Insignia Fire TV Edition 4k TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Oct 31, 2018 at 09:08 am
Insignia Fire TV Edition 4k Picture
6.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S525 2019
6.0
Movies
6.9
TV Shows
6.4
Sports
6.0
Video Games
5.9
HDR Movies
5.9
HDR Gaming
6.3
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Insignia Fire TV is a decent 4k TV with a decent picture quality. It has a high native contrast ratio and produces deep blacks, but unfortunately, they are not very uniform and the lack of local dimming cannot help improve the appearance of dark scenes. The image degrades rapidly when viewed from the side so it is not a good choice for a large room with a wide seating arrangement. The TV supports HDR, but it can't deliver the creators intent. This Insignia TV integrates very well with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

Update 11/30/18: Changed the text a bit for clarification

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is a decent choice for mixed usage. The picture quality is okay. It has a high native contrast ratio, but dark room performance is hurt by the mediocre black uniformity. The TV has bad viewing angles so you should sit directly in front to get the best possible picture. Reflection handling is okay when the room is not too bright and finally, the TVs input lag is good for some casual gaming.

Pros
  • Excellent native contrast
  • Powerful Alexa voice assistant
Cons
  • Bad color accuracy
  • Amazon Prime account is required for many functions
  • Bad viewing angles
6.0 Movies

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is mediocre for watching movies in a dark room. The picture quality is okay, and the native contrast ratio is high, and although the blacks are deep, they are not very uniform when viewed in a dark room. The lack of local dimming doesn't help either. Unfortunately, this TV cannot remove 24p judder from older content and has a bad color accuracy that you can not significantly improve, due to the lack of the necessary menu options.

6.9 TV Shows

This is a decent TV for watching TV shows. It can handle reflections decently and this is important as TV shows are usually watched in brighter rooms with more than one light sources. Unfortunately, if you are used to walking around while watching your favorite TV show you will notice that the image degrades as you look at it from the side.

6.4 Sports

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is decent for watching sports. It has decent reflection handling for an average bright room and good response time. Fast action has some blur that helps the image look smooth, but unfortunately, there is no option to introduce flicker to make it crisper. The gray uniformity is decent, but you will see some dirty screen effect while watching hockey or football. Unfortunately, the bad viewing angles do not favor watching from the side, so this TV is not a good choice if you plan to watch a game with a group of friends.

6.0 Video Games

This TV is decent for playing video games. It has a low input lag and responds quickly to your actions. The response time is good, and only a little motion blur is present on fast-action games. The TV does not have any advanced gaming features but will keep happy most casual gamers. However, it is not a good choice if you are a gaming enthusiast.

5.9 HDR Movies

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is mediocre for watching HDR movies. It has deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio but unfortunately, they are not uniform and this can be visible in a dark room. Also, the TV lacks local dimming that would help improve this. The HDR brightness is only decent and cannot deliver the creators intent.

5.9 HDR Gaming

This TV is decent for playing HDR Games. It has a low input lag in HDR mode and the response time is good. Blacks are deep but they are not uniform. That, along with the lack of local dimming, hurts dark room performance. where HDR games are meant to be played.

6.3 PC Monitor

The Insignia Fire TV has a decent performance when used as a PC monitor. It is quite responsive to your actions due to the low input lag. You have to make careful adjustments to make it properly display chroma 4:4:4. Finally, the edges will have some uniformity issues due to the bad viewing angles.

  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 6.9 TV Shows
  • 6.4 Sports
  • 6.0 Video Games
  • 5.9 HDR Movies
  • 5.9 HDR Gaming
  • 6.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the Insignia Fire TV Edition is decent. It is made of plastic and metal but it does not have a premium look. The stand supports the TV well but there will be some wobbling if you accidentally nudge it. There are no issues with the build quality and although the bottom edge can get warm, you will have no problem with it.

Design
Stand

The stand of the Insignia Fire TV Edition is plastic. It provides good support to the TV, although it won't prevent a slight back and forth wobble if the TV is pushed gently. At the same time, it does not leave a big space between the table and the lower edge of the TV. This might be an issue if you wish to place a soundbar in front of the TV.

