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Insignia 55-Inch TV Review

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An easy-to-use Fire TV with smart features built right in, and a pick for the best TV for seniors, you’ll love the Insignia 55-Inch TV. With access to thousands of apps and streaming services, watch your favorite shows and movies in 4K ultra-high definition. For more great electronic recommendations, read our best TV list.

Why We Like It – Insignia 55-Inch TV

The Insignia 55 Inch TV has great picture quality with easy-to-use smart features and Amazon Alexa voice controls built right in. We love the flexible connectivity, with 3 HDMI ports and a USB port to plug in all your gadgets. The Fire TV smart features are definitely a great addition, meaning you’ll find your favorite shows fast. For an option with 3D capabilities, read our LG 55 Cinema 3D TV with smart TV review.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Remote control with built-in Amazon Alexa
  • Decent sound quality
Cons
  • Many Amazon reviewers received defective products

Performance/Display/Resolution/Refresh

The Insignia Fire TV Edition has a 4K UHD resolution and gorgeous picture quality. It’s compatible with HDR content, so you can watch your favorite TV shows with a full high dynamic range. TCL also has its own version of the 4K TV, which you can read about in our TCL 75R617 4K review. It has a 60hz refresh rate for great sports games without motion blur, and video gaming with little input lag. But if you’re looking for a more cinematic experience, the advantages of plasma TV are deep blacks and rich colors.

However, if you prefer a faster refresh rate, you can check out our Samsung GN65Q6FN review for a TV model with a 240Hz refresh rate. It also has a fairly wide viewing angle, so you can enjoy watching from any seat in the living room. Compare its features to a similarly sized model, the Samsung 55 Inch 4K TV. Or, if you would like to see how this compares to a curved TV, check out our UN65MU7500 review.

Related: Check out our Hisense H8G review

Sound

This Insignia TV has built-in speakers with Dolby Digital Audio and DTS Surround Sound. Amazon reviewers were surprised by the sound quality, saying it’s fairly good for a flat-screen TV. But you still might opt for an external sound bar for more bass or louder audio levels. For a TV with an OLED screen and also good sound quality, read our LG Electronics OLED55C7P review.

Smart Features

This Insignia is the Fire TV Model and comes with a voice remote control with Amazon Alexa built-in. Because it doesn’t require a separate connection for streaming services, the smart features are easy to set up and use. And it has a quad-core CPU for faster processing and search results, meaning you’re only a few minutes away from enjoying your favorite shows. You can compare this to another model that runs Fire TV with our Toshiba 50-inch TV review. However, if you want to check out a different smart OS, you can read our LG E9 review for a model that uses LG’s WebOS. Alternatively, you can read our Sony X900E review for a model with Android TV or our TCL 55S425 review, which runs Roku TV.

Related: If you want an Amazon Fire-Ready TV, check out this Insignia NS 50DF710NA19 review

Ports/Expandability

This Insignia has 3 HDMI ports and 1 USB port for connecting your DVD or Blu-Ray player, cable box, video game consoles, flash drive, and more simultaneously. It also has built-in wifi for fast search results and easy, automatic updates. And you can even connect an HD antenna for a gorgeous live picture. The Hisense 55H8F has 4 HDMI ports if you need another for one more device while also featuring specs similar to the Insignia. The Komodo by Sceptre KU515R 50″ $K UHD Ultra Slim LED TV has 4 HDMI ports as well but lacks smart TV functionality.

Value

You can’t beat Insignia’s $430 price tag, especially for 4K resolution and smart features in a 55-inch TV. The built-in speakers and Amazon Alexa are definitely good savings, and Insignia offers a 1-year warranty. And it’s cheaper than the Sony X950G. However, if the size is right, but you prefer different specs, you can read our Samsung UN55NU7100 review or check out our guide on the best 55-inch TV to see if one will fit your needs better.

Moreover, if you’re upgrading, you’ll need need to take a TV off a wall mount. We have a guide that can help you.

Insignia 55 Inch TV Wrap Up

For a 4K smart TV, the Insignia 55 Inch TV is a great deal. The 4K Ultra HD picture quality is crisp and clear, and the sound quality for a flatscreen is actually pretty good. The best part of the TV is the built-in Fire TV technology, which makes searching for your favorite shows very easy to use. If you’re looking for more bells and whistles, take a look at the LG C9 OLED TV, but if you just need a basic (but beautiful) LED TV, then the Insignia 55 Inch is definitely for you. Or, if you prefer a smaller TV, the Insignia NS-43D420NA20 fits that need, but it should be noted is 1080p instead of 4K. Additionally, you can check out our best Insignia TV buying guide to see our top picks, regardless of size.

But, if you’re interested in a massively large TV, you’ll want to get the measurements on a 75 inch TV width first.