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The revolution in technology is becoming dynamic by the day and better innovations are being unleashed daily. There is no exception in the TV world. 4K TVs are the new screens in town and everyone is eyeing to get an upgrade in their living room with the latest and most affordable 4K TV they can lay their hands on. 4K TVs come with a wide range of features and an improved viewer of superb quality content.
From in built Wi-Fi to streaming options such as Amazon Prime, BBC, and Netflix, eliminating the hustle of using streaming boxes and cables, to larger screen sizes, better screen resolution, and exceptional picture quality, you can now enjoy watching films in 4K without the need of a Blue-Ray player or PC.
4K TVs, also known as Ultra HD or UHD, have pixels- the small dots that form a picture- four times more than a Full HD TV. This produces a sharper, clearer picture with extra definition and fine detail.
We sampled 10 of the best 4K TVs in 2018 and came up with this detailed review listing down the design features and performance, pros and cons of each. Take a look below.
Best 4K TVs in 2018
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|4K TV NAME||TV SIZE IN INCHES||SCREEN TYPE|
|LG B6P 4K HDR SMART TV||AVAILABLE IN 55 AND 65”||OLED|
|SONY BRAVIA XBR65A1E 4K TV||AVAILABLE IN 55, 65 AND 77”||OLED|
|VIZIO M SERIES 2017||AVAILABLE IN 50, 55, 65, 70, AND 75”||LED|
|SAMSUNG Q9F TV||AVAILABLE IN 65, AND 75”||QLED|
|LG C7 TV||AVAILABLE IN 55, AND 65”||OLED|
|SAMSUNG QNQ7F SERIES||SIZE RANGE 55”||XLED|
|SAMSUNG MU8000 4K TV||AVAILABLE IN 55, 65, AND 75”||QLED|
|Samsung MU7000 Series||AVAILABLE IN 40, 49, 55, AND 65”||LED|
|SONY X930E HDR SMART TV||AVAILABLE IN 55 AND 65”||LED|
|LG OLED65E6P||AVAILABLE IN 55 AND 65”||OLED|
1. LG B6P 4K HDR Smart TV - The High-end Choice
Ranked as LG’s most affordable OLED TV, the LG OLED B6P has spectacular picture quality similar to the G6 OLED Super-Premium Signature.
• It’s slimmer than an iPhone 6.
• The TV’s hardware is placed in the middle lower section of the TV’s rear, with a 9-inch depth extension.
• It weighs a total of 43 pounds and 35.7 pounds excluding the table top mount.
• It comes with a Magic Motion remote control with dedicated buttons.
The LG OLED B6P has a provision for two High Dynamic Range formats, Dolby Vision and HRD10 which produce great image quality when watching HDR footage obtained from Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs or streamed from Amazon and Netflix. Dolby Vision will soon diversify to Ultra HD Blu-Ray and will, in essence, boost the picture quality by adjusting the TV’s contrast capabilities.
WebOS 3.0 empowers LG’s operating system. It substitutes pointing the remote control with the use of dedicated key buttons to access menu settings. It also allows open apps to run in the background for quick access. You don’t need to reload Amazon when you switch to another channel and resume back to watch. You continue watching instantly from the point you left off.
The LG OLED B6P offers superb picture quality given that it has excellent black level components, enhanced brightness, and stunning color capability.
This TV has well-defined contrast and clean lines. It has a vibrant deep color with refined shades perfectly projected. Watching HDR content here projects colors in films which you never noticed before on LED TVs.
It has spectacular levels of brightness. Images never appear washed out when bright light rays project through the room’s window while watching TV on a sunny day.
2. Sony Bravia XBR65A1E 4K TV - Stylish, Unique, and Incredible
Sony has heavily invested in its product design over the years and this investment has been greatly injected on the Bravia A1E. The main concept behind the A1E was on developing 100% great picture, and maintaining minimum body work around the image.
