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Insignia F50 QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Mar 04, 2022 at 11:04 am
Insignia F50 QLED Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Amazon Fire TV Omni Series
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
7.1
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.3
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.8
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Insignia F50 is an entry-level 4k TV with a quantum dot panel designed to deliver a wider range of colors than traditional LED-backlit TVs. It's a very basic TV, with very few additional features. It runs the latest version of Amazon's Fire TV smart interface, with a great selection of streaming apps and an easy-to-use layout. The quantum dot panel delivers an excellent wide color gamut, but sadly, it can't display colors accurately, as saturated colors are terribly oversaturated. The VA panel delivers excellent contrast and good black uniformity, making it a good choice for a dark room, but like most budget TVs, it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It has decent peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it's also a good choice for a moderately-lit room, but it can't overcome bright glare. It also has narrow viewing angles, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when you move off-center.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Insignia F50 QLED is an alright TV overall. It's good for watching movies or TV shows in a dark room, as it has excellent contrast and good black uniformity, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It delivers a decent gaming experience with low input lag and a good response time, but it lacks advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate support. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, but it's not bright enough for small highlights to pop, so HDR adds very little overall. It's not suitable for desktop PC use, as it can't display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, so text looks blurry.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Great selection of apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Colors are oversaturated in SDR.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
6.2 Movies

The Insignia F50 TV is a good TV for watching movies in a dark room, but it's a bit limited by its lack of a local dimming feature. It has excellent contrast and good black uniformity, so blacks are deep and uniform in a dark room. It has relatively low stutter, but it can't remove judder from any source, which is noticeable when watching movies. Blu-ray movies look great, as it upscales 1080p content well, but sadly, DVDs aren't upscaled properly.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Great selection of apps.
  • Good black uniformity.
Cons
  • Colors are oversaturated in SDR.
  • No local dimming.
  • Can't remove judder from any source.
7.4 TV Shows

The Insignia F50 is decent for watching TV shows in a bright room. It has decent peak brightness and reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in moderately-lit rooms, but it can't overcome glare if you have a lot of windows and no curtains. It has a great selection of streaming apps, so you're sure to find your favorite content, but sadly, it doesn't upscale DVDs properly. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on, as the image degrades rapidly as you move off-center.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Great selection of apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Colors are oversaturated in SDR.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
7.1 Sports

The Insignia F50 Series is a decent TV for watching sports in a bright room. Glare isn't an issue in moderately-lit rooms, as it has decent SDR brightness and reflection handling. It has good gray uniformity, but there's some noticeable dirty screen effect when watching sports. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades rapidly as you move off-center.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Great selection of apps.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Colors are oversaturated in SDR.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
7.2 Video Games

The Insignia F50 Series is satisfactory for playing video games. It has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience and a good response time, but there's still some noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has excellent contrast and good uniformity, so it's a good choice for gaming in the dark, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. Unfortunately, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Good black uniformity.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Colors are oversaturated in SDR.
  • No local dimming.
  • No advanced gaming features.
6.3 HDR Movies

The Insignia F50 QLED is mediocre for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has excellent contrast and good black uniformity, so blacks are deep and uniform, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It's not very bright in HDR, though, so small highlights don't stand out at all. On the other hand, it has an excellent SDR color gamut, with nearly complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, so HDR content looks lifelike.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Great selection of apps.
  • Excellent wide color gamut.
  • Good black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Can't remove judder from any source.
  • Low peak brightness in HDR.
7.3 HDR Gaming

The Insignia F50 is decent for gaming in HDR. It has excellent contrast and good black uniformity, so blacks look good in a dark room, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It has outstanding low input lag and a good response time, so games are responsive and look good. It also has an excellent wide color gamut. Sadly, it can't get very bright in HDR, so small bright highlights in HDR games don't stand out, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate support.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Excellent wide color gamut.
  • Good black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • No advanced gaming features.
  • Low peak brightness in HDR.
6.8 PC Monitor

The Insignia F50 is alright for use as a PC monitor, but only for gaming. It has low input lag and a fast response time, resulting in a responsive desktop experience, and it has decent reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in moderately-lit rooms. Unfortunately, it can't display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, so text looks blurry from the desktop. It's fine for gaming from a PC, but because of this limitation, it isn't a good choice for desktop use.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast.
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Text isn't clear, as it can't display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly.
  • Image degrades at an angle.
  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.2 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.3 HDR Movies
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  • 6.8 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 04, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 28, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Insignia F50 QLED has a basic design, with thin bezels on three sides but a thick bottom bezel that sticks out a bit. It looks similar to other entry-level models, like the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series.

