Insignia Connected TV

The Good The relatively inexpensive Insignia Connected TV has decent black levels for the price. Its RF remote control doesn't need line of sight, and it offers a worthwhile selection of streaming services and apps.

The Bad The TiVo interface is essentially window dressing, using it can be annoying, and the search function only works for the Insignia On Demand service. The TV's picture quality is characterized by unnatural color, uneven screen uniformity, and issues with 1080p/24 sources. It also has fewer picture adjustments than competitors.

The Bottom Line The Insignia Connected TV is a competent television for the money, but the TiVo interface detracts from rather than adds to the experience.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 5.0
5.9 Overall

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Review

Insignia Connected TV

It's been 10 years since Sarah Jessica Parker gushed about TiVo on daytime TV, and since then the set-top box has steadily given ground to cable and satellite DVRs in the US and failed to catch on in other countries. TiVo is still well-known as a premium DVR with an iconic menu design. However, Best Buy tries to borrow some of that lustre with its Insignia Connected TVs that license the TiVo interface.

Notice the key word here is "interface" and not "functionality," and herein lie the Connected TV's problems. It doesn't operate like a TiVo--it just looks like one. There's no DVR inside and only a small number of TiVo's multitude of streaming services. Meanwhile the picture quality is mediocre, with decent black levels for the price tempered by poor color reproduction and backlight issues. If you're in the market for a smart TV, look around the floor of the electronics retailer, and for the same price or a bit more you'll find superior performance and features from the likes of LG and Samsung.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Insignia
  • Type LED-LCD
  • Diagonal Class 42.0 in
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model Insignia Connected TV NS-42E859A11

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