Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV – Great picture ok sound

Brought this tv on a black friday deal at reduced price. For the price i’m very happy with it, picture quality is great, black levels look really good and colours really pop, even the sound isn’t too bad compared to similar tvs. Not had any issue with input lag for gaming with my ps4 either. Ambilight is a real bonus, if you haven’t tried it before i’d give it ago, really brings the tv to life in a dark room. Plus android os is really slick. Well picture takes a while to set just right, there is a multitude of settings and took me quite a few attempts to get the sweet spot between it being overly bright and obnoxious or dull and lifeless. I’ve tried streaming a couple of things via the inbuilt chromecast, and there’s been a delay between sound and picture, although this may be the streaming service i used. There also seems to be a niggle with the hdmi ports where it won’t recognise the input occasionally and you have to unplug and replug back in. Not a massive problem but is certainly irritating and expect better from a £700 tv.

Ps4 pro for hdr games and 4k netflix/prime content. Easy setup out of the box but got a lot of static while unboxing. Wall mounted replaced a 5yo samsung 40″ no probs. Instantly impressed with the picture quality without messing about with the settings. After a minor tweek and realising that only 2 of the hdmi ports support hdr i’m very happy with the picture. Got a lot of hue anyway so this integrated perfectly and ambilight is a joy which won my missus over after i rashly bought this set for £399 on offer. Haven’t used much of the android features as i mostly run with the ps4. Also have a 4k fire stick but don’t really need it as it receives chrome casting due the the os.

Of all of the current smart tv platforms, android tv still makes the most sense to me – google play, standard interface and built in chromecast – it really is a simple choice. Or is it?this tv was snapped up for a good price on a lightning deal – bear in mind – an equivalent, non-android tv will be circa £100 cheaper. The picture quality really is good, some reviews mention the display lacks colour depth – i don’t see it personally, sure compared to a super amoled it doesn’t pop, but then again the colour representation is realistic and accurate. Ambilight as a feature, this is a difficult subject; does it look good – absolutely, is it impressive – for sure, can i honestly say it improves the overall experience – not yet. Colours are represented clearly and accurately even reflecting the briefest appearance of on screen menu but genuinely this is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Elsewhere this set is business as usual, freeview, freesat and usb recording all features that don’t necessarily appear together on high end sets sometimes. The remote again, love or hate, voice remote is excellent, the qwerty keyboard on the reverse seems very much like an after thought. Between the two halves of the keyboard it looks like a touchpad in pictures, but isn’t. Overall i can recommend this tv, compared to a non android equivalent the functionality is considerably better. Worth at least the £400 i paid.

This arrived yesterday, and since then i have been able to assuage my greatest fear – the input lag is excellent. I find the picture to be better in monitor mode than game mode when upscaling my 1080p xbox, but either one is just as responsive, the input lag is absolutely not noticeable and i am massively relieved as i couldn’t find much information on this pre-purchase and it’s a big deal for me as i like to play some fairly twitchy games (titanfall 2 and battlefield 1 of late). Android tv interface is okay, a little slow, but to be honest i’ll be using the xbox / sky most of the time anyway, it loads into netflix quickly enough and that’s the main thing. Haven’t had time to play around with the picture settings yet but it all seems much better to my untrained eye than my old 1080p samsung 48h5000 (as expected i guess). I haven’t seen a lot of 4k tvs to compare it to but no complaints from me and i’m quite picky about this stuff. Sound not great but to be expected for a thin tv – the magnets have to go somewhere. – but got a sound bar plugged in so no bother there. Ambilight is actually excellent, wasn’t sure if i was going to like it but it’s very immersive so very happy with that. All in all very happy with my purchase, and at just over £500 in a pre-black friday sale i feel the value for money is excellent.

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Excellent tv ambilight is an amazing future, you can change it to follow the music, etc or turn it off completely. Android cost a bit more compared to other version however its the whole point i wanted android so you can download anything from google play. Netflix button is very handy you can also download amazon app etc. The picture is good but what you receive from freeview is not going to be enough for the tv so you have blurry even the hd channel quality is not perfect because of the poor quality of freeview signal. I am guessing it would be better with sky hd but have not tried. Within the first week we were going to return it back because of the bad quality even it was worse than my old lg, so after some research found out that tv is ultra hd and has higher pixel rate and that need to be filled with quality signal and its currently not possible with freeview. As we mostly watch netflix so it doesnt really bother, however if the signal improves this would not be outdated tv on the future. We have this tv on ultra slim bracked on a white wall and it is awesome lighting around the tv especially night time its really different experience watching tv with ambilight and just for this future, we love this tv. The remote control is quite chunky like an old phone but its awesome it has a keyboard on one side and usually buttons on the other so you can fast type if you need to type anything, but if you brake it might cost a bit to replace.

