Best 4K TVs for When You Crave Cinema Experience at Home

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 4, 2018
4K content floods our life at an unimaginable speed and to get the best of it, we search for the best yet affordable tech. Check out this 4K TV comparison to find the model for your entertainment. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
SIZE
SCREEN
REFRESH RATE
SMART TV
3D SUPPORT
INTERFACES
SOUND
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Thanks to the True Colors Accuracy, you will see the picture on this TV screen just the way it is in real life, with all the shades, regardless of what you watch, a movie or a TV show.

CONS

Some ports are hard to reach when the TV is wall-mounted.

OUR VERDICT

If your preferred source of multimedia content is the Internet instead of the local TV network, this is a highly recommended model: featuring WebOS, it will offer you a high-speed browser and a number of popular online services.

detailed parameters
SIZE

65" (55", 60" also available)

SCREEN

3840 x 2160, IPS

REFRESH RATE

60 Hz / TruMotion™ 120

SMART TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D SUPPORT

No

INTERFACES

2 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

4 x HDMI

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Ant. in

SOUND

2 x 10 W, Ultra Surround Sound

WARRANTY

1 Year

PROS

The stand at the back has slots for wires. So, the power cables can be neatly channeled into the stand of this 55-inch 4K TV.

CONS

Some users claim that the stand is a bit wobbly.

OUR VERDICT

This Sony TV is a good option for people who want to watch movies in the highest quality possible without missing a single detail. With the 4K X-Reality™ PRO processor and Motionflow™ XR technology, the picture will be very clear and realistic.

detailed parameters
SIZE

55" (43", 49" also available)

SCREEN

3840 x 2160, IPS

REFRESH RATE

60 Hz / MotionFlow™ XR 240

SMART TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D SUPPORT

No

INTERFACES

3 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

SOUND

2 x 10 W, S-Force Front Surround Sound

WARRANTY

1 Year

PROS

The UHD Dimming technology makes way for incredible contrast as the processing unit turns off the backlighting completely in black areas to avoid the so-called strobing effect.

CONS

There are no 0–9 channel buttons on the remote.

OUR VERDICT

At the diagonal of 43 inches, the 4K Ultra HD resolution looks astonishingly good, crisp and clear like you will have a hard time finding among bigger models. Make yourself a gift of an awesome movie experience.

detailed parameters
SIZE

43" (40", 50", 55", 65", 75" also available)

SCREEN

3840 x 2160, IPS

REFRESH RATE

60 Hz / MR 120

SMART TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D SUPPORT

No

INTERFACES

2 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Ant. in

SOUND

2 x 10 W, DTS Premium Sound

WARRANTY

1 Year

PROS

The 4K Creative Pro upscaling function smartly analyzes media content to increase the resolution up to 4K Ultra HD.

CONS

Speakers are on the back of the TV and direct sound backwards.

OUR VERDICT

Although the price of this TV is ridiculously low, it can compete with TVs from well-known brands. It delivers good picture quality and has lots of smart functions. A package with a digital antenna is also available.

detailed parameters
SIZE

55" (43", 49", 65" also available)

SCREEN

3840 x 2160, VA

REFRESH RATE

60 Hz / CMI 120

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

1 x Ant. in

SOUND

2 x 8 W

WARRANTY

1 Year

PROS

The curved panel created the "presence effect", immersing you into the goings on from the screen. And it also lessens the strain your eyes are subject to with the large displays.

CONS

The sound could use some enhancement.

OUR VERDICT

If you want 4K experience but find yourself in no need of a SmartTV, this is the best bet. With this Sceptre 4K TV, you will have the chance to enjoy your local channels in the best possible quality.

detailed parameters
SIZE

55"

SCREEN

3840 x 2160, VA

REFRESH RATE

60 Hz / MEMC 120

SMART TV

No

3D SUPPORT

No

INTERFACES

1 x USB

4 x HDMI

1 x VGA in

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

SOUND

2 x 10 W

WARRANTY

1 Year

LG 65UJ7700

Just a Great 4K TV

This is a model from the LG UJ7700 family of wide-screen TVs. It is also the biggest one, the 65-inch 4K TV. The series is advertised as budget-friendly and, though there are cheaper models on the market, there are also much more expensive ones with more or less similar features.

