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Philips 49PUS6401 49 Inch SMART 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR528 - £399 @ Argos
Philips 49PUS6401 49 Inch SMART 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR528 - £399 @ Argos

Philips 49PUS6401 49 Inch SMART 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR528 - £399 @ Argos

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Argos are offer 20% off this TV making it £399. One day only I believe.

Very well reviewed and the ambilight technology looks to work very well.

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ADVICE & TIPS: So I see this TV as been reduced again and for the money its fantastic however I have purchased the 43" model and here is some KEY TIPS that every buyer must be made aware of:

1. The picture quality out of the box on this TV is sorry to say absolutely terrible, there is ONLY one setting that is decent and that is the PHOTO setting weirdly enough, all other settings are way over-saturated, to bright or to dim, even with the LATEST firmware updates which add various tweaks, a updated android, a new colour natural setting, but even after the firmware is updated the colours are still wishy-washy and still the PHOTO setting is the only setting that offers a decent, well-calibrated, balanced quality picture.

2. In relation to on-demand apps, only BBC iPlayer is installed and no you cannot install ITV, 4OD on any other on-demand app via google or Philips app store.

3. Android is FANTASTIC and this TV as recently had a NEW firmware update about 1 week ago. However even with the NEW firmware updates your choice on google play is still LIMITED, you must remember TVs are NOT phones and only a limited number of apps work with Android TVs, HOWEVER there is a way around the limited google play apps by manually downloading Android .APK files and installing them manually, you will be surprised what apps do work with Android TVs and you can really install a lot of apps by manually downloading the .APK files, to do this, you 1st need to install ES File Manager, download the desired .APK files from a site such as APKPURE found here: apkpure.com/ and install the APKs from with ES File Manager. You MUST however change some security settings which allows the installation from "Unknown Sources", this is found within the Android Settings Menu, you may find the screen rotation problem is evident with some apps, in this case uninstall, for example: If you are a Amazon Prime Member you can manually install the APK file of Amazon Underground & Amazon Music App which work perfectly well and allow you to install games from Amazon Underground, so far I have installed 5 games and they work perfectly well, you can use Amazon Music to but will NEED to use a USB mouse to navigate the app correctly. Speaking of USB Mice, you can use any USB mice with any app and even to navigate the TV, you can even use a Microsoft Xbox Windows Controller which I use to play games... Some apps and games require a mouse and a Xbox Controller, yet I assume any USB game controller will work fine also.

4. The TV Guide on this TV is terrible, and you will notice a majority of icons are missing for channels, sadly this cannot be resolved.

5. Do not bother with the Philips App Store, majority of the app versions or old and I have noticed some do not even work even after all the firmware updates, such as the Radio Apps.

6. HDR, yes this TV does have HDR but you need to change the settings which is found in advanced settings to 4:2:2 & 4:4:4 this is a IMPORTANT SETTING to enable HDR and is NOT activated out-of-the-box, so if you want 4K & HDR you need to find this setting and change it as I have specified. the setting you must ACTIVATE is 4:2:2 & 4:4:4

7. This ONLY as 8GB of storage but is actually 5GB, once the firmware update is complete, even though the TV highlights it as 8GB, 3GB of that data is used by the TV OS and CANNOT be deleted and you CANNOT ROOT this TV believe me I have tried, some Android TVs are easy to root, this is NOT, in-fact after reading numerous forums, due to a core setting Philips have put it place, it makes this TV impossible to ROOT.

8. Constant Freezing & Juddering of the TV PICTURE? this is a strange problem I encountered, You may notice this issue once you have activated the HDR Setting, the picture suddenly freezes and juders, many users must obviously think this is due to the HDR setting which is highlighted once you activate it... I ASSURE all TV watchers however this is NOT the case, this problem is weirdly associated with the TV Guide, if you encounter this problem, the way to solve it is to leave your TV on standby over night, the TV Guide is updated at 6am daily... if you experience this issue its because the TV Channel Guide as NOT been updated, leaving this TV on standby for a few days solves this problem & the problem will never return unless you format. Yes I know strange but true, I have noticed its nothing to do with the HDR Setting at all.

9. Just coming back to apps again, just to let you know you can uninstall ALL apps that are pre-loaded without issues, I would recommend doing so as most of them are European related apps.

10. And FINALLY if you want to get the BEST PICTURE from this TV, check out a guy called DARKO on youtube, search "DARKO TV CALIBRATION" there is a video for this TV which goes in-depth with some settings.. if you cannot be bothered like I say the PHOTO SETTING is the BEST PICTURE SETTING to have, also make sure you go to the setting which reads PICTURE FORMAT and choose ORIGINAL.