Found this tv just “as it says on the tin” the but comes with the price point, its approx £150 dearer than its little brother the 63 series. Although you do get a better performance from the 73 there’s a few niggles for me at the price you pay. There is no freeview with this tv , which means ** no catch up tv ** you cant even add the apps to it because they’re not compatible. You cant use bluetooth headphones ** once again not compatible **i know the niggles can be overcome using. But should you really have to ????its like buying a car and paying extra for the mirrors (was going to put ashtray.

Firstly i’ve not tried gaming on it but would have no reason to believe at this stage that playing any of the games from the play store would be an issue. There is nothing not to like. Fast processor certainly compared to the sony android i have. Ambilight is clever and interesting. Probably not amazing but that said i like having it and it’s definitely not a disadvantage. It can be switched off regardless. Install firedl and well the world is your oyster with this set then.

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Ambilight 3 sided makes your viewing experience more immersive by emitting a wide glow from your TV screen onto the wall.

This was my first ambilight tv. I think it works well, my partner took a while to get used to it but you can turn it off easily. The interface seems good to me, fast with little or no lag. I have not sideloaded an app yet but it doesn’t seem difficult to do. The missing catch up apps don’t bother me as i have a fire tv stick. Picture set up can be very complicated but if you concentrate on contrast, colour and brightness you end up with a great picture, not oled but pretty close. Sound is ok but i will get a sound bar.

This will be my second philips ambilight tv, the first being the 6401 model from 2016. After my first i switched to a more expensive sony bravia, however i have just missed my philips tv since and decided to switch back as these really are underrated and awesome televisions that offer a unique experience that no other brand has. Not to mention motion processing, colour reproduction and contrast as good as if not better than more expensive models. Philips settings can be a little on the fiddly side at times to get the best out of them but for the price these televisions are in a class of their own. Cannot recommend them enough.

Its picture is truly amazing. It has cd/m2 rating of 350 which is higher than an lg 8100 series tv. Which is 320 cd/m2 ref display specification’s. . There has been a system update recently 17 oct. It fixed allot of issues apart except the rca issue at the back of the tv, though you can use the head phone socket instead. Hopefully the it will be fixed with a later up date. I have no regrets what’s so ever. It all i hoped for and more. As you wound expect from an android based tv. For those who wish to order the tv from rep of ireland. It tv took 6 weeks to arrive. As it was out of stock when i order it a £490 so had wait until new stock came in at this price.

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The speakers that come inbuilt with the tv are quite poor, that is its main drawback. I use a surround speaker setup so not a concern for me. The user interface is a little sluggish but capable enough and i had no issues connecting via arc to a receiver and to dlna sources. Toslink was another matter and the interface doesn’t directly allow you to select it, seemed to mostly work if the speakers were turned off but spotty on its support of dolby digital and dts passthrough, but passthrough has worked ok with the main formats over arc. The picture is usually great, the upscaling looks good with decent source material. The processing does have moments when it gets it wrong and introduces artefacts or over sharpens the image. The tv by default is always frame interpolating giving it that crisp movement style. The hdr works well enough in that it can get reasonably bright at times but it is limited in just how bright it does manage to get, but i didn’t notice much in the way of bloom from the bright points. The blacks are good, they don’t get genuinely black really quite impressively dark for an lcd. Really happy with it at the sale price, looks and runs better than i expected.

Nice tv but a few annoying things. First cannot get teletext to work, constantly says not available, this despite no problem on any other tvs in the house and a new aerial being fitted. The second issue is the constant loss of the network connection the constant asking which area we live in. I have updated the software but the issues still persists. Getting the set to accept your google store account if you have any sort of google security turned on is a complete nightmare. Would suggest turning it all off prior to setting this feature up. Picture and sound quality are excellent and having a built in satellite tuner and android is a bonus too as is the ability to record onto a usb memory stick. Altogether, although a few issues, given the price against features it is excellent at what it does. I also bought an lg which has similar spec, however it does not use android and would not record on the usb stick. Although the lg is a good tv, this philips is superior in just about every respect for the same cost.

