|Adjustable picture modes||1||Fine dejudder control||No|
|Color temperature presets||3||Fine color temperature control||No|
|Gamma presets||0||Color management system||No|
If you're a tweaker, prepare to be frustrated by the TV's video settings menu. If you want to change brightness or color, you are given a limited one-line-at-a-time menu, which also times out too quickly. There's very little for the advanced user to tweak here, though, with tint and color temperature presets as technical as it gets. Annoyingly, if you attempt to change the settings of one mode--Theater, for example--it instantly supplants the Custom mode with the new settings, so in practice there's only one adjustable mode.
|HDMI inputs||4||Component video inputs||1|
|Composite video input(s)||1||VGA-style PC input(s)||1|
|USB port||1||Ethernet (LAN) port||Yes|
|Other:The USB port is currently unused|
The Insignia features four HDMI ports, which is very respectable for a TV at this price, while the single component, composite and VGA ports are now standard practice. Internet connectivity is aided by both wireless and wired capabilities. The USB port is currently inactive and plugging in a USB device brings up a "visit our forums for your suggestions" dialog box.
The TV features a proprietary Rocket Boost port that lets you add one of Best Buy's wireless audio peripherals.
The Insignia performed worse than most of the edge-lit LEDs we've tested, but that's expected at this cheaper price. Its best characteristic is relatively deep black levels for the price, but its subpar color, uniformity, and video processing kept it solidly mediocre. Insignia performed on par with the recently reviewed and somewhat more expensive Toshiba 46SL417U, outdid the Philips 40PFL5706/F7, and failed to match the other reviewed TVs in our comparison, most of which cost more.
We were able to improve the picture over the default Theater setting somewhat during calibration, but the lack of settings kept us from doing much about the inaccurate color.
|Comparison models (details)|
|Toshiba 46SL417U||46-inch edge-lit LED|
|Philips 40PFL5706/F7||40-inch LCD|
|Samsung UN46D6400>||46-inch edge-lit LED|
|Sony KDL-46EX720||46-inch edge-lit LED|
|LG 47LW5600||47-inch edge-lit local-dimming LED|
|Panasonic TC-L42E30||42-inch edge-lit LED|
Black level: Blacks are surprisingly deep, which helped deliver a relatively punchy picture, although the Insignia tended to crush shadow detail near black. The LG and Samsung were inkier and contrast levels more natural when replaying the murky "Prison Solitary" scene at the beginning of the "Batman Begins". That said, the Insignia is a lot cheaper and was respectable in this category given its price level.
Color accuracy: As you can see in the chart below the TV de-emphasised green compared to red and blue, which left which left some scenes looking unnatural. Either this resulted in too-pink faces as if the actors had the beginning stages of hypothermia, or "electric" blues (not to be confused with the 80's anthem). Blacks were also shot through with a higher than usual amount of blue.
Video processing: While the Connected TV has a specific 24p mode, switching it on had no effect and our tests of 1080p/24 Blu-rays looked identically too-choppy whether the mode was turned on or off.
The Insignia also did something strange we hadn't seen before: the TV took one of our test scenes of a sky and made it look like an Etch a Sketch by crushing the blue into white and then suddenly erasing it back to blue.
The TV was able to resolve tricky moire tests relatively unscathed and showed full support for deinterlacing 1080i content.
Uniformity: The Insignia is afflicted by one of the most common LCD problems--backlight clouding--with our review sample featuring a brighter, discolored area in the bottom right-hand corner. After calibrating, the spot was still visible in a dark room and it went on to inform poor results in color uniformity, particularly on screen-filling primary colors.
Bright lighting: The TV has a matte finish, and based on our viewing in normal lighting conditions, it didn't pose any problems with distracting reflections.
Power consumption: We did not test the power consumption of the 32-inch member of the Insignia Connected TV series, but we did test the 42-inch model. For more information, refer to the review of the Insignia Connected TV NS-42E859A11.
|Black luminance (0%)||0.0079||Good|
|Near-black x/y (5%)||0.2392/0.2011||Poor|
|Dark gray x/y (20%)||0.3131/0.3204||Poor|
|Bright gray x/y (70%)||0.3112/0.314||Poor|
|Before avg. color temp.||6629||Average|
|After avg. color temp.||6669||Average|
|Red lum. error (de94_L)||0.5409||Good|
|Green lum. error (de94_L)||2.5469||Average|
|Blue lum. error (de94_L)||3.6068||Poor|
|Cyan hue x/y||0.2389/0.3259||Average|
|Magenta hue x/y||0.298/0.298||Poor|
|Yellow hue x/y||0.4425/0.4959||Poor|
|1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)||Fail||Poor|
|1080i De-interlacing (film)||Pass||Good|
|Motion resolution (max)||500||Average|
|Motion resolution (dejudder off)||300||Poor|
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