Review of the Best 4K TVs and Why to Buy

You would think that it shouldn't be too hard to buy a 4K TV, but with so many choices for 4K televisions, we thought we would make your life a little easier by breaking down some of the better choices out there.

 

1. Samsung KS8500

Quantum Dot Color Technology creates excellent pictures

The Samsung KS8500 is a superb 4K TV packed with attractive features. A divisive curved screen distinguishes it from its KS8000 cousin, and it also features the HDR1000 High Dynamic Range to produce clear images without hidden details. SUHD Quantum Dot Colour that incorporates billions of colour combinations is employed to bring about lifelike colours. Unique to Samsung TVs is also an intelligent picture engine that analyses the brightness of video sources and synchronises it for the best contrast output. Samsung KS8500 offers gamers a reason to smile as games can be directly accessed from the Cloud. With support for Smart Hub and Smart View App, this 4K LCD TV offers the best viewing experience.

  • Refresh Rate: 240CMR (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, Built in Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 56.8" x 32.7" x 4.1", TV with stand: 56.8" x 35.7" x 11.7"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB

Purchase a 65-inch here: Samsung UN65KS8500 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

Customer Review: "I just want to start off by saying wow. I was eyeing the 65JS8500 (2015 model) which got a ton of great reviews, but I am glad I waited for the 2016 model. The ultra-slim bezel makes the tv look like a center piece when the tv is off. I was a little skeptical about curved but I am a fan now. I don't see much picture degradation when sitting left/right of center and it looks great.

Over all the picture quality is better than I expected. I was able to compare this to other TV's in the same price range side-by-side at a local store and the overall picture quality, colors, and brightness on the SUHD surpassed all others. The content that was playing was HDR content and this TV being rated at HDR1000 you can see the difference between another tv that was HDR compatible."


2. Sony XBR-75X940C

Enormous Screen with Triluminos quantum dot color

Wedge-shaped that measures 75 inches diagonally, with additional inches on the sides that house six of the best speakers found on a TV. While the TV’s wedge design boosts the performance of the speakers, they employ magnetic fluid technology which excludes the need for space to deliver. With the XBR-75X940C, you get a wider color range than in a standard LCD TV, thanks to the X1 video processing system designed to optimize each of the individual tone in an image. The X940C is one of the most color-capable TVs considering its quantum nano-crystal display whose emission exceeds regular LCDs by far.

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Motionflow XR 1440 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Full Array w/ Local Dimming)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes; HDR Compatibility: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 75.9" x 41.1" x 4.4", TV with stand: 75.9" x 40.9" x 12.6"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB

Purchase a 75-inch here: Sony XBR75X940C 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "The TV has 2 different positions for those outside mounted stands. They can also go in the center so yes it will fit on your TV stand. It took me way too long to figure that out when researching this TV. If I hadn't found that out I would not have bought this TV.

It is nearly everything I hoped it would be. The only problem I have had so far is that when running Netflix from the TV app it does not send out optical audio. I imagine this could be a shortcoming of the Netflix app and could be fixed in a software update.

The Android TV seems to work fine for me. Maybe they fixed it in an update but I saw a lot of complaints.

They make a big deal about that extra black thing where it can darken portions of the screen. Can it really make that big of a difference you ask? I'm assuming you're asking since you're looking at dropping a lot of money on this TV. I asked when I was looking but didn't really see a good comparison. Check out the picture I attached. This is the new XBR on the left and my girlfriend's Sony (recent model, 55" 1080p) on the right. Both are using the default picture settings in a fairly dark room. Yeah, it's awesome.

You can't go wrong with this TV unless you can't afford it.

Get the extended warranty, it's very reasonable from Amazon. I would have bought this from Best Buy except that they wanted $1,100 for their Geek Squad extended warranty and Amazon charged about $300.

The Amazon delivery was surprisingly good. I expected it to land on the doorstep. Nope, the delivery company emailed and called ahead to schedule the delivery and a 2-man team showed up and assembled it and took the trash away. Amazon should put their delivery service description in the listing for the TV. I didn't know that this type of delivery was included."


3. Vizio D-Series

Budget Friendly and Excellent Movie Experience

If you want the experience of an Ultra-HD 4K TV at a bargain price, you will get one from the amazing slew of Vizio D-Series TVs. However, the model may not be as slim as you expected, and neither are they curved. To support the bulk of features is an equally wide stand, so must consider having a wide table before buying one. The Vizio D-Series TVs offer an excellent movie experience especially when viewed from the front or in a dark room. Due to its excellent contrast and backlighting, the TV series produces deep black scenes that are free from any issues. The full-array TVs are backed by an array of LED behind their panels, with dimming zones to control the quality of the display.

