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Reviewed on Mar 03, 2017

LeEco Super4 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.5
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
7.6
Video Games
6.8
HDR Movies
7.5
HDR Gaming
6.7
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The LeEco Super4 is a 4k LED TV. It has above average picture quality and will be best suited in a darker environment. Unfortunately, the picture quality degrades when viewed from a slight angle. On the upside, both motion and input lag will suit most people's needs and the aluminium frame has great build quality. It is also known by the model codes L434UCNN, L554UCNN and L654UCNN depending on the size.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 6.2
Inputs 7.0
Sound Quality 6.5
Smart Features 7.7
Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio
  • Fully featured and snappy smart platform
Cons
  • Very narrow viewing angle
  • Peak brightness is below average
  1. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  2. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The design of the Super4 is great, and the TV feels high quality. The wide stand provides good support but requires a very wide table. The build quality is great, and the aluminium frame is nice.

Stand

The L554UCNN has the widest stand of a 55" TV we have seen. The legs support the TV well and are made of aluminum.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 10.6" x 47.8"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 400x200

The rear of the TV is quite simple. The top half is brushed aluminum, with visible screws holding the back together firmly. At the middle-top of the TV is a USB socket for webcam support. The cables are still easy to access if mounted to a wall.

Borders
Borders : 0.55" (1.4 cm)

The borders are thinner than average and look very good. They feel quality with a machined aluminum edge.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.46" (3.7 cm)

The Super 4 is one of the thinnest TVs we have reviewed, and looks sleek from the side.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
115 °F (46 °C)
Average Temperature
:
97 °F (36 °C)

The bottom of the TV gets noticeably warm to the touch after it has been on a long time, however this shouldn't be a problem during normal use. The backlight appears to be edge lit from the bottom as that is where it is hottest. The bottom is lined with vents to help keep it cool.

8.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the X55 is great. Torx screws on the back allow easily access to the internals if required, and all the machining feels high quality.

7.4

Picture Quality

The LeEco Super4 LED TV has an overall average picture quality. The high contrast ratio and the good black uniformity provide good dark room performance, but when set in a very bright room, the average SDR peak brightness will limit the amount of glare the TV can handle. The Super4 won't be the best choice if you have a wide seating area since the viewing angle is terrible. It won't be the best option for sports fans too since the gray uniformity is below average and dirty screen effect is present, even if it can handle fast motion without too much motion blur. The lack of local dimming and the low HDR peak brightness really hurt the HDR performance of this TV, even though it can display a wide color gamut and 10-bit content without banding.

9.3 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
6693 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The contrast ratio is excellent for this LeEco TV. When set to our calibration goal of 100 cd/m², blacks are very deep and will provide a good movie experience, especially when placed in a dark room.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

There is no local dimming feature on the LeEco Super4 TV. The video is for reference only.

7.4 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
279 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
314 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
308 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
312 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
310 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
312 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
305 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
307 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
307 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
304 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.002

Decent SDR peak brightness. The TV remains a constant ~300 cd/m² regardless of the content shown, which is good. This is bright enough for a moderately lit room, but in a bright room the TV may appear too dim.

6.1 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
284 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
331 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
328 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
330 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
331 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
329 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
328 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
329 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
330 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.001

Mediocre HDR peak brightness. While the measurements are nearly identical to the SDR brightness, HDR content features 1000-4000 cd/m² highlights, so a brighter TV is required to get the best experience. While this TV can't come close to producing the full brightness of those highlights, most of the scene in HDR content is below 200 cd/m², so the brightness of this TV is still passable for watching HDR.

6.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.568 %
50% DSE
:
0.212 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
2.703 %
5% DSE
:
0.128 %

The gray uniformity of this LeEco is average. The top half of the screen is a bit darker than the bottom, and two large dark vertical bands also go from the top to the bottom. The bottom edge of the screen also seems a bit brighter than the rest of the TV.

On the 5% gray uniformity picture, you can see more easily that the bottom edge is brighter than the rest of the screen. You can also see that both right and left sides seem to be more bright, but this is due to the relatively narrow viewing angle of this TV.

4.1 Viewing Angle
Color Shift
:
16 °
Brightness
:
32 °
Black Level
:
8 °

The viewing angle of the Super4 is bad. Its picture quality worsens rapidly at an angle, even for a VA TV. Blacks become grayer and colors change after only a small angle, although the brightness change is not as bad.

7.1 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.243 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The black uniformity of this LeEco TV is ordinary. Some clouding can be seen in the bottom of the screen where the edge backlight is situated, but this is mostly visible while displaying our black uniformity test pattern. When watching regular TV content, almost no clouding can be seen.