Design
Stand

The Insignia F50 has a basic stand. It's nearly the full width of the TV, so you'll need a large table if you're not planning on wall mounting it. It supports the TV well, but there's still a bit of wobble from front to back.

Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 51.18" x 13.5". There's 3.07" between the table and the bottom of the screen, meaning you can place a soundbar in front of the TV without blocking the screen. There's only 1.9" between the table and the bottom of the bezel, so most soundbars won't fit underneath the TV.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the TV is very plain, with no consideration at all for cable management. The back is a mix of metal and plastic. The most common inputs face to the side and are easy to access. There are a few inputs, including one of the HDMI ports, that face down and are very difficult to access when the TV is wall-mounted.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.79" (9.6 cm)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Insignia F50 has just okay build quality. It's a mix of metal and plastic, but the materials used are pretty cheap, and the back panel flexes a bit. The feet are pretty basic and support the TV well overall, but it still wobbles a bit.

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,883 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Insignia F50 has excellent contrast, so blacks look black and not gray if you're in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve contrast.

7.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
329 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
317 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
317 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
315 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
315 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
315 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Insignia F50 has just decent peak brightness in SDR. There's very little variation in brightness with different scenes, which is great. It's bright enough to overcome glare in moderately-lit viewing environments, but it's not bright enough to overcome direct glare if you have a lot of windows.

These measurements are from after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Color Temperature set to 'Warm', Gamma set to '0', Contrast set to '80', and Backlight at its max. Increasing Contrast to '90' with the 'Standard' Picture Mode, with Mid Luminance gamma set to '-5' results in a slightly brighter image, with a peak luminance of 347 cd/m² with a 10% window, but it's also less accurate.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
374 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
362 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
362 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

Unfortunately, the Insignia F50 has disappointing peak brightness in HDR. It's not bright enough for small highlights to stand out in dark scenes, and HDR content looks dull and muted overall. It follows the EOTF well, as most scenes display at the correct brightness level, but there's a sharp cutoff near the TV's peak brightness. This causes a loss of fine details in scenes that are brighter than the TV's peak brightness.

These measurements are from the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Contrast and Backlight at their max and Color Temperature set to 'Standard'. These are the brightest and the most accurate settings. Increasing Contrast to '100' increases the brightness of dim scenes a bit, as shown in this EOTF, but the overall peak brightness is the same.

5.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
347 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
335 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
336 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
336 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
335 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
335 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
335 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
335 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
334 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Insignia F50 is a bit dimmer overall in 'Game' mode with the default settings, and it doesn't track the EOTF as well as 'Movie' mode, as most scenes are a bit too bright. Using the default settings in 'Movie' mode, with the Contrast at '90', results in a brighter image, with an average of 377 cd/m² in most scenes.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.906%
50% DSE
0.190%
5% Std. Dev.
0.755%
5% DSE
0.102%

The Insignia F50 has good gray uniformity. The corners of the screen are a bit darker than the center, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, which is mainly noticeable when watching sports. Uniformity in near-dark scenes is much better, with no noticeable issues.

7.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.982%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Insignia F50 has good black uniformity. There's some clouding throughout, as well as a few vertical jailbars on the left side of the screen. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to reduce clouding and improve black uniformity.

5.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
26°
Color Shift
38°
Brightness Loss
30°
Black Level Raise
13°
Gamma Shift
16°

Unfortunately, the Insignia F50 QLED has a poor viewing angle. The image fades quickly as you move off-center, and colors lose accuracy, so it's not well-suited for a wide seating arrangement, or if you like to move around with the TV on.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.5%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The Insignia F50 has just decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish helps reduce the intensity of direct reflections a bit. Combined with its decent peak brightness, glare isn't an issue in a moderately-lit room, but direct reflections are still an issue if you have a lot of windows or bright light opposite the TV.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.16
Color dE
2.56
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,620 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
0

The Insignia F50 has great accuracy out of the box overall. The white balance is great, and the color temperature is very close to the calibration target of 6500K. Gamma is very close to the target. Although most colors are displayed accurately, all saturated colors in SDR are terribly oversaturated, as the TV is stretching them to match the native HDR color gamut of the TV.