  • 1. Ultra HD w/ Spatial Scaling Engine
  • 2. Full-Array LED Backlight w/ 12 Active LED Zones
  • 3. Clear Action 240 w/ 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate
  • 4. Smart TV w/ Ultra HD streaming support
  • 5. Dual band 802.11ac - up to 3x faster Wi-Fi¹

Purchase a 50-inch here: VIZIO D50u-D1 50" Class UHD 120Hz Full-Array LED Smart TV (Black)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "Well, the TV is AT LEAST pretty good, and maybe very good. We like the picture very much. It takes a while to get the settings right to get the best picture out of it, but if you google words like "setting up your 4K tv," you can find some articles that will make this much easier. Allso, some folks ahve commented on the sound going up and down while you are watching program. We have seen this too. Its not that big of a deal. There is only a minor difference. Occasionally you will be watching something and the sound will get a little lower for a few seconds. We have it plugged into our stereo, and the sound is fantastic through there. Unlike many of the new 4K TVs, there are actually old-style RCA output plugs, so it makes it a snap to hook up to your stereo even if its an older model. You don't have to mess with bluetooth or anything, and even if you don't have a stereo near your TV, you can buy a cheap soundbar for about $50.

However, that's not why I am writing this review. It developed a problem two days after we bought it. We had the HDMI wire from the cable box plugged into the 4K HDMI socket (there are 5 HDMI inputs, but only ONE of them is actuially a 4K input. The others are all regular 1080p HDMI). When we were watching programs in the lower clarity range (the non-HDMI channels), after the TV has been on for an hour or so the picture would black out, and the screen would say "no signal." We would have to plug the lead into tone of the other HDMI inputs.

We called Vizio, explained the problem to the very pleasant young lady, and she said they would replace the TV. No arguments. Five days or so later we got a call from the pick-up contractor. They sent over two very nice young men, and they boxed up our TV, unpacked and replaced it with the new one, helped us hook up the replacement, and took the old one away. No hassle, no issues.They were in and out in 30 minutes. I've never had a better service experience with an electronics company!!"


4. Samsung JS9500

An exceptional product from Samsung, the JS9500 employs leading industry technologies including quantum dots and a Tizen-based OS. Samsung integrates a wide range of visual technologies to optimise the viewing experience. One feature remains outstanding in the Samsung JS9500; dark scenes are uniform, blacks are average and bright objects can get brighter than with any other TV, thanks to a powerful High Definition Range functionality. This quality is further enhanced through the use of quantum dot nanocrystal, which also helps to lower its price compared to its OLED counterparts. Additionally, the Samsung JS9500 comes with a full package of features including 4K-programming from M-Go and Xfinity 4K selection from Comcast that ease access to ultra HD content.

  • Refresh Rate: 240CMR (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, Built in Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.1" x 35" x 4.9", TV with stand: 57.1" x 36.1" x 14.9"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB

Purchase a 65-inch here: Samsung UN65JS9500 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "I've been thinking of purchasing a 4K TV for several months, and after much research, I finally chose the the Samsung JS9500. It has received excellent reviews, but the proof comes with actual viewing. I've looked at everything from DVD's up to 4K material, and I have to say, the Samsung is an excellent performer. With any of the sets, the better the source, the more impressive the image. Watching "Gravity" in 3D, for example, was stunning...the depth of the image, the blackness of space and the intensity of light from the sun were remarkable.

The other set I was considering was the LG 4K OLED; however, the same size of set costs an additional $3,500 (or I could have scaled back to a 55", but to fully appreciate the 4K resolution, a larger set is important). The Samsung has multi-zone full array back lighting, versus the side lit panels of most LCD/LED sets on the market, which results in very strong black levels. It's color reproduction (and the range of colors it can produce) are superb, and it looked great right out of the box. This set can get very bright, which is important for the High Dynamic Range standards, but using the "Movie" mode will give you the most accurate image initially. There are a number of easy steps if you want to calibrate the tv to fit your environment, with some helpful info online, including this YouTube link: [...]. In addition to the excellent quality of this set, Samsung has it's new One Connect box that keeps the connections and processing independent of the set, which will allow for future upgrades without needing to buy a new television. There is no perfect television on the market, but for me the Samsung was the very best choice. Highly recommended."


5. Sony X930D

High Definition Range, Connectivity to Latest Android TV ApplicationsSony’s excellence for 1080p signals is evident in its highly performing X930D 4K TV model. Released in 2016, the model features the attractive High Dynamic Range technology that greatly enhances image quality. Rather than having an increased brightness for the entire picture, Sony X930D utilises the contrast between bright and dark parts to present clear images. Within the television set is a 4K Processor X1 that converts HD input to 4K and up-scales non-4K UHD content for extra sharpness. This feature is further enhanced through the X-Reality PRO engine that helps to upscale Full HD, Blu-Ray, 720p and SD content. Regarding connectivity, Sony X930D is advanced as it supports scores of Android TV features including Hulu, Netflix, Vudu SiriusXM, Pluto TV and Amazon Instant.

  • Unprecedented picture quality in an incredibly slim profile, powered by the innovative Slim Backlight Drive, Dramatic contrast with up to three times brightness range
  • The brilliance of 4K clarity paired with the brightness, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR), Colors come alive thanks to the TRILUMINOS Display
  • 4K magic added into every scene with the 4K Processor X1, Android TV with Google Cast, voice search & Play Store apps

Purchase a 65-inch here: Sony XBR65X930D  65-Inch 4K HDR Ultra HD TV (2016 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "This TV seems to be the best television Sony has developed in ages. The Sony of old built quality TVs year in and year out with the Sony Trinitron being the prime example of that. This television beats anything Samsung and LG have on the market, the HDR on this thing is truly unbelievable. Your really have to see it to believe it. This television will definitely last about 10 years or so. Nothing but quality.

After 2 months of use I can still say this is one heck of a TV and still easily the best on the market. I have recently compare it to my dad's LG Oled 2016 Model and honestly there is very little difference in picture quality in terms of color and imagery. The LG is a way too saturated in color and doesn't produce nearly the amount of realism the X930D does. For almost double the price you would expect for it to blow it out the water but really doesn't."


6. LG EG9600

Affordable, Excellent off-axis viewing experience, outstanding brightness and colorThe LG EG9600 UHD OLED TV is probably the most affordable 4K TV of its quality. While OLED TVs are known for producing perfect black levels and bright pictures, no model produces such bright pictures in the middle than the LG EG9600. The good part is that it does so without affecting the surrounding pixels to result in an extremely awesome off axis viewing experience. Its colour quality is equally commendable, as it delivers about 92 percent of the DCI colour space. The TV performs better when using Netflix than with other competing models. Additionally, it comes with three HDMI inputs and an inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter.

  • Refresh Rate: Information not available
  • Backlight: OLED does not require a backlight giving it deep blacks and making it extremely thin
  • Smart Functionality: Yes - webOS 2.0, includes Magic Remote
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57" x 33.1" x 2", TV with stand: 57" x 34.8" x 9.3"
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Optical, 1 RS232

Purchase a 65-inch here: LG Electronics 65EG9600 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Curved Smart OLED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "My Panasonic Viera plasma died after 4 short years. That was a great TV. I bought the 65" 4K OLED from Best Buy in May 2015 and had them install it along with a Pioneer Elite receiver and in-wall speakers. My first observation: never have Best Buy install anything. My second observation is this TV has a phenomenal picture with some caveats. The blacks are infinite and unparalleled. Black is "off", meaning the pixel is turned off and black is absolute black. The image is uniform at any angle. There is no blurring of pixels or shadowing like a back lit LED or plasma. The clarity is amazing, The 4K resolution adds some clarity, but given the lack of available 4K content, and the high compression of streaming 4K, 4K doesn't add much, at least not yet.

The TV needed to be calibrated out of the box. The process was relatively simple and the result is excellent - but color is still not comparable to the plasma.

I needed a 2nd TV and bought the 55JS8500 SUHD in June 2015, Samsung's flagship consumer LED TV line. After seeing the OLED, the Samsung cannot compare. In fact, I will go as far to say that no LED can compare (I haven't seen every LED TV). The Samsung shows noticeable artifacts and despite concerted efforts to calibrate it, the picture does not exhibit uniform color . The picture quality drops rapidly when viewing the TV from even a very small angle. You've got to watch the center of the TV, at eye level, to see the best this TV has to offer, and that just isn't practical.

I miss my plasma. It had the most realistic color and overall the most pleasing viewing experience, and was reasonably priced well under $2000. The OLED is sharper and has better contrast, but the color is not quite as accurate.

If the option to buy another plasma was available I'd take that route. The OLED is the best thing going right now but the $9000 (65") and $4500 (55") price isn't justified. It just isn't enough of an improvement over the other TVs to warrant 4 times the cost. LED technology is, in my opinion, inferior in so many ways that I don't want one. It's hard to go from a high end plasma to any LED TV. OLED's are expensive, and 4K isn't widely available. I'm swapping out the Samsung for the LG 1080p OLED for $2500, and will likely upgrade in a few years when 4K is more widely available and OLED prices come down."


7. Samsung KS9500

Good aesthetics, Amazing picture detail and excellent connectivity with remote devicesThe curved Samsung KS9500 features a simple yet attractive design, with pure lines and nicely textured grey finish. A chrome finish stand supports it at the back, adding to the décor of your room if you ever mount it in the middle of the room. A notable addition is the inclusion of an intelligent remote control that automatically recognises smartphones, home theatre devices and gaming consoles. Apart from being able to integrate excellently with the other home automation products in the home, the Samsung KS9500 produces good quality pictures. Its light is well balanced for reduced light reflection and glaring effects. Through the quantum dot technology, you can view every imaginable colour with the natural vividness and clarity.

  • Refresh Rate: 240CMR (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, Built in Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 56.8" x 32.9" x 4.3", TV with stand: 56.8" x 36.6" x 15.9"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB

Purchase a 65-inch here: Samsung UN65KS9500 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "Let me begin by saying we have both a 65" JS9500 (last year's model) and a 55" KS9500. Both offer a very good picture for the price with relatively deep blacks and vibrant colors. I would say the JS9500's array dimming works slightly better for letterboxed movies, but for most HD TV content, you won't notice a difference.

There are 2 places where I find the KS9500 trumps last year's model. The screen does much better in a well-lit room; a combination of a significantly brighter screen and a lower amount of reflectivity/glare make daytime viewing much better. Second, SmartHub/TizenOS is significantly improved; super snappy and actually useful this time around - I couldn't believe how quickly the tv can access apps and juggle inputs. Samsung has said they will bring some of the Tizen updates to the 2015 models, but as of this review they have not yet done so.

The two things I lament: the TV no longer supports 3D (if you care about this, stick to last year's model!) and the remote no longer supports the motion-pointer controls (making text input for apps slightly more tedious). These are both relatively minor, but also slightly disappointing.

Two additional minor things of note, but unaffecting my review score. The industrial design of this set is gorgeous; from the practically invisible bezel to the textured back plate - there was a huge attention to detail. Second, as of this review, the TV appears to not yet have passed DirecTV certification - while it is "RVU Ready", you cannot yet use the feature and it is "coming soon"

TLDR; this is a great all around set, but has some trade offs from last year's model."

 


8. Sharp LC-UH30U

Huge screen sizes at affordable pricesSharp’s TVs are built with the budget in mind, and happen to be some of the most affordable models even for the large size options available. These TVs feature huge and attractive features, where their qualities only compare to that of the Sony X930D or Samsung JS9500 apart from the lack of HDR. While not any of its features may pass as outstanding, overall it is a good television. From connectivity options to picture quality essentials, the TV has everything you need for a good viewing experience. It also has a fixed upgrading of all lower pixel content to 4K, which most people find impressive.

  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz (Native); AquoMotion 960 (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge Lit)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes - Android TV
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 61 35/64" x 35 3/4" 3 7/16", TV with stand: 61 35/64" 37 3/32" x 14 39/64"
  • Inputs: 3 USB, 4 HDMI, Component, Composite, Ethernet, Digital Optical Audio Out, Audio out, RF In
  • Accessories Included: Remote w/ batteries

Purchase a 70-inch here: Sharp LC-70UH30U 70-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "Have been looking for a 70 inch 4k TV for some time. Tried a Sony XBR70X850B and was very disappointed in the Picture Quality. Upscaled 1080i from Dish looked horrible with tons of artifacts and the color of fleshtones has this ugly Magenta/Green crossover problem where darks are greenish and light tones are magenta.

This Sharp LC70UH30U has the best picture I have seen on a TV! Unlike the bling on Samsung's glossy screens, the semi-matt screen on this Sharp plays well in normal living rooms with windows and the upscaler does an excellent job improving the picture of all my sources. Color is very natural looking without any outstanding problems. The software, remote and internet features of this TV could use some improvement but none of these problems are deal breakers for me. Lets face it...what's a TV for? Watching TV, and the picture on this TV makes me want to go through my media and watch it all over again just to see what I've been missing!"


9. LG OLED65E6P

High Resolution, Precise Colors and AppealingThe new OLED TV series from the Korean giant LG features outstanding features such as Dolby support, UHD 4K, DCI colour and a new LG webOS. A key model in the series is the LG OLED65E6P, which combines OLED with the high-resolution HDR technologies to produce high-quality display. With the state-of-the-art Ultra HD technology, LG OLED65E6P has a high clarity than even that of the standard 4K models. Considering its price tag, this is not the model for ordinary gaming or movie but one of a class suitable for the office or the central household entertainment hub. Notably, it gives you full control over the contrast as each pixel is capable of lighting independently.

  • Smart Functionality: Yes, webOS 3.0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.5" x 35.2" x 2.2", TV with stand: 57.5'' x 35.2" x 7.9"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Coaxial, 1 Ethernet
  • HDR Enhanced Display

Purchase a 65-inch here: LG Electronics OLED65E6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "Okay, to make the bottom line the top line, buy this set if you can. The picture really is amazing. You'll want to play a bit with the settings to get the picture style you like, but it will deliver. Some of the picture presets do a really good job with the touch of a button. Sound is also pretty good, but of course can't replace a full on surround system.