This monster of a TV has a native 4K resolution and the standard for this price segment 60Hz refresh rate enhanced using the LG TruMotion technology to 120Hz. TruMotion is an LG technology that combines backlight scanning with interpolation to bring you a smoother, less blurred experience as you watch your favorite movies and TV shows.

The LG 65UJ7700 has an IPS panel which offers wide viewing angles of up to 178°, meaning you will see the picture clearly even if you sit a bit to the side and not dead center. These panels are good for wide screens and also for movie nights with family and friends where you can't possibly all fit in the center. Add here the True Color Accuracy and watching TV will become your favorite pastime.

With a size this big, the stability is often an issue of sorts in TVs but here, you don't really need to worry since the model has a stand almost as wide as the TV itself and supports it really well. However, do check out beforehand the size of the table you are planning to put it on. At the same time, this 65-inch 4K TV is really thin, so it won't need that much space overall. And if you do not have a table big enough you can mount the TV on the wall.

Review of LG 65UJ7700 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

Internet Content at Your Fingertips

The 65UJ7700 is a Smart 65-inch 4K TV, it has an operating system and is able to connect to the Internet using either an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi, whichever you find more appealing. However, the Ethernet port, same as other ports, is located at the back of the TV and might be a slight challenge to connect if you choose to mount this model on the wall, keep this in mind when you plan the purchase.

Speaking of interfaces, the LG 65UJ7700 has an abundance of them. There are 4 HDMI ports, for example, meaning you can connect several external devices with this connection type simultaneously. A couple of USB ports allow streaming content from flash drives, and a combined Component/Composite in is for when you need to use analog video devices. The optical out to enhance sound quality is also present. The only interface that is lacking is the headphones jack, which we find a bit odd but you can always use a soundbar or speakers with USB connection and a port for headphones. Or you can leave audio to the built-in 10W speakers with Ultra Surround Sound.

Back to the browsing, though. You'll find here one of the best 4K TV operating systems, the WebOS. It is the fastest one among Smart TV platforms and with a bit of getting used to, you'll also find out it is fairly intuitive, especially with the included LG Magic Remote. The TV offers a wide selection of channels and all the most popular streaming services for you to choose from. Moreover, it is among the Netflix-approved models for 4K content and it supports HDR. Truly a great option for the price.

LG 65UJ7700 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model) in the use

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Sony KD55X720E

GREAT ENTRY-LEVEL SONY TV

The Sony KD55X720E is an entry-level 4K HDR 55-inch model and the most affordable one in Sony’s 2017 lineup. With HD Blu-rays and digital HD broadcasts, it's terrific for the money. It comes packed with HDR technology and supports both HDR 10 and HLG formats. The 4K X-Reality Pro Engine, in combination with the Dynamic Contrast Enhance feature, allows for upscaling picture to near 4K clarity without amplifying source noise or any other common side effects no matter the original video quality.

Although the TV uses edge-mounted LED backlighting, it delivers rich, deep, and even black color during dark scenes. For ensuring the smooth and sharp picture in fast-paced videos (sport or action movies), the Sony KD55X720E is powered by MotionFlow XR240 (60 Hz refresh rate panel). Along with quick pixel response time, the picture gets clear without motion blur. The details in buildings and trees are extremely crisp and natural.

We would like to note that this Sony 55-inch 4K TV doesn’t have additional forward-facing speakers. However, it's still reasonably loud and can spread its sound well. Plus, the ClearAudio+ technology fine tunes TV sound for an immersive audio experience. The initial setup of the TV is easy. It will automatically find your Wi-Fi network with no problem. So, if you're looking for an inexpensive TV with 55-inch screen produced by the trusted brand, the KD55X720E can be your best pick.

Review of Sony KD55X720E 55-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV

QUICK ACCESS FOR YOUTUBE AND NETFLIX

The TV has a solid smart system based on Linux OS, yet, take note that it's not the upgraded Android TV platform the more expensive Sony TVs boast. Though the TV platform of the Sony KD55X720E is much simpler in comparison, it nevertheless includes all of the essential functions users usually expect from a Smart TV such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more. It features a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate interface with clear menus, and comes including Sony’s Basic Remote with dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons, providing you with quick access to these apps without you needing to open them via the home screen menu.