Overall, this TV is great, yes it as some flaws, still Android is Great to and for £399 its a great deal, but it does NEED TWEAKING and to get the BEST out of it follow my instructions.

PHILIPS AMBILIGHT & HUE: If any of you are using Philips HUE bulbs as I am, you can sync this TV to your main hue bulbs, which means when you are watching a TV with Amblight on, every other bulb matches the lighting from the TV which is really impressive, you can fill your entire room with dancing ambilight when you watch a great movie and NOT just from the TV.


Edited by: "lettherebedeals" 11th May

rommy

How big will be the differnece between this TV and a 55 inch plus tele?



About 6 inches.

Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful about Argos when you receive the item double check all the packaging, to see if it has been opened before they sent me 3 used Tv's in a row took no responsibility at all , didnt deny it , blamed it on the ware house and the manufacturer even though it was double opened and re-taped , there missing stuff inside populated data on smart features , and Argos seem to be the only ones selling this at the moment since tis is a special deal acreful when you get it if you double check you should be fine, oh by the way all the Tv's have 4+star ratings possibly because they filter out negative reviews my 2 reviews were never published the only Tv I received with packaging intact turned faulty within 2 weeks dead pixels out of the blue , but i must stress it wasn't this Phillips TV , if current owners are happy and purchased from Argos as they do here its a good deal

alan2simms

Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful … Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful about Argos when you receive the item double check all the packaging, to see if it has been opened before they sent me 3 used Tv's in a row took no responsibility at all , didnt deny it , blamed it on the ware house and the manufacturer even though it was double opened and re-taped , there missing stuff inside populated data on smart features , and Argos seem to be the only ones selling this at the moment since tis is a special deal acreful when you get it if you double check you should be fine, oh by the way all the Tv's have 4+star ratings possibly because they filter out negative reviews my 2 reviews were never published the only Tv I received with packaging intact turned faulty within 2 weeks dead pixels out of the blue , but i must stress it wasn't this Phillips TV , if current owners are happy and purchased from Argos as they do here its a good deal



And......breathe
Edited by: "bellboys" 9th May
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I have the 55".

Does anybody know how to install the ITV Player and All4 apps? They don't appear in the Google play store. Just iPlayer does, and you need a TV licence for that.

looks to be a good price
heat
built in chromecast and other smart tv apps like netflix too!
I'd buy if I wasn't set on my projector... now if only 4k projectors would come down in price
Edited by: "robodan918" 9th May

How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. Does it add much to the experience?

Haven't really seen Philips TV nowadays. How do they compare to Samsung or LG? I've heard LG haven't been too highly rated lately due to their use of RGBW which means less effective pixels?

Ulti

Haven't really seen Philips TV nowadays. How do they compare to Samsung … Haven't really seen Philips TV nowadays. How do they compare to Samsung or LG? I've heard LG haven't been too highly rated lately due to their use of RGBW which means less effective pixels?



​depends how close you are sitting with a magnifying glass.....

Just for info for people....the 4k straming doesn't allow HDR. It is HDR only through HDMI.

FrugalFergal

How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. … How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. Does it add much to the experience?


I have this TV and the Ambilight is absolutely brilliant. And it syncs up with Philips Hue lights if you have those too, which makes the whole experience more immersive.

tempted... but for gaming I think a monitor suits me best. i have a 46" 1080p samsung tv and my eyesight is bad and find sitting next to a 23" monitor better for this strategy game battlefield academy to read all the stats and labels.

ambilight is awesome.

code TVS10 should take another 10% off

Got one of these and they're OK for the money. Not brilliant when watching high action sport such as football or golf as the picture has vertical lines as it pans left to right.

simontimmins

Got one of these and they're OK for the money. Not brilliant when … Got one of these and they're OK for the money. Not brilliant when watching high action sport such as football or golf as the picture has vertical lines as it pans left to right.



​can you change any settings? they usually have some smoothing technique which gamers turn off in gaming or pc mode..some have sports mode? that suits fast frame updates better?

simontimmins

Got one of these and they're OK for the money. Not brilliant when … Got one of these and they're OK for the money. Not brilliant when watching high action sport such as football or golf as the picture has vertical lines as it pans left to right.



Sounds like banding or dirty screen effect to me. This varies from TV to TV, its basically down to inconsistencies in the layers that make up backlight diffuser. You'll need to be incredibly lucky to find an LCD panel that does not suffer from this to some degree.