8.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
1.83
Color dE
2.44
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,460 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No

Unfortunately, this TV doesn't have a full calibration system, and what little calibration it has, doesn't improve the overall accuracy much. Switching to the 'Natural' Picture Mode unlocks a more complete white balance calibration, but it doesn't work properly, as the settings reset each time you go in the menu, so it's not possible to calibrate it.

You can see our recommended settings here.

5.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Unfortunately, this TV doesn't upscale 480p content, including DVDs, properly, as the image is scaled incorrectly and doesn't match the source aspect ratio. It's similar to the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 and the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including most cable TV channels, is upscaled decently, but it's not as good as most competitors, like the Sony X800H.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content is upscaled well and looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly, with no noticeable image processing issues or subpixel dithering.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV; it can't accept or display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR sub-pixel layout, which negatively affects the way text renders when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
93.80%
DCI P3 uv
96.05%
Rec 2020 xy
72.60%
Rec 2020 uv
79.17%

The Insignia F50 has an excellent color gamut. It can display most of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, resulting in vivid, lifelike colors. It also has decent coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space, making it a somewhat future-proof choice.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
83.8%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
36.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
66.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
28.5%

The Insignia F50 has good color volume. It's limited by its incomplete coverage of the DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces. Despite its high contrast ratio, it can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels very well.

6.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.198
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.198
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.186
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.166

Unfortunately, the Insignia F50 has mediocre gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in all colors, but it's most noticeable in darker shades. It's mainly noticeable when displaying areas of similar color, like the sky, or some user interface elements when gaming. The 'High' and 'Middle' settings on the Debanding Filter reduce banding effectively, but they also cause a loss of fine details when watching high-quality content.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.4 ms
100% Response Time
12.1 ms

The Insignia F50 has a good response time, but it's not good enough for competitive gamers. Transitions around dark objects are significantly slower, causing noticeable smearing behind dark objects. The TV's relatively low flicker frequency causes duplications in motion.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

Unfortunately, the Insignia F50 QLED flickers at all backlight levels below the maximum. This low flicker frequency causes noticeable duplications in motion, and it can cause headaches and eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

4.2
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker For 60 fps
240 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
240 Hz

This TV doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. The backlight always flickers, which helps reduce the appearance of persistence blur but causes duplications in motion.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Insignia F50 QLED has an optional motion interpolation feature, and it can interpolate lower frame rate content, like movies and most TV shows, increasing the frame rate up to 60 fps. The feature is very limited, and even when enabled, the effect is very subtle and hardly noticeable with some content. There are no noticeable artifacts or issues, as it's hardly even doing anything.

7.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.6 ms

Due to the TV's relatively slow response time, there's just a bit of stutter when watching movies. It's mainly noticeable in slow panning shots.

0
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

Unfortunately, this TV can't remove judder from any source. It's mainly noticeable when watching movies, as it doesn't display each frame for an equal amount of time.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

Unfortunately, this TV is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync, which is disappointing for gamers.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.8 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
117.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
116.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
10.6 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Insignia F50 has outstanding low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming and desktop experience. There's very little variation in input lag with different resolutions. Unfortunately, the input lag in 'PC' mode, which you normally need for clear text with a chroma 4:4:4 signal from a PC, is extremely high. Since this TV can't display 4:4:4 properly anyway, this mode is useless. Enabling motion interpolation adds no input lag, as the feature is very weak and not very effective.

4.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Unfortunately, this TV can't display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly. It results in some noticeable text artifacts when using it as a PC monitor, but it's not noticeable when gaming, either from a PC or a console.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Insignia F50 Series only supports the most basic formats from the PS5 and Xbox Series S|X. It automatically switches into 'Game' mode when you start playing games.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

Unlike most modern TVs, the Insignia F50 has a composite input, which is great if you have older devices, including some older game consoles.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

This TV has eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio, like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD, to a compatible receiver over an HDMI connection.

