Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018 TV Review

Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.1
Mixed Usage
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6.5
Movies
7.4
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.6
Video Games
6.6
HDR Movies
7.2
HDR Gaming
7.6
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Toshiba Fire TV 2019
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Toshiba Fire TV is a decent but basic 4k TV. It delivers decent overall picture quality, but although the TV has a high native contrast ratio capable of producing deep dark scenes, it lacks more advanced features like local dimming to improve the picture quality further. The image degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle, which is bad for those with wide seating and although the TV supports HDR, it can't produce bright or vivid highlights. The distinguishing feature is the Fire TV platform, which is tightly integrated with the Alexa voice assistant.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Toshiba Fire TV is a decent TV for mixed usage. It does not excel in any particular area, but it performs decently in almost all. It is very responsive due to its fast response time and low input lag and is suitable for a relatively bright room. However, the image quality deteriorates when viewing it from the side and it will display some uniformity issues that can annoy some people.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.5 Movies

The Toshiba Fire TV has mediocre performance when watching movies. Although contrast is excellent and blacks will look deep in a dark movie watching environments, the TV cannot produce rich, saturated colors and its color accuracy is sub-par. Watching movies is not one of the strong usages of this.

See our Movies recommendations
7.4 TV Shows

The Toshiba Fire TV is decent for watching TV shows. It has good SDR brightness and can handle reflections decently so you can place it in a fairly bright room but avoid having too many light sources. It handles upscaling cable content well but the viewing angle is bad and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. So to enjoy your favorite TV show you should sit mostly directly in front of the TV.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.2 Sports

Sports watching on the Fire TV is okay. It has decent reflection handing for a bright room but poor viewing angles so it is not suitable for wide viewing. Although it has a fast response time, motion handling is just mediocre, and gray uniformity is sub-par, so some people will notice some clouding in hockey or football wide panning shots.

See our Sports recommendations
7.6 Video Games

The Toshiba Fire TV is good for occasional video game playing. It has a fast response time and a good low input lag that will keep the infrequent gamer happy. It lacks, however, more advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) or black frame insertion (BFI) that more hardcore gamers are looking for.

See our Video Games recommendations
6.6 HDR Movies

Watching HDR movies on this Fire TV is ok. Blacks look great in dark rooms, but the color gamut is limited and HDR highlights are not well displayed, and certainly not to the expectations of their creator. Just like movie watching, HDR content playback is not one of this TVs strong usages.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
7.2 HDR Gaming

The Toshiba Fire TV is decent for HDR gaming. It has a very good low input lag for the 4k @ 60Hz + HDR resolution and an impressive response time, but at the same time the color gamut is limited and the TV cannot display rich or even accurate colors.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
7.6 PC Monitor

Decent performance for this Fire TV as a PC monitor. It has a very good low input lag and fast response time, but at the same time, viewing angles are poor thus if you sit too close the image at the edges will not look accurate. You should not worry about permanent burn-in Risk, or temporary image retention, as this is a VA panel which seems to be immune to those risks.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.6 Video Games
  • 6.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Deep and uniform dark scenes
  • Powerful Alexa voice assistant
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  • Mediocre HDR
  • Many functions require an Amazon Prime account
  1. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Stand

The stand of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition 2018 is plastic and curvy. It supports the TV well although the TV will wobble a little back and forth if knocked gently. It does not lift the TV very high from the table and it protrudes a little in front of the TV. This might prevent you from placing a soundbar in front.

Footprint of the 55" model: 29.1" x 12.1"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x300

The back of the TV is plastic. Some of the inputs are facing sideways and some downwards to facilitate access in case of wall mounting. There is no planning for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.79" (2.0 cm)

The borders of the Toshiba Fire TV 2018 look ok and have an average thickness.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.74" (9.5 cm)

The TV is a little thick when viewed from the side and thus it will protrude a little if you mount it on a wall. Most people will not consider this to be an issue.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
106 °F (41 °C)
Average Temperature
93 °F (34 °C)

The Toshiba Fire TV 2018 gets a little warm to the touch especially along the bottom edge.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The built quality is decent. The TV is made out of plastic and there are no gaps or loose parts and you should have no issues with the TV.

