Best 3D TV & Smart TVs to Buy

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 10, 2017
What seemed impossible a couple of decades ago has now become a reality. With 3D and Smart TVs you can access the Internet, watch movies online on a big screen and even play games. Check out our latest review and pick the model you like better. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Panel Type
Motion Rate
Viewing Angles
CPU
Smart Software
Remote
3D Support
Number of Glasses
Interfaces
Supported Formats
Tuner
Sound
 
PROS

Clearaudio+ technology provides a high-quality sound. A fabulous picture is ensured with built-in 4K Processor X1. Moreover, you can connect a game controller to your Sony Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV.

CONS
3D vision glasses are not included.
OUR VERDICT

Due to its OS, this high-technology TV provides the access to a wide range of Internet content, including Google Play. The gamers will appreciate the support of PlayStation 3 games without the game console connected.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
55'', 65'', 75''
Display Resolution
3840 x 2160 pixels
Panel Type
VA
Motion Rate
120Hz
Viewing Angles
178/178 degrees
CPU

4K X1 Processor

Smart Software
Android TV
Remote
One-Flick Remote
3D Support
Active
Number of Glasses
No
Interfaces
3x USB, 1x MHL, 4x HDMI, 1x Audio out, 1x RS-232C Input, 1x Subwoofer out, 1x AC Power input, 2x Analog audio input, Bluetooth version 4.1, 1x Component video in, 2x Composite video in, 1x Digital audio output, 1x Ethernet connecti
Supported Formats
MPEG1, MPEG2PS, MPEG2TS, AVCHD, MP4Part10, MP4Part2, AVI (MotinJpeg), MOV, WMV, MKV, WEBM, 3GPP, MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, JPEG
Tuner
ATSC/Clear QAM/NTSC
Sound
2 speakers (10W each)
PROS

This 3D & Smart TV boasts the cutting-edge curved design and provides the maximum resolution used as a common standard today. The motion rate is outstanding, which means the picture is always stunning, and your eyes don't get tired. This Samsung Smart TV model is available in various screen size options so that you can find the suitable one.

CONS

The curved screen makes watching this Smart TV somewhat uncomfortable for a group of people.

OUR VERDICT

This is certainly one of the best Smart TVs produced today. It tops all its counterparts in image quality and has the UHD Evolution Kit that allows you to upgrade the device.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
40'', 48'', 50'', 55'', 65'', 78''
Display Resolution
3840 x 2160 pixels
Panel Type
S-PVA
Motion Rate
240Hz
Viewing Angles
178/178 degrees
CPU
Quad-core
Smart Software
Smart Hub
Remote
Samsung Smart Control TM1560B
3D Support
Active
Number of Glasses
1 (SSG-5150GB)
Interfaces
4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x Ethernet, 1x Component, 1x Composite IN(AV), 1x RF IN (Terrestrial/Cable input), 1x Digital audio out (optical), 1x Audio out (mini jack), 1x RS232C
Supported Formats
DivX HD, JPEG, JPS, MPO, AC3 (Dolby Digital), EAC3, HE-AAC, AAC, MP2, MP3, PC M, DTS, WMA
Tuner
DTV TUNER ATSC / Clear QAM
Sound
2 speakers (10W each) and 2 woofers (10W each)
PROS

The full-screen app launcher displays all the applications and ensures an instant search, and media organization. The VM50 processor and the intelligent algorithms are used for image processing.

CONS

There are no control elements (buttons) on the TV case.

OUR VERDICT
VIZIO Smart LED TV is a good value for money. The unique highlighting technology consists of 32 active light-emitting-diode zones providing a high-quality performance.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
43'', 49'', 50'', 55'', 60'', 65'', 70'', 75'', 80''
Display Resolution
3840 x 2160 pixels
Panel Type
VA
Motion Rate
120Hz
Viewing Angles
176/176 degrees
CPU
V6 Six-core: Quad-core GPU + Dual-core CPU
Smart Software
VIA
Remote
Remote Control XRT500
3D Support
No
Number of Glasses
No
Interfaces
1x USB, 5x HDMI, 1x Tuner, 1x Ethernet, 1x Component, 1x Composite, HDCP 2.2 support, 1x Analog audio out, 1xDigital audio out
Supported Formats
Xvid, WMV, TS, MKV, H263/264/265, DivX, AVI, 3GPP, WAV, WMA, OGG, MP3, MIDI, M4A, FLAC, eACC+/AAC, JPEG, GIF, PNG
Tuner
ATSC/Clear QAM/NTSC
Sound
2 speakers (10W each)
PROS

This LG Smart TV stands out for its easy and clear operation. The multitasking OS includes a large amount of pre-installed premium content (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus etc). A low energy consumption is another pleasant advantage of this TV.

