Buying a 4K TV doesn’t mean you need to get the top-of-the-line, most expensive model out there. Sometimes you might need to feel things out with a cheaper model, or maybe you’re just not looking to spend a ton of money on a TV right now. We’ve got you covered.
1. Editor’s Pick: TCL 6-Series
AVS Forum editor Mark Henninger sums up the TCL 6-Series’ performance simply. “This looked really good. As in, scary good. Should I get more explicit?” He does, and his enthusiasm causes forum members to purchase the TV as well. With users like mypepper saying “To purchase a 65” HDR set with this caliber, is simply jaw dropping,” it seems the recommendation was well-warranted. AVS Forum isn’t the only site excited about the TCL 6-Series, either. CNET says the TV shows “superb picture quality that rivals TVs costing twice as much,” while Tech Radar says “simply, if there’s a better value TV on the market, we’ve yet to see it.”
The TCL 6-Series offers viewers a built-in Roku OS, which allows viewers to tune in to their streaming content, cable or satellite subscriptions, or even use the built-in tuner. For quieter, late-at-night viewing, the TCL 6-Series comes with a mobile app acts as a remote and mobile viewing platform for private listening and viewing.
TCL’s 6-Series TVs combine 4K UHD output with Dolby Vision, gives precise coloring to images with its iPQ Engine, and makes them all accurately visible with its Contrast Control Zone technology. The TV supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, features 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and a digital optical port.
2. Best Budget Option: TCL 4-Series / S-Series
As Best Buy purchaser jdruid put it, the TCL 4-Series “Looks fantastic. Bright. Clear. Crisp. Sports look great. XBOX looks awesome. Streaming is super clear. Oh, and the built in Roku….perfect.” The TCL 4-Series is markedly cheaper than the 6-Series, making it our budget option for this list. PC Mag called the series the “line to beat” for an affordable 4K TV in a variety of sizes, and RTINGS notes the TV’s excellent “low input lag and little motion blur, making it a great pick for video games.”
The TCL 4-Series features the 4K Creative Pro upscaling engine, which accurately upscales your non-4K to as close to 4K as possible. Like the TCL 6-Series, the 4-Series also offers built-in Roku OS, which allows viewers to tune in to their streaming content, cable or satellite subscriptions, or even use the built-in tuner, as well as the mobile app. The TV supports HDR10 formats (not Dolby Vision content), features 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and a digital optical port.
The Samsung NU7300 Series is the only 4K TV we’re listening on here that’s curved. Long story short, curved televisions are slightly better for an immersive viewing experience, though largely depend on your taste. So if you’re considering jumping into the world of a curved 4K TV, the Samsung NU7300 might be right for you. The NU7300 supports DTS and Dolby Digital audio, as well as HDR and HDR10+ video. It should be noted the NU7300 does not support Dolby Vision.
So what are the review verdicts on the Samsung NU7300 series? Well, according to What HiFi “if you’re someone who sits close to their telly or you simply like the look of the curve, there’s no reason not to spend the extra £50 on the NU7300.” LCD TV Buying Guide equally notes the TV is “one of the best priced 4K offerings in the marketplace. It has ample features like Smart TV and remote control, UHD Picture Dimming, 4K HDR Pro, 4K Color Drive, HEVC 4K streaming decoding, and a contrast enhancer,” and RTINGS adds the “good contrast helps black look good in dark environments and the gray and black uniformity are good so there is very little clouding.”
4. Hisense H8F
As far as opinions go, Techradar says about the Hisense H8F that when “ it comes to raw picture quality, the Hisense H8F is simply the best TV in this price range. At $500, the TV offers a stellar image quality, with beautifully deep black-levels and crisp colors – all in a manageable 55-inch package.” Best Buy customer Turbolence agrees, saying “The video quality alone punches a class above its price point, acting as a quality option for entry-level HDR with results that will be sure to please newcomers and value shoppers alike,” while user bd43274 notes “At this MSRP, it’s tough to give this TV anything other than 5 stars. In terms of “budget” televisions, you’re getting an awful lot of bang for the buck.”
Hisense is hitting the market hard with a fantastic TV at a great cost. The Hisense H8F shows off your favorite movies with rich color and looks sleek doing so with its bezel-less frame. The Hisense H8F features local dimming zones, tracks motion well with its smart image-processing, and supports HDR, Dolby Vision, and HDR10, as well as Alexa. The Hisense H8F features four HDMI ports, one ethernet port, two USB ports, both an RCA composite video input and L/R audio input for composite, one optical port, and a headphone output.
Why pay an extra $100 or so for the Vizio P-Series over the M-Series? Simple – better picture. The Vizio P-Series features Vizio’s UltraBright 1000, over the M-Series UltraBright 600, meaning the P-Series can go brighter in terms of nits. The -Series also features the Ultra Color Spectrum technology, allowing it to show a wider spectrum of colors. Furthermore, the P-Series employs 120 local dimming areas over the M-Series’ 48.
The reviews hold true to the P-Series’ advanced set of features. Wired says “For less than $1,000, this 4K HDR TV has deep blacks and vibrant color that rival high-end TVs twice its price,” while RTINGS notes the P-Series “has very good picture quality, especially when viewed in a dark room due to the high native contrast ratio and great local dimming.” CNET sums the TV up as saying the “midpriced Vizio P-Series has excellent overall image quality, with exceedingly deep black levels, plenty of brightness, rich contrast and superb video processing anchored by a true 120Hz panel.”
The Vizio M-Series sits right between its TCL companions in price point, but still offers just as much. The M-Series has “excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, plenty of brightness, rich contrast and accurate color” according to CNET, while RTINGS hones in on both its excellent picture quality that works well in dark rooms, as well as its “great motion handling and excellent low input lag.” Business Insider follows suit, saying the Vizio M-Series “has two video features — high dynamic range and local dimming zones — that made the videos I streamed and games I played look crystal clear, more life-like, and beautiful overall.”
The Vizio M-Series features an array of 48 local dimming zones. Combined with its support of HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, it’s hard to not thoroughly enjoy watching just about anything on it. The TV features 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, 1 composite in and 1 ethernet port. The M-Series comes with built streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as Google Chromecast, allowing you to stream video from your laptop or mobile phone. Furthermore, the TV can be entirely controlled by a mobile app, lending an air of simplicity to its function.
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