The Sony AIE OLED TV has a profound picture quality stemming from its outstanding uniform deep blacks. It has the capability to produce a wide array of colors which when linked together with its smooth gradients brings out superb HDR content..
It has brilliant motion capabilities with no trails following moving objects. Flicker is used to improve clarity. Input lag is however quite high, having a 1080p input, whereas the support stand is set on a slope
This TV has an exceptionally slim black frame surrounding the screen’s four sides. There’s no appearance of a stand, speaker, or Sony logo posing as a distraction while you watch the TV.
The back protrudes outwards to form the stand, creating a strong support to the television. The screen forms the anterior portion of the stand. The TV needs to be placed on a big sized table.
The A1E has a great rear view, with a textile grill cover on top of the stand and in built speakers. This is detachable if wall mount inputs need to be accessed. The reflective finish is however quite hard to access when the television is mounted on the wall. The stand folds in when the TV is mounted. This makes it to slightly stick out from the wall.
The A1E is quite cool and doesn’t get super warm. The broadest and warmest part of the television is situated at the center. A lot of heat is also emitted at the lower edge.
The picture quality is remarkable. The perfect black uniformity coupled with the infinite contrast ratio present an impressive dark room performance. Its high contrast creates a brilliant display of bright scenes.
When placed in a bright room, its performance is less cosmological resulting from the peak brightness being normal. A1’s wide view places it as a perfect choice for people with wide entertainment rooms. The picture quality is still great even for far off viewers.
Gray uniformity works great and the dirty screen effect isn’t an issue. HDR is also exceptional, for both HDR games and movies. HDR content overshadows SDR content owing to high peak brightness, a wide color scope, and a high contrast.
A1’s motion handling is excellent. The exceptional response time yields no vision blur. Motion Flow option can improve this further by flickering the light output and ultimately clearing the persistence blur.
All common signal inputs are supported by the A1E support. Any type of content can, therefore, be played. 4K signal input lag is low which is a plus for gamers. However, with a 1080p signal, it yields a high input lag, disappointing competitive gamers.
The sound quality is better compared to the average TV but it falters when it’s at max volume.
The Sony A1E OLED TV operates on Android, posing a challenge for navigation. It offers access to Google Play Store for more apps.
The remote has an Action Menu button that eases the navigation challenge by listing the settings, minimizing the need for navigation to the main settings app.
You can also do a voice search by speaking directly into the remote’s microphone without the need to go through the interface.
3. Vizio M Series 2017 - Smart and Realistic
Ranked in Vizio’s top-center level of televisions, the Vizio M Series offers TV magnificence and is viewed as a miniature of the brand’s idea.
It has 4K resolution, a full display local dimming, support for major HDR formats, and a free tablet to propel Vizio’s SmartCast user interface. Its low price makes it highly competitive.
The M Series weighs 57 pounds. It has a rectangular shape, with a slim half inch bezel display design. The side pieces have a silver beading while the legs align in a paper clip shape.
The accessories include an AC power cable, an HDMI cable, remote and batteries and stand screws. Also included is an Android tablet, a charging station, and a detachable charging cable.
The TV has a backlighting full array making it appear thicker, estimating to 2.5 inches. The rear panel hosts a number of inputs excluding the coaxial input owing to the TV having no in-built tuner.
Only a single HDMI 1 input supports HDR sources and 4K resolution. The remaining four inputs support 4K resolution only. For a gaming console or an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player, you can connect them to HDMI 1.
The Vizio M Series has superb picture quality. Its black uniformity and contrast ratio enables remarkable performance in dark rooms by perfectly displaying deep blacks. It, however, has challenges countering the glare in a bright room with sharp reflections.
It has an average gray uniformity and a not so good dirty screen effect. Its viewing angle is also poor. HDR is great on this TV. The combination of local dimming, wide color gamut and a high HDR peak brightness creates a great look in HDR games and movies.
Dolby Vision is supported and a firmware update for HDR10 has been incorporated. This is an important update since it’s the preferred Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs format.
