When High Definition (HD) display resolution was introduced to the world, it was a concrete proof that the future was here. With its 720p resolution, a lot of us thought our screens just couldn’t get better than this. We were wrong though, because soon enough 1080p or ‘Full HD’ took over and became the ultimate standard display. Think that was the best technology could get? If you’ve been up to date with the latest tech news, you’d know Ultra HD (UHD) or 4K TVs are replacing HD and Full HD slowly but surely from our screens.
Ultra HD 4K has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 which is three times better than the standard 1080p display. TV companies are now selling their latest products with 4K resolution and if you’re thinking of buying a new TV for your living room or your bedroom, it’s time you upgrade to UltraHD 4K display as well.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A 4K TV?
According to the well-known YouTuber, Paul’s Hardware, there are four things you need to be looking for when you’re planning to buy a 4K TV
Rule # 1: Seek the Ideal Inputs
A good indicator for a smarter 4K purchase is to make sure there are at least 3 HDMI 2.0A and at least one HDCP 2.2 input on the TV of your choice. The HDMI 2.0A gives the support for the 3840 x 2160 resolution, HDR and WCG (Wide Color Gamut). The HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection which is needed to play copyright protected content. Additionally, you may want to find a 4K TV that has the Display Port 1.4, although this input is much more common on PC monitors than in a TV.
Rule # 2: HDR
When you’re out buying the latest 4K TV, you need to look for one that has HDR support. This recent development separates the new 4K models from the older ones. With the HDR input, your TV can display a wider range of colors and can make the visuals a lot more jaw-dropping than the 4K TVs that don’t have HDR.
Rule # 3: Panel Technology
The latest development in the screen panels is the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode). TVs with the OLED panel provide ideal lighting and colors. OLED panels do not require a backlight and are sufficient just by themselves to provide the best quality display. They can be a little expensive though so another alternative is to have the panel as an LCD and the back-light as LED. The LCD creates the colors and the LED provides the light in the back.
The LED backlight comes in different variations too. The LED Full Array with Local Dimming is the best of its kind with a complete LED coverage in the back and the localized dimming areas to adjust to the darker scenes. The more average LED is the Full Array that completely coves the back light without adjustments to the darker scenes. Coming in the last place is the Edge Lit that only lights up the back panel from the edges.
The LCD display also varies in quality, with the best being PLS and IPS, and the worst being VA and TN. So when you’re looking for a 4K TV, make sure to thoroughly search for the right specs.
Rule # 4: Resist the Curves
While the curve edges on a TV may look classy and stylish, they’re not all that great for a TV screen display. Although this is a more personal opinion and can vary from person to person, it’s definitely a thought to consider
BEST 4K TVs IN THE MARKET
Now that you know what to look for in a 4K TV, you can make a wise choice when you go out TV-shopping. To help you even further in this ordeal, here are three 4K TVs worth considering:
LG OLED C7 [High-End]
The super slim LG OLED C7 is probably one of the best in the world of 4K TVS. It has the OLED display panels, four HDMI inputs, LAN, webOS 3.5 smart platform, three USB ports among other features. It even has a ‘Magic Remote’ which makes the TV a lot more easy to use. The HDR picture quality is excellent and gives you a real cinematic effect.
The LG OLED C7 has one major drawback though – it is super expensive and may even cost you an organ to buy. It has a price tag of $4000 to $5000 US dollars, but hopefully with the 4K market expanding, the prices are likely to drop.
Samsung KS9000 SUHD 4k Ultra HD HDR TV [Mid to High-End]
The Samsung KS9000 meets the requirements of a great 4K TV with its HDR compatibility and its impressive picture quality. The Samsung KS9000 works on an LCD panel and an LED backlight so even though it lacks the OLED feature, the depth and colors of the display are truly wonderful. One interesting feature of this TV is that it can adjust and upscale the contrast in non HDR content. With its slim, flat design and wide range of inputs including the HDMI inputs, this 4K TV might be the best non-OLED TV in the market right now.
There’s a catch though: the sound quality doesn’t come up to the same standards as the rest of its features. Furthermore, it might not be as costly as the LG OLED models, but it still is pretty expensive (US $2000).
Vizio M Series[Mid to Affordable]
If you’re looking for something relatively more affordable, the Vizio M series might just be the perfect match for you. These 4K TVs have an impeccable picture quality and are a really good bargain at US $1200 only. Sure, this might seem like an overwhelming figure but trust me, it’s a lot cheaper than the other 4K TV models. The Vizio M series are HDR format compatible and come with a smart remote. Plus they have a wide range of different screen sizes.
There are a few drawbacks though. Firstly, there aren’t many inputs – only five HDMI and one USB port. The smart features and apps don’t work that great on some models liek the M55 C2. Furthermore, they do not have a built-in tuner and the tuner has to be bought separately.
Other 4K TVs Worth Considering
- LG OLED B6
- Vizio P Series
- Sony XBR-X930D
- Samsung UNKS8000