Best 3D TV & Smart TVs

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 19, 2021
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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Screen
Motion Rate
Smart TV
3D Support
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

The screen's excellent motion handling makes sure that action-packed scenes look smooth, while the dialogue scenes won't suffer from the soap opera effect. The Intelligent Audio feature elevates the mids and adds clarity to the dialogues.

CONS

The screen surface is very glossy.

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung QN55Q60RAFXZA shows you what the company's flagship TV products are able to do, not necessarily matching these TVs' performance across the entire board but delivering where it matters most. Also, the screen is especially slim, ideal for wall-mounting.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (43", 50", 58" 65", 75", 85" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

240 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

802.11ac Dual Band Wi-FI guarantees a stable internet connection even if the Wi-Fi router is far away from the TV. The many available interfaces (including Composite in) make it easy to connect AV devices.

CONS

Speakers aren't very powerful.

OUR VERDICT

If you prefer to spend evenings watching your favorite films, we recommend opting for this model from TCL. The AiPQ Engine and Contrast Control Zone technology deliver accurate color reproduction. and 4K resolution guarantees unrivaled clarity.

detailed parameters
Size

55" (50", 65", 75" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 240 Natural Motion

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in., 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 8 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Auto Game Mode is relevant for gamers who plan to connect game consoles to the TV: when activated, dynamic scenes will be displayed quickly and smoothly, which in turn allows you to instantly react to various game situations.

CONS

The software can be slow and unresponsive at times.

OUR VERDICT

This model is not only renowned for the highest image quality and amazing refresh rate of 120 Hz, but it also has a sleek, elegant, and minimalistic "borderless" design. It doesn't matter if you sit in front of the screen or at an angle - the colors will not be distorted.

detailed parameters
Size

50" (43", 55", 65", 75", 85" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The bundle includes Magic Remote with Point, Click, Scroll and Voice features: it makes navigation through menus and applications simple and intuitive. The unique LG Voice Mate™ speech recognition technology clearly recognizes voice commands.

CONS

TV has a limited viewing angle.

OUR VERDICT

This TV is equipped with the AI ThinQ™ Technology and boasts a powerful quad-core processor: as a result, you can fully use all the smart features of the device from watching 4k ultra HD content in streaming services to surfing the web without lag or buffering.

detailed parameters
Size

50" (43", 55", 65" also available)

Screen

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 TruMotion™

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The USB port makes it possible to play movies and music not only from USB-flash drives, but also from external hard drives. Although the built-in speakers have a total power of 20 watts, it is still possible to output sound to the soundbar via digital (optical) or analog (3.5 mm) out.

CONS

The user interface is clunky.

OUR VERDICT

The Toshiba 50LF621U21 will appeal to people who want to buy an Ultra HD TV with Smart functionality, but have a limited budget: despite the relatively low price, the picture detail here will satisfy even the most demanding users.

detailed parameters
Size

50"

Screen

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in., 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

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Samsung (QN55Q60TAFXZA) [Q60 Series]

The Door to Flagship TVs

The Samsung QN55Q60RAFXZA has been referred to as a door to Samsung's flagship TVs and we can see where the people making this reference are coming from. Sure, the product has its flaws but they're negligible when you put the screen's price into perspective.

Starting with the model's design, the bezels are slim, while the U-shaped legs comfortably sit under the screen. In fact, the entire TV is pretty slim, so you can mount this thing onto most walls without worrying about space. The legs are made from relatively flimsy plastic that might snap/chip, so we would definitely recommend looking into wall-mounting.

The product is so slim compared to most OLED TVs because the people behind this screen went with an edge-lit design rather than the full-array lighting setup that most high-end and mid-range OLED models use these days. That means that the TV is unable to get as bright as its full-array counterparts.

No sacrifices have been made regarding the TV's smart platform though. Adopting Tizen, easily one of the fastest, most responsive operating TV systems, the model makes its settings and various tools/features easily accessible. You'll be able to easily switch between Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and more.

Review of Samsung (QN55Q60TAFXZA) [Q60 Series] 55-Inch QLED 4K Smart TV with HDR (2020 Model)

Smooth Motion

Even though the TV features the same 4K native resolution that most OLED TVs these days come fitted with, generally speaking, people use these TVs to watch HD and SDR content (live cable, OTA broadcasts, various non-4K content from different streaming services) more often than not.

That's precisely why the TV's edge-lit profile is not as bad as one might think. You don't need especially high brightness to make these formats look good. All you need is decent upscaling tech and this TV more than delivers in this department.

Using the company's Quantum processor, the screen incorporates sophisticated AI algorithms that fill in the details when upscaling from SDR/HD to 4K. These algorithms are able to make upscaled visuals look crisp and clear.

At the same time, the TV's motion handling is better than most OLED models' within this price bracket, ensuring smooth playback, all while making sure that the dialogue scenes do not have that soap opera effect.