Vizio substituted its Smart TV interface with Google Cast technology. The M-Series along with the E-Series and P-Series operate on this technology. The controls have been transferred to the SmartCast App. The stripped remote still performs simple functions such power on and off, volume and switching inputs, but all other controls are located in the Android tablet.
The tablet connects to the TV by holding it in the corner and thereafter links both devices to the local network. It has streaming apps such as Vudu, Netflix, and YouTube installed and more options can be found on Google Play.
It has average Motion handling. The response time is great creating a short blur trail following objects moving fast. This can also be completely cleared through flickering.
Movies from Blu-Ray play smoothly and there’s a bit of judder when playing movies from cable or HTPC.
4. Samsung Q9F TV - Quality Redefined
The Samsung Q9F has a brilliant design, glowing brightness, well-defined color, and an attractive detailed excellent rendering.
The Q9F has its front and back sides totally flat and is just an inch thick, this being credited to its OneConnect breakout box housing the ports and electronics.
The TV is a bit deeper with well-polished metallic sides highlighting the monolithic impression. The display panel hosts only the power connection together with the OneConnect Box’s fiber optical port which may be routed via the stand.
It has a minimal gap when mounted on a wall since it’s slim with no bulge protruding at the bottom. If you prefer mounting it on a table stand, the stand has a firm grip, with a width of 12.8 inches wide for a much stable base.
The audio performance of the Q9F is remarkable considering the television is quite slim.
The OneRemote is good looking, uncluttered, and universal, needing no user interference. This means that the remote is automated to support any device attached to the TV. Upon selecting the device as the current input, it switches modes automatically to gain its control.
There is a transport mode where the center button and four-function circular cursor serve as the FF, Rewind, Play/Pause, Begin and end controls.
The on-screen interface is excellent. The previously used app is automatically selected. The Blu-Ray app is at the far right. The app arrangement is simple and can be changed to fit your preference.
This TV has rich color. It accurately replicates a vast array of colors, displaying images with a sharply detailed definition.
Panning and Motion are smooth with a hardware refresh rate of 120Hz. The HDR content detail is stunning. HDR+ allows other material to benefit from the Q9F’s superior brightness and wide color space.
The TV’s blacks are exceptional compared to other LCD TVs. In regards to brightness, the brightness measure is approximately 700 nits with SDR material. The picture quality is far much superior to OLED.
Samsung’s firmware is updatable. The TV possesses chops that render Dolby Vision but it’s still unclear whether the present QLEDs and SUHDs will ever get an upgrade to support it.
5. LG C7 TV - Real Elegance and Style
The LG OLEDC7P displays superb picture quality. It has a high brightness intensity and is able to display an array of colors making it a good HDR performer.
The C7P has a great design and portrays a great presence in a room. Its style is similar to the 2016 LG OLED but with minor artistic improvements. There are no curved options in 2017. The third top part of the screen is quite slim compared to the LG B6.
The TV stand comes with a polished metallic finish giving it a firm support. It is small-sized, fitting comfortably on most entertainment tables.
The rear side has a detachable cable control hook for managing cables. The controls are also positioned on this side. When mounted on the wall, it will be difficult to access some inputs. The cable control hook can be detached to lie flat against the wall.
The borders are slim and look great. The top appears to be extremely slim when viewed from an angle. The body quality is superb giving the television a solid feel. The screen top is rather slim making movement a bit cumbersome.
The LG OLEDC7P gets just slightly warm with the even heat on the display as the pixels emit light.
Picture quality is magnificent. The perfect blacks and unlimited contrast ratio create an incredible movie watching experience when placed in a dark room. Quality is similarly great in a bright room resulting from the television’s brightness that counters the room’s glare and reflections.
A wide view angle and the gray uniformity place the C7 as a favorite selection for a group of people watching sports. It has great HDR peak brightness, seamless contrast ratio, and a wide color range coverage hence creating popping HDR content. On the other hand, exceptionally bright scenes in SDR will dim.