***editing after a couple of weeks more use. I’ve improved the score to 4 as i took in not only improved pq but also the amount we paid into the equation. So it took a while of playing around and removing all the presets philips used on this. Turning down the gamma (making brighter) made a huge (massive) difference. The colour and contrast to my eye is so much better and black levels now better too. It’s certainly not perfect but for just over £500 its very reasonable. Quality is massively improved after much fiddling and we are now pretty happy. As said below the ambilight is great. We don’t use this for gaming.

Ultra HD has 4X the resolution of standard Full HD.

Ok, i bought this and lasted two weeks before sending back, because apps like netflix and plex kept freezing and when i switched to hdmi, the picture was blank. I took the view that must be faulty, no one is really complaining, so i had a replacement. Now i have the second one about a month and the apps don’t freeze but the hdmi issue remains, so i get up and restart the tv and hdmi comes back to life. I have searched on the web and found other philips tvs give the same issue. Send back or live with (i have chosen to live with, perhaps may get fixed with an update, i hope)picture quality from sky hd, ps4 and internal apps is very good, just wish i had a theatre sized screen, as those black bars of wasted screen do bug me when watching films, but fine on sky hd, the wife can watch casualty happy and i do watch a lot of tv series from my plex server. That ambient light feature did not make it past day 1, don’t like it, that will be a personal preference of people, but i don’t live in a night club and don’t need it. In conclusion, nice design, respectable picture but please philips fix your software, so if the hdmi is blank, refresh to make sure its blank.

Great value for money with fantastic picture quality. Perfect for gaming with my ps4 pro, and i love watching movies on it. Ambilight can be a little distracting when watching movies, but you can just turn it off when i suits you. If youre looking to upgrade to a 4k television, this is the one of recommend. Plus, the remote is awesome.

I had been in the market for a new tv as our old panasonic plasma was slowly giving up the will to live. I’d initially settled on getting a sony and had been waiting for the black friday deals. This one popped up and after a bit of googling i couldn’t really find a lot of info on it. But had seen great reviews on the cheaper model, so decided to take a punt on it. At £400 it was kind of a no brainer. I work in the creative industry in animation, so i feel fairly qualified in saying the picture quality on this tv is absolutely stunning. Out of the box it looks great. But with a bit of tweaking (there are many settings) it really is a beautiful bright and punchy image. I was really unsure whether the ambilight feature would be distracting, but we absolutely love it. Friends and family that have been over also say the same.

I work as a film editor so quality of image is very important to me. I had been looking at the philips 9002 oled. But i’m still not sold on tech that has inherent screen burn issues that companies refuse to cover with warranty. For well over a grand that’s simply an investment i decided i wasn’t willing to make. So when i checked the rest of this years philips lineup and saw that the pus7303 series used a direct lit led panel. Not only that, but it’s va too (vertical alignment) as opposed to ips (in plane switching). In short, direct lit led panels have the screen lights behind and across the entire screen. This means you get far superior blacks and conformity of image. As opposed to the cheaper and far more common edge lit panels of today where the screen is lit from lights around the edges.

P5 perfect picture engine optimises sharpness, colour, contrast and motion.

I have had the 50″ model for a couple of days now. I have only tweaked picture settings a little so far (mainly dynamic contrast settings, motion settings and the like) and i am very pleased with the image quality. I am sure given time i may have a look at weaking some of the other picture/colour settings but as it stands now the colours seem perfectly good to me. I have seen some other reviews mentioning issues with contrast/black levels, but speaking for myself i am happy again. The blacks are deep black and i can only assume that for others it may possibly be down to picture settings. Regarding the audio, i was actually pleasantly surprised by the tv’s speakers. I wasnt expecting much from them given the price i payed (bought during black friday sales), but i would actually have been happy enough making use of them though i am not due to the fact i already had a sound system in place. The tv was straight forward enough to set up, and after choosing to connect to philips servers the tv notified me of an available update. It took a few minutes to download and install it but it was perfectly straight forward. Finally there is the ambilight feature.

