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Toshiba Fire TV 2020 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 21, 2020 at 10:16 am
Toshiba Fire TV 2020 Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
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Movies
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TV Shows
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Sports
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Video Games
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is an okay 4k TV and a decent upgrade over its predecessor, the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. Its high contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity make it a good option for dark room viewing, and it can deliver a decent gaming experience with its fast response time and low input lag. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles make it less ideal for wide seating arrangements, it has low peak brightness in SDR and HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut. Its color accuracy is also quite bad, but on the bright side, its Fire TV platform is user-friendly and has tons of streaming services available.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is an okay TV for most uses. It's decent for watching TV shows and sports; however, it has narrow viewing angles and it doesn't get very bright, making it more difficult to watch with a large group of people or in bright settings. As for watching movies, while it has a great contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, it lacks local dimming and can't remove judder at all. Also, HDR content doesn't look as good since it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough. It has low input lag and fast response time for gaming, but sadly, no FreeSync support.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Fast response time.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Poor color accuracy.
6.1 Movies

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is mediocre for watching movies. Although it has a high contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, it doesn't have local dimming and it can't remove judder at all. It upscales lower resolution movies well, though, and it doesn't stutter too much in low frame rate content.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Excellent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
7.2 TV Shows

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is decent for watching TV shows. It upscales lower resolution content well, there are tons of streaming services available, and there's no risk of permanent burn-in if you leave it on the same news channel all day. Unfortunately, even though it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get very bright, so visibility can be an issue in well-lit rooms. Additionally, its narrow viewing angles make it less suitable for those who like to walk around while watching.

Pros
  • No risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
7.0 Sports

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is decent for watching sports. It has a fast response time, it upscales lower resolution content from cable boxes well, and there isn't too much dirty screen effect. That said, its low peak brightness can make it hard to see in bright settings and its narrow viewing angles aren't ideal for watching with a big group of people.

Pros
  • Fast response time.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
7.4 Video Games

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is decent for gaming. It has low input lag, fast response time, and it has great dark room performance due to its high contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity. Sadly, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features such as variable refresh rate technology.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Fast response time.
  • Low input lag.
  • Excellent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • No VRR support.
6.1 HDR Movies

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is mediocre for watching movies in HDR. It performs very well in dark rooms thanks to its high contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity; however, it lacks local dimming, it can't display a wide color gamut, and its low HDR peak brightness isn't enough to make highlights stand out. Color accuracy is pretty bad too, and it can't remove judder at all.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Excellent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
6.5 HDR Gaming

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is okay for gaming in HDR. Its response time is great, and it has a high contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, making it a good choice for gaming in the dark. Unfortunately, it can't really deliver a satisfying HDR experience due to the lack of local dimming and wide color gamut, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Also, its input lag is a lot higher when playing in HDR.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Fast response time.
  • Low input lag.
  • Excellent black uniformity.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • No VRR support.
6.6 PC Monitor

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is okay for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag, fast response time, and its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in. However, it doesn't support chroma 4:4:4 and it has narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • No risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Sub-par viewing angles.
  • Can't display chroma 4:4:4.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.1 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.4 Video Games
  • 6.1 HDR Movies
  • 6.5 HDR Gaming
  • 6.6 PC Monitor

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is a basic 4k TV that's only available through Best Buy or Amazon in North America, and it's the replacement of the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. Its competitors are likely to be the TCL S435, the LG UN6900/6950, and the Vizio V Series.

Design
7.0
Design
Style
Curved No

Compared to its predecessor, the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 is almost identical. The new stand has thinner feet, giving the TV a more modern look. The borders are slightly thinner but they still protrude from the screen.

Design
Stand

The feet are thinner and are positioned wider apart compared to the Toshiba Fire TV 2019, so the stand requires a bigger table. The feet are now metal instead of plastic and they support the TV well; there's very little wobble.

Footprint of the 50" model: 42.1" x 11.5"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x300

The back of the TV is mostly made out of metal, but the lower portion is plastic, including the area surrounding the inputs. Unfortunately, there's no built-in cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.51" (1.3 cm)

The borders are a little thinner compared to the Toshiba Fire TV 2019, but they're still thicker than most mid or high-end TVs.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.23" (8.2 cm)

The TV is fairly thick and sticks out a bit when wall-mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is okay. It's very similar to the Toshiba Fire TV 2019, except that the feet are now metal instead of plastic. There aren't any obvious issues with the construction and the TV doesn't wobble much.

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4026 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Toshiba Fire TV 2020 has a great contrast ratio. This results in blacks that look deep and inky, making it a good option for dark room viewing. If you want a TV with an even higher contrast ratio, check out the Vizio V Series 2020.

Note that the contrast ratio can vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Toshiba Fire TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

6.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
270 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
242 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
267 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
267 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
266 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
266 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
242 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
267 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
267 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
266 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
266 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.007

Mediocre SDR peak brightness. Visibility should be fine in a dark to moderately-lit room, but it isn't bright enough to overcome glare in well-lit rooms. The brightness is fairly consistent across different content, except for the slight dimming in the 2% window, which shouldn't be noticeable.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode. Backlight was set to max, Contrast was set to '75', and Mid Luminance Gamma was set to '+1'. Dynamic Contrast and Dynamic Backlight were left disabled as they made the TV dimmer in SDR when using the 'Movie' Picture Mode.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can get a brighter image by setting the Picture Mode to 'Standard', with Backlight set to max, Contrast set to '75', and with Dynamic Contrast and Dynamic Backlight set to 'High'. With these settings, we were able to achieve a peak brightness of 384 cd/m² in the 10% window.