CONS

The refresh rate of the TV is not high in comparison with competitors.

OUR VERDICT
LG Smart LED TV has all necessary features for browsing Internet content. Besides, it automatically analyses the picture signal for increasing accuracy, contrast, and color level.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
55''
Display Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
IPS
Motion Rate
60Hz
Viewing Angles

178/178 degrees

CPU

Dual-Core

Smart Software
WEB OS
Remote
Remote Controller L-Con
3D Support
No
Number of Glasses
No
Interfaces
2x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x RF in, 1x Optical, 1x Ethernet, 1x RS232C, 1x Composite in, 1x Component in (shared with composite)
Supported Formats
DivX HD, JPEG, MP3
Tuner
ATSC/NTSC
Sound
2 speakers (10W each)
PROS

Roku apps are very simple and stable in operation. The homepage has a simplified view for an easier search. There is a special app that allows you to control this Smart TV from your cell phone or tablet.

CONS
The remote is very small, which some users find uncomfortable.
OUR VERDICT

Excellent Smart TV for people who want to enjoy the high-quality picture even in the most dynamic scenes. TCL Smart TV has many connection interfaces.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
28'', 32'', 40'', 48'', 50'', 55''
Display Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
VA
Motion Rate
120Hz
Viewing Angles
176/176 degrees
CPU
Dual-core
Smart Software
Roku
Remote
RC280 Remote Control
3D Support
No
Number of Glasses
No
Interfaces
3x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x Component video in, 1x Composite video in, 1x RF
Supported Formats
DivX HD, JPEG, MP3
Tuner
Digital TV Tuner
Sound
2 speakers (8W each)

What are 3D Tv And Smart Tvs

Nowadays, there's a huge variety of TV sets on the market, yet smart TVs are on top of all others because of incredible image quality and stunning entertainment capabilities. In fact, any TV that allows you to connect to the Internet and stream online videos is considered to belong to Smart TVs. But that's not all! Some TVs not only boast impressive connectivity but allow you to feel involved in what's happening on the screen thanks to 3D support. There are scores of Smart TV reviews and 3D TV reviews on the web, but we've decided to choose the best 3D TVs and Smart TVs so that you can pick the one you truly need. A Smart TV makes it easy to access video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO or YouTube. Of course, a Smart TV allows you to watch movies online too. And if your Smart TV has 3D support, you can enjoy your favorite movies and feel all the depth of video playback.

However, if you want a bit simpler TV without 3D support, make sure to check our shortlist of the best big sreen LED TV sets.

What Features to Compare

When you are choosing a modern 3D and Smart TV you should check the Image Quality each model is able to provide. Of course, you need to be sure of what screen size you want - this is, actually, a diagonal of the screen. The screen size must be picked carefully, don't forget to check if it fits your room. Next, pay close attention to screen resolution, because the higher it is the more detailed the picture will be. Another important issue is the type of panel used in every Smart TV - different manufacturers use various panels. A panel is responsible for color reproduction, brightness, color depth, and so on. Most companies producing 3D Smart TVs use cutting-edge IPS panels (they provide wide viewing angles), S-PVA panels (these produce a high-quality, deep black color), whereas Sharp, for example, uses its own UVA panels (which stand somewhat in between IPS and S-PVA panels in terms of image quality).

The next step to make when picking the best Smart TV is to consider all its Smart Capabilities. In other words, you should fully realize what a Smart TV is up to, what kind of software it uses, how easy the controls are, etc. The very Smart TV name means you can go online, use streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, watch videos on YouTube online, and enjoy different widgets. Thus, a Smart TV allows you not only to watch cable or satellite television but makes it possible for you to watch a Full HD or 4K movie online or even log on to your accounts on social networks. Moreover, some Smart TVs have a voice control support, so you can just pronounce names of movies, and the device will find them automatically. No need to say, all 3D and Smart TVs come with handy remotes, the best of which control function like a computer mouse - you move them, and the pointer on the screen follows each movement of your hand. If you choose a Smart TV that also supports 3D mode, make sure to check what type of 3D technology is used. It can be either active or passive. Active 3D TVs quickly alternate pictures displayed on the screen, while glasses control which of your eyes sees every picture. Passive 3D technology is way simpler: half pixels of a panel are used to display the picture for your left eye and another half - for your right eye. This way, you perceive the picture with both eyes at a time.