The C7 has a generally great uniformity. Some faded perpendicular lines appear when you check closely and the right side feels warmer than the other part of the screen but this doesn’t reflect as you watch normal content. There’s a small dirty screen effect which is nice more so when watching sports.
Standardizing the TV is quite easy with a detailed and responsive white balance. The color space management, however, is seemingly less responsive compared to the white balance and this is a common occurrence in LG TVs.
Motion handling is excellent with a short response time resulting in no motion blur. There’s no default flicker to reduce blur. It is capable of playing movies from many sources with no vibration and is able to incorporate content to a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Input lag is low while in game mode, making it quite responsive. Any content can be displayed since all common input resolutions are supported.
6. Samsung QNQ7F Series - Great Innovation, Superior Design
The QNQ7F QLED TV is cheap, with amazing ‘invisible’ fiber optic cabling linked to an external connection box, allowing easy and neat installations. It has the ability to automatically control connected equipment by simply using the remote. It has a beautiful visual appeal, from the remote control to the TV stand and exterior.
The Q7F’s front side is an almost full picture with a slim black silver edged border and a small Chrome Samsung logo. From a side view, it is super slim, measuring 1.8 inches deep.
It has a simple attractive tubular bar stand on the front with an angled support that presents the TV as hanging in space.
The back has textured flat lines and covers that hide the invisible connection which is a slim fiber optic running between the TV and an independent OneConnect box where the USB devices, antenna, and AV gear are plugged.
The cable isn’t totally invisible, rather it’s small and slim enough to run over the wall without being spotted depending on the wall’s color. The TV comes with a 16-foot cable which is a convenient size. The thin wire and power cables can be tucked in a channel at the stand’s rear side.
There’s also a no-gap wall mount that’s optional which fits into the same lower socket used by the stand. It positions the television flat against the wall, enables simple flattening, and is fairly simple to install. The Q7F also works well with standard mounts but they similarly create a big gap between the wall and the TV.
The remote can automatically identify and control connected devices. There’s also an in built infrared in the OneConnect box enabling the remote signals to access gear located in cabinets or hidden elsewhere.
Cable Box Control gives you freedom from cable companies since your cable box becomes incorporated into the TV’s Home Menu together with its own icon. The on-screen display allows you to choose the box’s guide, DVR recordings, change channels or main menu, all through Samsung’s TV remote.
It can fast forward as well as pause through commercials by means of a pop-up menu. Direct-dial channel numbers are also available with access to special keys such as ‘Last’, A, B, C, D using pop-ups. Voice commands are also present.
HDR 4K streaming from Amazon and Netflix is available in addition to Fandango-powered TV Plus app, though Samsung’s Vudu app doesn’t support HDR or 4K. The UltraFlix app has various niche 4K content with 4K support for the YouTube app. Additionally, you get other apps such as Plex, HBO, and Hulu. You can access more apps by connecting external devices such as Apple TV or Roku.
The Q7 has an LED backlight that’s edge lit with local dimming. It supports HDR content in standard HDR10 and HDR10+ formats. It, however, doesn’t have Dolby Vision HDR support.
Performance is great in dimly lit environments. The black levels are fairly darker. The TV, however, gets fairly bright on dynamic mode.
On movie mode, the color accuracy is outstanding before and after standardization. In video processing, it delivers 1080p/24 film tempo on a film basis and a full motion resolution of 1,200 on a video basis.
7. Samsung MU8000 4K TV - Smarter and Brighter
The Samsung MU8000 is a full functional 4K LED TV offering superb picture quality. A vast variety of content will project well on this television. It additionally supports up-to-date features, such as HDR.
The MU8000 has a great design. The stand offers steady support to the TV, though it may become too wide to fit in some entertainment tables. It has fairly small edges and it’s quite slim. This brings out a great look when it’s mounted on the wall or placed on a stand.
