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Toshiba Fire TV 2019 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jul 10, 2019 at 09:08 am
Toshiba Fire TV 2019 Picture
6.4
Mixed Usage
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5.8
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
6.7
Sports
6.4
Video Games
5.8
HDR Movies
6.3
HDR Gaming
6.7
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.

Our Verdict

6.4 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Toshiba Fire TV 2019 is a decent TV for most uses. It looks best in a dimly lit room and is good for watching TVs or casually playing games. It doesn't look as good in a dark room and isn't ideal for watching sports with a group of people. HDR doesn't look its best, as it can't get very bright in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
5.8 Movies

Mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has good contrast, but only decent black uniformity and no local dimming. It has a very good response time, but can't remove judder from any source.

See our Movies recommendations
7.1 TV Shows

Good TV for watching TV shows during the day. It has good reflection handling and good peak brightness. It also has good upscaling, so older shows look great. Finally, it has great smart features, and most of the common streaming apps are available.

See our TV Shows recommendations
6.7 Sports

Decent TV for watching sports. It has a fast response time, good reflection handling, and good SDR peak brightness. Unfortunately, it has mediocre gray uniformity with noticeable dirty screen effect, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle.

See our Sports recommendations
6.4 Video Games

This is a good TV for playing games casually. It has higher-than-average input lag, but a fast response time, so fast-moving objects have only a short blur trail.

See our Video Games recommendations
5.8 HDR Movies

This is a mediocre TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has a great contrast ratio, but no local dimming feature and only decent black uniformity. It can't get very bright in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
6.3 HDR Gaming

Decent TV for gaming in HDR. It has relatively low 4k HDR input lag, good enough for console or casual gamers, and it has a great contrast ratio. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature, it can't get very bright in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
6.7 PC Monitor

This TV performs well as a PC monitor overall, but there are some serious flaws that make it less than ideal for this usage. There is noticeable cross-hatching due to the TV's sub-pixel dimming, which may bother some people. It also has very high PC mode input lag, so it isn't very responsive, and it has poor viewing angles.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 6.4 Mixed Usage
  • 5.8 Movies
  • 7.1 TV Shows
  • 6.7 Sports
  • 6.4 Video Games
  • 5.8 HDR Movies
  • 6.3 HDR Gaming
  • 6.7 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Deep blacks.
  • Great smart features.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright in HDR.
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Mediocre motion handling.
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
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.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
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.

Design
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"

Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
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.

6.5
Design
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.

Picture Quality
8.1
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

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

6.9
Picture Quality
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.

5.7
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.0 %

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.

4.9
Picture Quality
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.

8.4
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
720p Input

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

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

9.5
Picture Quality
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.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
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.

6.9
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
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 %

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
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.

Motion
7.0
Motion
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
Motion
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
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

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.

Motion
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
Motion
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
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

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

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

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

Inputs
6.2
Inputs
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
Inputs
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)'.

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
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.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC