Philips 49PUS6401 49 Inch SMART Ambilight 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR - £389 @ Argos
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Philips 49PUS6401 49 Inch SMART Ambilight 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR - £389 @ Argos

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Found 25th May 2017
£399 but you get a £10 voucher so takes it down to £389

Ultra HD HDR TV gives up to 4x the resolution of Full HD. Enjoy movies, shows, and games from Google Play, YouTube and other Apps. Ambilight makes your viewing experience more immersive—by emitting a glow from two-sides of your TV. Comes with a 2 year guarantee

Can't go wrong at this price!
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Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:
1. The colour presets are mostly ****.
2. The speakers are terrible - not a problem for me as I have it going through an amp (which is very well controlled via ARC) but if you don't have an amp, budget for one or get a soundbar.
3. The blacks are only OK - not great.

Otherwise, the set is great - HDR looks amazing and Android really opens it up in terms of usage.
Some tips for best use:
1. Tweak the picture manually. "Photo" or "ISA Day" are the best presets but you'll the perfect balance can only be found manually.
2. Update the firmware immediately - a few features (like Netflilx HDR) and a lot of stability problems have been addressed in the latest firmware.
3. Go into the menus and enable 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 to get HDR from external sources.
4. Use the Internet as the source for your EPG (icon in the top right of the guide)
5. Turn the sharpness down or off for 4K sources (causes intermittent flickering)
6. You'll want to hide the Philips Apps section on the home screen as they're out of date and duplicated below - go into Apps settings, find Leanback Customizer and turn off notifications.
7. You can sideload apps with ES File Manager and launch them with Sideload Launcher.
8. If you run out of storage, you can move apps to a USB stick.
Edited by: "BubaMan" 25th May 2017
The £10 voucher doesn't bring it down, it just means that you are more inclined to buy something else you probably don't need later.
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I'd mention the 'Ambilight' feature in the title...good selling point.
Original Poster
Added, cheers!
running android os is also a big plus!
Ambilight excellent feature just amazing.
stock!
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ullmanio

running android os is also a big plus!



​What's so good about Android os on a TV?
dilahk

Ambilight excellent feature just amazing.


What does it do?
Bought this recently and honestly, it's a really decent set.

No real noticeable difference playing games and watching HD content between this and similar priced TVs like LG/Hisense/Sony etc. I'd even say that this is better than a friends 600+ Samsung - and the smart TV capabilities are better too. Just make sure you run the system firmware updates!!

The ambilight is a neat feature but you get over it pretty quick.
TV 100% wish I hadn't left mine back.
pimpMe

What does it do?


Ambient/bias rear lighting, which helps with immersion and eye-strain. Gives perception of blacker blacks, if set to a neutral white colour.

Default setting changes colour depending on what is on the screen at each edge (and how many sides Ambilight you have). Ours is 3-side on the 55", so it's quite impressive. This is two-sided, so not as immersive, but still very nice in my opinion.

We always get positive comments from friends/neighbours on ours - and lots of other people in general implement their own DIY bias lighting solutions on other brands effectively too.
Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:
1. The colour presets are mostly ****.
2. The speakers are terrible - not a problem for me as I have it going through an amp (which is very well controlled via ARC) but if you don't have an amp, budget for one or get a soundbar.
3. The blacks are only OK - not great.

Otherwise, the set is great - HDR looks amazing and Android really opens it up in terms of usage.
Some tips for best use:
1. Tweak the picture manually. "Photo" or "ISA Day" are the best presets but you'll the perfect balance can only be found manually.
2. Update the firmware immediately - a few features (like Netflilx HDR) and a lot of stability problems have been addressed in the latest firmware.
3. Go into the menus and enable 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 to get HDR from external sources.
4. Use the Internet as the source for your EPG (icon in the top right of the guide)
5. Turn the sharpness down or off for 4K sources (causes intermittent flickering)
6. You'll want to hide the Philips Apps section on the home screen as they're out of date and duplicated below - go into Apps settings, find Leanback Customizer and turn off notifications.
7. You can sideload apps with ES File Manager and launch them with Sideload Launcher.
8. If you run out of storage, you can move apps to a USB stick.
Edited by: "BubaMan" 25th May 2017
HDR on an 8-bit panel?
Sp00n

HDR on an 8-bit panel?

Show me the 10-bit 4K TV with Android and Ambilight for £400
BubaMan

Show me the 10-bit 4K TV with Android and Ambilight for £400



Well there isn't one, obviously.

I was just querying the validity of them advertising it as HDR, it only supports HDR10 inputs due to it only having an 8-bit panel.

