Insignia Fire TV (2021) TV Review: Not best in show
Alexa is cool, but picture quality leaves something to be desired.
Updated August 4, 2022: This post has been updated to reflect the latest information.
The F20 series generally delivers decent overall picture quality, but with some small discrepancies that we didn’t see from the competition in our tests. On the other hand, the TV’s build quality and Fire TV experience are quite robust. If you prefer Amazon’s Fire TV platform over Roku TV, you may not mind these concessions in picture quality. But if you want the best picture quality in this price range, alongside one of our favorite smart platforms, you should really check out the TCL 3-Series instead.
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Shopping for an Insignia TV can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.
Insignia has released or reiterated some form of the F20 series for the last several years, and often more than one “run” of the series can be found on sale at any given time. This can make shopping confusing.
While you might be able to save money buying the models from a few years ago, you should at least be doing so purposefully. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to use the model name to determine which F20 series you’re getting. The last two numbers of the SKU, or model name, designate the year after the year the TV was manufactured. So if you see “32F201NA19,” you can determine that it’s a 32-inch F20 series model manufactured in 2018.
We bought and reviewed the 32-inch, 720p F20. Here’s the full range of sizes for the 2021 F20 series:
- 24-inch F20 series (1080p) (Insignia NS-24F202NA22), MSRP $189.99 (online for $139.99)
- 32-inch F20 series (720p) (Insignia NS-32F201NA22), MSRP $179.99 (online for $139.99)
- 32-inch F20 series (1080p) (Insignia NS-32F202NA22), MSRP $199.99 (online for $179.99)
- 42-inch F20 series (1080p) (Insignia NS-42F201NA22), MSRP $269.99 (online for $229.99)
If you’re wondering why the 24-inch F20 costs more than the larger 32-inch F20, it’s because the F20 series comes in multiple screen resolutions: There are 24-, 32-, and 42-inch F20 models with 1080p resolution, and also a 32-inch model that has 720p resolution.
Outside of resolution, however, the essential specs are the same:
- Resolutions: 720p 1,366 x 768 pixels (NS-32F201NA22) / 1080p 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (NS-24F202NA22, NS-32F202NA22, NS-42F201NA22)
- LED backlight type: Direct Lit
- LCD panel type: VA
- HDR support: No
- Dolby Atmos support: Yes, via HDMI ARC over DD+ (no native decoding)
- eARC support: No
- Native refresh rate: 60Hz
- Color depth: 8-bit
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support: No
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support: No
- Other features: Alexa Voice Remote included
This Insignia TV is nothing if not affordable, but it leaves most of the fancy features you’ll get with higher-end TVs on the cutting room floor. The standout feature is the Fire TV smart platform, which acts as a built-in version of Amazon’s Fire TV streaming device.
Before testing, we allow each TV to run for 12-24 hours (depending upon panel type) to ensure factory calibration has settled properly. To test the Insignia NS-32F201NA22, we measured its contrast and color performance using a Calibrite ColorChecker Display device with DisplayCal 3 software.
For the results below, we measured the 2021 F20 series in its “Movie” picture mode. The color and contrast levels noted below will be different in other picture modes and backlight settings. Because this TV doesn’t support HDR, we’re only reporting SDR results:
- Contrast (reference brightness/average black level): 130.94 / 0.055 nits
- Color accuracy (sRGB coverage/volume): 83.5% coverage, 83.9% volume
- Average color temperature (CCT): 7476K
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Connectivity highlights include three HDMI inputs, a headphone jack, and a full composite (AV) input.
Insignia’s F20 series nets you the following connectivity options, cleanly labeled in two separate cable coves on the rear of the TV:
- 3 x HDMI 2.0 inputs (1 HDMI ARC)
- USB port
- RF (coaxial) input
- LAN (ethernet) input
- Headphone/analog audio jack
- Digital optical audio out
- Composite (AV) input
The F20 brings plenty of connectivity options considering its price point, and you’re getting a standard HDMI ARC connection here too. That’s great news if you already have or are planning on getting a soundbar. It’s worth noting that you aren’t getting HDMI 2.1 inputs, which may be important for gamers with the latest game consoles, but the TV doesn’t have any of the features these ports would support such as VRR or high-bandwidth frame rates anyway, so it’s essentially a moot point.