Sony KD55X720E 55-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV in the use

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Samsung UN43MU6300FXZA

Clean and Smart 4K TV

This model looks much more expensive than it actually costs, with the thin flat bezel and sturdy Y-shaped stand adding to the stylish appearance. But looks are not the only thing it has to offer.

One of the most appealing features Samsung offers in their Smart TVs today is the Smart Hub platform. The user interface here looks neat and is easily one of the most comprehensible ones offered right now. With it, you can access a variety of apps in mere moments; it also supports voice control via the included Samsung OneRemote that has a built-in microphone. With the voice control, nothing can be simpler than finding what you need on your TV.

Speaking of the OneRemote, it can control not only this good 4K TV but all the content and devices connected to it, granted they are compatible and in the same network, of course. This is pretty convenient, no need to have a heap of remotes around and switch between them constantly. The only thing some users find bothersome about it is that there are no numeric buttons for channels. Well, there were some sacrifices for the sake of minimalism, probably but after some getting used to, this little helper is a nice assistant all in all.

Review of Samsung UN43MU6300FXZA 43-Inch 4K Smart LED TV

Quality and Convenience at an Affordable Price

This Samsung model is offered in a wide range of sizes, from 40" up to 75" in diagonal, all of them 4K Ultra HD. You can choose the one that fits both your tastes and your room size perfectly.

All the ports on the TV's body are located with convenience for the user in mind, they are easily accessible and none faces back (this poses an issue in some models when you want to set your TV close to the wall or mount it on the wall). As for the ports themselves, you will find here everything necessary except, maybe, a headphone jack, if you use it. There are 3 HDMI ports, an Ethernet, 2 USB interfaces, a Composite/Component in, an Optical out for sound, and an antenna port. This is more than enough usually.

This is one of the best 4K TV models when it comes to sound thanks to the DTS Premium Sound technology applied to a couple of 10W speakers. Some users believe that DTS offers better sound than Dolby Digital.

Finally, the IPS screen of the Samsung 4K TV works really nice with HDR, which the model does support, meaning you will have the opportunity to enjoy some pretty nice contrast and a crisp picture. All in all, with this budget-friendly model, you get more than you'd expect.

Samsung UN43MU6300FXZA 43-Inch 4K Smart LED TV in the use

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TCL 55S405

GREAT BANG FOR THE BUCK

Compared to similarly-sized TVs, this one is available at the extremely low cost. Although TCL isn't a very famous brand in the world, the company produces TVs of surprisingly high quality, and this model is no exception. It can really compete with budget Samsung and LG TVs. This model has HDR and the colors here look outstanding. The TCL 55S405 features an HDR 10 and the 10-bit panel, thus, it can show the full-color gamut. Also, it has a 120Hz refresh rate to keep up with fast actions in 4K movies and games. Plus, it has a "Game" mode that doesn't noticeably affect the picture quality. The upscaling is good, too. It nicely upscales 1080p content to 4K resolution quality.

As for the audio, the TV is good enough to play tones below 200Hz cleanly. The volume gets to quite a loud level. The TV has a “Speech” mode for movies, shows, etc. So, you won't need to turn the TV up to the loud levels, it will automatically adjust the sound to the optimal level.

The TCL Smart Roku TV gives you quick access to over 4,000 streaming channels which you can access using either a remote control that comes supplied with the TV or a special app which you can download on your phone from the store. The remote control has a minimal design and features only a few control buttons, making it very easy to use, while the app allows you to access a variety of different customization options so you can adjust picture and audio settings as you see fit. All in all, while being produced by a less famous brand, this TV isn't deprived of the most essential features and will certainly become a good choice for those in need of a 55-inch TV screen at an affordable price.

Review of TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

DESIGN FEATURES

Speaking of design peculiarities of this model, one of the first things you'll notice about it is it's extremely lightweight. You'll be able to easily pick it up and carry by yourself without worrying about dropping it. It comes with two small feet that make it easy to place it on any surface. And if you want to, you can also hang it on a wall, it has four standard VESA mounting holes at the back.