O got the 55". It's a great tv, but I kinda wish I stuck to my old lg and saved the money.

Ambilight is cool, but where the tv is pretty close to the wall, the screens brightness lights up most of the wall behind it. So the ambilight falls a tad flat.

Colors are fairly washed out at times.
Sound is crisp for ps4 but quiet and crap from my sky box (usually having to turn the sound right up to hear the tv).

Android os is great but slightly limited.

Had a issue with the tv where if I was playing the ps4 for a while the tv would flicker black and back to a different picture setting (but no changes in menu).

Philips rang me and said "turn off tv and ps4 unplug hdmi and plug back in after 1 minute."

Decided to run the console under hdmi port 1 so I get hdr support.

peachybubba1980

Just for info for people....the 4k straming doesn't allow HDR. It is HDR … Just for info for people....the 4k straming doesn't allow HDR. It is HDR only through HDMI.



​Incorrect. HDR now works on Netflix. Recent software update added this as well as upgrading to Android 6.0

adams2318

code TVS10 should take another 10% off



​nope

Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful about Argos when you receive the item double check all the packaging, to see if it has been opened before they sent me 3 used Tv's in a row took no responsibility at all , didnt deny it , blamed it on the ware house and the manufacturer even though it was double opened and re-taped , there missing stuff inside populated data on smart features , and Argos seem to be the only ones selling this at the moment since tis is a special deal acreful when you get it if you double check you should be fine, oh by the way all the Tv's have 4+star ratings possibly because they filter out negative reviews my 2 reviews were never published the only Tv I received with packaging intact turned faulty within 2 weeks dead pixels out of the blue , but i must stress it wasn't this Phillips TV , if current owners are happy and purchased from Argos as they do here its a good deal

Can you install other APKs onto this? i.e. Showbox?

Jono1984

Incorrect. HDR now works on Netflix. Recent software update added this as … Incorrect. HDR now works on Netflix. Recent software update added this as well as upgrading to Android 6.0


Oh good, it's only an entire version of Android behind then! I don't understand why people want their TVs to have software embedded inside. It'll get outdated very quickly, security is generally appalling, and an external Chromecast only costs £25...

I bought a top-of-the-range Samsung Smart TV three years ago, and it hasn't been connected to the Internet for about 2.5 years.

Edited by: "commenter14" 9th May

alan2simms

Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful … Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful about Argos when you receive the item double check all the packaging, to see if it has been opened before they sent me 3 used Tv's in a row took no responsibility at all , didnt deny it , blamed it on the ware house and the manufacturer even though it was double opened and re-taped , there missing stuff inside populated data on smart features , and Argos seem to be the only ones selling this at the moment since tis is a special deal acreful when you get it if you double check you should be fine, oh by the way all the Tv's have 4+star ratings possibly because they filter out negative reviews my 2 reviews were never published the only Tv I received with packaging intact turned faulty within 2 weeks dead pixels out of the blue , but i must stress it wasn't this Phillips TV , if current owners are happy and purchased from Argos as they do here its a good deal



And......breathe
Edited by: "bellboys" 9th May

commenter14

Oh good, it's only an entire version of Android behind then! I don't … Oh good, it's only an entire version of Android behind then! I don't understand why people want their TVs to have software embedded inside. It'll get outdated very quickly, security is generally appalling, and an external Chromecast only costs £25...I bought a top-of-the-range Samsung Smart TV three years ago, and it hasn't been connected to the Internet for about 2.5 years.



​i generally agree with you but at least android tends to be supported for at least the previous 3 generations, i.e. kitkat 5 still is supported today and most apps work on 4.4+ too.

at least it'll give you a few years before needing to invest in an external 'smart' box

adams2318

code TVS10 should take another 10% off


The code only works on TVs over £499 unfortunately,I just tried.

Got the 55in version of this a few months back on the £449 deal. Love it. Android on it is no buggier than the 2013 Samsung Smart TV it replaced.

Prefer this to the no name equivalent sold at Aldi at the moment

alan2simms

Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful … Great Price , but just a word of warning about Argos Be very careful about Argos when you receive the item double check all the packaging, to see if it has been opened before they sent me 3 used Tv's in a row took no responsibility at all , didnt deny it , blamed it on the ware house and the manufacturer even though it was double opened and re-taped , there missing stuff inside populated data on smart features , and Argos seem to be the only ones selling this at the moment since tis is a special deal acreful when you get it if you double check you should be fine, oh by the way all the Tv's have 4+star ratings possibly because they filter out negative reviews my 2 reviews were never published the only Tv I received with packaging intact turned faulty within 2 weeks dead pixels out of the blue , but i must stress it wasn't this Phillips TV , if current owners are happy and purchased from Argos as they do here its a good deal



That happened to me. It had been used with accounts on the smart tv and the ambilight didn't even work. This seems to be happening to a lot to people. I didn't bother getting it replaced.

