Philips 8600 series 4K Quantum Dot LED TV powered by Android TV 55PUS8602 139 cm (55") 4K Ultra HD LED TV Quad Core, 16 GB & expandable DVB T/C/T2/T2-HD/S/S2 with Ambilight 3-sided and P5 Perfect Picture Engine is rated
Rated 4 out of
First-Class TV let down by some operating 'niggles'.
Firstly, lets get the performance of the TV out of the way. Its simply first-class! I tend to buy the upper models and this was, at time of purchase (February 2018) the top tier Philips LCD TV, second down from the OLED models.
The HD picture is amazing and the picture from my Panasonic Ultra HD Blu ray player has to be seen to be believed. Fluid, bright and as perfect as you will get. My TV has been calibrated for dim evening conditions and I have not seen a better picture on any of my previous TV's.
Standard definition is grainier, but perfectly watchable and not something that this TV could be marked down for. The attached 'floating' soundbar gives good volume and more importantly, good quality of audio. I have no problem with the sound.
So, for viewing, this TV is, in my opinion, hard to beat. Its my first ever Philips TV. I wanted a change from the usual makes and I have made a great choice. I can wholeheartedly recommend this TV. It also looks great.
I would have given it 5 stars throughout, except that it has a couple of operating 'niggles' that detract from the overall user experience and Philips could, with a software update, solve it in an instant!
Firstly, when 'guide' is pressed on the remote, the EPG appears as it should. However, this immediately mutes the sound and there is no background or preview picture. All you get is the EPG. Most, if not all, modern TV's that I have seen, include a preview picture and sound whilst in the EPG. I find this most annoying as I like to see whats coming up and still be able to hear and see whats going on!!!
Also, it is possible to create a favourite channel list and to re-order said channels. However, on doing so, all the channels take on new numbers. In my favourite list, BBC1 West is channel number 1, as it should be. I have moved BBC1 HD (Channel number 101) to follow BBC1 West and it changes number from 101 to 2! When all the HD channels have been moved up the EPG to follow or replace the standard definition equivilants, all the numbers have changed. Why can't the channels retain their correct numbering like on my previous Panasonic and Samsung TV's?
These two 'niggles' are just that. 'Niggles'! But if Philips were to change this behaviour to more up-to-date means, it would warrant top stars all round for this TV.
So come on Philips, make my 55PUS8602 simply outstanding in all respects. The quality and editing of an EPG contributes greatly to the overall experience of a modern TV.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of
Great performance and excellent build
I am a big fan of Philips TVs having previously owned the excellent 7000 series from 2013. I purchased the 55PUS8602 in May 2018, the price having dropped markedly (it has since dropped even further from the same retailer). The TV is easy to setup and is very well built; it oozes quality from the bezel frame finish, to the integral sound bar, fancy lit Philips logo on the front of the set and sturdy remote control (with keyboard on the reverse). The performance of the TV is very good. I am a great lover of Ambilight which really adds to the viewing experience, making the picture more immersive and easier on the eye. The overall picture is very good for a TV of this price. It has plenty of settings to fine tune for individual tastes. One of the best features is the HDR upscaling for normal pictures, which is my view works very well. This makes the picture really stunning at times. Blacks are very deep, probably helped by the quantum dot technology. Motion from the P5 processor is extremely good too. The sound is also very good for a flat screen TV with the sound bar really helping. My only real complaint is the android menu is a bit slow and cumbersome and there is no ITV Hub or More4 (only BBC iPlayer is available). Viewing angles also aren't perfect. Overall an excellent TV with a really good picture and great build.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of
A huge step up in size and quality and so much to learn, but I am slowly getting to use facilities, in between daily viewing of a brilliant picture. Runs fine through my STB, but I shall switch to native mode once I have installed a new HDD this weekend, to enable recording and pause which are essential to my viewing style.
The pleasure is also uplifted by finding that my purchase is now priced at £350 more than when I bought the set not long after it came to market in England.
Date published: 2018-03-29