On the sound front, the two 10-watt speakers are not necessarily something to write home about but the AI-controlled Intelligent Audio tech does solid work elevating the mids and adding clarity to the dialogue.

In closing, the Samsung QN55Q60RAFXZA is unable to compete with the company's flagship models since those cost more than double the price but the TV will have no issues bumping heads with any OLED TV within its price segment.

Samsung (QN55Q60TAFXZA) [Q60 Series] 55-Inch QLED 4K Smart TV with HDR (2020 Model) in the use

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TCL (55S535)

Perfect For Film Buffs

There is a certain subset of people who enjoy creating an authentic home theater experience by having the best audiovisual equipment that they can find. When it comes to the TV, having one that gives the feeling of watching a film in a cinema is important. If you're one of these people, then you will want to take a good look at the TCL 55-inch 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED ROKU Smart TV. This TV includes a number of different technologies built-in that help give it excellent video reproduction with extreme sharpness and clarity, letting you enjoy your favorite films just like you would in a cinema.

This TV includes a QLED screen featuring Quantum Dot technology and the HDR Pro Pack with Dolby Vision, which both work together to give all of your favorite movies a film-like experience. Along with that, the AiPQ Engine and Contrast Control Zone technology deliver accurate color reproduction that gives your movies a real-life quality, and the 4K resolution guarantees unrivaled clarity, providing an extremely sharp and pixel-free image that matches the best of the other models out there. Simply put, you won't find anything to be disappointed about in regards to this TV's overall image quality.

Review of TCL (55S535) 55-inch 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED ROKU Smart TV

Stable Wireless Connectivity

Since this model has Smart TV functionality, there are a few extra things that anyone looking at this model will want to pay attention to. The first, of course, would be the actual Smart TV capability that it provides, which is certainly no slouch. This comes thanks to the built-in Roku software, which is the same software that one can find in the Roku branded set-top boxes. This software gives you access to literally hundreds of different streaming services, including all of the most popular ones like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and others. The interface is simple to navigate, and best of all, this TV has a strong WiFi signal that ensures a stable connection to your WiFi router, even if it is located far away from the set.

As for being able to connect external devices, this TV comes loaded with inputs of all kinds. Included are 4 HDMI ports that will give you plenty of inputs for things like digital cable boxes and video game consoles, and even a Composite In port for connecting an older device to the set. You even have a USB port that can be used for playing video and audio files that are stored on it, and the Ethernet port lets you connect the TV directly to your router if you prefer a wired connection. Essentially, this TV provides you with everything you need to set up the best home theater system in your home.

TCL (55S535) 55-inch 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED ROKU Smart TV in the use

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Samsung (UN50TU8000FXZA)

Amazing Image Quality

Anyone who is spending a good amount of money on a TV set is going to demand that the model they choose provides them with the best image quality possible for the money they paid. Of course, not all models are on the exact same level, even when priced similarly, but those who are picky about image quality won't settle for the second-best. For people such as these, the Samsung 50-inch Crystal 4K UHD HDR Smart TV is exactly what they're looking for. This TV provides users with exceptional picture quality with high color accuracy and a smooth, life-like video experience that will bring your movies to life.

This model is not only renowned for providing the highest image quality and its amazing refresh rate of 120 Hz, but it also has a sleek, elegant, and minimalistic "borderless" design. It also has exceptional viewing angles, so it won't matter if you sit in front of the screen or at an angle - the colors will not be distorted and you'll see everything in full-color detail. This exceptional picture clarity comes thanks to a combination of the 4K resolution and the built-in Crystal processor, which enhances and color-corrects your images to ensure you are getting the most realistic image possible.

Review of Samsung (UN50TU8000FXZA) 50-inch Crystal 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020)

Smooth Gaming Experience

Much has already been said about how well this TV displays films, but what about gaming? For those who are enthusiastic about playing their favorite video games, a TV isn't much good to them if it can't provide the smoothest gaming experience. Thankfully, there is nothing to complain about here, and in fact, there is much to praise. The Auto Game Mode is relevant for gamers who plan to connect game consoles to the TV: when activated, dynamic scenes will be displayed quickly and smoothly, which in turn allows you to instantly react to various game situations. In other words, the TV won't be any kind of a bottleneck in your gaming experience.

Just with the features listed above, there is much to like about this TV. Yet there are plenty more features packed in that will help make up anyone's mind about this model. The Smart TV functionality is built on top of Samsung's powerful Tizen operating system, providing a fast, responsive, and lag-free experience when using it to watch TV series and movies on your favorite streaming service. There is also no shortage of inputs for connecting external devices, including 3 HDMI ports as well as 2 USB ports, among others. With all of these features combined together, this TV will provide anyone with a premium home theater experience.