7.9 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.6 %

The TV is quite good at handling reflections. For an average room it works well, but for a very bright living room it may be an issue. It has a semi-gloss finish which works to diffuse light directly on the screen.

8.0 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Movie
White Balance dE
:
3.30
Color dE
:
2.14
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6418 K

The pre-calibration color accuracy is good on this LeEco TV. The white balance is a bit high, though, but not as bad as seen on other budget TV. The gamma is not flat, but it still has an overall value of 2.2, which is still good. Finally, the color reproduction out of the box is not bad, and overall, for most people, this TV could be used as is, out of the box when set to the right picture mode.

9.4 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Movie
White Balance dE
:
0.19
Color dE
:
1.52
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6503 K

The post-calibration color accuracy is excellent, and the calibration process was fast and easy to do. The TV as a 2 points and 10 points white balance calibration. Both were responsive and provided good enough control to make it a simple process. Even though it does not have a more advanced 'Color Management Systems', we ended up with a pretty accurate calibration.

You can see our recommended settings here.

7.5 480p Input

The 480p upscaling of the Super4 is very aggressive with noise reduction, resulting in a very soft image. It still looks quite good though.

8.0 720p Input

Upscaling of 720p content such as cable is good. Detail is preserved and few issues can be seen.

9.0 1080p Input

Higher quality content such as Blu-rays are very clear.

10 4k Input

Content at the native resolution of 4k such as UHD Blu-rays looks great. No issues can be seen.

8.1 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
88.08 %
DCI P3 uv
:
93.41 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
65.87 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
75.13 %

The Super4 can display a wide color gamut, so deep colors in HDR content will be shown properly. However there is a problem with the tone mapping of very bright highly saturated colors, they sometimes clip and become a totally different color. This is shown in this color gamut test done at a higher brightness, the extreme blue point turns orange. Because of this we performed the color gamut testing at a less bright stimulus value of 70 rather than our usual 75, though this should not affect the scores very much relative to other TVs.

Update 05/08/2017: The color gamut has been remeasured with the newest firmware update. The tone mapping has changed slightly (and the clipping error still exists) but the results remain about the same.

7.0 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
78.5 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
32.7 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
60.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
25.2 %

This TV has a decent DCI P3 color volume, so HDR colors will be properly represented at various brightness levels. The TV's high contrast ratio allows it to show very dark colors better than most TVs. However this TV has poor Rec 2020 color volume so HDR content that uses the Rec 2020 color space will not have accurate deep color.

Update 05/08/2017: The Super4 has been tested with the newest firmware update and the color volume remains about the same.

7.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.093 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.125 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.095 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.155 dE

Overall, the Super4 TV can display our gradient test pattern pretty smoothly. There are only some imperfections in the dark greens and in the darker grayscale portion, which is not bad.

10 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 %

This TV does not present any image retention at all. Even right after the 10 minutes burn-in scene, no remnant of the static logo could be seen. This is in line with other VA TVs, which are usually retention-free.

10 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.

Pixels
6.2

Motion

The motion handling of the Super4 is passable. Fast movement appears quite good due to the fast response time, but the TV doesn't have any options to modify the backlight flicker pattern, and can't play movies without judder. This is not an issue for most people as it generally isn't noticeable. The TV has a 60Hz panel which can interpolate lower frame rate content.

8.0 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
6.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
17.4 ms

Motion blur is great. The response time is quick, resulting in only a short trail following moving objects. Transitions to the 20% level take longer than the other transitions, but this is unlikely to be an issue.

4.7 Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
180 Hz

The Super4 uses PWM at 180Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 99/100 backlight setting. Lowering the setting shortens the duty cycle, while amplitude lowers slightly. Backlight PWM helps clear up motion slightly, but results in duplications following moving objects. We haven't seen any other TVs with a frequency of 180Hz, but it provides good performance at an even multiple of the 60Hz frame rate but high enough not to be noticeable for most people.

4.6 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
:
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
:
180 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
:
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
:
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
180 Hz

The LeEco has no options to reduce its flicker frequency, although its 180 Hz PWM backlight does help somewhat to make motion clearer.

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

The Super 4 has a 60Hz panel, and can interpolate lower refresh rate content.

8.1 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
24.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
0.0 ms

The LeEco Super4 is great at displaying content without stutter. Although the response time is quick, it helps to blur the transition between frames to reduce stutter. It may be noticeable for movies (especially for slow panning shows) but isn't an issue for sports.

0 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 LeEco Super4 TV is not able to display movies without judder under any of the tested frame rates, unfortunately. Movies playing from a 24p source like a Blu-rays player or a native streaming app, and from 60p sources like cable box all suffer from judder. Note that few peoples can notice judder, though, so this is more important for people that are sensitive to it.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The Super4 doesn't support variable refresh rate (FreeSync or G-Sync) and has a 60Hz panel.