It's a good deal nonetheless, £499 10 months ago.
Sp00n

Well there isn't one, obviously. I was just querying the validity of them … Well there isn't one, obviously. I was just querying the validity of them advertising it as HDR, it only supports HDR10 inputs due to it only having an 8-bit panel.It's a good deal nonetheless, £499 10 months ago.

Ah - sorry - thought it was a snooty comment on a budget 4K TV thread.
BubaMan

Ah - sorry



Absolutely not mate, I'm always up for a bargain
4k ambilight for under £400 - hot.
had mine for around 6mths now. very pleased with the ambilight - wanted one with it for years!

had to buy a separate android box tho as couldnt control the volume easily with the tv remote as i have my external speakers running from the headphone jack
BubaMan

Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:1. The colour presets are mostly … Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:1. The colour presets are mostly ****.2. The speakers are terrible - not a problem for me as I have it going through an amp (which is very well controlled via ARC) but if you don't have an amp, budget for one or get a soundbar.3. The blacks are only OK - not great.Otherwise, the set is great - HDR looks amazing and Android really opens it up in terms of usage.Some tips for best use:1. Tweak the picture manually. "Photo" or "ISA Day" are the best presets but you'll the perfect balance can only be found manually.2. Update the firmware immediately - a few features (like Netflilx HDR) and a lot of stability problems have been addressed in the latest firmware.3. Go into the menus and enable 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 to get HDR from external sources.4. Use the Internet as the source for your EPG (icon in the top right of the guide)5. Turn the sharpness down or off for 4K sources (causes intermittent flickering)6. You'll want to hide the Philips Apps section on the home screen as they're out of date and duplicated below - go into Apps settings, find Leanback Customizer and turn off notifications. 7. You can sideload apps with ES File Manager and launch them with Sideload Launcher.8. If you run out of storage, you can move apps to a USB stick.



What kind of apps can you side load? any android ?
chenz116

What kind of apps can you side load? any android ?

Pretty much - yes.
The set's performance won't be up to playing high-end games but you can pair up a bluetooth keyboard/mouse to overcome most of Android TV's shortcomings (some apps won't work with the remote).
Bear in mind that there is only 8GB of internal storage, of which only 4GB is available... Apps can be moved to USB but only after installation and some games will be too large to install.
Edited by: "BubaMan" 25th May 2017
BubaMan

Pretty much - yes.The set's performance won't be up to playing high-end … Pretty much - yes.The set's performance won't be up to playing high-end games but you can pair up a bluetooth keyboard/mouse to overcome most of Android TV's shortcomings (some apps won't work with the remote).Bear in mind that there is only 8GB of internal storage, of which only 4GB is available... Apps can be moved to USB but only after installation and some games will be too large to install.



Im thinking more like Mobdro or Showbox.
chenz116

Im thinking more like Mobdro or Showbox.

Yeah - they work (with a mouse) but Mobdro's feeds aren't great on a screen this size.
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Good tips Buba
tehwabbit

Bought this recently and honestly, it's a really decent set.No real … Bought this recently and honestly, it's a really decent set.No real noticeable difference playing games and watching HD content between this and similar priced TVs like LG/Hisense/Sony etc. I'd even say that this is better than a friends 600+ Samsung - and the smart TV capabilities are better too. Just make sure you run the system firmware updates!!The ambilight is a neat feature but you get over it pretty quick.



It really is a great set for the money but def not as good as 600+ samsungs. I bought one but returned it as the sound is tinny and I do not have a sound bar. That really was my only complaint apart from a bit of banding when watching football...oh and youtube stuttered but I believe the newest firmware fixes that. I bought a Samsung UE49KU6400U LED 4K Ultra HD for £499.00 and the picture quality, sound and smart tv set up is way better but I still think this is a great TV for sub £400.Hope this helps!!
dilahk

Ambilight excellent feature just amazing.


Even better if you pair up the TV to Philips Hue lights in the same room
The £10 voucher doesn't bring it down, it just means that you are more inclined to buy something else you probably don't need later.
BubaMan

Pretty much - yes.The set's performance won't be up to playing high-end … Pretty much - yes.The set's performance won't be up to playing high-end games but you can pair up a bluetooth keyboard/mouse to overcome most of Android TV's shortcomings (some apps won't work with the remote).Bear in mind that there is only 8GB of internal storage, of which only 4GB is available... Apps can be moved to USB but only after installation and some games will be too large to install.