The picture is good, and ambilight looks great. Although the tv guide is basic, it works, but it’s not a patch on freeview play or youview where you can scroll back and catch up via the guide. Really basic pvr when you plug in a memory stuck or hdd, it does pause and record, but no time shifting/ rewind of live tv. I returned it even though i got it for great price of£419 on black friday, just couldn’t justify to my wife spending good money on a tv to then have to use either a fire stick or set top box in order to watch itv programmes on demand, pause and rewind, she just wants to be able to watch corrie on catch up with minimal fuss. It’s just not quite smart enough when you still have to use a £25 fire tv stick for catch up, or a £40 youview box for pause and rewind and catch up.

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  1. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    I’ve had this tv for a couple of months now and overall i’m impressed with it. For the cost it gives you a lot of features and is good quality. Android tv is something i wanted due to previous issues of relying on the tv manufactures keeping their apps updated and working – the last samsung we had (which cost the same money) had issues with the apps and two of the main ones just kept stopping working and there was nothing we could do. The tv has plenty of picture adjustments so you can get it exactly how you want, if you aren’t sure what you need to adjust then it has a quick way of setting it up by asking you how like to watch tv. Or you can go onto youtube and there are some videos on how to adjust it to your liking. In terms of on-demand tv apps, there is one big issue – you cannot get all of the catch-up apps on the tv as they don’t support the way of controlling them with the remote. Currently all4, itv, demand5/my5 won’t work with the tv remote – you can side load the apks and the apps will run but you’d need a mouse to control them. I don’t know why philips haven’t done anything about this as it is, in my mind, a really disadvantage. The ambilight is actually quite good.At first it seemed a bit distracting but you get used to it and if you then turn it off you feel there’s something missing so it’s worth giving it a go.
    1. I’ve had this tv for a couple of months now and overall i’m impressed with it. For the cost it gives you a lot of features and is good quality. Android tv is something i wanted due to previous issues of relying on the tv manufactures keeping their apps updated and working – the last samsung we had (which cost the same money) had issues with the apps and two of the main ones just kept stopping working and there was nothing we could do. The tv has plenty of picture adjustments so you can get it exactly how you want, if you aren’t sure what you need to adjust then it has a quick way of setting it up by asking you how like to watch tv. Or you can go onto youtube and there are some videos on how to adjust it to your liking. In terms of on-demand tv apps, there is one big issue – you cannot get all of the catch-up apps on the tv as they don’t support the way of controlling them with the remote. Currently all4, itv, demand5/my5 won’t work with the tv remote – you can side load the apks and the apps will run but you’d need a mouse to control them. I don’t know why philips haven’t done anything about this as it is, in my mind, a really disadvantage. The ambilight is actually quite good.At first it seemed a bit distracting but you get used to it and if you then turn it off you feel there’s something missing so it’s worth giving it a go.
  2. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

