When was the last time you went to a friend or relative and sat down to watch a show or a game just to get rid of the quality of the TV? If you feel generous this year, you can make them solid and get them a new set ̵1; and you do not even have to break the bank to do so. Here are the best TVs over a variety of price points you can buy today.
What to look for in a modern TV
There are a few things to keep in mind when buying a TV 2020.
- Resolution: For most, the 4K or 1080p resolutions are to go with. Obviously 4K looks better, but it does have a price (even if that price drops over time). You can still find some 720p TVs still kicking around, but since most media is produced with at least 1080p in mind these days, it’s best to avoid them.
- Show: The main types of screens out there are different forms of LED screens. LED screens have mostly replaced LCD screens, which makes sense – LED screens provide brighter images, and in particular OLED screens provide deeper blacks and more vibrant colors. There are also other types of LED screens, such as QLED, which are brighter than OLED screens and provide better colors.
- Refresh rate: The refresh rate (measured in “Hertz”) represents only the maximum frame rate that the TV can display. While most TV shows and movies are still recorded at 24 FPS (frames per second), things change over time to get more focus on higher frame rates like 60 FPS. For players, the refresh rate is especially important as higher frame rates allow faster response times and only make games more fun to play. So because of all this, the minimum refresh rate you find in this list is 60 Hz (which can display 60 FPS).
- Operating system: Basically, all major TV manufacturers have their own smart TV operating system, but they all do the same thing: let you adjust TV settings and inputs, install different media apps like Netflix, or use voice assistants when using your TV.
Best overall: VIZIO Class M Series
To balance price and performance exceptionally well, the VIZIO Class M-Series gets our choice as the best TV on this list. This 60 Hz 4K TV shows everything you throw at it with vibrant colors and soft motion. Whether you are playing the latest games or watching a favorite movie, it will look great.
Vizio’s SmartCast 3.0 OS runs the show here, which not only lets you play most of the content, but also makes it extremely easy to cast media from both Apple and Android devices (AirPlay and Chromecast are both built-in). This TV is available in seven sizes: 43 inches, 50 inches, 55 inches, 58 inches, 65 inches, 70 inches and 75 inches.
Best budget: TCL 32S327
Even if we look at the lower ends of things, you can still find many TVs here that impress for the price. And frankly, there are many people who will be completely happy with a normal 1080p screen, which is exactly what 32S327 offers. The screen is a 60 Hz LED panel and the TV has a built-in Roku TV for your media needs. While 32S327 is not remarkable, it is a great price for the price and is completely useful for showing most modern media.
The 32S327 is available in five sizes: 32-inch (this specfiic version is 720p, all others are 1080p), 32-inch (1080p), 40-inch, 43-inch and 49-inch.
Best Premium 8K: Samsung Q900TS
If you want to drop a beautiful penny on the best of the best, an 8K TV is the way to go. With a 240 Hz QLED screen, this TV does not need to be replaced for a long time – but honestly, 8K TV is still excessive for most of us. Currently, it has AI-based 8K upscaling for media regardless of original resolution. The results will vary and it does not look as good as “real 8K”, but there is currently very little content produced on 8K. The TV also has an almost invisible frame for edge-to-edge viewing.
You can choose to use Alexa, Bixby or Google Assistant as your voice assistant when using the TV, and the TV is powered by Samsung’s “Smart TV” OS. You can get it in three large sizes: 65 inches, 75 inches and 85 inches.
Best for players: LG OLED65CXPUA
4K is the new standard for console games, but higher refresh rates are also in demand as games strive for more stable frame rates of 60 and 120 FPS. Because of this, this 4K OLED TV from LG is perfect for gamers. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, so it will take full advantage of all the power the new consoles can gather. The input delay has also been optimized to last less than a millisecond – an impressive feat for a TV.
In addition, the large screens ensure that all small things can be seen in detail, which is especially important for modern triple AAA games. And with compatibility with NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync (they make PC gaming work more smoothly), PC gamers can also see the benefits of this massive screen.
The TV uses LG webOS to display all your standard media apps and has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in. The OLED65CXPUA is available in four sizes: 48 inches, 55 inches, 65 inches and 77 inches.
If you are looking for a solid gaming TV but are not ready to drop all your savings on one, this 4K 120 Hz TV from TCL is where it is. You get similar performance as LG but miss some features like ultra-low input delay and G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility.
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