The F20 does offer full (non-split) legacy input for composite (AV) devices, along with usual standards like a headphone jack, and digital optical audio out for older soundbars and sound systems.
What we like
Sturdy and clean
I won’t lie: I went into this review with some biases. Insignia, which got its start years ago as one of Best Buy’s in-house brands, hasn’t always manufactured the sturdiest TVs. But the 32-inch F20 is, at least from a design perspective, right in line with the similarly-priced TCL 3-Series.
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The F20 series is sturdy enough and looks like a modern flat-panel TV.
Assembly is easy enough: Screw two wide-set, V-shaped feet to the bottom of the panel and you’re done. The 24- and 32-inch models are easy to pick up and put together yourself, but you should still rest them face-down on something cushioned or soft while you’re attaching the feet.
The F20’s panel and the bezels around the screen are far from the thinnest I’ve seen, but it feels like a well-built, modern TV and wobbles minimally in tabletop position.You can also wall-mount it if you’re so inclined, it’s VESA 100×100 standard. I’m especially surprised at the quality of the plastics used in the F20’s chassis: This TV looks and feels nice, and frankly, I was expecting it to feel cheaper.
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The included Insignia remote isn’t anything special, but it’s nicer than we expected.
The included remote is also quite fetching, featuring clean white lettering and a short, smooth layout. There’s a decent array of buttons, including a dedicated microphone button (for Alexa voice control), volume/channel rockers, and hotkeys for Prime Video (of course), Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu.
All together, Insignia hasn’t cut corners on design, which is nice to see considering how affordable this TV is.
Good contrast and stable picture quality for the money
For what you’re paying, this Insignia could look a lot worse. As LED/LCD TVs go, it’s pretty standard (like almost everything in this price range), providing enough brightness for the average room, respectable black levels, and decent enough color.
The short story is that content looks good, especially content you’re primarily streaming, such as from Netflix or Disney+. The F20 uses a VA-style LCD panel with a full-array LED backlight (no dimming, though).
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The F20’s picture quality is serviceable, but there are better options in this price range.
It’s a bit brighter than the comparably priced TCL 3-Series, but also doesn’t get quite as dark on the shadowy side of things. Without any backlight dimming, shadow quality can sometimes get a bit bright, but it’s only something you’d probably notice in a totally dark viewing environment.
The F20’s grayscale tones are on the blue side, even in the “Movie” picture mode, which is one method many TVs use to eke out extra brightness. This excess blue light and the TV’s 720p resolution are minimal concerns while watching movies and TV shows.
The F20 falls short in basic color production.
I watched a range of content, from high-quality nature footage on YouTube to movies and shows on Netflix and Hulu, and didn’t have many complaints. My San Diego apartment is quite sunny (which is why my main TV is the super-bright Samsung QN90A), and at its brightest the F20 is not quite bright enough to watch without concerns over glare and reflectivity. But in a more normally lit room, it’s just fine.
The F20 isn’t HDR compatible, so it doesn’t need to get much brighter than it does, but where it definitively falls short is in basic color production. This isn’t a massive concern in this price range, just a bit disappointing.
Great software for friends of Alexa
When it comes to 32-inch TVs that cost less than $200, you’re not likely to see massive discrepancies in picture quality between one TV and the next. But when it comes to durability or user experience, it can be harder to shop with confidence.
Entry-level TVs like this one have started to dodge this reputation by way of some intentional and clever branding: Whether you call them a Roku TV or a Fire TV, it brings in a well known and well-regarded streaming platform, providing a buffer between your wallet and a potentially unfamiliar brands like Insignia or Toshiba. But the platform in question really needs to feel and operate like the device of its namesake—in this case, Amazon’s Fire TV streaming stick.