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5028 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The native contrast is remarkable. It allows the TV to display nice, deep blacks in dim environments, thus enhancing the picture quality.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Toshiba Fire TV Edition 2018 does not support Local Dimming.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
336 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
337 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Toshiba Fire TV has good SDR peak brightness. It sustains a remarkably steady level of brightness throughout the various window sizes which is great.

6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
355 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
248 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
350 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
350 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
246 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
350 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
349 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

The HDR peak Brightness is decent. Just like in the SDR tests this TV sustains the same level of brightness at all window sizes. However the level is just not enough to accurately deliver the HDR content as intended by its creator.

If you find HDR content too dim see our HDR recommended settings.

6.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.349 %
50% DSE
0.230 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.115 %
5% DSE
0.127 %

The gray uniformity of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition is mediocre. Some clouding is apparent almost all over the screen and also in the middle. Thus some dirty screen effect is visible while watching sports. In darker images, things are slightly better but the shadows are not completely eliminated.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
25 °
Color Shift
56 °
Brightness Loss
29 °
Black Level Raise
12 °
Gamma Shift
13 °

The viewing angles of the Toshiba Fire TV are bad. As soon as you deviate from the center, blacks look washed out, colors shift and eventually, brightness diminishes. This is not a good TV for viewing from the side.

9.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.645 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Excellent black uniformity. The area around the test cross show very little, almost unnoticeable clouding and this adds points to the nice picture quality in dark scenes this TV can display.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
6.2 %
Indirect Reflections
0.8 %

The Toshiba Fire TV has a semi-gloss finish for diffusing reflections across the screen. It does a good job in less bright environments, but when in well-lit rooms the reflections can be a little distracting. This becomes more of a problem when the light source is facing the screen.

6.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
5.25
Color dE
2.55
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6520 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
0

This TV has terrible out-of-the-box color settings. There are no preset picture modes to chose from and you can only 'play' with the Red, Green and Blue values. The White balance dE was at 10.38 and the color dE was at 5.55, both much higher than our threshold of 3 where people start noticing the inaccuracies. The colors were cold and a blueish tone was slightly apparent. Gamma was the closest to our target of 2.2

6.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
5.25
Color dE
2.55
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6520 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The color accuracy is passable after post calibration. You can only adjust three parameters Red, Green and Blue and choose a color mode. Thus we were not able to reduce neither the white balance dE nor the color dE, below our threshold of 3. The results were better with Gamma which was right on target at 2.2 and the color temperature which was much closer to our 6500K target.

You can find our recommended calibration settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

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

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p sources such as cable TV are upscaled well. Details remain clear.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look sharp and detailed.

9.5
Picture Quality
4k Input

When viewing 4k images from up close, some sub-pixel dimming is visible which introduces artifacts. This may be a type of spatial dithering and results in a checkerboard effect similar to the TCL 5 Series. You can see this effect up close in our pixels photo here.

6.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
72.64 %
DCI P3 uv
80.26 %
Rec 2020 xy
52.12 %
Rec 2020 uv
58.48 %

The color gamut of this TV is decent. It covers about 3/4 of the DCI P3 xy color space, but fails to reach the 67% of the Rec 2020 uv to be classified as having a wide color gamut.

The color accuracy at our normal 75% stimulus brightness is bad, 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 Natural HDR 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 Low Luminance Gamma setting to -5, which raises the EOTF and brightens most of the scene; enabling the HDR Tone Mapping setting in addition to the Gamma -5 setting brightens the EOTF even more. The EOTFs in the Game and PC picture modes are almost identical to that of Natural.

