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Very Impressive For The Price. Even More Of A Bargain Now.
Reviewed in Australia on 13 April 2019
I thought this TV was great value when I bought it on behalf of a friend to replace her 42 "11 year old Samsung TV in early December 2018. At that time it was on special at $497 delivered with Prime. Now I see it is $399 delivered with Prime that is a crazy bargain for a 55" Smart TV with Chromecast
I visit my friend pretty much daily so often use the TV and see it in action. My friend is a NZ rugby and cricket fanatic, and the idea behind getting this was so she would enjoy her games more on a bigger, sharper screen.
I'm constantly taken aback how good this screen looks. No doubt a top name brand may be better, but for the money this does very well in my opinion.
The settings menu is pretty basic but that is to be expected.
The remote is terrible. Very small and cheap with small hard buttons, rubbery button press and iffy reliability.
The 3 hdmi inputs are in the most ridiculous place at the bottom underneath the screen and they are upward connected. You have to either fit the cables before you lift the tv into place, or do it by feel with just enough space to awkwardly get your hand under it. It's very frustrating and totally stupid design.
The final criticism is to do with the chromecast. It's too intrusive imo. When setting up the TV for the first time you have to set up the chromecast first and then do the usual channel search etc. The TV always defaults to chromecast when it turns on so then you have to switch the input to TV. Annoying.
This isn't a criticism, more an observation. When setting up the Foxtel IO4 with it I was unable to get HD on the Foxtel, which would constantly advise that either the TV or cable was unsuitable for Foxtel HD. The solution to this turned out to be switching the TV in the menu to the later hdmi protocol from the earlier one. By recall 1.5 to 2. That fixed the issue immediately as the IQ4 uses the later protocol.
However given the overall aim this TV has provided exceptional value and my friend is very, very pleased with it, as am I.
It's worth mentioning that if you register it on the Soniq website the warranty is extended from one year to three years.