Fortunately, the latest F20 does a pretty good job of capturing that experience. Initial boot/setup is pretty slow: You’ll be prompted immediately to sign into your Amazon account (or make one if you don’t have one already) and select your “experience.”
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Alexa fans might love the ability to call up their favorite assistant using just their TV remote.
The ability to choose between the “Full” Fire TV experience or the “Basic” option was totally new to me, but I can see the advantage. Especially if you’re buying or setting up the TV for a young child or a tech-averse elder, the Basic option simplifies the experience and limits app availability to a much smaller range of options: Live TV, Netflix, HBO Max, Sling TV, Prime Video, and Hulu.
I went with the Full experience, and was treated to many minutes of waiting while the TV downloaded updates, rebooted, checked for updates again, etc. I’ve read user reviews complaining specifically about the boot time on this particular TV, and I can see why. My home Wi-Fi is plenty fast (500Gbps) and it still took several minutes for the TV to get ready for prime-time.
Once setup is done, though, the experience is pretty smooth. It takes no time to pull up services like YouTube and Netflix. The remote’s navigation circle is satisfyingly clicky and jumps around the Fire TV options with reliable speed. Even typing using an on-screen keyboard—while perhaps still universally the worst way to type in usernames and passwords—wasn’t bad thanks to the TV’s responsiveness.
Your mileage will most certainly vary with this TV depending on how deeply into the Amazon Alexa ecosystem you are. If you’re an Alexa veteran and you already interface with an array of Alexa-compatible smart devices, you’ll be right at home pushing the button on the remote and talking to Alexa. If that doesn’t sound like you (and you want something simpler/less involved), you might be better off with a Roku TV.
A lot of reader reviews report discrepancies in the smart interface’s functionality.
I also have to compliment the 32-inch/720p F20’s use of properly scaled menus. The TV’s resolution (720p) is not uncommon in this screen size, but it’s also not uncommon for smart TV interfaces to end up looking pixelated at this resolution (something we’ve seen on the TCL 3-Series). The Fire TV interface is perfectly scaled, and everything from apps to default Amazon screensavers looks fairly crisp.
Our one caution is that a lot of reader reviews report pretty big discrepancies in how smoothly or quickly the smart interface works. I haven’t had any major problems with loading times or content crashing. Just know that, as with most smart TVs, keeping the software updated and being aware of how much internal storage you’re using is vital in ensuring your experience doesn’t hit any huge snags.
What we don’t like
Lackluster color production
The F20 TVs aren’t the most colorful you can buy. Our testing process measures multiple aspects of color, but what we (and most reviewers) are chiefly concerned with is color saturation: how red are the reds, etc.
In the case of a similarly priced and spec’d TV like the TCL 3-Series, we measured 96% color volume, meaning the TV produces almost 100% of the “standard” color space (often called sRGB in monitors and Rec.709 in TVs). By comparison, the F20 is closer to 85% sRGB color volume.
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The F20 only covers about 85% of the sRGB color space, falling short of the competition.
Will you notice this during viewing? I did, but I’ve also been reviewing TVs for 10 years. It’s less noticeable in elements like brightly colored parrots or big blue skies, but evident with content that is only semi-colorful, like stretches of desert landscape or brown-green fields of grass. There are moments where colors don’t really “pop” the way they should.
Is this a deal-breaker? For most folks, probably not, but it’s worth being aware of. You can get better color production from the TCL 3-Series.
Behind the times for gaming
With its lower resolution (720p/1080p), 60Hz native refresh rate, and HDMI 2.0 inputs, the F20 series is not the best choice for current-gen gaming, which really needs higher brightness, better color, and 4K resolution to show off why newer game consoles are so pricy.
If you’re still using an original Xbox One or PS4, or even something older, you shouldn’t have many complaints, but if you’re gaming on a newer system you’ll likely want to move up a few levels with one of the best TVs for gaming (and adjust your budget accordingly).
Inconsistent black levels
The F20 series is a bit brighter (and blue-er) than some competitors, but this emphasis on blue within the overall RGB balance makes for black levels that are inconsistent depending upon the brightness of the scene.