Footprint of the 55" model: 43.0" x 10.4"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is metallic and looks very plain. There is not much provision for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The borders are plastic and relatively thick. The bezel that surrounds the screen is also thick.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.27" (8.3 cm)

The Insignia Fire TV looks thick from the side. It's just a little thinner than the Toshiba Fire TV Edition 2018.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The built quality is decent. The TV is a mixture of plastic and metal and does not look premium. However, there are no gaps or loose ends and you should have no issues with it.

Picture Quality
8.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4660 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Excellent native contrast for the Insignia Fire TV Edition. Blacks are deep in a dark room, and this is important in picture quality.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Insignia Fire TV Edition does not support local dimming. The video is for reference only.

6.5
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
277 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
296 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Good SDR peak brightness for the Insignia Fire TV. It can get bright enough for an average lit room, but it can not overcome the glare of a bright room. The measured brightness remains very constant regardless of the illuminated area of the screen and this is great. The SDR brightness is slightly worse than the Toshiba Fire TV.

The menu item that controls the luminance of the backlight is called backlight.

5.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
288 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
314 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
313 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
314 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
315 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

Mediocre performance on our HDR peak brightness test. The Insignia Fire TV cannot get bright enough to deliver the brightness levels HDR is mastered for. The constant level of brightness across all window sizes is good but does not really help HDR performance in this case.

7.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.511 %
50% DSE
0.198 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.197 %
5% DSE
0.122 %

The Insignia Fire TV has decent gray uniformity. Faint clouding is visible all over the screen, and the edges look slightly darker. You should expect some dirty screen effect when you watch sports on this TV. In darker images clouding is less visible, but still present.

4.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
23 °
Color Shift
19 °
Brightness Loss
26 °
Black Level Raise
12 °
Gamma Shift
12 °

The Insignia Fire TV Edition has bad viewing angles. Just off the center axis and blacks start to intensify rapidly. At slightly higher angles colors shift, and at about 25 degrees the picture has lost half of its brightness. You should avoid watching this Insignia TV from the side as the picture quality deteriorates rapidly.

6.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.385 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is decent. You can spot some backlight bleed at both sides of the screen and around the test cross. It is less noticeable during normal use.

6.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
6.7 %
Indirect Reflections
0.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.8 %

The Insignia Fire TV Edition has decent handling of reflections. It has a semi-gloss finish that diffuses glare across the screen and diminishes its intensity. You should be fine for an average lit room, but for a room with lots of light it will be bothersome.

4.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
6.31
Color dE
4.98
Gamma
2.16
Color Temperature
6227 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
0

The out of the box color accuracy of this TV is bad. The 'Movie' most accurate picture mode. The white balance dE and the color dE are very high and this means that most people will notice the color inaccuracies. Gamma is low at 1.93 and it does not follow the target at all, and thus shades look brighter. The color temperature is a little warm, this explains the red-yellowish tint.

7.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
2.77
Color dE
4.19
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6570 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The post-calibration accuracy of the Insignia Fire TV Edition is decent. Calibration was performed at the 'Custom' picture mode.

Unfortunately, the TV has a very limited number of calibration features as you can see here. These are not enough for a proper calibration and cannot help improve significantly the color accuracy.

The white balance dE is lowered below the threshold of 3 so most people will not notice any gray inaccuracies, but it is still at a level where most enthusiasts will. Unfortunately, the same is not true for color dE, where the value is well above 3 and most people will still spot color inaccuracies. Gamma is brought close to the target of 2.2, but unfortunately, it does not follow the curve. At lower luminosities, the shades are brighter and as we move to higher luminosities the shadows are crushed. Finally, the color temperature is slightly colder than the 6500 K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality content such as DVDs is good.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

There are no issues when upscaling 720p content.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Full-HD content such as 1080p cable, streaming, and Blu-rays looks good upscaled. The image is clear and detailed.

