  • saved purchases of movies, music and games
  • by the way, about games - you can connect gamepads andkeyboards, and play on the big screen games specially adapted for TVs. For example, in races with a split screen into 2,3 or 4 parts and, accordingly, 2, 3 or 4 players. The TV will replace the game console in most cases
  • opportunity for experienced users understandingwhat they do, install apk applications (first you need to remove protection in the settings). So you can install video service applications that are not in the Google app store
  • Voice search using Google Assistant is simple and convenient, you can search for movies in all video services available on TV in a natural language.

It is worth adding that the Philips 50PUS7334 is workingrunning the original Android TV version 9 and will receive all new system updates. The manufacturer says that this is the most stable and productive version. It is constantly evolving and gaining new opportunities - it is clear that Google developers take into account the wishes of users (working with video services has become more convenient - more on this below). In addition to Google’s voice assistant, Philips 50PUS7334 also supports Amazon Alexa.

Ambilight backlight

As the Philips branded booklet states, “BackgroundAmbilight is another reason to love your TV. ” This is a real diamond in the crown of Philips TVs, and along with a remote control with a QWERTY-keyboard, this manufacturer's competitive advantage.


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Ambilight backlights appear in the new generationadditional settings. If earlier the backlight differed only in that it was on two or three sides (in the tripartite one used more LEDs, respectively, such TVs were more expensive), and from the settings there was only a choice of the wall color behind the TV, for color correction, now the settings began to correlate with video (separately there are profiles for watching football, movies or games) or sound (you can turn the TV into a color music system).


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An interesting option is the backlight, tiedto the national flag. It looks unusual, but recognizable. True, this is not for all flags. Ukrainian here is just noticeable right away. But, for example, the South Korean will look just white. It’s hard to say where to use it - probably during exhibitions or watching sporting events. But somehow I have not seen Philips TVs in bars and conference rooms, although, of course, no one bothers to organize watching a football or boxing match by inviting my friends and turning on such lighting - it definitely will add atmosphere to a sports show.


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Another possibility, albeit in terms of exotics, is to synchronize the backlight with Philips Hue smart lamps.


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I also liked the new alarm function cAmbilight. It allows you to wake up in the morning to the selected melody with a given sound volume and to a smoothly appearing image with backlight (in the picture below). There are 10 themes to choose from, each of which will have new pictures in the chosen style: nature, architecture, street photography, space, sports. While turning on, the TV at the same time shows the weather forecast, but for the TV to work correctly, of course, it must be connected to the Internet.


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Image settings

Philips 7304 TV picture settingsseries - it's just a holiday for fans to tighten everything up and pull it to your taste. In addition to the usual clarity, brightness and contrast, as well as color temperature, you can get into the ISF settings (analogue of THX) and have fun with the white balance, carefully calibrating it and adjusting it to the lighting conditions of a particular room.


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Here's what I really liked - it'sthe “Image defects removal” section, which allows you to independently adjust the noise reduction filter and smooth out defects in MPEG video compression.


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For those who do not want to complicate things to the limit, there is a simple image adjustment protocol, where each time you need to choose one of three options for color, clarity and contrast. Once and done!


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Sound settings

Management deserves another kind wordsound on this TV. You can enable / disable Dolby Atmos, activate speech enhancement in television programs, enable a special night mode (so as not to frighten home and neighbors with a loud sound, but hear everything well). There are separate settings to take into account the placement of the TV - on the wall or on the stand.


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But, of course, the most spectacular section is5-band equalizer on the TV! I had never seen such detailed settings on TVs before. That's really a direct analogy with “charged” cars for tuning fans.


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Separately, I want to highlight the ability to connect toTV bluetooth headphones and speakers. Last year, this feature of Philips TVs was removed, which could not but upset users. This year she was returned, which is certainly correct. When a small child is in the house or you want to watch TV late at night without waking your family, this is just a great solution! Especially if, like mine, the house is always full of all kinds of wireless headphones.