When small pockets of the screen are meant to be black or shadowy, they can sometimes have a slightly blue cast, which makes them appear to “float” and obscure images. This doesn’t happen too often, but it’s something that movie lovers should be aware of. You won’t see this in the garage or kitchen, but you might see it during late-night bedroom viewing.
Only if you love Amazon Fire TV
Insignia did a lot right with this TV. The build quality is solid for the money, and it certainly looks and feels nicer than I was expecting. While I’m not the most tuned into the Amazon Alexa ecosystem, I love the clean, unpixelated look and voice-command-ready functionality of the Fire TV software you get with this TV.
If this is your size/price range, though, you should think about your viewing environment and overall priorities before you buy. If you’re mainly interested in the Fire TV experience and Alexa compatibility, the F20 series won’t let you down. Getting the full Alexa voice command experience baked right into the remote is really cool, especially in this price range. You can find Alexa functionality on competing TVs, but they usually require a separate smart speaker to work properly.
However, if you’re trying to get the best picture quality you can for the money, and especially if you like to watch in dim, movie night style environments, you should consider buying the TCL 3-Series instead. Its out-of-the-box picture composition is better, and it delivers quite a bit more color saturation. Plus, it’s got Roku TV, which is among the best smart platforms (if not the best) on the market.
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Insignia F30 Fire TV Edition (2020 model) review
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Still one of the best bargain TVs
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Tom’s Guide Verdict
Despite some picture problems, the Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition delivers an enjoyable viewing experience thanks to Fire TV OS.
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Insignia Fire TV Edition specs
Screen size: 55 inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Ports: 3 HDMI (1 ARC), 1 USB
Audio: 10 watts, 2.0 Channel
Smart TV software: Fire TV 188.8.131.52
Size: 48.9 x 28.6 x 3.3 [w/o stand]
Weight: 29.3 inches [w/o stand]
The latest version of Insignia’s Fire TV Edition sets, the Insignia F30 Fire TV Edition, remains a good bargain and one of the best models with Amazon’s Fire TV built in. Costing just $429 — and available for less as we see holiday discounts — the NS-55DF710NA21 is an incremental update from last year’s version. It’s also notably better than it’s competitor and cousin, seen in our Toshiba 4K Fire TV Edition (2020 model) review.
The best feature remains its quick and responsive implementation of Fire TV OS and all the goodies that come with it. At first you may be disappointed with the picture on the LCD screen due to the way it’s set up out of the box. But with some adjustments, it can produce a good picture for the price.
Editor’s Note: The Insignia model reviewed here was recently renamed the Insignia F30 Series Fire TV Edition, and we have updated some of the language in this review to reflect that change. The rating and overall recommendations of our review remain unchanged from when it ran in December of 2020.
- Insignia NS-55DF710NA21 at Walmart for $79.95
We tested the 55-inch version of the Insignia F30 Series Fire TV Edition, sold at Best Buy and Amazon. But there are several other sizes of the Insignia Fire TV available, if you’re looking for something larger or smaller.
We’ve listed the recommended retail prices below, but be aware that the Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition is frequently on sale, and most models have been available at lower prices off and on for the last several months. Even without discounts, the Insignia earns a place among the best TVs under $500.
- 43-inch (model NS-43DF710NA21) – $279.99
- 50-inch (model NS-50DF710NA21) – $339.99
- 55-inch (model NS-55DF710NA21) – $389.99
- 65-inch (model NS-65DF710NA21) – $519.99
- 70-inch (model NS-70DF710NA21) – $619.99
Across these models, the Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition line is virtually identical, offering the same number of ports, the same 4K resolution and HDR support, and the same display. All the sets use a direct backlight and feature the same processor. As a result, we expect the performance for all sizes to have the same strengths and weaknesses as the 55-inch model we used for this review.
The 48.9 x 28.6 x 3.3-inch Insignia F30 looks like what it is: an inexpensive TV. Its dark plastic case doesn’t project an air of prestige like pricier TVs do. And unlike many newer (and more expensive) TVs, it still has a rather thick half-inch bezel around the edge. But that said, it’s not an eyesore, either.
