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Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.3
Motion 6.2
Inputs 7.8
Sound Quality 6.0
Smart Features 7.6
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
Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.

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7.0

Design

Curved : No

The design of this Toshiba Fire TV Edition is decent. It is made of plastic and does not have a premium look to it. Its build quality is ok with no gaps or other issues. It will get warm to the touch on the lower edge without that being a problem.  The stand supports the TV well although some wobbling is to be expected. If you decide to wall mount it will not protrude much, and the inputs will be accessible as they are all facing outwards.

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"

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.79" (2.0 cm)

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

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.

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 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.

7.3

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition 2018 is decent. It has an excellent contrast ratio that enhances the image in dark environments and good SDR brightness and decent reflection handling to allow it to be placed in brighter rooms. On the other hand, the TV has a limited color gamut and can only achieve a mediocre color accuracy even when calibrated. The viewing angles are bad and that does not make it a good candidate for wide sitting areas.

8.8 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 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

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

7.9 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 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 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 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 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.

7.1 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 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 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 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

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

9.0 1080p Input

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

9.5 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 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 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 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 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 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

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.

6.2

Motion

Motion performance is mediocre. The Toshiba Fire TV has a very good response time and only a little blur is seen behind moving objects. The TV uses PWM to dim the screen at 220 Hz. It is not a multiple of 60, as in most TVs, and it creates some visual artifacts for fast-moving objects. The TV can interpolate to remove stutter but it does not have any features to play movies at 24p from any source without judder and you can only rely on interpolation to remove it.

8.2 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.

3.6 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 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 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 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 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 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
1440p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

This TV does not support VRR.

7.8

Inputs

The inputs of the Toshiba Fire TV are good. It has good input lag that might not be at par with most 2018 we've tested but it still is good and will satisfy the occasional gamer or somebody who want to use the TV as a PC monitor every now and then. It supports most basic input resolutions and will not be a problem if you are not looking for something specific.

7.9 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 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.

Input Photos
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 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.

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
6.0

Sound Quality

The Toshiba Fire TV has a mediocre sound. This TV does get pretty loud, but won't produce any bass, and it tends to sound a bit dark and muffled, which is not great for understanding dialogue. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or a soundbar is recommended.

5.8 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
134.54 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.91 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.92 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.15 dB
Max
:
89.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
5.20 dB

The frequency response of the Toshiba Fire TV is sub-par. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 135Hz. This means this TV won't produce much bass. The response above the LFE point is pretty good in the mid-range, but the treble range is lacking noticeably. This results in a dark and slightly muffled reproduction. Additionally, it is able to get pretty loud, but it produces pumping and compression artifacts under heavy loads. This TV doesn't have a room correction system either.

6.4 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.197
Weighted THD @ Max
:
0.611
IMD @ 80