The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 is a decent entry-level 4k TV. It has a decent design, very similar to last year's model, and it delivers decent picture quality. It has a great contrast ratio but only decent black uniformity, and some clouding is noticeable. It has good peak brightness in SDR and very good reflection handling. This TV also has great smart features, including Amazon Alexa integration. Unfortunately, it has mediocre motion handling, and it can't display HDR content very well, as it can't get very bright and can't display a wide color gamut.
The Toshiba Fire TV is a basic, entry-level 4k TV. Traditionally associated with budget models, Toshiba does not make any high-end models. The main competitors this year are the Vizio V Series 2019, the TCL S425, and the LG UK6300.
The Toshiba Fire TV has a decent design, very similar to the 2018 Fire TV. It is very lightweight and appears to be mostly made of plastic, but it has decent build quality and there are no obvious areas of concern. The stand supports the TV well but wobbles a bit when the TV is nudged. Unfortunately, there is no cable management.
The back of the TV is very plain. The top section of the back is made of metal, and the box around the inputs is made of plastic. Unfortunately, there is no cable management.
This TV has decent build quality. It's mostly made from cheaper materials, but there are no obvious cracks or defects in construction and nothing that caused us any concern. Overall, it's very similar to the Toshiba Fire TV 2018.
The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a great contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance. It has good peak brightness in SDR and very good reflection handling, but unfortunately, it can't get bright enough in HDR. Like most TVs with VA panels, the image on the Fire TV degrades when viewed at an angle.
Great native contrast, but lower than last year's model. The measured contrast varies considerably due to the uneven black uniformity. The posted number is calculated from the average of the four black squares around the center white square. We measured contrast as high as 4445:1 in some spots.
Good peak brightness, within the same ballpark as last year's model. There is almost no variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
We measured the peak brightness after calibration, with the 'Movie' Picture Mode, Contrast set to '70', and all picture processing disabled.
If you prefer a brighter image, or a colder color temperature over an accurate one, with the 'Natural' Picture Mode we measured a peak brightness of 433 cd/m², as measured on the 10% test window.
Decent HDR peak brightness, but this TV isn't bright enough to display HDR content the way the content creator intended. Unlike the Fire TV 2018, small highlights in some scenes are just as bright as larger bright areas.
We tested the HDR peak brightness with no calibration settings, using the 'HDR Movie' Picture Mode, with the default settings of this mode.
If accuracy isn't as important to you, or if you prefer a colder color temperature, the 'Dynamic' Picture Mode hit a peak brightness of 444 cd/m², with these settings.
Unfortunately, the Toshiba Fire TV 2019 has mediocre gray uniformity. There is noticeable vignetting, and the center of the screen has noticeable dirty screen effect (DSE). In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is a bit better, but there is still noticeable clouding.
This TV has bad viewing angles. As you move off-center, the image appears more washed out, and colors lose some accuracy, especially reds. Subjectively, we found the viewing angle on this TV to be better than the Hisense H8F, but our scores do not reflect this.
Due to the backlight flicker on this TV, the video was recorded at maximum backlight, and the exposure was adjusted to compensate for this. This does not affect our test results, which were measured normally.
Decent black uniformity, but much worse than the Toshiba Fire TV 2018. There is noticeable clouding throughout the display.
The Fire TV has disappointing accuracy with our pre-calibration settings. There are noticeable inaccuracies in most shades of gray, and most colors have significant errors. Gamma follows the target of 2.2 well, but some dark scenes are over-darkened, and some bright scenes appear too bright.
Despite the simple 1 point calibration system, this TV has excellent accuracy after calibration. Most of the colors are displayed with no noticeable inaccuracies, and the white balance is almost perfect. Unfortunately, the gamma did not improve, and the color temperature is a bit cooler.
You can see our recommended settings here.
480p content, like DVDs, looks great, with no obvious issues. There was a slight bug during testing, and we couldn't quite get the aspect ratio to display correctly when sending a 720x480p signal, so we had to slightly crop the image. We suspect this is a minor bug on the TV, as we didn't have this issue with last year's model.
4k content looks excellent, but there is a noticeable crosshatching effect, caused by the TV's sub-pixel dithering. This shouldn't be very noticeable with most content, but isn't ideal for use as a PC monitor.
Decent color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR content doesn't look as good as it should. The EOTF does not follow the target PQ curve, and most scenes are brighter than they should be. The 'Game' mode EOTF is a bit better, and more closely tracks the input stimulus.
