Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018

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Not only is the Toshiba Amazon Fire TV a decent smart option, but it comes at an affordable cost even compared to many other cheap TVs for sale. This particular Fire TV has a very high native contrast ratio, a good response time and smooth smart features which give its users a good array of uses at any given time. There are also a good number of input connections so you can connect more than one device at a time which is a neat plus. Though, the two most notable features of the Amazon Fire TV are its slick integration of the Alexa assistant and is dark room viewing experience. Even after recently tweaking my top 5 lists, the Toshiba Fire TV has found a home there for its good performance and insanely low cost.

Preferred Usage

The Fire TV has a good suite of smart features and a decent picture to boot so I found it to be good for a mixed range of uses.

Video Games
PC Monitor
Movies
Sports
TV Shows

Available Sizes

Toshiba has made available 5 sizes for their Fire TV. The 32 inch (32LF221U19), 43 inch (43LF421U19), 49 inch (49LF421U19), 50 inch (50LF621U19), and 55 inch (55LF621U19) versions.

Picture Value

The Toshiba Fire TV has a insanely good native contrast ratio when you consider its lower price point. This leads to a better dark room viewing and the decent color gamut helps to saturate the otherwise dark colors. Toshiba didn’t include local dimming features or a more robust series of input upscaling features, but the overall look is good.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~5000 : 1
  • Bottom Line: Great

This result completely surprised me. This Amazon Fire TV was just not on my radar and it started with a bang. for those that do not know, the contrast ratio allows for a better dark room viewing since it can produce a dark black color when requested.

Local Dimming

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  • Local Dimming: No
  • Backlight: Edge-Lit
  • Bottom Line: Poor

Even the Toshiba Fire TV has a great contrast ratio, there are no local dimming features. This is expected since its picture is Edge-Lit.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle: ~19 °
  • Bottom Line: Below Average

Just a poor viewing angle. The main way to combat this, is to have a larger sized smart TV. This creates a wider axis for the viewing angle which is a bit of an illusion, but if it works, it works.

Input Upscaling

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  • 480p: Too sharp at times.
  • 720p: Small artifacts that I had trouble catching.
  • 1080p:. Ideal on the sizes that support 1080p.
  • 4K: No issues on the proper sizes.
  • Bottom Line: Average

The picture can look a little blocky on the small resolutions, but the Fire TV keeps up well enough so you can watch older content without much of a worry.

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

  • DCI P3 xy: ~7%
  • DCI P3 uv: ~80%

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~52%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~57%
  • Wide Color Gamut: No
  • Bottom Line: Average

The colors are saturated, but can appear a bit dark at times despite the good color gamut on the Toshiba Amazon Fire TV. One thing to note is that the smaller sizes are only 720p or 1080p smart TVs, so the lack of resolutions can give off a poor color even though it can replicate them fairly well.

Motion Handling

With my Toshiba Fire TV 2018 TV review I found the best performing feature to be its feature. It allowed fast content to look fairly good without much overshoot or eye-tracking. The Fire TV also have lower level motion interpolaton, but sadly no 24p playback support. So if you are sensitive to judder, you may want to consider another smart TV.

Motion Blur

  • Response Time:~15 ms
  • Bottom Line: Speedy

There is little to no overshoot and the content look crisp throughout most types of content, excluding the most insanely fast moving content. Even despite the edge-lit design of the backlight the changes are nicely done across the Fire TV screen.

24p Playback

  • 24pNo
  • 24p via 60pNo
  • 24p via 60iNo
  • Bottom Line: Poor

The lacking 60 Hz refresh rate prevents the removing of judder. This is even true for the Amazon Fire TV apps such as Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: Yes
  • 60 FPS: No
  • Soap Opera Effect: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Good

The Toshiba Amazon Fire TV only has options for the lowest level of interpolation, but this is due to its refresh rate. The smoothing is good, but a little relaxed for my taste. Even still I do not recommend these settings be enabled.

Inputs

The Toshiba Fire TV fits a small niche, so I wouldn’t expect it to do any backflips with its inputs, but even knowing that, they perform well. There is a food variety to satisfy most people, and the support resolutions cover the basics.