In the end, there's another important issue you need to pay attention to and we've called it Interfaces and Sound. Modern Smart TVs have a variety of ports for incoming and outbound signals (both audio and video). Any good TV must have several USB ports through which you can connect flash drives or external HDDs for watching movies, listening to music, or watching photos. There's one more 'must-have': HDMI via which you can connect a 3D and Smart TV to a computer or laptop and use it as a monitor. No need to say, all Smart TVs have WiFi support - that's how they connect to the Internet. But some users prefer cable connection for the sake of better transfer speed. Also, the best 3D and Smart TVs have so-called component, composite, and optical inputs for connecting multi-channel sound systems and external video recording devices. And, of course, any good Smart TV must ensure a good sound quality. Manufacturers usually use a couple of speakers of different power output (the higher the better), though some producers even install woofers to add some bass to the sound.

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Sony XBR55X850C 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV

One Chip Changes Everything

We are completely convinced that Sony XBR55X850C 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV can't leave anyone unimpressed! A powerful Sony 4K Processor X1 ensures an ultimate definition of any picture regardless of the format. A powerful X1 is the basis of 4k quality providing the definition, brilliance and high contrast irrespective of a picture source. Every source is analyzed by 4K X-Reality PRO intellectual system for a detailed elaboration of 4K. As a result, SD and HD video are extremely high-quality. No matter what you watch, a picture has accurate color and refined textures. Triluminos display increases contrast for ideal reproduction of light and deep black color. Also, this unique display reduces noise. It's worth mentioning that 4K X-Reality PRO compares fragments of a picture with the database to find a better tint, depth, and brightness for every pixel. It was figured out that  the knowledge gained while creating movies and TV shows is used for a more realistic picture. Another significant feature is that 4K Processor X1 improves the quality of contrast lighting algorithms X-tended Dynamic Range and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO for a picture with display resolutions 2K and 4K and results in higher rate of brightness and deeper black tints.

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Discover a New World With Android TV

Sony 3D TV has the functions of a smartphone and a tablet that make it smarter. A pre-installed Android TV OS ensures access to the Internet content - different apps, games, movies, series, shows, including data from Google Play. With this OS you can use one Google account  for your convenience. Owing to Google Cast Ready, you can stream pictures from your mobile devices. Also, you can connect a wireless keyboard, joystick or other devices. If you connect a controller to Sony Smart TV, you'll be able to play your favorite games on a large screen without a game console. The only limitation is that you cannot connect more than 4 controllers at a time. This model is equipped with a content panel and voice search for ease of content search. Thus, you can always find anything you like, no matter where it is, on the Internet or on the TV transmission.

Sony XBR55X850C 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV in the use

Designed to Enhance Your Listening Experience

On contrary to other TVs, this Sony Smart TV is based on S-Force Front Surround technology to provide incredible effects and high-quality surrounding sound. ClearAudio+, DSEE, S-Force Front Surround and Clear Phase raise sound to a new horizon. An improved Clear Phase technology has a higher resolution and speakers optimization for smooth playback of the entire frequency range which is ideal for the compressed audio. It's important to mention that the technology renews high frequencies and dynamic range lost during compression at the same time improving the sounds of low quality such as laminated films where music and dialogues are handled separately. It's also essential to highlight DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) technology that is responsible for a detailed elaboration of the sound. DSEE consists of different Sony music technologies to provide an invariable clear sound.

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Unique supplement

Sony is well-known for its unique developments. This time, Sony surprised all of us with PlayStation Now introduction that provides online streaming of PS3 games on a TV without being connected to a game console. All you need is to connect an original game controller Dualshock 4 and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of computer games!

Sony XBR55X850C 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV application

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Samsung UN50JU7500FXZA

To be All Eyes

The curved design of a TV-set is what ensures our eye focus on the entire length of a screen, widening angle of view by times when compared to any flat TV. Watching movies on a curved TV, users completely immerse into the action scenes feeling a part of the film cast. This is all achieved by our actually natural human peculiarities and eye construction. There are two types of retina photoreceptors - rods and cones. The rods are responsible for color perception and central viewing while the cones capture moving objects and ensure peripheral vision. The curved screen is made in a way to engage the peripheral vision so that a user can literally feel the scenes and dive into the movies and have a highly detailed panoramic picture before eyes. Therefore, curved TVs seem bigger and the picture looks clearer and of higher quality.   

Review of Samsung UN50JU7500FXZA Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV

Clear Interface

On having Samsung UN50JU7500 you'll able to watch a three-dimensional video right at home! The TV is equipped with One Connect Mini device which allows updating novelties and connecting peripheral units. In a word, this TV will always conform to the up-to-date technological level. With the time you can replace One Connect Mini with UHD Evolution Kit. You only need to buy a new element and connect it to your TV instead of the old one. It's important to note that One Connect Mini enhances convenience of access to TV connectors since the block with the number of the TV's HD multimedia ports can be placed near the board.