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The included plastic feet also look a little cheap, and they weren’t nearly as easy to put on as those that come with more expensive TVs from companies like LG and Samsung. Instead of snapping in, you have to use screws to secure the feet to the bottom of the TV, and small hands would help to get the screws inside the enclosure. Alternatively, you can get a 200 x 200 VESA wall mount if you don’t want to deal with the stand.
The Insignia F30 Fire TV Edition has three HDMI ports, including one that supports audio return channel (ARC) for easy connection to a soundbar. That number is pretty typical for TVs in this price range. It also has a composite video connection, a coaxial RF antenna connection and a USB port, but it doesn’t have a component video input.
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The HDMI inputs are located on the left side, while the optical digital audio, RCA analog audio, antenna and composite video inputs are on the back of the TV. None are particularly easy to access, but that will only be an issue if you have to change what’s connected to the TV frequently.
For sound, you can use optical digital audio or RCA analog (or HDMI ARC). The Insignia F30 also supports Bluetooth for listening wirelessly on headphones, or you can connect wired headphones to the 3.5mm port located above the HDMI ports.
To enable the smarts of this Fire TV, you connect to the Internet through Wi-fi or wired Ethernet.
Last year’s Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition was the first impressive implementation of Fire TV in a budget model that we’d tested. The Insignia F30 takes a few steps forward and a few steps back in terms of quality.
It produced a sharp picture overall, but it’s far from a great viewing experience out of the box. The underwater scenes in My Octopus Teacher were crisp and realistic. But don’t move too far from center while watching — the TV’s limited viewing angles change the colors significantly when you get to 45 degrees from the middle.
Using the default settings, the picture looked oversaturated and colors skewed toward red. While watching Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Blu-ray, the orange sky in the ruins of Las Vegas was too orange and overwhelmed the scenes. The F30 supports HDR10, but not HDR10+ or Dolby Vision. As a result, HDR performance was limited and contrast was poor; it lost details in the darkness while watching both Blade Runner 2049 and Avengers: Infinity War.
Testing in our lab showed that its color gamut was 96.68 percent — much worse than the 99.45 that last year’s model scored but on par with the Vizio V505-G9 (96.48). The screen also showed some improvements. Color accuracy was much better, with a Delta-E score of 2.7 versus 3.9 last year (the V505-G9 scored an even better 2. 3). The Insignia F30 also improved on brightness, putting out 347 nits, compared to 307 for last year’s version and the V505-G9’s relatively low 287 nits.
Blurring presented another problem, especially with motion processing and dynamic noise reduction on. The TV had trouble keeping up with fast action sequences during The Old Guard and quick drives down the lane in a live basketball game. The F30’s lag time is actually a little better than last year, scoring 36.4 milliseconds on our Leo Bodnar signal lag tester (last year’s was 38.8). That score still won’t impress gamers, who typically want lag times in the 20s or lower.
Part of that is due to the TV’s 60Hz refresh rate. But as soon as I made some adjustments to the settings, the picture quality improved and the TV became much more enjoyable to watch. I preferred Natural picture mode to the default standard; the oversaturation I saw disappeared. After I turned off motion processing and dynamic noise reduction, the problems with blurring significantly reduced.
The Insignia F30 produces pretty impressive audio for a TV, regardless of price. Though it only supports Dolby Audio, not Dolby Atmos, it delivered a much wider sound than a typical TV with 2-channel sound. It helped make the viewing experience more encompassing. But dialog while watching Blade Runner 2049 and Infinity War was lost a bit in the mix, with the surround sound outweighing the voices.
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Even with its better-than-average sound, a soundbar would be a worthy addition to your home theater set up.
Similar to the video settings, you can improve the quality of the sound by changing the sound mode. Options include Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice, Enhanced Bass and Custom (Standard is selected by default). I thought Enhanced Bass worked better for both dialog and action scenes.