All Inputs

  • HDMI : 3
  • USB : 1
  • Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
  • Analog Audio Out 3.5 mm : 1
  • Composite In : 1
  • Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
  • Ethernet : 1

Decent variety and there are more than 2 HDMI ports on the Fire TV.

Supported Resolutions

  • 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: No
  • 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4: No
  • 4k @ 60Hz: No
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Good

Any resolution that is 1080p or 4K is only supported by the Fire TVs that are listed in Lowest Prices with the corresponding resolution.

VESA Pattern

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  • 32LF221U19: 100 x 100 mm
  • 43LF421U19: 200 x 200 mm
  • 49LF421U19: 200 x 200 mm
  • 50LF621U19: 200 x 300 mm
  • 55LF621U19: 200 x 300 mm

The VESA patterns are a little bit oddly sized, but you should still be successful if looking for a wall mount for the Amazon Fire TV.

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag: ~35 ms
  • Bottom Line: Average

The more casual games are up the alley of the Toshiba Fire TV, but some more competitive games will work without trouble. Though, I must admit I did find myself playing games more on this smart TV more than others during the review. I do not know why.

Input Features

  • HDR10: Yes
  • Dolby Vision: No
  • 5.1 ARC Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS: No
  • 5.1 Optical Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical DTS: No
  • ARC: Yes (HDMI 1)

Decent support, but nothing out of the ordinary on the Toshiba Fire TV.

Smart Features

Amazon gets a little pushy with their own platforms on the Toshiba Fire TV, but makes up for it with the performance of its smart features. The interface is very smooth and well placed so you don’t have to guess where settings or applications will be. Additionally, the integrated Fire Stick works with a suite of Alexa assistant voice commands that give you a unique control over the smart TV.

Operating System

Amazon Fire TV Review

  • Operating System: Fire TV 6
  • Bottom Line: Feature Filled

WiFi, bluetooth, downloadable apps, casting, music, and USB playback are just a tiny glimpse of what the Fire TV operating system can do. In reality, you’re getting the speed and powe of a more premium smart TV without the insane cost.

Built-In Ads

  • Ads: Yes
  • Third Party Ads: Yes
  • Opt-Out: No

As mentioned above, the Fire TV comes with a little bit of advertisements and even Amazon pushing their streaming platforms while needing an Amazon account to make some progress. I didn’t find it too concering as most other smart TV brands have done similar things and they’re not going to change any time soon.

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That’s it with my Toshiba Amazon Fire TV 2018 TV review! I try my best to keep prices accurate. Below are the lowest prices I could find and the date it was last updated. Also they are organized by size. Check out the proper viewing distance if you’re unsure where to start.

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7.2 Total Score
Review Summary

Alexa is woven into the more robust features of the Toshiba Amazon Fire TV, but they do work well. The Fire TV has a great contrast ratio which allows for good dark room viewing, but doesn't have local dimming features or a very good viewing angle which means the picture is a little stuck where it is unfortunately. Though, the response time of the Amazon Fire TV is fast and there are some more basic interpolation options available if you preferred a smooth picture. All-in-all the Toshiba Fire TV is a smart option, but leans towards the more basic side.

Picture Value
7
Motion Handling
6.5
Inputs
7.7
Smart Features
7.5
PROS
  • Native contrast ratio is bonkers.
  • Alexa voice assistant is smoother than other smart TV options on the market.
  • Rather quick response time for fast moving content.
CONS
  • The picture quality worsens at an angle.
  • Small sizes of this Fire TV only support 720p or 1080p resolutions.
  • Judder is not easily removed from the picture and many options of the smart TV require an Amazon Prime account.
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)

Key Features

Type of Usage
Mixed Usage
Panel Type
LED
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
VESA Pattern
100 x100 mm | 200 x 200 mm | 200 x 200 mm | 200 x 300 mm | 200 x 300 mm

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
~5000 : 1
Local Dimming
No
Viewing Angle
19 °
Input Upscaling
Good
Resolution
4K Depending on Size
Wide Color Gamut
No - Standard High Definition

Motion Handling

Response Time
~15 ms
Motion Interpolation
Yes
24p Playback
Not Supported

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Average
Input Lag
~35 ms

Smart Features

Operating System
Fire TV
Ease of Use
Easy, and Very Smooth
Built-in Ads
Yes

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