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Power Saver Settings

Usually we do not pay attention to suchindicators like energy efficiency of home appliances. But then came the moment when in the comments to the previous review of the TV, our reader asked me about this. Apparently, the increase in electricity prices brought us closer to the civilized world, and we too will begin to ask this question. Everything is fine with the energy-saving settings of this TV - there is even a special optical sensor that notices a decrease in the light in the room and automatically dims the brightness in this case. You can turn off the image if the TV is used in music playback mode (for example, you are a YouTube Music subscriber).


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Installing third-party applications

And for this opportunity, the Android TV platform,definitely added a lot of fans. To install the apk file of a third-party application that is not in the Google Play store, you first need to remove the protection in the settings. Here.


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Desktop customization


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Of course, in any Smart TV there is now an opportunitydesktop settings (the main screen where all applications are located and access to settings), but on Android TV this feature is even wider - it allows not only to take out the application’s shortcut for the video service application, but also to get recommended content from it. Its quantity depends on the application. For example, I brought Megogo lists to the desktop and now I can see (and immediately launch a specific movie or series) a section with premieres, a list of my views, and so on. Twich, by the way, had three such lists: user-selected, popular and recommended by the broadcast service itself.


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All lists can be independently moved up and down the desktop. All this is done with the remote control:


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Image and sound quality

Of course, fair for a TV review will bethe question is - what about the quality of sound and image? After all, a TV is actually bought for this, and not in order to install and run applications. From the image - Philips 50PUS7334 TV gives the picture at the level of the best LCD TVs. Here you need to understand that he will not physically reach the level of excellent color rendering and black depth, but he will do everything that can be squeezed out of the technology of the previous generation. The heart of the TV is the P5 Perfect Picture processor, which has already earned consumer recognition, providing a smooth picture in ultra-high resolution 4K, regardless of the image source. Of course, it did not do without support for the extended dynamic range - this TV supports both the common HDR 10+ format and Dolby Vision, which is added to all models of Philips 4K TVs of the new 2019 line.

As for the sound, I confess I don’t remember whenI met TVs, the sound quality of which did not suit me. They have an incredibly high volume margin, which does not allow even the day to turn on the volume at full power. Of course, you can find some especially rich bass or “tasty” sound on flagship TVs, but the whole set of settings is designed for this, which allows you to twist the sound even in the equalizer. At the worst, audiophiles can always plug in their favorite and famed set of speakers.

Connections

In addition to wireless connections via Bluetooth andWi-Fi, Philips 50PUS7334 has four HDMI connectors on board for connecting external equipment, two USB ports, a headphone output (special thanks), a digital audio output, an Ethernet input, an antenna and satellite signal input, as well as YPbPr component inputs.


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Remote control

TV remote controlThe Philips 50PUS7334 is interesting in a few things. Firstly, it is two-way - on the reverse side there is a Latin QWERTY keyboard on it. Secondly, it has a microphone that allows you to use voice search on Google. Thirdly, there is a separate Ambilight settings launch button, separately highlighted in the dark after pressing. Netflix users will separately appreciate the special application launch button for this service.


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In the era of the Internet of things, updating firmware fromyou won’t surprise anything anymore, so the remote control firmware update function should not surprise either. But every time for some reason you are surprised.


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Video review of the Philips TV 50PUS7334

You can see all this live in our video review:

Philips TV Neighbors 50PUS7334

In addition to the 50-inch Philips 50PUS7334, witha pleasant price tag of 21,999 hryvnias, this series includes televisions with diagonals of 43, 55, 65, 70 and 75 inches. They differ only in the size and design of the stand. In older models, with diagonals of 65 inches and above, it does not have the ability to rotate. The dimensions of the VESA mount may vary, the power consumption is different and, of course, the price. But the amount of memory and dynamics of all models is the same.

