Review – Philips 6703 series 4K Ultra-Slim Smart LED TV
The Philips 6703 is a 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV that features the brands Ambilight technology and support for HDR10. It’s an entry-level TV and it’s probably the cheapest 4K TV from Philips that features Ambilight. This TV is available in 43, 50, 55, and 65 inches. Though we’re not yet so sure if there will be bigger sizes for this model. We can, however, say that there won’t be smaller than 43-inch which is the standard smallest 4K TV sizes nowadays. Priced at £399.00 on Amazon, is the Philips 6703 worth it? Here’s what we think.
Philips 6703 series 4K Ultra-Slim Smart LED TV
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The Philips 6703 is a simple TV based on its overall outer looks and design. It is also being marketed as an ultra-slim frame TV. However, with a depth of 68.2mm, we’re not really convinced that it’s an ultra slim TV. That’s pretty thick TV in today’s standard. So if you plan to wall-mount this TV, it’s better to take note that the display may appear a bit off the wall given its thick depth.
The frame of this TV is made of plastic and it features an aluminium coloured bezel and stands but also made of plastic. With that in mind, the stands are a bit too wide for our preference. The stand is about 231mm long which is a bit too wide. So it’s important to take note of that if you have a small TV rack.
Overall, the Philips 6703 boasts a simplistic aluminium coloured frame and stand design. The back is outright plain and simple which is also made of plastic.
The Philips 6703 has a native 4K Ultra HD resolution with upscaling technology. It features a VA display panel with direct backlight LED which gives a strong contrast and more details to pictures. It is also capable of producing darker blacks and brighter whites with its direct LED setup. Resulting to a good black uniformity with in-depth details to shadows. So we highly recommend placing this TV in dark rooms if you want to enjoy a good picture quality movie. Otherwise, placing this TV in bright rooms may cause blacks to be not so black.
The Philips 6703 uses VA display panel technology so it suffers from poor viewing angle. Despite having better contrast than other display panel technology, it suffers from a discolouration when viewed at an angle. Pictures become saturated and contrast becomes loose when viewing at about more than 20° angle.
The Philips 6703 features a built-in 2.0CH 20W speakers. In terms of quality, the speakers are decent and it gets the job done. However, we highly recommend to pair it with a much stronger option, like a soundbar. In a small quiet room, the built-in speakers with DTS HD give a decent loudness and sound quality. Playing movies or music shows the decency of the speakers, however, it gets disappointing in larger rooms. The 20W built-in speakers lack the loudness and punch in such environment, maxing out the volume only results to a poor centred audio.
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You might want to pair this TV with a decent soundbar if you want to enjoy fully immersive movies or video. The 80W Panasonic SCHTB8EBK will give you a much stronger audio impact with a more punch from its surround sound aesthetics.
In terms of video gaming, the Philips 6703 is not something that you would look for in that category. With an average input lag of 31ms in game mode, it’s pretty high in today’s standard. Most 4K TVs with the same price range have lower input lag. Furthermore, it features a native 60Hz refresh rate which is of the standard. This TV has nothing much to offer in the video gaming category but it can elevate your gaming experience with its Ambilight features paired with HDR gaming.
- 3 Sided Ambilight Technology
- Direct LED VA Display Panel
- Price for HDR10 4K TV
- Not P5 Engine
- No Local Dimming
- Mediocre HDR Performance
The Philips 6703 is definitely one of the cheapest 4K TV on the market this year. Featuring HDR10 support and the brands exclusive Ambilight technology, it’s definitely one of those that you need to look out for. So if you’re on a budget but is looking to purchase a brand new 2018 4K TV model this year, then the Philips m6703 is a very strong option. Though there are other better option out there if your main purpose of purchasing this TV is for gaming.
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