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
95.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.67 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.65 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.22 dB
Max
88.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.56 dB

This TV has an okay frequency response. It has a fairly well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue sounds good at moderate listening levels. Like most TVs, it has almost no bass response and can't produce any thump or rumble. If you like bass, an external soundbar or a home theater system is a better choice.

7.6
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.046
Weighted THD @ Max
0.310
IMD @ 80
1.96%
IMD @ Max
4.98%

This TV has good distortion performance. There's more distortion in the bass range, but this isn't very noticeable. There's very little noticeable distortion in the vocal range, even at max volume, which is great.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Fire TV
Version 6322091.1
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
5 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Some

The Insignia F50 runs Amazon's Fire TV smart interface. The interface is very smooth and easy to use, and it has a great selection of additional streaming apps.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like almost every TV on the market, there are ads throughout the home interface and content store, and you can't disable them.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The app store has a great selection of additional apps to download, and you can also cast content from your mobile device.

8.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Fire TV

The remote is nearly identical to the one included with the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series. It's a pretty basic remote, but it has built-in voice control, which you can use to change inputs, launch apps, or search for content in specific apps, but you can't use it to adjust settings like the backlight.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button along the bottom bezel. You can use it to turn the TV on and off or switch inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 152 W
Firmware Fire OS 7.2.6.8 (PS7268/3230)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch Insignia F50 QLED (65F501NA22), but the results are valid for the other sizes available, which you can see in the table below. According to Insignia, the 50" model doesn't support motion interpolation, but all other sizes do.

Size US Model Full Model Code Motion Interpolation
50" 50F501NA22 NS-50F501NA22 No
55" 55F501NA22 NS-55F501NA22 Yes
65" 65F501NA22 NS-65F501NA22 Yes
70" 70F501NA22 NS-70F501NA22 Yes

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Insignia F50 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review.

Our unit was manufactured in October 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Insignia F50 QLED is a basic, entry-level 4k TV with a wider color gamut than most similar TVs on the market. It's great if you enjoy saturated colors, but it delivers limited picture quality overall and has very few extra features. There are much better choices available in the same price range from other budget brands, including Hisense and TCL.

See our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best QLED TVs.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is much better than the Insignia F50 QLED. The Hisense has a full array local dimming feature, which helps to improve contrast and black uniformity, and it's a lot brighter, especially in HDR. The Hisense also has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, and it can remove judder from 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player.

LG A1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG A1 OLED is much better than the Insignia F50 QLED. The LG's OLED panel delivers a nearly-infinite contrast ratio, with deep, inky blacks and perfect black uniformity with no blooming around bright objects. The LG also has a nearly-instantaneous response time, resulting in much clearer motion with no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. The LG has a small risk of permanent burn-in, so if you plan on watching content with static elements for a long period, the Insignia is a safer choice.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Insignia F50 QLED is slightly better than the Samsung TU7000. The Insignia is brighter, meaning it can handle more glare in a bright viewing environment. The Insignia also has a faster response time, resulting in smoother motion. Finally, the Insignia has a much wider color gamut and better accuracy out of the box. On the other hand, the Samsung TV is better at upscaling DVDs, and it has much better black uniformity.

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Insignia F50 QLED is better than the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series, although the differences are minor. The Amazon is better for watching movies, as it can remove judder from any source, unlike the Insignia, which can't remove judder from any source. On the other hand, the Insignia has much better accuracy out of the box, better uniformity, and a slightly faster response time.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is significantly better than the Insignia F50 QLED. The LG uses an OLED panel, which delivers a nearly-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity. The LG is incredible for gaming, with a nearly-instantaneous response time and a huge selection of additional gaming features. On the other hand, the LG has a small risk of permanent burn-in, so if you plan on watching content with static elements for a long period, the Insignia is a safer choice.

Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Insignia F50 QLED is much better than the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021. The Insignia has much better contrast, higher peak brightness, and better uniformity, meaning it's a much better choice for a dark room. On the other hand, the Toshiba has a much wider viewing angle, so it's a better choice for a wide seating arrangement.

Amazon Fire TV 4-Series
43" 50" 55"

The Insignia F50 QLED is better than the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series. The Insignia has much better accuracy out of the box, a faster response time, better uniformity, and it's a bit brighter. On the other hand, the Amazon TV can remove judder from all sources, and it's better at upscaling low-resolution content like DVDs.

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