Review 4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL: huge name with Roku TV [análise/vídeo]

Philco PTV50RCG70BL is the first 4K TV in Brazil with the Roku TV platform. The scary-named product has 50 inches, minimalist-edged design and HDR10 and Dolby Audio technologies to increase immersion in your movies and series. The manufacturer makes a point of highlighting the quad-core processor and the speed of the software, calling its TV “Fast Smart TV”.

In Brazil, Philco’s TV landed for a very high suggested price of R $ 3,399, but it could already be found for less than competitors from Samsung, LG and TCL. Is it worth buying one? I watched dozens of hours of content on the PTV50RCG70BL (whew!) In the past few weeks and count my impressions in the next few minutes.

Review of PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV on video

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Design, connections and remote control

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The design of the PTV50RCG70BL with Roku is similar to that of the PTV50G70SBLSG, which runs a very limited operating system, and that of the PTV50G71AGBLS, which has Android TV. It is important to highlight Philco’s confusing nomenclature because, although they are all 50 inches and have similar technologies, the experience can vary significantly in terms of available applications, operating speed and even image processing.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

That said, the Philco TV has a modern look, with side edges and top almost imperceptible, reminiscent of the minimalist design of the Samsung TU8000. The inverted V-shaped feet are metallic and make the TV safe when installed on a shelf. It’s a simple finish, within what I expect from an entry-level 4K TV.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The connections are on the left side and surprise for the four HDMI ports, an unusual feature in this category – even more considering that some brands, such as Samsung, have been betting on TVs with only two inputs. In the same place, we also see two USB, an Ethernet, a TV antenna input, an optical audio output and even a P2 input, another increasingly rare item. In order not to end the praise, Wi-Fi supports the frequency of 5 GHz and 802.11ac networks.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The remote control is a Brazilian version of Roku, with four shortcuts to video platforms (in this case, Netflix, Globoplay, Google Play and HBO Go), the colorful interactivity buttons on digital TV and a numeric keypad to switch between channels. The accessory is very simple, without voice commands or Bluetooth connection like some competitive models.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

On the remote control, here’s a note: this is my first TV, after 30 models analyzed, which came without batteries. It’s not the end of the world, but it creates a bad first impression. I had no AAA batteries, the initial TV setup could not be done by cell phone and the TV has no physical buttons, which made it impossible to use immediately. While leaving home to buy batteries, I was wondering why Philco thought it would be a good idea to cut 0.2% of the product’s value with this decision.

Image quality

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The image quality of Philco’s Roku TV is satisfactory, but not surprising compared to competitors, such as the Samsung TU8000, lagging behind in some aspects. The manufacturer itself does not collaborate to create a good first impression, because all video inputs are in low power mode by default – you need to adjust each input manually to improve the results.

The brightness is within the average of the segment, that is, it is not very strong and may not be able to cope with environments with a lot of sunlight, but it is competent. My test unit showed a uniform and relatively deep black. The contrast is good, thanks to the VA panel, but insufficient to make you notice any difference in dynamic range when watching HDR content.

The volume of colors does not impress at first, but the TV does a great job in smoothing out the gradients and avoiding color banding even in synthetic tests, which also guaranteed an excellent reproduction of skies, seas and dunes.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The biggest weakness is the viewing angle, which was limited even in comparison to other entry-level TVs with VA panel. Sitting at 30 degrees from the center of the TV, it is already possible to notice a loss of relevant saturation in the colors, which look washed out. If the environment is wider and not everyone can watch TV directly from the front, the Philco model is not the most recommended.

Another audience that may not be as well attended is the gamer, since the latency was around 35 milliseconds in my tests, in the game mode in 4K at 60 Hz. It is not such a bad input lag, but it is noticeably inferior to those 15 milliseconds of models like TCL P715 and LG UN8000.