Philips TV Neighbors 50PUS7334

Model

Philips 43PUS7334

Philips 55PUS7334
Philips 65PUS7304
Philips 70PUS7304

Screen
43 ″ (108 cm), OLED (3840x2160)
55 ″ (139 cm), 3840x2160
65 ″ (164 cm), 3840x2160
70 ″ (178 cm), 3840x2160

Dimensions (without stand)
964x569 × 75 mm
1234x721 × 78 mm
1460x850x121 mm
1581х894 × 86 mm

Dimensions (with stand)
964x594x190 mm
1233x747 × 240 mm
1460x873x267 mm
1581x912x285 mm

Weight
9.4 kg / 11.4 kg with stand
16.4 kg / 18.9 kg with stand
27.4 kg / 29.4 kg with stand
27.4 kg / 29.4 kg with stand

VESA mount
200 × 200 mm
300 × 200 mm
400 × 200 mm

HDR
HDR10 +, Dolby Vision

Android version
9.0 Pie

CPU
P5 Perfect Picture

Memory
16 GB

Communications
dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, Chromecast

Connectors
HDMIx4, USBx3, YPbPr, Ethernet, headphone output

Sound
2x10 W, Dolby Atmos

Remote control
with QWERTY keyboard and microphone for voice commands

Energy consumption
71 W, energy efficiency A
86 W, energy efficiency A +
108 W, energy efficiency A +

Price
17 999 UAH (Rozetka, Foxtrot)
26 999 UAH (Rozetka, Foxtrot)
37 999 UAH (Rozetka, Foxtrot)
49 999 UAH (Rozetka)

Competitors

Paradox, but if you take into account onlyTV on Android TV, the Philips 50PUS7334 has no direct competitors. Sony does not have 50-inch models, only 49-inch ones, and they cost a little more. There is a cheap 50-inch Kivi 4K TV, but its technological capabilities cannot be compared with this model. Here we have Android version 9, Ambilight, amazing in its diversity sound and image settings that no other manufacturer of TVs on Android TV has.

In the dry residue

The Philips 50PUS7334 4K TV is definitely notIt is an example of the most advanced technology in the industry. But it is really well "charged" and gives the maximum of technologies available today for LCD TVs. In addition to the traditional advantages of the Android platform, each time giving more and more opportunities for users (by the way, we are talking about the latest version of today, version 9) and the Ambilight signature illumination, which cannot be overestimated, this model leaves the best impressions. From design (stand, enthralling with design ideas that can come up with such a solution). From a remote with a QWERTY keyboard and built-in microphone for voice search. From a bunch of image and sound settings that can satisfy the most fastidious fans to dig deeper and do something else (which is just an equalizer or eliminating defects in MPEG video compression). Finally, from the ability to connect wireless headphones and speakers. At the same time, its price is not sky-high and comparable with the cost of the flagship smartphone (which, recall, will become obsolete after two years, unlike this TV). Therefore, we cannot deny ourselves the pleasure of recommending this model for purchase, and issuing the appropriate editorial award gg "We recommend"

5 reasons to buy a Philips 50PUS7334 TV

  • best value for money on Android TV;
  • Ambilight backlight
  • remote control with QWERTY-keyboard and voice search;
  • the ability to connect bluetooth headphones and speakers
  • An abundance of various settings for sound, image and backlight.

2 reasons not to buy a Philips 50PUS7334 TV

  • Are you looking for an OLED TV;
  • you are allergic to the word Android.

The main technical characteristics of the TV Philips 50PUS7334

Screen
50 ″ (126 cm), LCD (3840x2160) with LED backlight

Dimensions (without stand)

1120x659x113 mm

Dimensions (with stand)

1120x681x240 mm

Weight
13.8 kg / 16.3 kg with stand

HDR
HDR10 +, Dolby Vision

Android version
9.0 Pie

CPU
P5 Perfect Picture

Memory
16 GB

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

Connectors
HDMIx4, USBx2, Ethernet, YPbPr, 3.5 mm for headphones

Sound
2x10 W, Dolby Atmos

Remote control
with QWERTY keyboard and microphone for voice commands

Energy consumption
72 W, energy efficiency: class A

Price
21 999 UAH

Philips 4K TV 50PUS7334

"Charged" TV on Android TV with Ambilight backlight

This 4K TV is part of the “charged” linePhilips TVs are Performance Series and are running Android 9 version. It has a modern design with a thin metal frame and the ability to tilt the stand, branded Ambilight lighting with advanced settings and a remote control with a QWERTY-keyboard and built-in microphone for voice commands. The TV is best for fans of all kinds of settings, providing an unrivaled number of functions to control sound and image.

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