The rear has a good looking texture finish, a more secure feel, and flatter seams. It is fitted with cable management tracks. Wall mounting spacers are also available.
The MU8000 maintains a cool temperature despite extensive use, getting slightly warm along the bottom side. The OneConnect box remains cool, never rising beyond 32 °C.
Picture quality is superb. The native contrast is high, providing fine deep blacks that create a great movie watching experience when placed in a dark room. It also has great bright room performance, bright enough to counter the room’s brightness.
This TV utilizes a VA panel with a comparatively short viewing angle, downgrading the picture quality when positioned off center. The gray consistency is ideal with minimal dirty screen effect which is great for watching sports.
With regard to HDR, it functions exceptionally well, displaying a vast array of colors. Contrary to this, local dimming isn’t appealing. Peak brightness on movie mode is remarkable but not sufficient enough to make HDR better than SDR.
Black uniformity is well controlled with no visible clouding at the corners or lower edge. With local dimming set at maximum, the dominant vertical bloom is much more obvious owing to both TV sides appearing darker. This feature, however, cannot be completely turned off to display the TV’s accurate native black uniformity.
Motion handling is exceptional. Response time is minimal resulting in a short trail accompanying fast moving objects. The backlight flickers making the motion better and it is also adjustable.
Movies from different sources such as Blu-Ray players, DVDs, satellite and cable boxes, and native streaming apps can be smoothly displayed without judder.
When set to PC or gaming mode, it has minimal input lag thus creating a responsive feel. It also supports most of the common HDMI input signals. This allows it to play most content including HDR.
Sound replication is quite poor. The TV’s speakers create a high distortion at all sound levels. At lower levels, it provides a rather flat response but instantly goes dark on high volumes. It can get quite loud but the volume is best kept below 80dB since density and pumping artifacts appear more obvious beyond that point.
The MU8000 functions on Samsung’s Tizen platform which has received a visual repair and is currently having a white theme and better animations. This repair has however resulted in the interface having more frame drops and irregular animations. Speed and responsiveness are however not affected.
Voice commands on the remote’s microphone save users the time of navigating through the interface by accessing apps and directly changing settings.
A majority of the highly popular apps such as YouTube and Netflix have been installed. More apps are downloadable from the listed app store. The apps run well and function perfectly.
The Samsung MU7000 is an exceptional 4k TV with great blacks and deep owing to a high contrast.
It offers a wide color gamut that is great for HDR.
Video games have a low input lag and overall, the TV has a superb look while in a room.
The MU7000 has a great design. The TV stand is quite similar to other Samsung TVs. It offers a stable support but is shaky when it is knocked. The rear has a simple design and is well textured. All inputs are located on the TV’s side and are quite easy to access even when mounted on a wall or placed too close to furniture.
The borders are really slim and have a brilliant look. The metal finish is an upgrade from the commonly used plastic borders and it offers the TV a stylish look.
The TV has a slim look with the stand detached and it has a perfect fit when wall-mounted. The stand sticks out and shouldn’t be pushed back too close to the wall without using an alternative mount.
The TV screen gets really warm on the lower edge where backlight LEDs are positioned. When touched, however, it feels slightly warm. Overall, the temperature is okay.
The MU7000 LED TV offers superb picture quality. The excellent black uniformity and the high contrast ratio offer a great movie watching experience in a dark room. It’s however not exquisite when set in a bright room since it doesn’t have enough brightness to counter the room’s glare.
The gray uniformity is wonderful and the dirty screen effect isn’t a problem regardless of the content being watched. The viewing angle, on the other hand, is poor, this being a result of the VA panel. This makes the TV more suitable for the living room where viewers will sit directly in front of it.
With regard to HDR, it isn’t exceptional despite having a wide color gamut. This is because it becomes too bright and the local dimming feature isn’t available.
Motion handling is okay, with an average response time, creating a faint trail on fast moving objects. Minimizing the backlight results to image flickering. Black frame insertion functions to remove fast-paced content.