FrugalFergal

How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. … How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. Does it add much to the experience?



Brilliant, we used to put light on at night, now we put ambilight on. So good!

FrugalFergal

How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. … How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. Does it add much to the experience?


Mixed reviews, I've not tried it myself, some people say its distracting others love it.
I have the Hue light system wich syncs with Ambilight TVs so I'm eager to buy one soon!

I wish Argos would do a better deal on the 32" or 43" version soon. The recent deals on this 49" and the 55" have been fantastic but for the space in my room I need smaller plus my budget is lower - can't grumble with this price for 49" of course. If they would do the 32" for £249 I would snap it up ! Its currently £329 which seems expensive vs the 49" !

Have the Philips hue system already and eager to have an ambilight TV to sync up to it

Edited by: "shakerstevens" 9th May

description says ITV, All 4 and 50D catch-up apps are not available, might be important to some

49 inches is just too big for me

1.01% TCB too for click and collect or delivery

qwerta369

I have the 55".Does anybody know how to install the ITV Player and All4 … I have the 55".Does anybody know how to install the ITV Player and All4 apps? They don't appear in the Google play store. Just iPlayer does, and you need a TV licence for that.



Get the apk and load it using es manager

FrugalFergal

How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. … How effective is the ambilight? I wasnt sure if it was just a gimmick. Does it add much to the experience?



It's pretty good, here's one shot from playing Zelda
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-DW-3lXoAA-sw4.jpg

And here's another with Hue Bulb & hue Go lamp connected.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-FVTN9XcAABD8C.jpg:large

You can also have it react to music too which is cool for parties.

primedean

Get the apk and load it using es manager


Yes I know, but which version?

ferreirm

That happened to me. It had been used with accounts on the smart tv and … That happened to me. It had been used with accounts on the smart tv and the ambilight didn't even work. This seems to be happening to a lot to people. I didn't bother getting it replaced.


yes lot of people complaining on Facebook asked for a refund told they cant refund till their courier returned it to them , I told them its not my problem as soon as their courier picked it up it wasn't my problem deal with i !, then I was told they have refunded 3 weeks later after many attempts still no refund ( now i had been told this has been refunded 2 different times!! every time asking for 7-10 days!!), trading standards got involved the very evening I get the refund , and also a cheque for £20 compensation , trading standards still investigating as they have received many complaints according to the investigating officer!!! Ridiculous !! think their different customer service teams lack co-ordination or cant co-ordinate at all for that matter

Ambilight is great, led so much cheaper than a normal bulb behind to with no effects. Don't regret replacing my Philips plasma with the Ambilight version, plasma does not overheat used occasionally in bedroom so win win.

Anyone considering a TV should consider the Argos Amiblight, exclusive to Argos in U.K. as Philips sold the remaining stake in Ambilight and it's TV division to TP Vision and all the old resellers were terminated as U.K. contracts expired.

The Android OS updates are great, latest 6 is smooth as...you can now install the latest Chrome via setting up a new Google account for the TV and installing from Google Play on a external browser, it will download - you will need a mouse/keyboard for Chrome as it's buggy with remote but flawless with mouse/keyboard (wireless).

I paid circa £300 after Quidco.

we have 2 of these in the household, I'm pretty satisfied
first of mine came faulty, got a re-taped replacement, at the end I went instore and replaced it by myself. no questions asked at all
my partners device is ok from the first minute
i really like you can use your own flashdrive as a extended storage
yes you can put the apps dont appearing in playstore, install es file exlorer, open the app (.apk, you can dowload all from apkmirror, trusted) from your pendrive, allow install from unknown sources and you are good
ambilight is really nice, I already have it extended and put a 3rd (lightstrip plus) on the top of the tv, however sonetines the tv couldnt see the hue bridge but hopefully they will solve soon

Got this tv a couple of weeks ago and after adjusting the picture settings I love it.
What is everyone's preferred ambilight settings for watching TV.

I have the Hue bulbs in the living room and I am so tempted to get the 55" one using the code as I just pondered too long when it was for around £450 a while back.
My tv is in the corner of the room so not back on the wall all that much.
I'm just wondering if being backed onto a wall is pretty essential to get the most from the ambilight?

Damnit.... I wasnt meaning to buy a new TV.
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