The TCL 55S405 is fitted with 3 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 x USB port, 1 x RF, 1 x composite, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x optical audio out, and 1 x Ethernet port, so it has everything to connect it with gaming consoles, cable TV, satellite TV, Blu-ray players, and other devices.

Before wrapping this review up we'd like to point out that the manufacturer offers the same model in configuration with a digital antenna, which will come in handy if you don't own one yet.

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV in the use

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Sceptre C558CV-U

One of the Cheapest Good 4K TVs

The Sceptre company is not too famous with the general public but when you start looking for a good but cheap TV, chances are high that you will stumble upon a model or two from this brand. They are less feature-packed than some top-shelf options, maybe, but with the price they come at, we dare say they are quite great.

First things first, this Sceptre 4K TV model is curved. Curved TVs and monitors, as you might already know, offer enhanced viewing experience: they lessen the pressure your eyes undergo when you try to catch every corner of a large screen and they also allow you to catch more space on the screen, kind of creating a cinema feel right at home. The 55" diagonal with 4K resolution is big enough to really dive into the pleasures of good movies and TV shows.

Do take notice that this is not a Smart TV but a regular good 4K TV, so your titles are limited to those you have on connectable devices and your local channels. However, when it comes to connectivity, this model is fully functional on par with some more expensive models. The interfaces found on this 4K TV include 4 HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2 support, a USB, a Composite/Component combo input, and Optical audio port, an antenna in, a headphones jack, and a rare guest in modern TVs—the VGA in. The latter is a pretty old-school interface (it's analog!) but it might really come in handy when all your HDMI ports are busy.

Review of Sceptre C558CV-U 55-Inch 4K LED TV

Top for the Price

The native refresh rate of this Sceptre 4K TV is 60Hz, which is standard and unsurprising, but the company did integrate into it the Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology to up the refresh rate to 120Hz. This technology is otherwise called interpolation and it is what Sony and Samsung use in their TVs to increase the refresh rate and get rid of blur. It is also believed by some to be better than the backlight blinking technology in terms of battling the said blur but this is more of an opinion than a fact, both technologies bring decent enough results.

The Sceptre curved 55" 4K TV has two 10W speakers to produce sound. This setup is good enough for a TV, though you might consider using a soundbar or an external sound system instead since there is no additional sound enhancement technology involved and there is a digital optical audio port provided. The sound is not bad just like that, especially for a model of this price range, but it could use some enhancement. In all other ways, this is a great entry-level 4K TV.

Sceptre C558CV-U 55-Inch 4K LED TV in the use

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What Is a 4K TV?

4K or UHD/UltraHD, the Ultra-High Definition, is the resolution of TVs and monitors that borders on, well, 4K (4,000) pixels horizontally; specifically, it is 3840x2160 pixels or 8,294,400 pixels on a screen. It is exactly four times the Full HD resolution, meaning you get four pixels in the same space where there was one before. If you are not tech-savvy and this seems confusing, let's just say that the picture you get with a good 4K TV is approximately four times crispier, covers more colors, offers better brightness and contrast, with every part of the image prominent and life-like and the experience overall more immersive. Sounds cool, doesn't it?

Just a year or two ago it sounded (and was) too cool for an average consumer to afford, truth be told. But today, with the widespreadness of 4K content among streaming services and the majority of new TVs offered to the public being 4K, the costs on some older models went down a half. And you can and should buy yourself one if you and your family love watching movies and playing console games.

What Features to Compare

Screen Size

4K is a very large resolution so the TV models offering it are big as well—it does not do any good to try and fit over 8 million pixels on 20-something inches of a display, the details will be lost due to image compression and the result will be not as satisfying as you might expect. However, starting from 40 inches and up to 75, the 4K resolution is a blessing. You will be able to see as close to the TV as you want and the picture won't appear "pixelated".

However, surfing the sea of big-screen UHD TVs, check for the upscaling feature—it will be necessary when you watch lower-resolution content like HD or even SD. Upscaling can be made using the TV's native functionality or, if it is low-quality or non-existent, it is recommended to have the feature in your A/V receiver or Blu-Ray player with 4K support.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is the speed at which the TV can change the image frames. The higher it is the less blur you see in action scenes. The bottom line refresh rate for TVs, in general, is 60Hz but many manufacturers of 4K models try to increase it using a variety of technologies like Samsung's Motion Rate and LG's TruMotion. These technologies most often use either interpolation (inserting an additional "hybrid" frame between adjacent frames) or so-called black frame insertion (turning off the TV's backlight between frames), sometimes a combination of both. Thanks to these manipulations unnoticeable to the human eye, the refresh rate kinda goes up, or so it looks like. Today, the maximum native refresh rate for a 4K TV is still 120Hz, anything above that is the use of extra technologies.

