Television just got more interesting with the 4K TV sets. This ultra- HD sets now offer more clarity as the pixels have been increased by around four times. This goes for the screen resolution as well; while standard sets have a 1920X1080P, 4K TV sets have up to 3840pX2160p, that is where the difference comes in. The picture quality of the 4K TV sets, therefore, provides a crispier picture especially if you are buying a set that is 50 inches and above. Smart TV and 4K TV are the best and latest technology now a day.
While buying a 4K set, it can get very confusing due to the way the sets are displayed, and the number of offers available can be mind-boggling. You may be tempted to go for the cheaper deal only to realize later that it is not a 4K TV set. But there are ways to tell if you just take your time without rushing. Make sure you take a closer look at the picture being displayed; the difference will be evident as 4K TV sets have a remarkably clear picture compared to the average HD sets.
Best 4k Tvs in 2017
4K TV’s are the future of Television, and any new technology that will come later will be compatible with this new technology. Most 4K sets come with a UHD premium badge on their products, and you need to look out for this as well. To help you have a starting point while shopping for your ideal 4K TV set here are the current top 10 sets that you should consider.
- 10. Samsung UN65KS8500 Curved 65-Inch
- 9. VIZIO D55u-D1 55″ Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED
- 8. LG 55EG9600 – 55-Inch 2160p 4K
- 7. Hisense 65H10B2 Curved 65-Inch 4K Smart ULED TV
- 6. LG Electronics 43UH6100 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart
- 5. Seiki SE55UY04 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD
- 4. VIZIO D58u-D3 58″ Class UHD Full-Array LED Smart
- 3. LG Electronics 75UH6550 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart
- 2. Sony XBR43X800D 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV
- 1. Sharp LC-55N7000U 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED
- The Bottom Line
10. Samsung UN65KS8500 Curved 65-Inch
From the South Korean electronics giant, the Samsung 8500 is an improvement of its 8000 predecessor and comes with added features. For example, it has an identical display performance which means it has a very high degree of quality. This is in terms of contrast, peak brightness, color saturations and black levels. The 8500 is quite easy to use and has an intuitive layout that has undergone a lot of improvements. When it comes to its remote, it now also offers smart manipulation abilities that make things more interesting. If you choose to play video games with this 4K TV set, the input lag is slow making it a great experience.
Although for most viewers’ 3D may be a non-issue, Samsung omitted it all together but adding it would have been a nice little bonus.
9. VIZIO D55u-D1 55″ Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED
Pictures that show on the Vizio 4K TV set are clear and have incredible detail and quality thanks to the over 8.3 million pixels that comes with this set. The Spatial Scaling Engine transforms 1080p full HD Sports, movies and TV shows into the spectacular 4K Ultra HD resolution. With the use of Vizio apps, you can get optimized Ultra-HD streaming and have instant access to the hottest and newest movies, music videos and TV shows. Built with a V6 six-core processor, a Quad-core GPU, and a Dual-core CPU, this 4K TV will give you fast performance when it comes to watching average shows or if you are streaming live from the internet. The set weighs only 36 pounds.
The viewing angle of this set is narrow and is best viewed from 8-10 feet. At a distance of 12-15 feet, a 50 inch TV set starts to look small. The illumination of this set is good but not perfect.
8. LG 55EG9600 – 55-Inch 2160p 4K
This LG model has an absolutely spectacular OLED 4K display that delivers some of the very best black that you will see in any Ultra-HD TV on sale at the moment. That is not all, the colors are impressive and subtle, with realistic colors while the contrast created by the mix of perfect, complete black and vibrant, realistic color is as good as contrast can get, and it is noticeable at a single glance. Add the beautiful slim design that this set comes with which is only possible with OLED technology. The backlight innovation is able to create perfect entirely black colors due to the self-omitting nature of the OLED’s, resulting in an infinite level of contrast. It also comes with a wide viewing angle whereby everybody in the room gets a clear view without straining.
This LG has a very surprising flaw as it does not come equipped with WI-FI support for high-speed wireless connectivity, which even cheaper models have.
7. Hisense 65H10B2 Curved 65-Inch 4K Smart ULED TV
A thin design and a curved screen are what characterize the Hisense 4K TV set. The thin curved screen has been perched on top of a wide metallic branch that puts maximum emphasis on the screen. The AV ports and control buttons are hidden at the back panel, while the speakers are 20 watts, with most brands having 10-watt speakers. Another impressive feature of this set is that it has 240 zones of local dimming and 500 units of typical panel, brightness and 900 units of spectacular highlight brightness. A standard HD set usually has between 200-300 nits of brightness.