The black levels are so black, I want my baby back. (Does anyone get that?) Once, when the program faded to black before a commercial break, I heard a slight 'click' which it turns out was on the air and not anything to do with the set. I thought my new TV had died because I could not tell the picture was still on. I'm talking black. It is no longer annoying to read the white on black credits at the end of a program. Crisp and clear. Haven't noticed any appreciable judder other than at the start of a streamed file. After a minute or two, that goes away. Note I have 100 Mb internet. Your performance may vary.

Set up was a real breeze. Physical set up is a snap, but obviously requires 2 people. After turning it on, it walks you quickly through the process, including programming the remote to work for your cable also. Easy peasy.

All the inputs you could ask for. I have seen some reports there are 3 HDMI inputs but that is not true. There are 4. Perhaps the confusion of one being an ARC enabled input.

Can't deny the OLED65E6P is crazy expensive, but it is state of the art and looks fantastic in the living room. I have to hand it to LG for creating the best television I have ever seen."


10. Samsung JU7100

Most affordable 4K Samsung TVSamsung continues to showcase its outstanding excellence in design through the Samsung JU7100, which has a pleasant dark metallic bezel curved slightly from the screen. Its metal-faced stand is equally attractive. Every television-phobic will be moved by the smooth motion control of the Samsung JU7100, effectively attained through a pointer or by cursor-like movement. For most people who do not like curved TV, the Samsung JU7100 is flat but offers local dimming of the LED backlight. Inputs are well organised through a OneConnect Mini box which has HEVC codecs and HDCP 2.2 inputs. Samsung has also eliminated 3D glasses most likely to lower the price.

  • Refresh Rate: 240CMR (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, Built in Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.6" x 33.2" x 2.3", TV with stand: 57.6" x 35.3" x 11.6"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB

Purchase a 65-inch here:  Samsung UN65JU7100 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "We spent a few days deciding on a new 4K HDTV for our living room. We quickly decided 55" was about the right size for our needs and proceeded to look for a TV with picture quality that would impress us for years to come, yet didn't cost thousands of $. We had originally hoped to spend closer to $1000. Unfortunately, in that price range most (all?) 4K HDTVs have 60Hz refresh rate and will be prone to blurring/etc. Research indicated paying the small premium for 120Hz native refresh rate and sticking to 2015 models (for better upscaling) was worth the added cost to us. We quickly narrowed down our search to a choice between the x850c and this JU7100. Both have been reviewed by rtings.com. We played with both at our local Big Box store to get a hands on impression. Of course this isn't the ideal environment for testing, but we did nothing the Sony didn't seem to clean up garbage input as well as the Samsung. We bought the JU7100 last night, brought it home, set it up and watched Netflix streaming. Everything worked out-of-the-box without a hiccup.

We quickly noticed the "soap opera" effect with the default picture settings. It went away completely, after changing the picture settings to those recommended by rtings.com.

I'm really amazed by the picture quality we get streaming for youtube, amazon prime or netflix. I'm particularly impressed since we don't have adequate bandwidth to stream proper 4K HD. We have DSL and are far from the CO, our download speeds test at less than 4 Mbps. The JU7100 is upscaling the compromised signal and it's beautiful.

Our main concern after picture quality, was absence of blurring or jitter, etc with motion. We find the picture to be remarkably smooth, again particularly considering the compromised signal we're using. We expect only better watching DTV or BluRay. We have no noticeable light bleed or flash-lighting. rting's testing indicate some lack of uniformity when watching a solid grey or black screen. Maybe in theory this is the case, but how often do you stare at a grey screen?"


11. Sony XBR-X850C

Smart TV Features including a browser, High Quality Picture and excellent in upgrading low quality content to 4K.Sony’s X850 4K TV is a mid-range series available in the 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch options. These aesthetically pleasing devices are packed with industry-leading features, including Android-based operating system, Triluminos colour system and 4K-capable applications. Apart from the smaller 55-inch model which is edge-lit, the other two feature full-array backing. Although this leads to a difference in the performance, Sony XBR-X850C series performs well in features such as black level colour accuracy and uniformity of the backlight. In addition to the normal infrared remote control, the XBR-X850C comes with a sleek touchpad for navigation through the Android TV smart features. These are more or less similar to those found in an Android smartphone, including a user-friendly browser.