If you’re familiar with Amazon’s Fire TV stick, you’ll feel right at home while using the Insignia F30 Fire TV Edition. As with last year’s Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition, Fire TV on the Insignia F30 is fast and responsive.
Since this is a Fire TV, Amazon Prime Video movies and shows are front and center on the home screen. You’ll also see recently used apps there. Menu options include Live for live TV services; Your Videos, which is focused on your Prime Video watchlist and recommendations; Free, which shows free services and movies and shows that are free; Movies; TV Shows; Apps; and Settings.
While it doesn’t come with many apps installed, you can download apps for most services you’ll want, including Netflix, Hulu and HBOMax. You can also run live TV from YouTube TV, Sling and others. Conveniently, once you install a live TV app, you can access it through the TV button on the remote.
To get the Fire TV setup, you start by choosing Basic or Full. Basic doesn’t require an Amazon account, but you only get live TV through an antenna and five apps. Full setup requires you login to Amazon, but then you get all the features you’ll want from the smart OS — including Alexa.
You activate Alexa by pressing the microphone button on the remote (there’s no hands-free activation on this TV). Alexa can help you start apps, go to specific videos or change inputs — it did all those things much more quickly than navigating the menus. Thanks to its smart home integration, it also switched on my holiday lights when asked.
The Insignia remote is similar to a Fire TV Stick remote and it has a solid and comfortable feel. This year’s model has a few more buttons than last year’s. With all the options, there’s very little empty space left.
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In addition to a ring-shaped navigation pad and the usual buttons on a remote, there are buttons for accessing the antenna or live TV services you subscribe to; settings; and quick access to recent apps, among others. Just below the power button is the microphone button for accessing Alexa. There are dedicated buttons for Netflix, HBO and Hulu, as well as Prime Video, which seems extraneous since the home screen is dominated by Prime Video choices.
When you’re looking for an affordable TV, you often have to compromise on features. With the Insignia F30 Fire TV Edition, you don’t have to give up a full-featured smart OS or a sharp picture, making it one of the better bargains for one of the best 4K TVs. You will have to deal with some color issues and blurring, but adjusting the TV’s settings will help that immensely.
Cheaper TVs are available. The Vizio V-Series 55-inch model runs just $339.99 — almost $100 less than the NS-55DF710NA21. You get similar picture quality, but a much less smart OS. Having Alexa inside the Insignia 4K Ultra HD Fire TV Edition brings a lot of value, from voice control of TV functions to access to your smart home devices. That may make the trade off in price worth it.
Insignia NS-55DF710NA21: Price Comparison
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Insignia 65″ Class Fire TV Edition (NS-65DF710NA21).
If you’re looking for a really low price on a new TV, Best Buy Insignia might be an attractive choice. Its Fire TV Editions are downright cheap, with the NS-55DF710NA21 55-inch model we tested retailing for $429.99 and selling for just $329.99 at the time of writing. We’ve already tested some impressive low-end TVs, but none of them were this low-end. Unfortunately, with mediocre picture quality, the Insignia Fire Edition line of TVs just isn’t the best value for money when you can spend a little more on excellent models from Hisense and TCL.
Editor’s Note: This review is based on testing the 55″ NS-55DF710NA21. Apart from the difference in screen size, the $549.99 65-inch NS-65DF710NA21 is identical in features and we expect similar performance.
The Insignia Fire TV Edition line will not receive any style awards. The screen is framed by a simple half-inch black plastic bezel on the sides and top, expanding to about an inch from the bottom. It thickens to 3.3 inches at the bottom half of the back of the TV. It stands on a pair of simple, flat, black legs (it can also be wall-mounted). It’s a completely unfussy bezel design with only the gray Insignia logo in the middle of the bottom bezel showing off, and a slight trapezoidal bulge in the bottom left corner indicating the location of the IR remote control receiver, and a power/input combination. button at the bottom.
Three HDMI ports, a USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack are located on the back of the TV on the left side. Slightly further inward are an Ethernet port, a set of RCA composite video inputs, an optical audio output, and a face-down antenna/cable connector. Three HDMI ports are pretty scarce for a modern TV, but it’s not too surprising for the price.