5.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
49.6 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
21.3 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
49.8 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
21.4 %

Disappointing color volume for this Toshiba Fire TV. The TV cannot fill the color volume mainly because of its limited color gamut. It cannot produce rich or vivid colors to please the viewers.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.094 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.100 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.100 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.102 dE

The Toshiba Fire TV has a very good gradient as many areas have no visible banding at all. There are a few spots of medium banding, however, such as in dark gray and green.

There is no gradient smoothing feature, but the noise reduction features may reduce banding in low-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 %

No image retention for the Toshiba Fire TV 2018.

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.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Some sub-pixel dimming artifacts are noticeable. This isn't noticeable from farther away, but for those who sit close such as for a PC monitor it is noticeable. This is similar to the TCL P Series.

Motion
8.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.0 ms
100% Response Time
15.1 ms

Impressive response time. There is practically no overshooting in most transitions and the TV behaves uniformly across various luminosity changes from one state to the other. It will keep most people happy.

3.1
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
220 Hz

The Toshiba Fire TV flickers the Backlight to dim the screen. This happens at all backlight values, except at the maximum. The TV flicker its backlight at 220Hz which is not a multiple of 60Hz and this results in some artifacts in fast moving objects.

4.3
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps
220 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
220 Hz

The Toshiba Fire TV Edition does not have a BFI option.

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

Decent motion interpolation performance, as it is nearly perfect during slow-moving shots and stops when there is too much motion.

Some artifacts were present during our testing when Motion Processing (Motion interpolation) was set to enhanced. Setting Motion Processing to standard or smooth makes the algorithm more conservative, and although motion is less smooth, there are also less artifacts present. So if you find artifacts bothersome, you should choose the lower setting.

Update 07/23/2018: We have received reports that the 43" and 50" models do not support motion interpolation as they lack the Motion Processing option.

7.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
26.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.6 ms

The Toshiba Fire TV has a fast response time and thus will display some stutter in slow frame rate content. However, using motion interpolation can improve the situation by a lot.

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

When displaying 24fps content the TV will always have judder and there is no judder removal feature. The only way to remove judder is to enable motion interpolation (soap opera effect), but this makes motion look much smoother than normal and occasionally adds artifacts.

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

This TV does not support VRR.

Inputs
7.9
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
36.0 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
86.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
37.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
36.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
37.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
70.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
136.2 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

This Toshiba Fire TV has good low input lag, but you must be careful to follow our settings described below to experience the lowest possible input lag.

4:4:4 chroma subsampling only shown properly when the signal is RGB, and only in the PC picture mode. In PC mode, when a 4k @ 60Hz @ RGB HDMI signal is first sent it will have low input lag (37.2 ms), but if the picture mode is changed and then changed back to PC, PC mode will no longer have low input lag (70.0 ms); luckily changing picture modes doesn't happen often in normal usage. The Motion Processing setting (motion interpolation) must be disabled for PC mode to have low input lag.

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 Amazon Fire has a decent support of various input resolutions. Here are some of the resolutions restrictions that you should be aware:

4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 is only supported when HDMI Input Mode is set to Mode 2 (2.0).

1080p @ 60 @ 4:4:4 and 4k @ 60 @ 4:4:4 is only properly displayed in RGB. When in YCbCr chroma, 4:4:4 is not properly displayed.

4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR works, but 4:4:4 is only properly displayed in RGB.

1440p @ 60Hz and 4k @ 30Hz can't have proper 4:4:4 chroma even when in PC mode.

Sharpness at -25 means no added sharpness in PC mode.

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)

The TV has a decent support of various input resolutions. Here are some of the resolutions restrictions that you should be aware: 2018 supports both DTS TruSurround and TruVolume and the DTS logo can be seen when turning on the TV, the Toshiba Fire TV Edition does not support DTS 5.1 ARC or Optical passthrough.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No
Sound Quality
5.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response