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native); Motionflow XR 960 (Effective)
  • Backlight: Direct-Lit LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes; HDR Compatibility: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.3" x 33.3" x 3.1", TV with stand: 57.3" x 35.1" x 10.5"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI (HDCP 2.2), 3 USB

Purchase a 65-inch here: Sony XBR65X850C 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "So after having the X850C for about a week now I have to say we are very pleased. Out of the box the Sharpness needed to be dialed down some. I ended up between 45-50. I use VIVID and tweaked some of the picture settings. There is also another key setting to keep a lookout for after you hit the HOME button. It's under Picture and Display after you tap Settings. Go to Dynamic Range. Pause your image and toggle between LIMITED and FULL. Depending on your source one will blow the other out of the water. Image looked a little cloudy but after changing it blacks looked great and the image was full of POP! Also for best results turn the Light a Sensor off.

Obviously you can tweak yourself to your personal taste. We are exceptionally happy with the clarity and motion. DirecTV looks good on all HD channels. Sports look terrific. Hockey you can keep up with the puck easily. Basketball the ball is not as blurry in the air. Football should be terrific as well. Can't wait to see the grass this season! Blu-Ray movies are like looking through a window. As for 3D we didn't mind it. We did pick up our own TDG 400A glasses from eBay. Movies looked pretty good with minimum to none crosstalk. As for streaming it looked very good. I was impressed! Google works reasonably well but internet features will depend on your signal. My TV has firmware updated twice. First one took a hour. Second one 25 minutes. Oh another cool feature we like is the Daydream Mode. You can change your TV screen into a classy looking photographer's best work! Definitely a conversation starter during a party or with any company over at the time. The biggest gripe I have is there is not an easy quick SLEEP TIMER short cut. Though it does have many options once you get there. Leaving off on a positive note I love the PIC OFF button on the remote. If I am watching something questionable you can hide the image at the press of a button! Love it!!! As for sound it is not half bad for a "TV" but I suggest a good sound bar. I am using a Martin Logan so we get the best of both worlds with picture and sound!"


12. LG UH8500

All-round viewing, 3D picture quality, Ultra High Definition resolutionLG is ever exceptional when it comes to image quality, and the UH8500 is not an exception. Notable in this smart model is the high picture quality and colour clarity from all angles. The High Definition Range technology featured not only makes scenes realistic, but it also brings out much detail in the dark scenes as well as in the bright ones. LG UH8500 presents something movie lovers are bound to be at home with; TruMotion capability that enables a flawless display of fast moving pictures. LG further incorporate a voice-recognition feature in the remote, notably improving usability. Other notable features of the LG UH8500 4K TV are video streaming and web browsing.

  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, webOS 3.0
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.5"x 33.2" x 2.1", TV with stand: 57.5" x 35.3" x 11.1"
  • Inputs: 3 HMDI, 3 USB 2.0, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Optical, 1 Ethernet, 1 RS232C
  • HDR Enhanced Display

Purchase a 65-inch here: LG Electronics 65UH8500 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "I have had this television for nearly a week. I had purchased a Samsung un65js8500 but returned it. Don't get me wrong the Samsung un65js8500(VA Panel) was a great set (excellent contrast) if you looking at it within the framework of the tv. But if you moved to an off angle even a little the picture color saturation de-graded a lot. I felt like I went from a 9 on picture quality to a 1, it was that bad. With my living room set up having a sectional sofa I just could not live with it. So a researched a lot and came across the LG-UH8500.I knew I needed a television with an IPS Panel to widen the viewing angle, since most all televisions with the VA(Samsung & Sony) would not work due to poor angle viewing, and the OLED at $5000.00 would be to much to spend. The operating system on this unit in my opinion is excellent. I love the remote, operating system on the television is very quick and responsive. All the latest is in the television, but that means nothing if the picture quality is not up to par. So now for the big picture. Hooked this baby up used RTINGS setting and I was so disappointed. The picture was dull and flat. Played with the setting for 3 days and finally came up with a picture that was very impressive. It does not have the contrast of the Samsung I returned, but I knew that and was hoping for a good quality picture and I found it. Is was not easy to set at all. Even the contrast was pretty good for a television with a IPS Panel. Keep in mind I like a picture that has some pop. Nice vibrant color without being over saturated. The Dynamic setting on this set was way to much. This is what I came up with for setting. If you have this television please give them a try I don't think they will disappoint at all. And by the way this unit up-scales 4K much better the Samsung."


13. Samsung JU6500

Among the most affordable UHD TVSamsung must have highly prioritized affordability when it made the JU6500, since it delivers much for its price tag. The picture quality of the Samsung JU6500 compares pretty well with those of its priced cousins, leave only for its robustness. The series also has commendable connectivity features although they lack support for the envisaged OneConnect Box. With support for content copy protection, 4k video compression codecs and full HDMI 2.0 power, this is one of the best models for starters.

