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Toshiba 50" 4K UHD HDR LED Chromecast Built-in Smart TV (50L711U18) Thread

Recently I bought this TV from BestBuy, planning to use it to play video games via Xbox One S, it supports 4K and HDR, but I need a little bit help with calibration, the game that I'm using is FIFA 18 DEMO.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Recently I bought this TV from BestBuy, planning to use it to play video games via Xbox One S, it supports 4K and HDR, but I need a little bit help with calibration, the game that I'm using is FIFA 18 DEMO.

Any advice is appreciated.
Below is c/p from another site, the original author is jordanclark1993.

I just wanted to share a quick review of this TV in case it goes on sale again. Overall 3/5.

First here are some facts about my purchase:

- Paid $399 CAD on sale (after the return of the Google Home which refunded $150+tax from the $550 price)
- Purchased 1.5 months ago and used it for dozens of hours
- Upgraded from a surprisingly great Insignia 50" 1080p LED display that I pay $450 for 2 years ago.
- Used for gaming with PS4 Pro and with the new Apple TV 4K as well as a regular blu-ray player. Have not tried with a 4K blu-ray player.

Now that you know everything about my purchase and TV history you will know where my review is coming from. If you are looking for a 4K TV and don't care about HDR (high dynamic range) content, then this is a good buy when on sale. At the regular price of $699 this is absolutely not worth it. If you can get it under $500 it's a good buy but I honestly would just wait for a TV with real HDR10 or Dolby Vision to go on sale. The box and manual say this TV has HDR and it even has an HDR mode but it looks awful and is actually just fake HDR. HDR10 requires a 10-bit panel and this TV has an 8-bit panel. It's kind of disgusting that Toshiba is allowed to market this as an HDR TV when it is not. It puts on a fake HDR mode and the picture quality looks awful compared to the 4K SDR (standard dynamic range).

I tested this TV with several 4K and 4K HDR movies via iTunes (Star Trek Beyond, Arrival, La La Land to name a few), Netflix (Stranger Things, Better Call Saul, Planet Earth II) and with 4K and 4K HDR games on the PlayStation 4 Pro (Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon Zero Dawn). Games that take advantage of 4K look phenomenal in 4K (even smaller games like Rocket League have great clarity and no jaggies). 4K movies and shows on Netflix and iTunes look excellent as well.

Anyone that says this TV has a poor picture quality did not calibrate it properly as it is a great display. Here are the settings that I found to be the best for my Apple TV 4K:

Backlight: 85 (whatever suits your room really)
Contrast: 100
Brightness: -1
Color: 7
Tint: 0
Sharpness: -8


Turn everything off or medium in the advanced picture settings.

All around good 4K TV if you can find it for cheap but if I knew what I know now about it's "fake HDR" I would have just waited until a good 4K HDR TV was on sale in the $600 range. At $399 I found this price hard to pass up and am happy for now but will probably sell it in a year when 4K TVs with real HDR come down in price.
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