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Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Toshiba Fire TV 2019 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
7.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung NU6900
6.1
Movies
7.5
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
7.5
Video Games
6.3
HDR Movies
7.3
HDR Gaming
7.5
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

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.

Pros
  • Deep blacks.
  • Great smart features.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright in HDR.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Mediocre motion handling.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 6.0
Inputs 7.9
Sound Quality 6.2
Smart Features 7.6

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Market Context

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.

7.0

Design

Curved : No

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.

Stand

The stand supports the TV well. When the TV is nudged, the stand wobbles a bit, but dampens the wobble fairly quickly.

Footprint of the 55" model: 28.9" x 11.6"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 200x300

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.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders of the 2019 Fire TV look okay but are a bit more noticeable than most higher-end models.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.43" (8.7 cm)

This TV is a bit thick when viewed from the side, and it sticks out a bit more than usual when wall-mounted.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
103 °F (39 °C)
Average Temperature
:
93 °F (34 °C)

The temperature photo was taken with a different thermal camera with a lower thermal resolution, as our FLIR E8 is currently out for repair. We don't think this has any impact on our results.

6.5 Build Quality

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.

7.0

Picture Quality

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.

8.1 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3438 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

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.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

The Fire TV 2019 does not support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

7.6 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
313 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
301 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
301 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
301 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
301 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
302 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

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.

6.4 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
349 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
343 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
343 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
344 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
344 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
344 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
342 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
343 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
343 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
344 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
343 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.000

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.

6.2 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.232 %
50% DSE
:
0.218 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
2.627 %
5% DSE
:
0.150 %

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.

4.8 Viewing Angle
Color Washout
:
24 °
Color Shift
:
22 °
Brightness Loss
:
29 °
Black Level Raise
:
13 °
Gamma Shift
:
10 °

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.

6.6 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.572 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Decent black uniformity, but much worse than the Toshiba Fire TV 2018. There is noticeable clouding throughout the display.

7.7 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
:
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.5 %

This TV has good reflection handling. It has a semi-gloss finish, and it does a good job in decently-lit environments, but bright reflections can be distracting.

5.0 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
6.01
Color dE
:
4.90
Gamma
:
2.21
Color Temperature
:
6546 K
Picture Mode
:
Movie
Color Temp Setting
:
Warm
Gamma Setting
:
0

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.

8.5 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.74
Color dE
:
3.18
Gamma
:
2.21
Color Temperature
:
6707 K
White Balance Calibration
:
1 point
Color Calibration
:
No
Auto-Calibration Function
:
No

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.

8.0 480p Input

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.

8.0 720p Input

720p content, like from a cable box, looks great, nearly identical to last year's model.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-ray movies, looks excellent, almost as good as native 4k content.

9.5 4k Input

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.

6.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
76.41 %
DCI P3 uv
:
83.23 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
55.00 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
61.19 %

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.

6.1 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
70.1 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
29.6 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
52.4 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
22.1 %

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.

7.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.086 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.160 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.080 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.148 dE

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.

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 %

There is no noticeable image retention on the Fire TV 2019, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

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

This TV uses a BGR sub-pixel layout, which isn't ideal for use as a PC monitor, but otherwise shouldn't cause any issues. All sub-pixels are at least partially dimmed, which causes some noticeable artifacts.

6.0

Motion

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.

8.1 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
6.7 ms
100% Response Time
:
15.4 ms

The Fire TV 2019 has a great response time, but there is some distracting blur behind fast-moving objects. Some transitions, especially in dark scenes, have a much slower response time, so there may be more noticeable ghosting in dark scenes.

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

When the backlight is set to anything but 'Max', the Fire TV 2019 uses flicker to dim the backlight. Unfortunately, like last year's model, the flicker frequency is not a multiple of 60, and there can be noticeable 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

This TV doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature. The backlight always flickers at 220Hz, except when the TV is at its maximum brightness.

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

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature, and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60Hz. Unfortunately, it doesn't work very well, and there are noticeable duplications and artifacts.

7.8 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
26.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
1.3 ms

Due to the relatively slow response time on this TV, there is very little stutter when watching 24p movies.

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

Unfortunately, this TV can't remove judder from any source.

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 has a basic 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

7.9

Inputs

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. 

7.8 Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
:
42.4 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
102.4 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
30.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
:
33.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
:
33.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
67.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
:
67.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
:
34.1 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 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.

8.3 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
:
No
1440p @ 60 Hz
:
Yes (forced resolution required)
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 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)'.

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
:
Yes
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 Fire TV 2019 supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which is great.

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

This TV doesn't support eARC. Like many Samsung TVs, it also can't pass through DTS.

6.2

Sound Quality

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.

6.2 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.86 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.13 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.71 dB
Max
:
88.8 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.09 dB

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.

6.3 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.483
Weighted THD @ Max
:
1.201
IMD @ 80
:
4.85 %
IMD @ Max
:
12.31 %

The distortion performance is mediocre. The total amount of harmonic distortion at 80dB SPL is decent, but it increases significantly at max volume.

7.6

Smart Features

Smart OS : Fire TV
Version : 6

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.

7.5 Interface