Philips’ new 4K UHD OLED TV has Ambilight 3 built in

Philips’ latest OLED TV is quite a sight. At first glance, it looks like a modern TV, but its built-in light show produces a gorgeous effect.

We’ve all seen the company’s Hue kits, from light strips to bulbs, and options like Hue Play are available to sync them up with your TV picture, for a few hundred bucks.

But the company’s latest TVs now deliver the same effect without the hassle of clipping light strips to the back of your TV, tidying up HDMI sources and plugging them into an external Play Box.

The new Philips TV range comes with Ambilight 3. (Nine)

The new 4K OLED TVs come with their built-in three-sided Ambilight system.

The only hard part is getting it out of the box.

Philips sent me a 65-inch OLED706 on loan before it launched in Australia, and I have to say it was an exercise just to keep it going.

The legs, although light and thin, must be screwed into the base of the TV.

The top half of the screen is incredibly thin, with all the connection, audio, and power ports in the bottom half.

With the TV’s feet on, it still sits quite low, about a centimeter above the surface it’s sitting on.

The top half of the screen is incredibly thin, with all the connection, audio, and power ports in the bottom half. (Nine)

Like most new TVs, all the latest apps are pre-installed on the device. This Android TV is fully paired with Google.

Android TV’s menu screen lacks oomph, but after sending a few 4K movies through the screen, it’s clear this screen means business.

One thing I didn’t really like was the position of the HDMI ports. On a stand, the TV sits quite low, meaning any large HDMI accessory won’t connect without an adapter.

There are also ports on the left side of the screen, but it will only accept cables; again, no large attachments like a Fire TV.

The solution to this is to mount the TV on a wall, or simply stick with Android TV already installed on the device.

But in the case of this TV, wall mounting may not be the best option. It is recommended to keep the screen at least 15 centimeters away from the wall to optimize the Ambilight function.

With a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR, this TV is great for gaming. (Nine)

Ambient lighting has various playback settings, whether you want the lights to sync with what’s on screen or you just want a cool light show with whatever music you’re playing.

The lighting can also be adjusted to suit movies and video games.

When it comes to gaming, this TV fits the bill exceptionally well. With HDR enabled and a refresh rate of 120 hertz (or frames per second), any video game played on the current generation of consoles will appear.

I’ve been running the Xbox Series X through the screen with no problem, for both gaming and HD movies.

The latest Philips TV has a small sound system with a subwoofer built into the back of the screen. (Phillips)

Quality TV speakers are few and far between and most have standard stereo speakers under the panels.

Big companies often sacrifice sound quality for picture with devices getting thinner and thinner every year.

But Philips has managed to keep the screen slim, at least in the middle of the unit, while packing excellent sound – including a small 30W subwoofer – into the TV. It also has Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision included.

It’s pricey at $4869, but ultimately it’s a premium display that’s sure to impress.

Philips 2022 4K UHD OLED TVs aren’t ready for retail in Australia, so be sure to look on Amazon in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in something like this and can’t wait, Harvey Norman stocks the older OLED805 series, which also includes Ambilight.

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