​You can put a flash drive like what I'm actually doing and format as internal drive. You can not remove it (easily) but who cares? You can buy one cheap and use it with only the TV. There are 3 USB ports so I don't think it is a problem.
I bought this TV some 3 months ago after trawling through this site and looking at various high price 4k TV's and seeing all the bla,bla about 8 bit/10bit panels opted for this one from Argos and so glad I did. its a really good TV and picture is fantastic. all I watch is normal def plus some HD channels which basically is all you can get unless you subscribe to some" pay extra" services and as I'm on a tight budget that's all I can afford!! Until the main TV companies start broadcasting in 4k why spend more on a TV that you can't notice any difference in the picture quality. Spend the money you save on a sound bar off eBay when an offer comes up ie this site!! You won't regret buying it....
I was under the impression that sideloading could not be enabled on Philips TVs. Has this changed?
Bought this and then took it back as it really isn't a great TV. You pay for what you get, better off buying a brand that will last a lot longer. Lots of deals elsewhere this weekend like Tesco with better vouchers etc
xfield

The £10 voucher doesn't bring it down, it just means that you are more … The £10 voucher doesn't bring it down, it just means that you are more inclined to buy something else you probably don't need later.

I second this. I think the price is quite good even at £450 for this set. I won't have implied a store-specific and timebound £10 voucher as the equivalent of £10 off because it is not. I think the price once pays is the price that should be displayed in the title.

Heat added for the find but the headline price needs a review, OP.
BubaMan

Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:1. The colour presets are mostly … Great TV but I'll echo some caveats:1. The colour presets are mostly ****.2. The speakers are terrible - not a problem for me as I have it going through an amp (which is very well controlled via ARC) but if you don't have an amp, budget for one or get a soundbar.3. The blacks are only OK - not great.Otherwise, the set is great - HDR looks amazing and Android really opens it up in terms of usage.Some tips for best use:1. Tweak the picture manually. "Photo" or "ISA Day" are the best presets but you'll the perfect balance can only be found manually.2. Update the firmware immediately - a few features (like Netflilx HDR) and a lot of stability problems have been addressed in the latest firmware.3. Go into the menus and enable 4:4:4 / 4:2:2 to get HDR from external sources.4. Use the Internet as the source for your EPG (icon in the top right of the guide)5. Turn the sharpness down or off for 4K sources (causes intermittent flickering)6. You'll want to hide the Philips Apps section on the home screen as they're out of date and duplicated below - go into Apps settings, find Leanback Customizer and turn off notifications. 7. You can sideload apps with ES File Manager and launch them with Sideload Launcher .8. If you run out of storage, you can move apps to a USB stick.




Can you please tell me what your manual picture settings are, I just bought the tv!
fgarussell

​What's so good about Android os on a TV?



​Cause its like a cheap Windows OS, install alot what you want with ease and easily accessible unlock the balls you call Apple that locks down its features to run only its own stuff
What Android version we talking about ? anyone ?
adi23232323

What Android version we talking about ? anyone ?

Marshmallow
Danlg

Can you please tell me what your manual picture settings are, I just … Can you please tell me what your manual picture settings are, I just bought the tv!

It will come down to personal preference to some degree but this should help:
youtube.com/wat…HXs
psul

I was under the impression that sideloading could not be enabled on … I was under the impression that sideloading could not be enabled on Philips TVs. Has this changed?

Not exactly a tutorial but proof it can be done:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkZddZ4M2oA

I have Amazon Underground installed and a few more apps from that store (as they're free or already paid for).
I picked this up a few months ago and it was pretty useless as anything more than a 1080p screen until they put the last few software updates out. It went from having awful app performance,jittery streaming, and problems handshaking with my Sky Q box at 4K (no matter what cable/hdmi used) to being a real pleasure to use. It's still not the quickest interface but it is at least responsive now, and amazon/netflix 4k streaming is working with no sync problems now even over wifi (although admittedly my tv is about 1 metre away from the access point, in the same room). Also streams video very happily from my WD Nas drive. Backlight is a bit uneven, but if you don't watch films in a dark room too often then it won't be much of an issue.
Edited by: "XDaveyboyX" 26th May 2017
good price and heat added but please amend title. It is £389 not £399
Danlg

Can you please tell me what your manual picture settings are, I just … Can you please tell me what your manual picture settings are, I just bought the tv!


The video provided by bubaman are a good starting point.
I had to tweak them to my own preference as my TV is not calibrated like in the video but are as follows although some will be the same as the video.
Colour 60
Contrast 65
Sharpness 0
Brightness 50
Video contrast 88
Gamma -1
Picture style isf day
Colour temperature custom
Custom colour temerature, Red WP 127, Green WP 100, Blue WP 81
Everything else in advanced settings is turned to off
And in general settings/hdmi ultra hd/hdmi1&2 is set to UHD 4:4:4/4:2:2

I think that is everything , i hope it helps although everyones preference will be different and the TV`s will most likely not be identical colours .
It is all a good starting point anyway are there are plenty of settings and it can be a bit overwheming at first.
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