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on 2 January 2014
I bought this mainly to improve the Smart aspect of our TV, which I was never very impressed with. Fitting the kit was both simple and tricky at the same time. Simple in as much as there's no way you can fit it wrongly, but difficult because it was tricky getting the socket on the Evolution module to keep good firm contact with the receptor on the TV. Resorted to giving the unit a brisk slap in the back which seemed to do the trick. Be aware that ANY kind of USB device plugged in will prevent the TV from seeing this upgrade kit. It says so in the instructions, but I had a short USB extension plugged in (no device attached) and even that had to be removed. It can be re-fitted after the install.
The TV finally recognised the upgrade and then did a lengthy (55 minute) series of software updates and installation procedures. I think this is partly to make you feel as though you have bought a piece of kit worth £200 . So, what do you get at the end of all this? There is no doubt that the Smart interface is greatly improved, with more screens and a more compact layout. Apps definitely load faster, and browsing the Web, which was so slow as to be useless is now pretty impressive. The installation also makes subtle changes to the TV's onboard menu layout, which takes a bit of getting used to. As far as the voice and motion control aspect of this goes, I have no idea, because I have always found them both useless gimmicks although they are supposed to be improved by this upgrade.
Other reviewers have said that it has improved their picture quality. I have noticed no difference whatsoever in ours, so maybe a bit of wishful thinking on their part? About a week after fitting the kit we noticed "splodges" of blue appearing all over the picture. I eventually traced this to the fact that the Evolution kit was (once again) not pressed firmly against the socket. I have cured this by sticking a piece of gaffa tape over that end of the unit. Just a quick mention for the new remote that comes with this - take the time to get used to it, because for once it really is a good bit of gear. Finally relegated the old remote to the kitchen drawer.
I have rated this at 3 stars: Firstly because of the difficulty I had fitting it, and secondly because it's about double the price it should be in my opinion.