“The One to take home” – this is how Philips advertises “The One”: A 4K TV that is supposedly up to any task. According to the manufacturer, the Philips 7304 is the most important TV of the year and meets all the needs of the average consumer: stylish design, sufficient size and a budget-friendly price. Let us see what’s behind it.
Workmanship and design
The Philips 7304 is part of the so-called Performance Series and scores with a discreet and simple design that doesn’t push itself into the foreground. Only when the atmospheric Philips Ambilight comes on, the TV suddenly pops out. Handily, the TV can be rotated 20 to 30 degrees on the T-shaped stand to adjust the viewing angle accordingly. The slim chassis and the stable stand make the 7304 look very high-quality. Please note that this TV is only available in Europe and the UK.
Picture quality of the Philips 7304
The Philips 7304 is one of the few TVs that supports all High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) formats: HLG, HDR10 Media Profile - HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace, HDR10+, and Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits. The Dutch-Chinese manufacturer is currently one of only a few to offer this. The picture itself is very good thanks to the P5 Picture Engine.
Depending on the screen size, the display is a Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel or In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel The panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS., so we advise you to choose carefully. The advantages of Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panels are the deeper blacks as well as a higher contrast ratio, which is at the expense of the viewing angle. Thus, Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panels are better for dark rooms. In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panels, however, take a different approach: Here the viewing angle is considerably wider, but the blacks are not as deep. This in turn limits the contrast. For a wide seating area In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panels are therefore more recommended.
As with most current Philips TVs, there is a 3-sided Ambilight, which enriches the TV environment with atmospheric light. The Ambilight can also be combined with Philips Hue lights. It is available in the sizes 43, 50, 55, 58, 65 and 70 inches.
Displaying fast moving objects and gaming
Motion handling is great thanks to the P5 chip. Fast content is played back without visible delays and looks clear. It’s perfect for gaming. As expected, the picture is good, but unfortunately gaming extras have been saved here. The input lag is 23ms, which is a very good value, but a bit slower compared to a Samsung RU8000 for example. There is no Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card and no HDMI 2.1 – but the Auto Low Latency Mode. If you turn on your Xbox or Playstation to play video games after work every now and then, the 7304 will definitely be good enough. But if you’re more demanding and enjoy gaming at competitive levels, another TV might be better. However, you won’t get Ambilight on other sets, which of course also works for gaming and creates an atmospheric ambience.
Average sound quality
The sound quality is better than with other flat screen TVs, but no stunning results should be expected here. Due to the flat design, the built-in speakers are not particularly large, of course, but are adapted to the TV’s frame. Together they produce 20 W. As part of the Dolby Cinema package, the Philips TV supports the dynamic surround format Dolby Atmos, but these small loudspeakers lack the necessary rumble to reproduce such sounds effectively. Depending on your requirements, an investment in a corresponding soundbar is worthwhile.
Smart TV features of the Philips 7304
The Philips 7304 is a Smart TV based on Android 9 Pie. The available Smart Features are excellent and the most popular apps are of course pre-installed. This applies for example to YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. The included remote control also has hotkeys for streaming services – which saves a lot of unnecessary clicking. The remote control can also be used for voice control of the 7304. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are supported.
Model variants of the Philips 7304
|Model||Screen size||The panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS.||Sound|
|Philips 43PUS7304||43 Zoll||In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel||2.0 20 W|
|Philips 50PUS7304||50 Zoll||Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel||2.0 20 W|
|Philips 55PUS7304||55 Zoll||In-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel||2.0 20 W|
|Philips 65PUS7304||65 Zoll||Vertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel||2.0 20 W|
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