  • Refresh Rate: 120CMR (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes, Built in Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.6" x 33.2" x 2.5", TV with stand: 57.6" x 35" x 12.5"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 3 USB
  • Refresh Rate: 120CMR (Effective
  • Backlight: LED

Purchase a 65-inch here: Samsung UN65JU6500 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "I purchased the 48" version of the JU6500, To address the wifi issues the other reviewers raised, my TV came with a USB drive and instructions on how to update the firmware and connect to wifi. Very easy, non issue.

Physical appearance 5/5 The tv is very slim, with a semi gloss screen. The tv looks better at night, but reflectivity is pretty low during the day even with windows near the screen. The stand is sleek and minimal. There are several HDMI and USB ports, along with optical sound output.

Apps: 4/5 When I last checked there were over a dozen apps. There was no HBO Go which was disappointing. I do not know if that will be added or not.

Picture Quality 4/5 When I first setup the tv the picture quality looked pretty mediocre. I discovered that this is due to extraneous settings that overprocess the video. Once I adjusted the settings, bluray and over the air channels looked amazing! I will post my settings at the end of this review. FYI, this is a 60hz panel, although I dont perceive any motion issues. Black levels and colors are great. Plus 4k content is gorgeous (netflix, youtube, amazon).

Value 5/5 For $1000 you cannot beat this tv. The next model up, the JU7100 is $500 more and the only really difference is it is a 120hz panel."


14. LG UF6800

Web browsing, sleek make and quality images from all angles.LG’s UF6800 series sets come with the WebOS 2.0 Smart TV platform alongside a multichannel Surround System. It incorporates each of the aspects featured in theatre screens to bring a beautiful viewing experience to your home. Thin and sleek, you can enjoy excellent pictures from a wide range of angles. At the bottom of the screen run LiveMenu and Launcher, applications that keep you at par with the latest movies and shows. With an upscale capability, you can now watch the sharp game movements at higher clarity. Users can also utilise the pre-installed video streaming applications such as Netflix, M-Go and Amazon Instant Video to access unlimited content.

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Effective), 60Hz(Native)
  • Backlight: Edge LED
  • Smart Functionality: Yes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57.5" x 33.3" x 2.3", TV with stand: 57.5" x 35.5" x 10.3"
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 RF, 1 Component, 1 LAN, 1 Optical

Purchase a 65-inch here: LG Electronics 65UF6800 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "I work at BestBuy and have ALOT of time and experience playing with these things and comparing one brand to another, after virtually writing off 4K because of price, and lack of 4K content, I had put the thought of owning one aside.
But then this year (November 2015) there was a Black Friday sale on the 55" version of this tv for $699 and I immediately started doing some research, based on info from LG I discovered that this was a true 4K, with a 120hz tru motion refresh, with a powerful quad core processor capable of playing compressed MKV, MPEG, and other formats directly from the usb 3.0 slot on the back of TV, and up scaling while playing.

The reviews on the tv however concerned me since they were all over the place, 5 star, 1 star claiming only a 60 hz refresh, 3 and 4 star reviews with positive remarks.

After installing 100's of TV's professionally, and using this one myself for about 2 months now I can strongly recommend it (for the price) I'm able to achieve a much nicer picture than a lot of Samsung base model 4k's that are more expensive. After all the TV's I've dealt with over the years I would say that the Sony's are usually the best and LG's and Vizio's are a close second (depending on model of course). Technically the LG OLED 4K model has the best picture period, but they range from $2000-$5000 and up."


15. Hisense H7GB2

Affordable, Media streaming and numerous connectivity optionsConsidering the range of the brand, the Hisense H7GB2 TV is one of the most affordable 4K TV. Its 50-inch solid screen is a feature to applaud noting that it is not common at this price even among the big names. Hisense H7GB2 offers the connectivity features found in most other brands, namely USB ports, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and the usual audio inputs. Additionally, any 4K TV beginner will be pleased to stream content from applications such as Netflix, Amazon Instant and YouTube as offered in the leading 4K TV models.

  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz. Backlight: LED. Smart Functionality: Yes.Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 44.3'' x 25.6" x 3.2'', TV with stand: 44.3'' x 27.6'' x 9.7''
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, LAN port for Ethernet, 1 Digital Audio Output, 1 RF Input, 1 Earphone Audio Output, 1 RCA Composite Video Input, 1 left/right audio input for compositie, 1 RCA Component Video Input. Accessories Included: 2 AAA batteries, a left and right leg that forms the TV stand, Remote Control, 4 screws, Power cord, User Manual, Quick Start Guide

Purchase a 50-inch here: Hisense 50H7GB2 50-Inch 4K Smart LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "Like most people interested in this TV, at 6pm last night I hit the buy it now button as soon as it was available, but it had sold out instantaneously with a 100% waitlist full. Deflated and disappointed, I went to Walmart this afternoon and they had loads in the back, so I got it without waiting and for the same price, Amazon's loss.