7.0

Inputs

The input lag of the Super4 is low for all resolutions in game mode which is good, however the TV cannot display chroma 4:4:4 properly which makes it a bad choice as a PC monitor.

7.9 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
35.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
:
55.4 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
102.2 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
35.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
35.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
106.3 ms
4k With Interpolation
:
135.6 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A

When in game mode the input lag is lower than average and should be good enough for all but the most competitive gamers. All three HDMI ports have the same input lag. The input lag varies by +/- 5 ms every time the TV switches to and from the HDMI input.

Note that when the TV switches to HDR mode it retains the settings from the previous mode it was in, so when gaming in HDR be sure you are in game mode before playing HDR content as you will not be able to switch into game mode once HDR mode is activated.

1.7 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 120Hz
:
No

Although the TV could accept 4:4:4 color as an input it did not display it properly. This test image shows how the TV was unable to show all the gaps between the lines for some color patterns. However this is only a concern when using the TV as a PC monitor while displaying text.

To play 4K @ 60 Hz the HDMI input in use needs to be set to 4K@60Hz Compatible in the TV's Input settings.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 3
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

The TV also includes a PC input (VGA with 3.5mm AUX). One of the USB ports is located on the top of the TV for a webcam.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
HLG
:
No
3D
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth
:
No
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3.0
:
Yes (2)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

All three HDMI inputs support HDR and HDMI 2.0 at full bandwidth which is good when using multiple HDR capable devices.

6.5

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the L554UCNN is poor. The TV doesn't produce much bass and can't get very loud. There isn't too much distortion but a cheap soundbar is still an improvement over the TV speakers.

6.2 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
142.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
5.51 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.53 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.35 dB
Max
:
92.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
0.93 dB

Poor frequency response. The Super4 produces very little bass and doesn't get very loud either. The low-end cut-off of 180Hz and maximum volume of 85.5dB SPL are both quite poor, even for a TV. On the plus side, there doesn't seem to be much compression and pumping happening even under maximum load.

7.3 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.039
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.316
IMD @ 80
:
3.07 %
IMD @ Max
:
10.52 %

Average distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 70dB and 80dB SPL is quite low. There is, however, a little bit of rise in distortion under maximum load, but remaining within an acceptable range.

7.7

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android TV
Version : 6.0

The LeEco Super4 runs Android TV with a skin called eui, Ecosystem User Interface. It comes preinstalled with many popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, and many more apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The TV supports Google Cast so content can be cast to the TV from other devices such as smartphones. The TV has several USB ports that allow content to be played from a flash drive. The included remote is fairly simple but it does include a microphone for voice recognition which works well. The TV supports using a webcam and has a USB port located on top of the TV to make it easier to connect a webcam, though none is included with the TV.

7.0 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Average
Smoothness
:
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
8 s
Advanced Options
:
Many

There's little lag when navigating through the interface, but the animations are often choppy, especially in the home screen. We also experienced some picture glitches during normal use. Most were solved by turning the TV off then back on, but one glitch with the YouTube app required the TV to be factory reset before it was fixed.

10 Ad-Free
Ads
:
No
Opt-out
:
N/A
Suggested Content in Home
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
:
Yes

No ads appear in the interface of the TV, although the top row of the homescreen contains featured content from sources such as Google Play Movies and YouTube, some of which is not free. Apps downloaded from the Google Play Store may contain ads, but they can be prevented from showing personalized ads by changing the ads settings in the About section of the Super4's settings.

9.0 Apps and Features
App Selection
:
Very Many
App Smoothness
:
Average
Cast Capable
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
:
Yes
HDR in Netflix
:
Yes
HDR in Amazon Video
:
N/A
HDR in YouTube
:
No

Lots of apps come preinstalled such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu. Many more apps can be downloaded from the included Google Play Store. Also included are LeEco Ecosystem apps like LeZone and My LeEco.

6.5 Remote
Size
:
Medium
Voice Control
:
Content Search Only
CEC Menu Control
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
:
No

The included remote has all the standard TV buttons as well as a Netflix button that switches to the app, a LeEco button that switches to the "Le" app, and a microphone button which activates voice control. The remote needs to be paired with the TV for some of its features to work, such as voice control.

6.0 Remote App
Acts as the Remote
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
:
No
Inputs Text in YouTube
:
Yes
Inputs Text in Netflix
:
No
Streams Device Files
:
No
Controls TV Settings
:
No
Voice Control
:
Yes
TV Controls

Unlike most TVs, the LeEco Super4 doesn't have any easily accessible controls on the TV. There is only a power switch on the back of the TV to physically shut-off the power (the LeEco symbol in the picture is a screw hole cover).

In The Box