From the good price to the great picture, the only problem customers mentioned was the lack of customer support when it comes to queries, questions, and other issues.
6. LG Electronics 43UH6100 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart
The LG 4K extra smart has a vibrant color display, while the smart function integrates an advanced Web internet connectivity. It has many user-friendly features starting with the Ultra-HD screen that enables this TV to have 8.3 million pixels which is four times more than normal HD TV sets. The screen produces refined images even when zoomed in and has an HDR(high dynamic range), PRO option as well, which shows HDR movies that were specifically created with richer colors, giving them a cinema-like feeling. LG’s IPS panel makes the contrast ratio and colors consistent despite the angle you watch them from. With the UHD mastering engine, movies and games show without any blur.
When watching this TV set in a dark room, black appears gray, and the color uniformity is below average, and it also uses a less accurate RGBW pixel structure.
5. Seiki SE55UY04 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD
The Seiki 4K TV has a simple design with a thin glossy plastic bezel that runs around the entire screen and is concave at the edges to make it have depth. It sits on a rectangle black glass base that holds the screen steady but does not allow it to sway. The back panel holds a USB port, HDMI port, component video inputs and a 3.55mm headphone jack that faces left. When it comes to pricing, this 4K ultra-HD TV set is inexpensive, and you will not have to break the bank to purchase it. Together with its simple design and feature set, this is a TV set to buy when you just need the basics that 4K TV has to offer, but it has no striking features.
To get the full benefits of this 4K TV set, you have to sit close to the screen, the farther you move away, the worse the picture gets.
4. VIZIO D58u-D3 58″ Class UHD Full-Array LED Smart
From right out of the box, this is a 4K TV set that looks smart and appealing, and when switched on, the picture quality does not disappoint. Vizio has done an excellent job of matching the screen resolution to the screen size for a clear and quality picture. The neutral elements are mostly clear and color free while the colors such as the reds, greens, oranges, are balanced and accurate. ‘Vizio Internet Apps’ platform is compatible with this 4K TV screens giving you access to 4K capable apps such as Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Facebook, and Pandora. It has a full array of LED backlight; with over 10 LED zones and a clear action 240w with a 120Hz Effective Refresh date.
This is a basic 4K TV set with no wow factors so if you have an eye for detail, and like the better things in life, this is not for you.
3. LG Electronics 75UH6550 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart
This is one of the lowest priced LG 4K models, and one of the better priced 4K LED TV’s in the market. This model foregoes some of the fancy features associated with its peers, but is 4K compliant, has a magic remote and the Tru 4K Upscaler. The IPS panel that comes with this set allows for much better quality when it comes to side viewing, and this is one of the standout features of this LG set. The colors render more depth and better saturation while reflections are subdued by the IPS panel and front substrate. The sound quality is good and the best option to choose is the clear voice 2 setting, and the speakers have a 20-watt output which is quite impressive.
This is not a sleek TV with a great design. It is a 4K TV set that is just for the people who want a basic TV that can provide essential 4K features.
2. Sony XBR43X800D 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV
With four times more clarity than your normal HD, this Sony set comes with a host of features, thanks mostly to technology. The viewing experience is exceptional when it comes to movies, television shows or when sports streaming. This TV has a smart feature that allows you to control your TV from your mobile phone or tablet. It is a smart TV and is Wi-Fi enabled which means you have a whole world of entertainment at your fingertips. The HDR range of pictures displays more realistic pictures, and the TV has 3 USB inputs where you can connect your camera, laptop or even phone. The pictures can still be viewed from a wide angle without compromising quality.
For a technologically advanced 4K TV like this Sony, it does not come with an HDMI cable, and you will have to buy that separately.
1. Sharp LC-55N7000U 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED
This is a smart 4K TV set that combines functionality, reliability and a great price. The 55-inch screen provides a wide viewing effect and does not lose its quality from whatever angle it is viewed from. As it is a smart TV, it comes with inbuilt Wi-Fi that allows you to stream movies, music and surf your favorite websites and it comes with a web browser. In all lighting conditions, this Sharp 4K TV performs extremely well and delivers plasma-like deep blacks and vibrant colors. It also comes with 3 USB ports which can hold your camcorder, camera and all other USB enabled devices. When it comes to fast paced pictures from movies and sports, the screen does not blur.
When you purchase this set, make sure to change the Ultra Smooth Motion option to off otherwise your picture will have shadows and pixelation.
The Bottom Line
Technology has really improved the way we see TV images, and now with live streaming, entertainment can only get better. It is good to be at par with technology, and a 4K ultra-HD set is just what the doctor ordered for a new Television experience. As always, if you are buying online, check out videos of the product as pictures do not always appear exactly as the product is.