Sound quality

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The integrated sound has above-average specifications, with two speakers of 12 watts each, totaling a power of 24 watts. Most TVs in this segment have 20 watts on two channels, some of which are 16 watts. In practice, the larger numbers of Philco’s Roku TV actually result in greater sound pressure, allowing the TV to reach higher volumes and cover larger environments.

The speakers just don’t stand out from the competition because their dynamic range is also limited at low frequencies. Even in bass-focused sound mode, equalization only achieves a small gain in mid-bass, which tends to tangle the presentation. Therefore, you will hardly have a problem with volume, but you may still want a soundbar if you want a better immersion in the films.

Smart TV software and functions

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

I have praised Roku TV a lot on previous occasions and I maintain my position: it is one of the best smart TV platforms available on the market. The interface is fast and easy to use, the compatibility with music and video services is very wide and the mobile app brings useful features, such as Private Hearing, which broadcasts TV audio on your cell phone – so you can use a headset by ear so as not to disturb anyone lying on your side.

Netflix, Globoplay, Google Play and HBO Go can be easily accessed via the shortcut buttons on the remote control. At Roku’s app store, which the company simply calls “channels,” you can find names like Spotify, Apple TV +, Disney +, Paramount +, Pluto TV, DirecTV Go, Plex and more. The channels open quickly and run smoothly on Philco’s TV.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Philco’s 4K models with Roku TV are compatible with Apple AirPlay, which allows you to quickly stream audio or video from your iPhone or Mac. Support for HomeKit is also present and allows simple automations to turn the TV on and off or switch between entries. And those who have an Android can take advantage of screen mirroring through the Miracast protocol.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Through the Roku app, you can control the TV, install new channels, transmit content saved on the device and use a virtual keyboard to avoid having to type with the directional buttons of the physical control. Those who like to make fine adjustments to the image can configure aspects such as noise reduction level, color space and white balance.

It is worth it?

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The first Roku TV 4K in Brazil is full of gimmicks, but it makes sense if you are looking for a smart TV without spending so much money. For the launch price of R $ 3,399 for the 50-inch version, the purchase is definitely not worth it, but the model could be found for less than R $ 2,400 in retail at the time I was doing this review – cheaper than competitors of the same size, such as Samsung TU8000 and LG UN7310.

The picture quality is in line with what is expected from a TV of this price range and it just won’t please if you are a hardcore gamer or have a larger living room. I also liked some features of Philco, like the P2 input and the existence of four HDMI connections, more than TVs like the Samsung Q60T, which is much more expensive. The Roku platform also counts points in favor for being fast, full of features and with a complete app store.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL with Roku TV (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

As long as you find the PTV50RCG70BL (which is different from the PTV50G70SBLSG and PTV50G71AGBLS) at the right price, Philco’s new 4K TV can be a good option in your home.

4K TV Philco PTV50RCG70BL

Pros

  • Good picture quality for a basic TV
  • Four HDMI inputs and 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi: congratulations
  • Roku TV is fast and full of apps, I mean, channels

Cons

  • More limited viewing angle
  • Input lag is not the best
  • Sound could have more than just high volume
  • Doesn’t a purchase decision change, but seriously, I couldn’t send batteries?

Technical specifications

  • Model: PTV50RCG70BL
  • Panel size: 50 inches (127 cm)
  • Resolution: 3840 × 2160 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Panel type: VA LCD
  • Supported imaging technologies: HDR10
  • Speaker power: 2x 12 watts
  • Supported audio technologies: Dolby Digital Plus
  • Operating system: Roku TV
  • Power consumption: 83.5 watts (average), <0.5 watt (standby)
  • Video inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0 (ARC, HDMI-CEC), 1 RF, component video
  • Audio outputs: 1 digital optical audio output, 1 analog audio output (3.5 mm)
  • Other connections: 2 USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, Ethernet
  • Dimensions (width x height x depth): 111.4 × 64.3 × 8.9 cm (without the base) and 111.4 × 90 × 20 cm (with the base)
  • Weight: 10.2 kg

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