Samsung (UN50TU8000FXZA) 50-inch Crystal 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020) in the use

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LG (50UN7300PUF)

Powerful Functionality

Just a few years ago, TVs were pretty simple devices, often offering little in the way of functionality beyond the ability to display video content. Nowadays, though, with the advent of Smart TVs, many of them now contain cutting-edge computer hardware inside that not only brings the Smart TV functionality to life but also is used for helping to ensure the best audio and video playback quality possible. With the LG 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, you really are getting a TV that is quite powerful thanks to the built-in technology that enhances its functionality in multiple aspects.

This TV is equipped with the AI ThinQ™ Technology and boasts a powerful quad-core processor that both gives you access to the built-in Smart TV functionality, but which is also used to enhance the image quality of the video output. As a result, you can fully use all the smart features of the device from watching 4k ultra HD content in streaming services while also getting the same benefits of enhanced picture quality. The 4K resolution of the screen also gives you increased sharpness and clarity of the images, and automatically upscales any source content that comes in at a lower resolution, ensuring that even your older media gets the full benefits of this TV's enhanced image processing.

Review of LG (50UN7300PUF) 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2020)

Multifunctional Remote

The remote control that comes with most TVs is usually not a very special device outside of it being needed to control the set. In fact, most remotes are extremely basic, and do little to make the TV viewing experience more friendly. With this TV set, though, you get an extremely powerful remote that really makes using the TV that much better. This set includes the Magic Remote with Point, Click, Scroll, and Voice features. which makes navigating through the menus and applications simple and intuitive. On top of that, the unique LG Voice Mate™ speech recognition technology clearly recognizes voice commands, allowing you to control all aspects of the TV with your voice.

The powerful aspects of this TV aren't just limited to what has been stated above. In addition, the TV supports Apple's AirPlay2 and HomeKit functionality, which allows you to sync the set with your Apple devices and play content from them, as well as controlling other aspects of your Smart Home. Plenty of ports are included for connecting external devices, such as the 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports, so your existing home entertainment system can be immediately connected. At the end of the day, though, you will find that this Smart TV from LG will give you an amazing home entertainment experience even if used all by itself.

LG (50UN7300PUF) 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2020) in the use

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Toshiba (50LF621U21)

Great Budget Smart TV

The prices of Smart TVs have really come down in the last few years, yet finding one that offers the amount of functionality that is often expected of such a model can still lead to sticker shock. Many of the best Smart TVs out there still cost quite a lot of money, especially for models with a larger screen. However, this doesn't mean that those who are looking for a budget model are left out in the cold, with this Toshiba 50-inch Smart TV being proof of that. This model will appeal to people who want to buy an Ultra HD TV with smart functionality, but have a limited budget: despite the relatively low price, the picture detail here will satisfy even the most demanding users.

The Smart TV functionality on this model is certainly no slouch, despite the budget price point. After all, it is using Amazon's Fire TV operating system, so it is able to deliver a rich ecosystem of content for you to stream, especially from Amazon Prime. Of course, you're not just limited to that, as you will still have access to all of the popular streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, among many others. What is also cool is that the interface combines both the Smart TV functionality with over the air broadcasts, all of which can be accessed through a single interface, greatly simplifying the ability to switch between the two.

Review of Toshiba (50LF621U21) 50-inch Smart TV 4K UHD with Dolby Vision [Fire TV Edition] (2020)

Plenty of Connectivity

For viewing content, you aren't just limited to the sources that are included with the Smart TV software. This set includes plenty of interfaces for connecting different audio and video sources, allowing you to enjoy content from virtually anywhere. For instance, the included USB port makes it possible to play movies and music not only from USB-flash drives but also from external hard drives. There are also 3 HMDI ports for connecting a variety of external devices, ranging from video game consoles to set-top boxes to even computers, so there is certainly no shortage of ways to entertain yourself with this set.

One thing that often goes overlooked with a TV is its audio functionality, but with this model, you also aren't lacking in options for getting the best sound. Although the built-in speakers have a total power of only 20 watts, they still sound quite good, producing rich sound that is loud enough to hear even in a large room. Even so, it is still possible to output sound to a soundbar via digital (optical) or analog (3.5 mm) out if you wish to increase the output power of your audio. All this certainly isn't bad for a TV that is priced in the budget range, giving users some of the best bang for their buck that they can find for their home.

Toshiba (50LF621U21) 50-inch Smart TV 4K UHD with Dolby Vision [Fire TV Edition] (2020) in the use

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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.

Best 3D TV & Smart TVs 2017

What Features to Compare

Image Specs

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).

Smart Capabilities

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.

Interfaces and Sound

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.

Sources:

1. David Katzmaier TV Buying Guide 2015, CNET. January 28, 2015.

2. David Katzmaier CNET's Guide to 3D TV: What You (Still) Need to Know, CNET. July 18, 2013.

3. Getting the Right TV, Consumer Reports. November 2015.

4. Alexa Scott Which is Best? Smart TV or 3d TV? Quora.

5. Smart-Review | HDTV & 4K TV Buying Guide (2015-2016), Smart Review. April 20, 2016.

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