Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 Fire TV Edition in the test

[ad_1]

Grundig GUB8040 in the test: Alexa helps with television Grundig Vision 8 55GUB8040 Fire TV Edition in the test: With Alexa and gro

Grundig Vision 8 55GUB8040 Fire TV Edition in the test: With Alexa and a large selection of apps, the TV is really smart.

Anyone who knows Amazon Fire TV will get along straight away with the Grundig Vision 8 55GUB8040 Fire TV Edition. Newcomers have to dig into the colorful Amazon world first, but the TV functions are well integrated. And when in doubt, Alexa helps. On the other hand, the Grundig can also be used outside the Amazon world, for example only for TV reception and media libraries. The picture quality is very decent for the price range, and you can live with the sound. The Grundig just doesn’t have too many connections.

Per

  • Decent picture and sound quality
  • Lots of streaming apps
  • Good voice control

Editor’s test grade

2.6

satisfying

F.TV viewers use more and more Media libraries as a supplement to the regular television program. Streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are also enjoying increasing popularity. It would be nice if the television brought this to its screen with on-board tools. Grundig uses Amazon’s Fire OS operating system for this. The first Fire TV televisions from Grundig were very inexpensive, but saved on the picture quality. Shortly afterwards there were great models with OLED screens, which then cost four digits. The gap in between is now filled by the new Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 Fire TV Edition the best smart TV in the affordable range?

4K TVs under 1,000 euros

Thanks to Fire OS with apps for Netflix, Disney and more

Smart TVs pose major challenges for their manufacturers. Because they have to ensure that the latest apps for all relevant streaming providers are always available on their devices. For an international giant like Samsung, that’s not a big problem. Other manufacturers such as Philips, Sony and TCL rely on the Android TV operating system to reduce their own programming effort. With Fire OS as the operating system, Grundig offers a clever alternative: As with the Fire TV Stick, not only is the app available for Amazon Prime Video, but also for Netflix, Disney +, for media libraries and much more. According to reports, Apple TV and Sky Ticket will also follow. Smaller TV manufacturers with their own operating systems cannot offer this selection.
The remote control of the Grundig GUB 8040 Fire TV Edition is great in the hand.  © COMPUTER BILD

The remote control of the Grundig GUB 8040 Fire TV Edition feels great in the hand.

Alexa knows where the crime scene is

There is also a Fire-OS Alexa in the Grundig televisions. The microphone for voice control is built into the remote control and only hears at the push of a button. According to Grundig, there are no microphones in the television itself. The slim remote control lies very comfortably in the hand and the upper half is reminiscent of the Fire TV remote controls. In the lower half there is a numeric keypad and the four colored function keys, for example for media library control, great. The four direct buttons for Amazon, Netflix, DAZN and TVnow would not have been necessary, users can find their desired program similarly quickly via the Fire TV on-screen menu. If you want to be bothered by Amazon as little as possible, you can switch off personalized advertising in the menu (Settings, then Privacy Settings), and switch “Do not interrupt” on and “App notifications” off in the notifications. Under “Recommended content” you can also switch off the fact that trailers start running automatically. For the television, the menu got some additional entries, for example for the screen settings. The streaming sticks now also have the menu item Live TV. However, they can only receive television programs via the Internet, with the Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 this also works in the classic way via cable, satellite and antenna. Users can zap through TV programs as usual or call them up using the numeric keypad. This also works via voice command, Alexa knows “Das Erste” as well as “DMAX”. She can also find films and series from Amazon and Netflix as well as some media libraries. Even if Alexa is sometimes on the hose, this voice control is still clearly one of the best in televisions.

The Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 impressed in the test with its smart extras thanks to the built-in Fire TV.  © Grundig

The Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 Fire TV Edition shows the channel list as tiles between streaming offers.

Grundig saves on connections

11 images

To the picture gallery

That’s how good the picture quality is

The same applies to picture and sound quality. The screen in the Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 is sufficiently bright at 325 candelas per square meter, but not particularly high-contrast, very dark parts of the image drown easily. The high image definition (UHD or 4K, 3840×2160 pixels) decreased in motion, something that only more expensive 100-Hertz televisions can do better. The Grundig also did well in the test with natural colors. If HDR films (from Amazon or Netflix, for example) were on the program, the colors increased noticeably, and the picture looked a tad livelier. The laboratory confirmed that the Grundig can display more colors than its cheaper LCD siblings, albeit not as many as the much more expensive OLED models (DCI P3 color space coverage 81 percent, simple LCD models around 72 percent, OLED TVs at 98 percent). In addition, the colors change comparatively little when viewers look sideways at the screen, thanks to the IPS technology. The sound is completely okay, especially for speech contributions. They sound a bit nasal, but they are easy to understand. If you want more, you can connect a soundbar.



Test conclusion: Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040

Anyone who knows Amazon Fire TV will get along with the Grundig Vision 8 GUB8040 straight away. Newcomers have to dig into the colorful Amazon world first, but the TV functions are well integrated. And when in doubt, Alexa helps. On the other hand, the Grundig can also be used outside the Amazon world, for example only for TV reception and media libraries. The picture quality is very decent for the price range, and you can live with the sound. The Grundig just doesn’t have too many connections. As an alternative to the tested model 55GUB8040 with a 140 centimeter screen diagonal, Grundig also offers the Vision 8 in a size smaller and larger: the 49GUB8040 has a 124 centimeter screen, the 65GUB8040 is 164 centimeters. Otherwise the technology is exactly the same.

[ad_2]

Leave a Reply