Philips hopes you’ll prefer using your phone to stream to its new TVs.
The PFL5922 series uses a technology called Chromecast built-in to allow you to “cast” apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu from your phone to the TV. It works exactly like Google’s $35dongle, but you don’t have to hang it off the back of the TV — or remember to select its input. It’s built right in.
Like a Chromecast, the TVs will also accept limited voice commands fromspeakers, for example, to play videos on YouTube. More Google Home functionality, including onscreen weather and calendar reports .
Vizio has been selling TVs equipped with this feature for the last couple of years, and I’m not a huge fan. TVs with Chromecast built-in lack an onscreen menu to select apps, which I find more convenient than using your phone (although later this year Vizioto its TVs). And Amazon Video, an extremely popular streaming TV service, doesn’t work with Chromecast built-in.
The Philips sets are equipped with description its “macro dimming” seems to dims the whole backlight, which isn’t as effective — and we’ll update this article when we can confirm. The Philips also lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on many competing TVs.and , promising improved image quality, but I don’t expect the same level of performance as I saw with those Vizio sets like the . The main reason is that the PFL5922 appears to lack , a technology that improves contrast and picture quality with all sources. We’ve reached out to Philips to confirm whether that’s the case — judging from its
Unlike those Vizio TVs, however, the PFL5922 does include a built-in tuner for over-the-air TV reception, so it may appeal more to.
The Philips PFL5922 series is available now at prices similar toand a bit higher than .
Philips PFL5922 series
Philips PFL5922 key specs
- Chromecast built-in
- Google Home voice control
- 4K resolution
- High dynamic range
- 3 HDMI inputs with and