Philips 50PUS6272

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What would you ex­pect from a £500 TV? It’s time to re­set your ex­pec­ta­tions: the Philips 50PUS6272 is 50in and has 4K, HDR and even Am­bi­light, all for £530. What’s more, it of­fers a per­for­mance that’s gen­uinely su­perb for the money.

How­ever, when you first turn the Philips on, you could be mis­taken for think­ing you’ve bought a dud. Un­like most TVS, which are cal­i­brated to look good as soon as you get them out of the box, the 50PUS6272 looks dread­ful. The two main cul­prits are an eco pic­ture mode that isn’t in the main Eco menu, but hid­den in Ad­vanced Set­tings, and a Noise Re­duc­tion fea­ture that has a strange habit of turn­ing things green. The good news is that de­ac­ti­vat­ing those two ‘fea­tures’ fixes the flaws, but you still need to do a lot of work.

Dy­namic dis­play

It’s a much brighter and more dy­namic pic­ture than we’ve come to ex­pect from TVS at this price, and it does a great job with the open­ing of

Drop down to Full HD, via Blu-ray or broad­cast (satel­lite and Free­view Play are built-in), and the per­for­mance is again a suc­cess.

But all of the above as­sumes you’re sit­ting fairly straight-on to the telly, as its view­ing an­gles aren’t great.

With sound, the Orig­i­nal pre­set is the one to stick with; and, de­spite the claims, the ‘In­cred­i­ble Sur­round’ mode is nei­ther in­cred­i­ble nor sur­round for that mat­ter. Ama­zon Video works in 4K (but not HDR), while Net­flix gives you the full 4K HDR pack­age. All four of the main catch-up apps are also present, and you can stream pay-as-you-go block­busters from Rakuten.

Ul­ti­mately, any short­com­ings are mi­nor in the face of this TV’S per­for­mance.

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