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Xbox One X / Logitech Harmony User Review
15 March 2018
Xbox One X / Logitech Harmony User Review
After a bit of a nightmare with the Hermes delivery, I finally got my new 4K Philips up and going, and have spent the past three days playing with the settings and trying to get it to my liking. There are so many settings in random places it is difficult to know where to find them, so to help others I will include my settings at the bottom of this review.
First, unboxing and standard setup – standard fare, although three points to note – I believe my TV stand was originally made for 32” TV’s, but my previous 50” sets stand fit comfortably on it. However, the stand on this TV only JUST fits on – the width of the stand here is 80cm, so bear this in mind if you have a small stand. Next, the power lead is detachable, and uses the same “8” shape as a PlayStation, which is a plus. My main negative when setting up was finding that the optical port for audio is very loose – its in and working for now, but a slight knock will disconnect it. I tried two different cables and both were loose, so I am not happy about that… but I’ll live with it.
Once set up, I tested the main reason I bought this TV – the Xbox One X. Having read prior comments and reviews, I connected the Xbox to HDMI2 to be able to get the most out of the TV (HDMI1 only outputs at 30Hz, apparently). Picture looked fantastic, but running the Insects demo I noticed that HDR was not enabled. In settings, this was confirmed. After a bit of trial and error, I found that you MUST enable the following settings on both the TV and the console:
TV: Settings > Picture Style > Game
TV: Settings > General > HDMI Ultra HD. Change to 4:2:2
Xbox: Display Settings > Enable YCC 4:2:2
With that, HDR was enabled. I then found that the Xbox One had a handy calibration tool to help setup the TV, so once I had set up the HDMI2 input, I used these settings to help calibrate the other inputs (Yep, each input has its own settings). I will include my settings below to help anyone who does not have access to a calibration tool to help with setting up their TV, remember these are to my preference:
Settings > All Settings > Picture >Colour = 75
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Contrast = 90
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Sharpness = 0
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Brightness = 55
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Computer = Off
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Colour > Colour Enhancement = Off
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Colour > Colour Temperature = Custom
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Colour > Custom Colour Temperature = 128 (All)
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Contrast > Contrast Mode > Optimised for Picture
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Contrast > Dynamic Contrast > Off
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Contrast > Video Contrast > 100
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Contrast > Gamma > 0
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Sharpness > Ultra Resolution > Off
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Picture Clean > Noise Reduction > Off
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Picture Clean > MPEG Artefact… > Minimum
Settings > All Settings > Picture > Advanced > Motion > Motion Styles > Off
I had a quick play with some of the Smart features – the OS is slow, but I’m not expecting much from a TV OS – I will access most content from other devices, such as my Xbox. But, all the catchup software is here, and seemed to work pretty well. The Network option also found media servers on my network with no issue, which was a big plus – although I found that most of my video files are encoded in .MP4 format, and the TV reads these as music files. MKV and WMA, however, mostly played fine.
Finally, I have spent hours trying to get my Logitech Harmony remote working with this – the 6272 model is not listed, so I used the 6262 model instead. All functions work, however the Harmony can not change sources, which is a pain. I found that the source list does not cycle round when you reach the top or bottom of the list, so the workaround I used was to manually create turn-off activities to press Source > delay 1 sec > Direction Up ten times, then Direction Down > Delay > Direction Down > OK. This selects the Antennae input before the TV shuts down, so when I start another activity, it always has the same starting position.
Overall, a very nice TV. A bit of a pain to get going but once you get it to your liking it seems to perform as well as TVs costing more than double this. Disappointed with the loose Optical In port, not sure if this is just on this unit but I’ll live with it. Four stars.