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What’S next A Kirkland Signature, gaming PC, I mean come on It’s one thing: if Amazon wants to shamelessly rip off someone’s messenger bag, but engineering, a big screen TV is a little more complicated than cutting up someone else’s turning it into a blueprint and assembling your own, Which is why they didn’t, But the Fire TV Omni Series appears to serve a very similar purpose. It’S been contract manufactured by someone. Hopefully we can figure out who, by the end of this video and exist specifically for Amazon, to compete directly with its partners, offering low everyday prices and already aggressive deals during promotional periods like Black Friday. The only question to answer before millions of you rushed out to buy. One, then is: does it totally suck Thanks to T-Mobile for sponsoring today’s video T-Mobile is a customer-focused mobile provider with low rates and nationwide coverage in the US?
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It takes all the most important boxes: 4K. 60 Hertz HDMI 2.1 with arc HDR with Dolby Vision, support, voice, control with ALEXA and support for pretty much any app that you’d want. But if you were expecting anything more extra like ultra thin bezels support for variable, refresh rate or a comprehensive color calibration menu, then you won’t need to waste your time. Checking out our links down below For everyone else, once you make it past, the initial setup prompting you for your Amazon account regular Amazon, Firestick users will find themselves feeling very much at home.
You’Ve got your main apps Amazon specifically calls out there’ll, be vision, support for Disney Plus Netflix and Prime Video, And then along the top. You’Ve got a dumpster fire. Literally, 40 % of the home screen is taken up by ads. Fortunately, the navigation isn’t the worst, but all the stuff you care about is in this little thin bar and then the options will populate below as you navigate through One weird quirk we ran into during testing was that picture settings weren’t, giving us anything other than a brightness option out of the box, We’re not sure how or when that got fixed, maybe installing some apps for some update or something, but it seems okay. Now, let’s have a look at IO: We’ve got USB type, A ethernet It doesn’t say how fast, but based on the fact that its speed test is slower than the onboard wifi, I don’t think we’ll be streaming any original quality, Blu-Ray, Rips and plaques There’s a jack for the included IR receiver.
This is pretty nice. If you don’t wan na have to aim your remote right at the TV, you can just run it off somewhere else. A digital optical, audio port, three HDMI, 2 0, ports and then a fourth HDMI, 2.1 port. Now you might wonder why Amazon bothered with HDMI 2.
. if the panel is 60 Hertz But being able to take advantage of IR to pass Dolby Atmos audio to your receiver or soundbar is a pretty good nice to have Just like it’s nice to have this sweet sweet party shirt from lttstore.com and like it’s nice, to have accurate colors on your TV. We’Re not sure where Amazon is sourcing these panels and our contact at Portrait isn’t sure All right. So Linus asked me to take apart the Fire TV and do some digging. Amazon Basics Has a TV Now. Seriously. – Amazon Fire TV
This thing is huge, So I got a hand from one of our new hires in logistics. We got it apart and started, searching up the back link controllers, as well as the like LCD, pixel controller board, and basically every code we searched came back as TCL So we’re pretty sure that’s what we’re dealing with here. Amazon bought either finished TVs, or at least a bunch of parts from TCL slapped their logo on the housing, integrated Firestick and put it in the box and on the shelves. What I do know is that out of the box, our sample was not very impressive. In standard mode, color accuracy had an average Delta E of 12.
, with primary colors like red, green and blue doing all right, but anything in between dipping off significantly To put that in context. Anything over a Delta E of two is going to be noticeable to the human eye. However, putting the display into movie mode drastically improved matters, We’ve got a very decent average Delta E of two with a max of five and a half, not bad. The main points of failure were blues and grays, while red and green were pretty spot on. As for HDR accuracy, again in movie mode, it’s not great, but it’s markedly improved with our average without luminance error getting cut in half.
So if you care about watching content as it was intended to be viewed, you’re not gon na wan na have this thing in any picture mode. Other than movie Although you still might not be getting the full experience, It’s not particularly bright, at least in SDR. We measured a peak luminance of 277 candela per meter squared For those of you on aware, nits and candela per meter. Squared are basically interchangeable, values. So, unless we’re talking about an enormous projection screen less than 300 nits ain’t that bright And unfortunately, in spite of all the marketing noise made about it, the HDR experience is not a whole lot better. Amazon Basics Has a TV Now. Seriously. – Amazon Fire TV
Our Fire TV only reached about 430 nits peak brightness, which sounds better when compared to the peak SDR brightness we achieved, But here’s the thing brighter whites that come at the cost of turning all the dark parts of the screen. Gray. Do not an HDR image make And the Fire TV Omni is simply not equipped for decent HDR performance. The thing is modern, IPS and VA type panels rely on a technology called full array: local dimming, where the back light shining through the panel selectively dims or boosts its light output in zones depending on the content being displayed in each zone. So this thing we’re looking at right here: you’d wan na turn down the back light at the bottom and turn it up at the top, So the star shine nice and bright, And if the significant backlight bleed in the corners and along the bottom edges, anything to Go by you won’t find that technology here, making this TV yet another notch in our HDRint belt And, of course, adding insult to injury.