First off, the set offers functions that would cost in the region of $1500 for a name brand including 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports. Internet access is either wireless or through an ethernet port, which is how I wired mine.

Some of the reviews are complaining that there is a picture showing this as 60Hz and not 120Hz as advertised. Please note the picture is referring to the voltage, which is completely different. This has indeed a native 120Hz refresh rate, with up to 480Hz effective which the $800-$1000 big name sets on Black Friday are not.

I am really impressed with the picture quality. The image just pops out and you really can't believe this is a low cost set. Build quality is on par with all but the more expensive models with an approx' 1/2 inch bezel around the matt screen.

The remote is very easy to use, although unfortunately the UI is a bit laggy, especially when using the smart features, but if like me you have a Xbox One, Roku or an AppleTV, it's not really an issue.

One thing this TV offers out the box which none of the other manufacturers do is a 4 year warranty, which could cost another $100 to purchase separately if you owned a model with identical features."

 


16. Seiki SE42UMS

Great for Gaming, Affordable priceAlthough founded in the U.S., Seiki is entirely owned by a Chinese Conglomerate. It may not have the trend of producing big screens but its introduction of the 42-inch SE42UMS TV caused a stir among the big names. Seiki takes pride in releasing an entirely 4K TV at an affordable price, with the outstanding performance of the other big industry players. A notable feature of the SE42UMS is that its resolution is good for gaming, and it correctly converts to a gaming monitor with only a few adjustments. It comes with three HDMI 2.0 inputs, a USB port and HDCP 2.2.

  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (Backlit)
  • Smart Functionality: Not Smart
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 37.48'' x 22.05" x 3.50'', TV with stand: 37.48'' x 23.62'' x 8.19''
  • Inputs: (1) HDMI 2.0, (2) HDMI 1.4, 1 USB
  • Accessories Included: Remote and Stand

Purchase a 42-inch here: Seiki SE42UMS 42-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV (2015 Model)

CUSTOMER REVIEW: "I got this for a steal on Amazon Warehouse so I am pretty pleased, but there is important information you should know about how to make this television perform at its best, particularly when connected to a computer or gaming console. You need to go to Seiki's website and download the new firmware for this television, otherwise there is terrible, horrible input lag that makes playing a game console or using a computer unbearable. However, on the Seiki website it says to only update the firmware if you are having problems with your cable box. Download it anyway and follow their install instructions. They are doing a campaign about updating the firmware but amazingly they didn't bother to update the download page to say that you should install the updates even if you aren't having problems with your cable. I might upgrade to 4 stars but after the (admittedly mild) hassle with the firmware I want to weight. Also, what other people have said is true: the UMS model can work just fine as a gaming or computer screen."


17. Sceptre U658CV-UMC

High quality images, affordable, plenty of connectivity optionsThe Sceptre U658CV-UMC has an outstanding display, which is approximately four times that of a Complete HD TV. It has two HDMI 2.0 inputs, a HDCP input for connection with Blu-Ray and DVD players, and a USB 2.0 port for easy access to stored music. Additionally, you can send or receive audio files to the Sceptre U658CV-UMC using a HDMI cable. It has a high picture quality with features such as image information and contrast comparable to those of big name models. At its low price, the Sceptre is a competitive 4K TV.

  • Superior 4K Picture Enter an unrivaled world of color variation, impressive contrasts, and image detail with 4K resolution (3840 x 2160). Sceptre 4K delivers a superior picture with 8 million pixels, four times more than a 1080P Full HDTV.
  • 4K-UHD Upscaling Enjoy all your videos with UHD upscaling. With an advanced video chipset, Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), or Full High Definition (FHD) will be vividly enhanced to 4k resolution.
  • MEMC 120 With a MEMC 120 (Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation), all action-packed sequences will flow smoothly from frame to frame for the ultimate experience. Enjoy every moment of all your sports, games, and movies with action.
  • HDMI 2.0 Connect all your favorite UHD devices- game consoles, Blu-ray devices, laptops- and stream up to 60 frames a second. HDMI 2.0 ensures you get the best picture and audio quality from your 4K display.
  • HDCP 2.2 Ensures that all the 4K content that is transferred from a source (Blu-Ray player, DVD player, etc.) to the display (the TV) is secured with copyright protection. Sceptre is compliant with HDCP 2.2 on all of its 4K UHD TVs.

Purchase a 42-inch here: Sceptre U658CV-UMC U 65" 4K LED Ultra HDTV 3840x2160 HDMI 2.0 (Solid Black)

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