If HDR is too dark, check out our recommended settings here.
Mediocre color volume. It's limited by the lack of wide color gamut, and some colors aren't quite as bright as pure white. This TV also can't produce dark, saturated colors very well.
Good gradient handling. There is some banding in most colors, but it's especially noticeable in grayscale and greens. Unfortunately, there is no option to further smooth gradients.
There is no noticeable image retention on the Fire TV 2019, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.
The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 has mediocre motion handling. Overall, the response time is great, but it's a bit slower than most TVs currently on the market, resulting in noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. This slower response time results in nearly stutter-free movies, which is great. Unfortunately, this TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, and it flickers at 220Hz, which causes some noticeable issues in some scenes, including duplications in motion.
This TV has a basic 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 has good low input lag, although it's a bit higher than most TVs currently on the market. It also supports most of the common input formats, and can display text properly, but only when sent RGB. Unfortunately, PC mode input lag is high.
The Fire TV 2019 has good low input lag, but it's higher than most TVs currently on the market. In game mode, most formats have the same low input lag, but unfortunately, the PC mode input lag is very high.
The 2019 Fire TV supports most of the common formats, but 1440p has to be forced with a custom resolution. Most of these formats can display text properly, but only when sending an RGB signal; chroma 4:4:4 sent as YCbCr 4:4:4 is not displayed properly.
Some formats require the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0, which has to be enabled for the port in use by setting the HDMI Input Mode to 'Mode 2 (2.0)'.
The Fire TV 2019 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which is great.
This TV doesn't support eARC. Like many Samsung TVs, it also can't pass through DTS.
The Fire TV 2019 has mediocre sound. It produces very little bass, with no thump or rumble, and it lacks airiness. At lower volume levels the total distortion is decent, but at max volume, the total distortion increases significantly. For better sound, dedicated speakers or a soundbar is recommended.
Mediocre frequency response. The low-frequency extension is high, resulting in bass that lacks thump or rumble but has a bit of punch to it. Above the LFE, the frequency response is fairly even, producing clear dialog, but it lacks airiness. It can get quite loud but does produce some noticeable pumping and compression artifacts.
The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 has good smart features. The interface is nice, easy-to-use, and smooth, and it has a huge selection of apps. It can fully integrate with an Amazon Alexa device, and can then control other IoT devices. The remote is simple but easy to use, and the integrated voice controls work really well.
The interface is simple but good, and easy to use. Navigating the menus is a very smooth experience. The quick menu, accessed by holding the home button on the remote, makes it very easy to change most of the common settings.
There is a good selection of apps, covering most of the common streaming services. There is now a native YouTube app, and it supports HDR10, which is great.
The remote has few buttons, but is surprisingly good and easy to use. It has built-in voice control, which works very well, and can search within some apps, as well as change inputs.
Like other Fire TV devices, this TV can interface with an Amazon Alexa device, and can then be used to control other IoT devices.
We tested the 55" Fire TV (55LF711U20), and we expect our review to be valid for the 43" (43LF711U20) and 50" (50LF711U20) models as well.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Toshiba Fire TV 2019 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
The Fire TV we reviewed was manufactured in April 2019.
The Toshiba Fire TV 2019 is a very basic entry-level TV. There are much better TVs for a little bit more. See our recommendations for the best TVs under $300, the best budget TVs, and the best 40-43 inch TVs.
The TCL 4 Series S425 is better than the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. The S425 has better contrast, a better response time, it can remove judder from some sources, and has significantly lower input lag. The Toshiba is brighter and has an optional motion interpolation feature.
The Hisense H8F is a significantly better TV than the oshiba Fire TV 2019. The H8F has better contrast, a full array local dimming feature, and significantly better black uniformity. The H8F also has an optional black frame insertion feature, much lower input lag, and it can remove 24p judder from 24p sources. On the other hand, the Toshiba has a faster response time.
The Vizio V Series 2019 is better than the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. The V Series has better contrast, better viewing angles, and much better black uniformity. Although the Vizio doesn't have a motion interpolation feature, it can remove judder from native 24p sources, and it has much lower input lag.
The Sony X800G and the Toshiba Fire TV 2019 are similar, but use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The X800G uses an IPS panel and has much better viewing angles and a faster response time. The Toshiba uses a VA panel, and has worse viewing angles but much better contrast.