5.8
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
348 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
330 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.008

The Toshiba Fire TV's HDR peak brightness is sub-par. Unfortunately, this isn't enough to make highlights stand out, so HDR content won't look much different from SDR content.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration, using the 'HDR Movie' Picture Mode, and with Brightness set to max. Dynamic Contrast and Dynamic Backlight were disabled.

If image accuracy isn't as important to you, you can get a brighter image in HDR by setting the Picture Mode to 'Standard', with Brightness and Contrast set to max, and with Dynamic Contrast and Dynamic Backlight set to 'High'. We were able to achieve a peak brightness of 417 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

6.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
5.339 %
50% DSE
0.191 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.423 %
5% DSE
0.103 %

Gray uniformity is okay. There's vignetting at the corners and a bit of dirty screen effect at the center. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but there's still some visible clouding throughout the screen.

Note that gray uniformity can vary between units.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27 °
Color Shift
54 °
Brightness Loss
28 °
Black Level Raise
13 °
Gamma Shift
14 °

Like most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are sub-par. This makes the image look washed out when viewed from the side, making it less ideal for large rooms or wide seating areas.

Note that the flickering in the video is due to a combination of the backlight's flicker and the camera and isn't visible in person.

8.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.730 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Excellent black uniformity. There's clouding throughout the screen, but it's faint and isn't noticeable in normal content.

Note that black uniformity can vary between units.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
0.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.4 %

Good reflection handling. It handles ambient light quite well but struggles a bit with direct reflections, so it's best to avoid placing the TV opposite bright light sources.

3.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
7.07
Color dE
4.56
Gamma
2.11
Color Temperature
7533 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
0

Before calibration, color accuracy is bad. Most colors are noticeably inaccurate, white balance is off, and the color temperature is much cooler than our 6500K target despite being set to 'Warm'. Gamma doesn't really follow the target, causing most scenes to appear brighter than they should. If you want a TV with much better out-of-the-box accuracy, check out the Hisense H6570G.

Note that the pre-calibration color accuracy can vary between units.

8.8
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.82
Color dE
2.11
Gamma
2.15
Color Temperature
6774 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

After calibration, color accuracy is excellent. There are still some color inaccuracies, but white balance is almost perfect and the color temperature is much closer to our target. Gamma is better, although some scenes are still too bright. The 'Natural' Picture Mode has a 2-point expert calibration mode; however, any changes made in this mode are discarded as soon as you leave the settings menu. It's likely a bug that can be fixed in a future firmware update.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content looks great, but it has the same issue as the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. The image is stretched horizontally and slightly cropped a bit due to vertical overscan. It's likely a bug that might get fixed via a firmware update.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, such as from a cable box, is upscaled well and without any upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Upscaling of 1080p content looks outstanding and there are no obvious issues.

9.5
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content looks amazing; however, there's some sub-pixel dithering that's causing a visible crosshatching effect. It's slightly different from the way that the Toshiba Fire TV 2019 performs, as only the blue sub-pixels are dimming this time. If you want something that displays native 4k content perfectly, check out the Hisense H6510G.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This TV can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR sub-pixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality, but it can affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read about it here. Unlike the Toshiba Fire TV 2019, only the blue sub-pixels are dimming.

7.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
80.75 %
DCI P3 uv
87.21 %
Rec 2020 xy
58.65 %
Rec 2020 uv
66.08 %

Although the TV has a decent color gamut, it can't actually display a wide color gamut. The 'Movie' EOTF follows the PQ curve reasonably well, but most scenes are a little too bright. The 'Game' mode EOTF is very similar, as you can see here. If you find HDR content too dim, you can make it brighter by setting the Picture Mode to 'Standard', with Brightness and Contrast set to max, and with Dynamic Contrast and Dynamic Backlight set to 'High'. These settings result in this EOTF.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
75.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
25.9 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
58.4 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.9 %

The color volume is okay. It has difficulty displaying bright colors and is limited by the lack of a wide color gamut.

6.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.192 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.195 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.201 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.149 dE

Mediocre gradient handling. There's banding in all colors, most noticeably in the greens and grays. The Debanding Filter setting can smooth out most of it if you set it to 'Medium' or 'High'; however, it can cause the loss of fine details in some scenes. If you prefer a similar TV with much better gradient handling, then check out the TCL 4 Series 2020.

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 are no signs of temporary image retention on this TV.

Note that temporary image retention can vary between units.

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
8.0
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.8 ms
100% Response Time
12.7 ms

The Toshiba Fire TV has a great response time, resulting in clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. However, the slight overshoot and slow dark scene transitions can cause some motion artifacts.

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

The backlight is flicker-free when it's set to maximum. Below maximum, it always flickers at 220Hz. Since the flicker frequency isn't a multiple of 60, it can result in image duplication. If you're bothered by the flickering and want a flicker-free TV, check out the Sony X750H.

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 a Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight always flickers at 220Hz when the brightness is set below maximum.

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

Unlike its predecessor, the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.0 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.0 ms

Due to the TV's fast response time, lower frame rate content such as movies can appear to stutter.

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

This TV can't remove judder from any source. If you need a TV that can remove judder, check out the LG UN7300.

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

Unfortunately, the Toshiba Fire TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

Inputs
8.4
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
10.9 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
68.5 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
11.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
10.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
36.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
68.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
68.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
N/A
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 Toshiba Fire TV 2020's input lag is great, a significant upgrade from the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. While we were able to measure the input lag at 4k @ 60Hz with chroma 4:4:4, the TV can't actually display chroma 4:4:4 properly. Also, the 'Auto Low Latency Mode' shows up as an available option in the Xbox One settings when the TV is in HDMI 2.0 mode; however, the TV didn't go into 'Game' mode when launching a game. If input lag is important to you, look into the LG UN6950.

4.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120 Hz