There is some minimal judder as you watch movies but this isn’t noticeable. The 60Hz panel can incorporate lower frame rate content.
The TV supports many common input signals and HDR and displays most content really well. The low input lag works great for competitive gamers.
Sound replication is average. It is clear when the volume is minimal but would function well with external speakers or a sound bar.
The MU7000 operates on Samsung’s Tizen Smart Platform also known as Smart Hub. The interface’s main feature is the Smart Hub which is a thin bar at the screen’s bottom offering fast access to most of the TV’s features. It has a great design and has easy navigation.
The remote is quite simple with few buttons and an in-built microphone enabling voice commands which can search for content and change settings.
9. Sony X930E HDR Smart TV - Perfection and Dominion
The Sony X930E 4K TV is superb with superior picture quality. It is bright and functions well with HDR. Motion and input lag are great.
The X930E has a great design. The stylish plastic cover panels and in-built cable guides create an excellent cable management. The body is well made. The borders are slim and good looking. They are designed with metal. It is slim enough to be mounted flat on the wall.
The temperature is fairly cool, warming up slightly after a long use. Its power brick, however, gets to 42 °C, but this isn’t a cause of panic.
The X930E has superb picture quality. Its perfect black uniformity and great contrast ratio give it a superb dark room performance. Great handling of reflection and high SDR peak brightness counter the room’s glare giving it a great bright room performance.
It has average gray uniformity with minimal dirty screen effect. The viewing angle is narrow, degrading the colors and the black levels when watching off center. Superb HDR peak brightness and great color replication make this TV a preferred option.
Motion handling is great with low response time, making fast moving objects to have a clear display. The optional black frame insertion enables visible flicker to be increased, making moving objects clearer.
There is a bit of judder experienced when movies are played through a home theater PC or a cable. There is a 120Hz panel that can incorporate content with a lower frame rate.
There are a variety of in-built inputs. All common input signals are supported by HDMI ports. There is a great input lag in game mode while displaying a 4K input and a poor input lag while displaying a 1080p input. The sound quality is average.
The X930E’s smart OS is Android TV. It, however, is quite hard to navigate compared to other smart OS, giving first-time users a hard time. The remote’s Action Menu button displays a list of common settings to ease navigation. It has a wide app selection downloadable from Google Store. The remote has an in-built microphone used for voice search.
10. LG OLED65E6P - Perfect blacks
The LG E6 OLED TV offers superb picture quality. It has a perfect black and infinite contrast ratio creating a popping picture. It has no motion blur whatsoever.
The LG B6 has an attractive high-end look. The top part is quite slim. The speakers and stand are flush with the table’s surface. The stand is simple, made of plastic and extends from the speaker’s flat surface center.
The rear has a dark purple shiny textured finish. There’s no need for a special mount as in other OLED TVs. The borders are impressive. The anterior glass is positioned directly on the TV’s rear panel.
From a side view, the top part is quite slim. The lower section is thicker on the rear side. This makes the screen not be flat when mounted on the wall. This also affects some connections on the back and the cable management hanger.
Picture quality for watching movies is exceptional. The OLED panel enhances black performance. It has great color quality and HDR support. Peak brightness is better compared other OLED TVs. Content from different sources is well displayed. Light reflections are counted by the screen coating. 3D is an added advantage.
Motion handling is excellent and motion blur is minimum. Options are available to incorporate content up to 120 frames per second. Movies from Blu-Ray or streaming apps play smoothly, but this is not the case in all sources.
The TV supports a vast resolution range up until 60Hz. It has a not so low input lag. Sound quality is great. Response to frequency is exceptional and distortion is managed well when the volume isn’t set so high.
The E6P comes with WebOS 3.0 that has a silky design and a well responding interface. Apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Video are installed and loaded on the screen for quick access. More apps can be downloaded from the LG Content Store.
The remote has a pointer that makes navigating through menus easy. All inputs are available for connecting devices.
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