The bundled remote is reminiscent of the Amazon Fire TV streamers, sharing the same narrow rectangular black wand with a circular navigation bar at the top. The power and voice assistant buttons are located above the navigation bar, along with a pinhole microphone. Volume and channel toggles, as well as menus, playback controls, and dedicated service buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, IMDB TV, and Netflix are located under the navigation bar.
Amazon Fire TV features
As the name suggests, Insignia Fire TV Edition uses the same smart interface as Amazon Fire TV media streamers. Once you sign into your Amazon account, you’ll have access to a wide range of apps and services, including (obviously) Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Twitch, and YouTube. You can also mirror the screen of a compatible Windows PC or mobile device via WiDi/Miracast, though unlike modern Android and Roku TVs, it’s not compatible with Apple AirPlay and Google Cast.
You can also use Amazon Alexa voice control by pressing and holding the voice assistant button on the remote control and speaking into the microphone. 2 in Standard mode, but this distorts the colors considerably, colder and less accurate than in Cinema mode.
The charts above show SDR color levels compared to Rec.709 broadcast standard colors and HDR color levels compared to DCI-P3 digital cinema standard colors. With an SDR signal, colors are pretty much accurate, although yellows are a bit warm and reds lean slightly towards magenta. In an HDR signal, blue is accurate, although red is slightly undersaturated and green is significantly undersaturated, a latter problem that is common with low-end TVs (with the notable exception of the Vizio M-Series Quantum, which has surprisingly wide colors). Green pulls out slightly yellow and yellow pulls out slightly red, but otherwise the colors are mostly balanced and accurate within the range that the TV is capable of.
Modest color reproduction and contrast are evident when watching the BBC. Planet Earth II . Plant greens look natural, but not as vibrant as on TVs with a wider color gamut, such as the TCL 6-Series. In good light, fine details such as fur and bark are clearly visible, but in the shadows they become cloudy.
In Tote, where bets are made on the death of celebrities The reds, as in the main character’s costume, and the initial Marvel logo look bright and rich. In the battle scene in the burning lab, the flames look good and properly yellow-orange, but the TV’s mediocre contrast means shadow detail can get lost in them and disappear into the frame.
Cutouts and outlines of black suits in party scenes The Great Gatsby also tend to disappear against the bright white background in the frame. The whites in these scenes look properly white and even bright enough despite the somewhat dull panel. Skin tones also appear rich and balanced.
Gamers are likely to be disappointed with the performance of the Insignia Fire TV. Not only is the screen 60Hz with no variable refresh rate (VRR), but the input lag, as tested with the HDFury Diva HDMI Matrix, is quite high even in gaming image mode. In Cinema mode, the input lag is 112.7 milliseconds. In Gaming mode, that lag is reduced to a much more reasonable 45ms, but it’s still double the 20ms threshold we use to consider a TV one of the best for gaming.
Inexpensive but unimpressive TV
The Insignia Fire TV Edition is about as inexpensive as the new line of TVs, but performance lags far behind more expensive models. Its image quality is mediocre at best, with contrast that absorbs detail in the shadows, and its input lag is high even in Game Mode. It also lacks support for Apple AirPlay, Dolby Vision and Google Cast. Rather than stop at this TV, consider spending a little more on the Hisense H8G, or at least the Vizio M-Series Quantum (439$.99 for the 50-inch model). The Hisense has much better picture quality across the board, with a much brighter panel that displays a wider color gamut, while the less expensive Vizio offers an even wider color but isn’t as vibrant. Or, if you can spend a little more, the Hisense H9G and TCL 6-Series remain our top picks for affordable – if not downright cheap – TVs.
Insignia TV Review – Is Insignia a good brand
Many people are switching to smart TVs, and it’s because smart TVs are built to offer a lot of lightweight and technological features. But with a plethora of Smart TV brands on the market, it becomes a bit difficult to choose the best Smart TV brand with the most reliable TV models.