Samsung UN50JU7500FXZA Curved 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV in the use

Satisfying Requirements

The interesting thing about Samsung 3D Smart TV is that it has been recognized one of the popular TVs by customers for over 3 years who've used 50" TVs. It never let them down and there were no issues concerning the quality, the marketing agency J.D. Power and Associates have noted and given an award. Beside that, Samsung 3D Smart TV has been highly ranked by Renewed.com, another popular Internet edition, and fell the editor's choice in 2015. Samsung Curved 4k 3D Smart TV not only claims but actually corresponds to the standard requirements of ultra-high-definition specification (HDR), made and listed by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

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VIZIO M50-C1 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Ultra Performance

Vizio M50-C1 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV has a high-quality image processing. Based on Ultra Upscaling technology, it can convert any video content from HD and Full HD to 4K UHD resolution. Thusly, it provides a matchless picture quality independently of its primordial quality. Also, we'd like to mention VM50 Ultra HD Engine embedded to process a picture of higher definition and image detail. The peculiar advantage of this Smart TV is a panel backlight, consisting of 32 active light-emitting-diode zones to increase a contrast ratio.

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Faster and Smarter

We'd like to draw your attention to the OS with an understandable interface and a large variety of built-in apps including Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Pandora etc. A user-friendly and clear home page with all the apps comes up on a screen by default for convenient and quick search. Furthermore, an innovative V6 Processor consists of a quard graphic and a dual-core CPU providing an excellent speed while searching the content, opening apps etc. A screen doubling allows streaming pictures from your smartphone and other gadgets right on the screen. On contrary to the other reviewed TVs, this one has a remote control with a QWERTY keyboard on the other side. The included keyboard greatly facilitates the process of search and also allows for its multi-purpose use. 

VIZIO M50-C1 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

A Preferred Choice by Professionals

Vizio is a leading HDTV company in America that manufactures cheaper products in comparison with the other similar companies. At the moment company produces not only TVs but also monitors, smartphones, laptops, tablets and more. It's worth mentioning that these TVs were the most affordable when the 4K TVs of M-series appeared. Despite the affordable price, this Vizio Smart TV is functional and has a high-quality picture. We dare not doubt its quality since famous online editions Reviewed.com and CNET have picked Vizio TVs as their editors' choice and given it the highest marks!

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LG Electronics 55LH5750 Smart LED TV

Natural Accuracy of Color Rendering

A TV panel is the most important feature of an excellent viewing angle and a high-quality picture. The IPS-panel is used for sharp image and is more resistant to external influences. IPS technology reflects the most realistic colors of each pixel in Full HD resolution. Obviously, IPS-pannel ensures more uniform color and contrast from every viewing angle among LCD-displays. IPS-pannel outperforms the competitors in the sharpness of a picture while a rapid movement in the frame. 

Technical information: IPS displays generate true colors of a source image. That's why IPS technology is used by professionals in TV broadcasting. Moreover, this technology reduces color aberration and ensures chroma regardless of a viewing angle.

 

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It's Time to Save Money!

Nowadays we have so many home appliances and devices, so it's not surprising that electricity bill makes our hair stand on end! Sure, we can manage without some of the devices but at the detriment of our conveniences. We are sure, LG Electronics 55LH5750 is a proper investment of money. It's not only a quality but also energy-efficient TV! This LG Smart TV complies with the ENERGY STAR® standard of energy-efficiency policy established by the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). It's significant that ENERGY STAR certified TVs are 24% more energy- efficient than the other models. Therefore, this LG Smart TV consumes energy at nearly 12 dollars a year!

LG Electronics 55LH5750 Smart LED TV in the use

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TCL 40FS3800

It's Much Simpler

TCL 40FS3800 is one of the simplest in use among Smart TVs. First of all, we'd like to mention a handy but at the same time very functional remote control. It includes not only all basic buttons but also Netflix, Amazon, Rdio, and Vudu buttons to ensure user-friendly navigation through the menu. The next is an excellent personalization that allows setting up the home page and rids you of the need to go through all menus searching for the one you need. Speaking of the smart functions of this TV, it easily reminds of Roku2 or Roku 3 TVs, though it doesn't run as quickly. Anyway, any average consumer would find its performance more than sufficient. The OS interface also looks much more comprehensive to those we've had a chance to compare. Each surely has its own advantages and benefits, but this one is much simpler in use. If you're not ready to go through a long learning curve, this TV-set is for you. The required Internet content will always be at your disposal. You'd only need to make a few clicks!

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Verified and Proved

At the CES 2015 exhibit Netflix company has proclaimed about launching their own development program to determine the recommended parameters for TVs so as to allow consumers to buy the products best suited for their needs. With that said, all OC Roku TV-driven models conform to the standards of Netflix Recommended TV program.

TCL 40FS3800 Roku Smart LED TV in the use

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