We have evaluated and scored TVs after testing a variety of formats, including DVDs, HD, 4K and HDR. Whether it's for game day, movie night or hard-core gaming, we've pushed every button, clicked through thousands of menus and run hundreds of smart TV apps to find the best model to suit your needs.
Are you looking for a big screen but you're on a budget? Based on our extensive testing, your best bet is the Insignia Roku TV, which costs less than $500 and offers a great 4K picture as well as tons of streaming content from Roku.
If you're looking for a stunning cinema experience — and can splurge for it — you should consider investing in the LG E6 4K Ultra HD TV. This OLED TV offers the most gorgeous picture we've ever seen, and it comes in 55- and 65-inch sizes.
If you want something in between, the Vizio SmartCast P-Series 55-inch TV is your best bet. In addition to providing a great 4K picture, this TV supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Vision, which offer a wider range of colors and better contrast than sets that don't support these technologies.
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All of the major TV makers recently announced their new sets for 2017. Here's a look at 11 of the newest models, including the LG W7 OLED "Wallpaper" TV; Sony's own Bravia XBR-A1E OLED set, which turns the entire TV into a speaker, and Samsung' QLED series, which looks to rival OLEDs in terms of color gamut and brightness.
LG's 55-inch HDTV (1080p) has an intuitive WebOS-based smart TV interface, which makes using streaming services such as Roku and HBO Go easy to use. This LED-backlit set proved very accurate in our tests, with saturated colors and excellent contrast. Our only wish is that it had at least one more HDMI port.
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This TV delivers quite the bargain. For less than $500, you get a surprisingly good 4K (3840 x 2160-pixel) display, a healthy selection of ports, as well as the intuitive and feature-packed Roku interface. Plus, with the Roku app, you can use your smartphone as a remote control. While its design and audio are nothing to write home about, overall the Insignia Roku (a Best Buy exclusive) is great for those on a budget.
This 55-inch HDTV supports both HDR and Dolby Vision, meaning you'll be able to view even more colors than ever before with content that supports these standards. The set has a full-array LED backlight with 126 zones that deliver better contrast, and does a good job of upscaling HD content. The Vizio comes with a 6-inch Android tablet that doubles as a remote and lets you cast streaming content (Netflix, Hulu and more) to the TV. However, the P-Series lacks a built-in tuner, so cord cutters may want to look elsewhere.
We love OLED sets because they deliver a much more vivid image than LCD displays and have much wider viewing angles. LG's stunning OLED set had one of the most accurate displays we've tested. In fact, its picture was so good that it revealed details in movies that we didn't even see in theaters. It also supports all the latest technology, including several HDR formats (HDR10, Ultra HD Premium and Dolby Vision) as well as the upcoming hybrid log gamma (HLG). Its webOS interface is also one of the easiest to use.
LG nicknamed this TV "wallpaper" for a reason. At just a tenth of an inch thick—thinner than an iPhone—the W7 lies virtually flush with your wall, but delivers incredible colors via its OLED display. All the guts, are contained in the included soundbar, which connects to the TV via a thin ribbon cable. The soundbar itself is impressive, as two upfiring speakers emerge from either end when it's turned on.
Sony's new flagship TV isn't just impressive for its great OLED display; it's that Sony turned the entire TV into a giant speaker. Using Acoustic Surface technology, four actuators behind the panel vibrate the back cover. This has the effect of not only hiding the speakers completely—what Sony calls a "One Slate" concept—but it also makes the audio sound as if it's coming from directly ahead, rather than either side of the TV. Around the back of this thin panel is a stand that houses all the processing power and ports, as well as a subwoofer to provide some more oomph.
Samsung claims that the latest version of its QLED technology has a 20 percent wider color gamut than last year's, which puts it on a par with OLED panels. Plus, Samsung's new TVs are capable of a peak brightness between 1,500 and 2,000 nits, which will make them easier to see overall. Samsung tweaked the design of the rear, too; there's now just a single wire that comes down from the back of the set, which should make for a cleaner look when hanging it on your wall.
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