Interfaces

Any modern TV is equipped with an HDMI port, this is the main port you use to connect the TV to external content sources. When it comes to a good 4K TV, you will need not just any HDMI but HDMI 2.0 or 2.1. Preferably, several. HDMI 2.0 means better speed and quality needed to transmit 4K content.

USB ports will be necessary to display content from flash and external drives, and if you're looking for a Smart TV and Internet connection, then you will need an Ethernet port and/or a Wi-Fi connectivity. If you use analog video sources like VCR or older models of DVD players, you will need the Composite and Component interfaces which often come combined as of lately. An optical out can deliver 7.1 sound and is sometimes used to connect soundbars. And, of course, to connect cable TV, you'll need an Antenna port.

Extras

You might want to check your future purchase for an HDR support, the technology that offers deeper blacks and brighter whites for richer colors; you might know it from your smartphone's new camera features but here in 4K TVs, it is upgraded and brings more results.

Finally, there are several options for the operating system when it comes to Smart TV functionality, each with its own perks. The big "pro" of the Android TV, for example, is the ability to access apps, though not just any but those that support TV resolutions; there are not too many but not too little either. LG's WebOS, on the other hand, is fast and filled with support for content providers but might be a bit of a challenge when it comes to customization. Samsung has their own Smart TV OS, and there is a highly praised Roku TV platform. The choice is all yours.

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The Two Types of HDR

This is the way of evolution—nothing would ever be improved if it weren't for competition. Or, well, it would, probably, but certainly not as fast as things are upgraded today in the tech world. This happened to the HDR technology as well. You might or might not know this already but HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is the technology used in all the best 4K TVs to boost the brightness/contrast and offer the potential buyers the top-notch picture possible on the screen. What you most probably do not know if you're not a tech geek is that there are two types of HDR: the HDR10 and the Dolby Vision. How are they different and which one is better?

Well, to cut the long story short and omit the most nitty-gritty details you might not be interested in (like static or dynamic metadata), HDR10 was here first but Dolby Vision is probably the future. The main selling point of Dolby Vision is that it supports 12-bit color whereas HDR10 only goes as far as 10-bit; that's all about color depth and picture richness. However, not all streaming services and certainly not all TVs support this tech right now, and even those that do can work differently with it, meaning the availability of either HDR10 or Dolby Vision should not be the only parameter you consider when choosing a good 4K TV.

Where to Get the 4K Content?

Although the 4K video has been existent theoretically for 15 years already and been available for the public for at least 5 of them, it is only now that the content has become abundant. If you own or plan on owning a large, say, 65-inch 4K TV with good sound and wish to use it plenty, there are several sources to choose from. The first that probably comes to your mind is the 4K Blu-Ray discs but you'll need a 4K supporting player to watch those and all things considered, it gets expensive pretty fast. But there are alternatives. Netflix has the most extensive list of its original content in 4K and has been pushing the idea itself the hardest among streaming services. You can find content to watch on YouTube as well, quite a bit of it, too. Vudu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Hulu also offer 4K content but the list is nowhere near Netflix and YouTube. No cable supports 4K right now, though. At the same time, with the growing popularity, this might change in the future, this chase has just begun.

You Can Already Create Your Own Movies in 4K

It hasn't been all that long since good 4K TVs came to be available for your average consumer and there are already 4K-enabled video cameras, yes. Which is hardly a surprise, in this world and age every company that wants to stay afloat needs to keep track of new tech and implement it as soon as possible. GoPro, Panasonic, and Sony dominate this market for now but competitors already are snapping on their heels. The software designers also do not just sit around idle, more and more of them implement the 4K video editing into their feature lists. So yes, the age of young and talented is already here, all tools are available and nothing stops you from becoming popular.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-04 08:41:42