Our color accuracy was significantly worse when testing HDR, That’s not to say that you know it’ll necessarily be noticeable Let’S give it a chance in the real world right. Oh, that’s! Super annoying! So the stupid thing where we can only adjust the backlight in the settings menu is back When it’s not on a source. If it’s absent video, you can’t adjust it.
We had a whole paragraph about how inconvenient this is, because, on a TV where you are going to be wanting to adjust your picture settings, you can’t be looking at content. While you make your tweaks Like what’s the point of getting something with a Fire TV built-in, and then you have to go, buy an Nvidia shield anyway, so that you can actually run in the right picture profile. So when the contents actually playing, you can change what To clarify it. Has this dynamic backlight feature So that will adjust the entire backlights brightness depending on the scene, but that will not help you with HDR Good Lord. This thing is not very bright.
Oh, my God, I can’t even see anything So much for the dynamic contrast or dynamic backlight. So now the whole image is just gray. We get HDR signal, but that is not HDR. Like all the detail in the dark parts of the scene is completely lost And you can kind of get the specular highlights off of Toothless’ scales and stuff like that, but they’re not bright. It’S not HDR, They don’t sparkle.
Like the white dragon, the Light Fury you’re supposed to really see like glinting off of the white scales and stuff, like that, It’s not there. And what I opened this up to talk about, which is color accuracy, It’s not over cooking greens or reds or any of the things I would normally look for in a cheaper TV. It’S actually like really solid. As far as the color goes. I think this is just an expectations problem for Amazon If they didn’t talk so much about the Dolby Vision.
Compatibility in HDR I’d be looking at this going. Okay, I wan na talk about gaming, It’s an LCD panel, So we don’t have to worry about burning, but how does it actually feel? Well, one thing I can tell you is whatever you do: don’t leave it in anything but game mode for gaming or you’re going to have a seriously bad time when it comes to input latency. Oh, I guess I got to try that now. [ Man ] Yeah, Oh fantastic, Holy bananas. Amazon Basics Has a TV Now. Seriously. – Amazon Fire TV
That is horrendous. I mean you guys, can probably see this through the camera. We don’t even need a high-speed camera Watch. This watch. This look at that delay.
It’S exactly as bad as I expected it to be. Based on the desktop. You just cannot react to things quickly like this game. Oh that’s! So much better!
Yeah That feels very better Everything looks so doll, though We can try. Turning on the dynamic backlight again, No It just really doesn’t look very good for $ 1,000 TV. I’M sorry Like I know it’s big, but you still might as well just get the TCL or the Vizio [ Nicholas ] Same price, same size, Yeah In standard picture mode, which is what it comes set to default and what I’m playing in right now, We measured an average click to photon latency of 139 milliseconds using our Nvidia Elder. That’S not just bad! That is outright unplayable in games that require precise inputs like “, Super Meat, Boy” And fixing.
The issue ended up being kind of confusing You see normally picture mode. Just applies presets to color tint saturation, that sort of thing, But here the game picture profile which a lot of the time we’ll do stupid stuff like boosting up dark parts of the scene, also enables low-latency processing, which put us all the way down to an average Of 29 milliseconds from click to photon, That is pretty darn good Now to be clear. Many TVs these days do have a game mode setting to help produce latency, It’s just usually, or at least on good TVs, it’s its own setting and not built into the picture profile. Both of our tests we’re using “ CS GO” running at around 280 frames per second, which is much faster than our 60 Hertz panel, can take advantage of And honestly ( laughs ). This is funny before we read it our color measurements in movie mode.
Amazon Basics Has a TV Now. Seriously. – Amazon Fire TV
We said you should just leave it in this mode, because the accuracy is no different from standard, but you’re gon na wan na be flipping back between movie mode and game mode, depending on what you’re doing, Although I would probably make the argument you shouldn’t be flipping Back and forth between either of them, because you just shouldn’t, buy this TV Which raises a pretty big question: Linus? Why are there so many five star reviews for this thing? Are you just being a hater? Well, no offense, but there’s a reason that the people giving this thing five star reviews are school teachers or bus drivers or lawyers or whatever else it is that they do rather than tech reviewers. I mean I don’t doubt that it’s a lot better than their old TV, That’s kind of how technology goes, but compared to other options that you can get in this same price range like this TCL 5-Series Roku TV that does have local dimming or this Vizio M-Series.
With Airplay Chromecast variable refresh rate and local dimming, The Fire TV Omni really struggles to stand out. I mean maybe, if you’re really into Amazon special sauce features like the microphone, which thankfully includes a physical disable switch or the webcam support for video chat, which is coming in a future update. And Airplay support, which is also coming in a future update. Then I guess maybe you could kind of justify it, But for my part I think it’s fair to say that Kirkland probably would have done it better. Better luck!
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