9.5
Picture Quality
4k Input

When the TV is displaying 4k images, you can see from up close, some sub-pixel dimming. Sometimes this can create artifacts and it may be a type of spatial dithering. It results in a checkerboard effect similar to the TCL 5 Series S517. You can see this effect up close in our pixels photo here.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

When you look at this TV from a close distance, you will notice some sub-pixel dimming artifacts. This is similar to the Toshiba Fire TV and the TCL 5 series S517.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
78.16 %
DCI P3 uv
84.22 %
Rec 2020 xy
56.38 %
Rec 2020 uv
62.67 %

The color gamut of the Insignia Fire TV Edition is decent.

The color accuracy at our normal 75% stimulus brightness is bad, likely because the TV is prioritizing brightness over color accuracy; however at 50% stimulus brightness, the accuracy of P3 and Rec 2020 colors are vastly improved. This means that most HDR colors will have passable color accuracy, but very bright colors will be washed out.

In the Custom picture mode, the TV's EOTF follows the target PQ curve fairly closely, with some over-brightening in dim shades. If you find HDR content too dark, you can set the Mid Luminance Gamma setting to -5, which raises the EOTF and brightens most of the scene.

The EOTFs in the Game mode follows the target PQ curve slightly closer, than the Custom, whereas the PC picture mode is almost identical to that of 'Custom'.

6.1
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
70.3 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
29.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
52.2 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
21.1 %

The color volume coverage is mediocre. The limited color gamut on this Insignia Fire TV Edition does not allow it to display saturated colors. This is very similar to the Toshiba Fire TV 2018.

6.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.120 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.140 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.261 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.358 dE

The TV has a mediocre gradient. Unfortunately, it is the lowest score we've measured so far. Our image does not clearly capture the stepping in color shades that create the banding as you scan it from the lighter shades to the darker ones. This is partly because of the clipping that occurs in both the bright side and the dark side. This means that in real content, when the TV displays the image of a sky or images that contain skin tones, there are areas of noticeable banding. This, however, is more important in HDR than SDR.

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 %

No image retention for the Insignia Fire TV .

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
5.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
7.7 ms
100% Response Time
20.8 ms

The response time of the Insignia Fire TV is good. You will, however, spot some motion blur on fast moving objects on the screen.

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

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is not flicker-free. It uses PWM dimming to lower the backlight. The flicker occurs at 240Hz which might be bothersome to some people.

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

The Insignia Fire TV does not have a BFI option.

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

The Fire TV is capable of interpolating content from 30fps up to its native refresh rate of 60fps.

Set the Motion Processing to 'Enhanced' if you wish to enable motion interpolation. If you find that there are too many artifacts, then you can set it to 'Smooth' or 'Standard'.

8.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
20.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

The response time of this TV allows for some motion blur that smooths motion and it is not likely that you will notice any stutter, even in older, low fps content.

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

The Insignia Fire TV Edition does not remove 24p judder automatically, nor does it have any feature that allows you to do so. So when displaying 24fps content the TV will always have judder. You can try to remove it by enabling motion interpolation, but this makes motion look smoother than normal and can add artifacts.

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

The TV has a native 60Hz panel and doesn't support any variable refresh rate implementation.

Inputs
6.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
34.5 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
86.8 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
36.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
40.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
71.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
70.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
134.1 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

The Insignia Fire TV Edition has a low input lag in Game mode and while it is not interpolating. Some people, however, might still find it high, so it is not a recommended TV for game enthusiasts. When you use it as a PC monitor, you might notice some lag, especially while you move the mouse around.

During testing we noticed that although the input lag is stable, it varied slightly when we retook a measurement. The variation was about 8 ms and the value reported is the average.

7.5
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
No
4k @ 60 Hz
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
No
8k @ 60 Hz
No

The Insignia Fire TV Edition does not support some common resolutions. Also, there are some resolution restrictions, and some special conditions that must be satisfied for the TV to properly display certain resolutions.

To properly display 4:4:4 chroma you must be in PC mode and you must set the signal output to RGB, as otherwise, the TV might not detect it and might not display RGB properly.

4k @ 30Hz can't have proper 4:4:4 chroma even when in PC mode.

The TV does not pass the 1440p test, as the image that is displayed when sent such a signal does not have the correct wrapping (part of the screen's right side appears on the left side).

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
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
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
No
3D
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support