What is the Philips 7101?
Connections & Control
Features & Specs
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Philips 49PUS7101 Recommended Picture Settings
Picture Settings – Out-of-the-Box
All our measurements were taken with a Klein K-10A colour meter, a Murideo Fresco Six-G pattern generator and CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. You can find our recommended picture settings for day, night and HDR modes in the video above but if you'd rather just set the TV up yourself then you can follow the steps in our PicturePerfect Guide.
Picture Settings – Calibrated
The 7101 is certainly capable of an accurate performance against the industry standards of Rec. 709 and D65 but at this price point would anyone actually pay for a professional calibration? For that reason the cheaper 6501 has the edge because it delivered a better out-of-the-box performance.
Picture Settings – High Dynamic Range
The accurate colour gamut, after calibration at least, resulted in some natural-looking images and the excellent greyscale and gamma performance delivered a very solid picture. Despite the use of edge LED backlighting the screen uniformity was decent and the 7101 produced a reasonably good sense of contrast with standard dynamic range content. The black level was measured at 0.09 nits and, when combined with our usual 120 nits white level target, the on/off contrast ratio was 1,333:1 and the ANSI contrast ratio was 896:1. These numbers are OK for an LCD panel but more expensive models can produce a far better contrast performance, even without resorting to local dimming.
Of course since this is a Philips TV the 7101 includes Ambilight and this can be very useful when it comes to improving the perceived black levels. If you're unfamiliar with Ambilight, it's essentially a series of small LEDs built into the rear of the chassis that light up the wall behind the TV. We're not really fans of the various modes of Ambilight that create different colours to match what is on screen, that makes it look like there's a disco behind your TV but the ISF mode is very useful. This produces a neutral bias light behind the TV that not only results in a more comfortable viewing experience at night but also improves the perceived black levels, making them look better.
When it came to Ultra HD content the 7101 could use its 4K panel to take full advantage of the extra resolution to reveal every detail, although it is debatable just how noticeable this would be on a 49-inch screen. The limited peak brightness meant that the Philips did struggle when it came to HDR, although at least it could take advantage of other benefits of the format. So whilst the specular highlights didn't have the kind of impact we would expect from a more capable HDR TV, the wider colour gamut did result in more saturated images. We don't think that HDR is a strong-point of the 7101 but at least it does offer the opportunity to enjoy certain aspects of the new format, whilst also delivering a solid picture overall.
Philips 49PUS7101 Video Review
Input Lag & Energy Consumption
In terms of energy consumption the 7101 was reasonably efficient and using a full window 50% white pattern we measured the Standard picture style at 83W and our calibrated ISF Night style at 72W. Naturally once we moved on to HDR the level of energy consumption increased, with the Philips drawing 127W with our optimal settings.
How future-proof is this TV?
|4K Ultra HD Resolution|
|Colour Space (percentage of Rec.2020 - 100% best)||64%|
|HDMI 2.0a Inputs|
|HDCP 2.2 Support|
|4K Streaming Services|
|Smart TV Platform|
|Picture Accuracy Out-of-the-Box (score out of 10)||7|
|What do these mean?|
- Excellent picture processing
- Accurate image after calibration
- Simple to setup and use
- Decent smart platform
- Ambilight can be effective
- Great build quality
- Poor out-of-the-box accuracy
- HDR performance limited
- No 3D support
Philips 49PUS7101 UHD 4K TV Review
The out-of-the-box accuracy was disappointing and given that owners are unlikely to get a TV in this price bracket calibrated, we would have liked to see a better performance in this area. However once we had adjusted the greyscale and colour gamut, the image with standard dynamic range content was very good. The video processing and motion handling were both impressive, whilst the backlight uniformity was also acceptable. The black level and contrast ratio could have been better but without local dimming there is little Philips can do to improve this, although Ambilight can help improve the perceived blacks.
The limited peak brightness meant that the HDR performance was never going to be in the same league as brighter and more expensive TVs but the 7101 was able to take advantage of many of the benefits of Ultra HD HDR content such as increased resolution, wider colour gamuts, 10-bit video and HEVC encoding. The peak brightness lacked impact but at least the Philips offers a taste of the new format at a more accessible price point. This makes the 49PUS7101 a solid all-round performer that has plenty to recommend and it's cheaper than competitors like the Panasonic TX-50DX700B. However it just loses out on a badge because you can pick up Philips's own 49PUS6501 for £200 less and that TV delivered a better out-of-the-box performance.
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