     have had this tv for over a month now and i’m very happy with my purchase. The screen is fantastic with great colours and response times. The ambient light is a great touch and really adds to the experience. I’ve added a few phillips hue lights around the room and these correspond perfectly to the ambient lights at the back of the screen. Everything connects seamlessly and the screen casting is a synch. I’ve got an iphone 6, samsung 7, nexus 9 and ipad pro and they all cast to the tv quickly and effortlessly.
    1.  have had this tv for over a month now and i’m very happy with my purchase. The screen is fantastic with great colours and response times. The ambient light is a great touch and really adds to the experience. I’ve added a few phillips hue lights around the room and these correspond perfectly to the ambient lights at the back of the screen. Everything connects seamlessly and the screen casting is a synch. I’ve got an iphone 6, samsung 7, nexus 9 and ipad pro and they all cast to the tv quickly and effortlessly.
  3. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    Great tv bought on a great amazon deal. Not specifiically for uk msrket as it does not have the usual. On demand apps but with a fire stick or any other smart box that can be solved. Colours are great when calibrated.
    1. Great tv bought on a great amazon deal. Not specifiically for uk msrket as it does not have the usual. On demand apps but with a fire stick or any other smart box that can be solved. Colours are great when calibrated.
  4. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    Not the fault of phillips but the first tv arrived with a cracked screen. This was naturally replaced. However the 2nd tv arrived and was installed. After 1 week the remote control stopped operating. After getting onto phillips customer services a replacement remote was sent out. This control only worked when it wanted to. One minute it was fine and the next it wouldn’t do a thing. I can only put this down to a tv fault as opposed to the remote. Enough is enough and it’s gone back and i’m glad to see the back of it. In total i’ve wasted 3 days in deliveries and collections.
  5. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    Not the fault of phillips but the first tv arrived with a cracked screen. This was naturally replaced. However the 2nd tv arrived and was installed. After 1 week the remote control stopped operating. After getting onto phillips customer services a replacement remote was sent out. This control only worked when it wanted to. One minute it was fine and the next it wouldn’t do a thing. I can only put this down to a tv fault as opposed to the remote. Enough is enough and it’s gone back and i’m glad to see the back of it. In total i’ve wasted 3 days in deliveries and collections.
  6. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    My girlfriend bought a tv at the same time different make and i feel i got the better deal. Picture quality is excellent and the led effects are incredible. Not a bad processor either and it’s fairly fast when operating apps and other features. For the money i would recommend it.
    1. My girlfriend bought a tv at the same time different make and i feel i got the better deal. Picture quality is excellent and the led effects are incredible. Not a bad processor either and it’s fairly fast when operating apps and other features. For the money i would recommend it.
      1. First all the build quality is excellent, the tv looks very well built. I do dislike the tv stand, they just isn’t any flexibility with it. I give the tv 3 starts for sound but the truth is i dont use the tv audio i got an av receiver connected up. 4 starts for picture because out the box its horrible, do yourself a favour and go to av forums “link below” for much better user settings. Switch off the motion interpolation, its rubbish for most tv tbh it doesn’t do anything good. 4 stars for use, it taken awhile to get used to the android 7. 0 software, mostly connection my av receiver up. Hdr – this is my first tv with hdr and while i believe its the low end hdr 400 i was blown away by it on the ps4 god of war looks amazing. Android os – i gotten used to it now and i really like it, netflix is amazing uhd 4k hdr, amazon prime no hdr :(soon android 8. 0 will be releasing for this tv.
  7. First all the build quality is excellent, the tv looks very well built. I do dislike the tv stand, they just isn’t any flexibility with it. I give the tv 3 starts for sound but the truth is i dont use the tv audio i got an av receiver connected up. 4 starts for picture because out the box its horrible, do yourself a favour and go to av forums “link below” for much better user settings. Switch off the motion interpolation, its rubbish for most tv tbh it doesn’t do anything good. 4 stars for use, it taken awhile to get used to the android 7. 0 software, mostly connection my av receiver up. Hdr – this is my first tv with hdr and while i believe its the low end hdr 400 i was blown away by it on the ps4 god of war looks amazing. Android os – i gotten used to it now and i really like it, netflix is amazing uhd 4k hdr, amazon prime no hdr :(soon android 8. 0 will be releasing for this tv.
    1. This tv is not worth the selling price, even on discount. Looks all good on paper, but the truth is this is a cheaply built tv with poor quality image and sound. Android tv crashes often even after installing the latest firmware update. Image quality is very poor for gaming no matter what recommended calibration i try. Normal sd / aerial tv content looks horrendous, my 10 year old fullhd sony tv out-classes this tv in all aspects when watching or listening to the same non-hd content. Even 4k hdr content needs tweaking to look better. It felt like i was downgrading going from full hd (1080p) to 4k hdr. In the end i had to return mine because the 3. 5 jack port was defective giving me a hissing sound when connecting wired headsets, the cherry on the cake. I must say amazon who are usually excellent with returns, handled the return/refund disgracefully since this is a high value item.
  8. This review is from : Philips 65PUS7303/12 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with 3-sided Ambilight and Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

    This tv is not worth the selling price, even on discount. Looks all good on paper, but the truth is this is a cheaply built tv with poor quality image and sound. Android tv crashes often even after installing the latest firmware update. Image quality is very poor for gaming no matter what recommended calibration i try. Normal sd / aerial tv content looks horrendous, my 10 year old fullhd sony tv out-classes this tv in all aspects when watching or listening to the same non-hd content. Even 4k hdr content needs tweaking to look better. It felt like i was downgrading going from full hd (1080p) to 4k hdr. In the end i had to return mine because the 3. 5 jack port was defective giving me a hissing sound when connecting wired headsets, the cherry on the cake. I must say amazon who are usually excellent with returns, handled the return/refund disgracefully since this is a high value item.