There’s Samsung, LG, Vizio and even Roku Smart TV, and then there’s Insignia TVS – a brand owned by Best Buy. Insession TVs are affordable and their display quality is decently acceptable. if you’re on a budget, you’d find the best Insignia TV within your budget. Here’s a more detailed overview of the brand and its smart TV models.
Is Insignia a good brand?
Insignia is an American TV brand owned by Best Buy (one of the most popular global retail giants). There are many TV models made by this brand and it has TV in various categories that you can place new modern TVs including 4K TVs. The Insignia brand is notable for offering budget TVs with decent specs.
You’d Find small screen TVs (32-45 inch screen size) as well as large screen TVs (up to 70 inch screen size). Different bands of insingel television have different offerings; For example, the brand has HD TVs, UHD TVs, and 4K TVs with refresh rates up to 120Hz. Insignia also has a “ROKU REALLY” TV line with discounted prices.
However, the truth is that most TV signs have quite good contrast compared to some of the alternative TVs you could have for their specific prices. The poor contrast seems to be endemic with the brand’s series 4K, which are sold at “very cheap” prices. You can guess that they are cheap because they have a seemingly bad display.
Insession TVs available from Best Buy and Amazon; These are usually two places you can buy a TV. You could get a great deal at any of these stores.
Insignia TV Review
Well, insignia TVs are good, but not as good as LG, Sony, Samsung, TCL and other top brands. It’s guessing the brand offers cheaper TVs, so basically you shouldn’t expect output (display) quality to match that of other models from top brands. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy using the insignia TV model.
Badge. Has TVs with 4K resolution quality and 120Hz refresh rate – it’s pretty cool and more like it! Mostly, Insignia TVs are shown during deal days and flash sale events where you can buy them at unimaginably cheap prices. One of the most notable features of insignia TVs is Amazon Fire TV support; This support is actually not available for all models.
Insignia Amazon Fire TV Edition
Amazon Fire TV Edition sets come with Amazon Alexa remote control, which usually has dedicated buttons for Prime Video and Netflix Streaming Services. This Insignia series also allows you to access quite a few streaming apps so that you can enjoy on-demand movies and shows. Many models have been produced in this series – all of which are available at good, affordable prices.
Series HD Insignia
Insignia has also launched HDTVs in a variety of screen sizes and features. The HD TV Models from Insignia are equipped with a 720p resolution display, which you may consider poor resolution. The smallest size TV in this series is the 19-inch NS-19D310NA21, which costs just $80.
What’s more, this series has TVs with up to 40-inch screen sizes, with LED display and multiple digital connection ports for your devices. About 40 inch HD TVs are up to 3 HDMI ports, which is quite attractive and “Awesome.”
Insignia 4K TV
This is now the highest level offered by the Insignia TV brand. Insignia 4K TVs are quite advanced, packed with advanced features, higher resolution quality, better refresh rate and more. These are large TVs, up to 70 inches in size. You’d consider one of these a great buy for your living room and a decent alternative to rock TVs Questionnaire
Before closing this article, it’s important to note that you can access Roku on Insignia TV and it’s possible to download Roku Shows to your computer . How?
How to download streaming Roku videos
This is possible using the Y2mate Roku downloader. This is a professional tool for Windows OS users who want to shoot videos and show from the Roku streaming service. With Y2mate download software, you can download Roku videos in Clear 720p or 1080p quality; Plus the metadata and subtitles of the movies will be preserved. Here is the necessary guidance.
Y2mate Roku Downloader only works on Windows OS computers. Download and install the software on your system, then follow the steps below.
Launch the Y2mate downloader and click on VIP services on the left panel. Select Roku from the maps of available services. You’d be taken to a new window where you’d need to sign into your Roku account.
Find the movie or TV show you want to download and start playing. As the video plays, you’d notice a “Download” button in the top left corner of the video window; Click the button and select download options. The movie or show will be immediately added to your list in current downloads.
If you need to download more movies and shows, play them and click the download button.