Best 4K HDR TV for 2017
The number models of 4K HDR TV of 2018 might soon be launched in the market, but for you who still search the 2017 model, this might be a good alternative considering the improvement that offered by successor of each model is usually not too significant. Meanwhile, as the newer model, the 2018 models certainly is priced far more expensive than the 2017 model where their price has dropped compared to when they were first released. Below are the best TVs for each class which you should consider when you are still searching the 2017 model.
Best 70 -75 Inch 4K TV in 2017
In this 70 inch or bigger size, there are some options for you, from entry level TV to premium TV. From Sony, there are Sony XBR77A1E at premium class, XBR75X900E and XBR75X860E at mid-end class, and Sony X690E at entry level class. Meanwhile, from Samsung, there are Samsung QN75Q9F, QN75Q8C, and QN75Q7F at premium class, UN75MU900, UN75MU8000, UN82MU8000 at mid-class, and UN75MU6300 and UN75MU6290 at entry level. And from LG, there are LG OLED77W7P and OLED77G7P at premium class, 75SJ8570 and 86SJ9570 at middle class, and 75UJ6470, 75UJ6570, and 75UJ6450.
Which one is the best? At premium class, almost all of them are OLED TV, except QLED TV lineup by Samsung. As we know, since almost of OLED TVs uses similar OLED Panel by LG, this certainly makes their performance and picture quality is similar. Which distinguishes between them are about their design, sound performance, and some features which offered by each of their manufacturer. This means, except from Samsung, if your main consideration in buying TVs is picture quality, whatever you choose, you will not get prominent advantage on their picture quality. Of course, this comes back to your interest about their design. For this case, Sony XBR77A1E comes with “One Slate Design”, LG OLED77W7P comes with “Wallpaper Design”, while OLED77G7P comes with “Picture on Glass” design. Their picture quality is really amazing and almost all features which offered are strong. The only major drawback of them that also becomes about the major drawback of OLED TV about their poor images retention that certainly makes them are not too suitable for contents with static images like games. As the alternative, there is Samsung QLED TV lineup like QN75Q9F, QN75Q8C, or QN75Q7F that has excellent image retention. The other advantage that offered, they have far brighter peak brightness than OLED TV. But even so, since they use LED Panel technology, poor side viewing angle become their major drawback. This certainly makes them is not too suitable when you play games or enjoy movies with a group of your family or friends where they watch TV from multiple angles.
In middle class, Sony XBR75X900E might be the best option for you. Combination of strong native contrast ratio, bright peak luminance, wide color gamut, and other points that have strong performance like motion handling, 24p movies handling and others make picture displayed on their screen look really amazing for its class, no matter you use it for watching TV shows, movies, sports, or playing games. But even so, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t drawbacks. Like other LED TVs with VA panel, it also has poor side viewing angle. Additionally, its input lags at 1080p source are also too high, make its performance is not as great as the competitors when used for playing fast paced full HD games. But overall, what offered by XBR75X900E is great for its class. As the alternative, there is Samsung UN75MU9000 or the cheaper UN75MU8000 that has excellent input lags at any source, but their peak brightness and color gamut is not as good as XBR75X900E.
In entry level, Samsung UN75MU6300 might be the best. For its class, performance offered by UN75MU6300 is fairly good, no matter you use it for watching movies, TV shows, sports, or playing games. Nevertheless, since it uses VA panel, poor side viewing angle certainly become its major drawback. As the alternative, there is Sony KD75X690E and Samsung UN75MU6290 which sold cheaper than UN75MU6300, but of course, performance offered is still a below what offered by UN75MU6300.
Best 65 inch 4K HDR TV for 2017
At 65 inch sizes, there are a lot of options for you, whether for high-end, mid-end, or entre level TV. But among a lot of models which available in the market, at high-end, LG OLED65C7P might be the best. As an OLED TV, quality of the picture produced by LG OLED65C7P is really amazing. It has infinite native contrast ratio, excellent color gamut, bright peak luminance, excellent motion and 24p handling and also other features that have strong performance. The excepting of its poor image retention, overall, almost all aspects of picture quality and features offered by OLED65C7P is great. On the other hand, picture quality and performance offered by OLED65C7P is not far different to the higher series like OLED65E7P or OLED65G7P which sold hundreds even more than a thousand dollar more expensive. There actually is OLED65B7A that offer similar picture quality to OLED65C7P and even sold hundreds dollar cheaper, but it is not equipped with built-in sub-woofer that makes its sound performance is not as impressive as OLED65C7P. Nevertheless, for you who don’t care about sound performance, it might be a better choice for you. Additionally, if you don’t like its poor image retention of OLED65C7P, there is premium LED TVs like Samsung QN65Q7F or Sony XBR65X930E that sold hundreds dollar cheaper or Samsung QN65Q9F that sold hundreds dollar more expensive.
In middle class, Sony XBR65X900E might be the best. It has strong native contrast ratio, wide color gamut, bright peak rightness, good motion handling and excellent 24p playback. Additionally, although its input lags are not as low as the competitor, but it is still quite low to play any games so feel responsively and comfortably. But like other TVs with VA panel, poor side viewing angle becomes its major drawback. But even so, if you need a TV with wide viewing angle, there is LG SJ9500 that comes with IPS panel that offer good side viewing angle coverage. But its drawback, its native contrast ratio is too low, makes it is not suitable when used in a dark environment.
Meanwhile, at entry level TV, Samsung UN65MU6300 might be the best choice for you. Strong native contrast ratio and attractive Tizen Smart TV platform becomes its flagship. Additionally, UN65MU6300 also has good motion handling and low input lags, make it is very comfortable when used for playing games. Like other TVs with VA panel, side viewing angle certainly also becomes the main drawback of UN65MU6300. As the alternative, there is LG 65UJ6300 that comes with IPS panel that certainly offer wider viewing angle coverage than UN65MU6300. But like other model of IPS TV, its native contrast ratio is low that certainly makes its dark room performance is also not so good.
Best 60 inch 4K HDR TV for 2017
There are not many models of 4K HDR TVs which available in the market that come with 60 inch of screen size, even there is no high class TV that comes with this size. Nevertheless, at middle to lower –end, there is Sony KD60X690E, LG 60UJ7700, Samsung UN58MU6100 and Vizio E-60M3. So which one is the best? Considering picture quality, performance and price that offered, Sony KD60X690E might be the best choice for you. But even so, since it uses VA panel, this certainly makes its side viewing angle coverage is poor that makes it is not suitable when used in a wide room with a group of viewers where they are watching TV from multiple viewing angles. But even so, if you need a TV with wide viewing angle, LG 60UJ7700 might be a good alternative for you because it uses IPS panel
Best 55 inch 4K HDR TV for 2017
Unlike at 60 inch where the options is not a lot, at 55 inch, almost every model of 4K TVs comes with 55 inch of screen sizes, give you a lot options. At high-end model, there is LG OLED55C7P that might be the best. As we know, the amazing picture quality produced by OLED TV is undoubtedly due it has infinite contrast ratio, excellent wide color gamut, excellent motion handling, excellent viewing angle coverage, and other. Meanwhile, picture quality offered by the higher models that sold hundreds to thousands dollar more expensive is not far different to what offered by OLED55C7P. But even so, if you want a cheaper TV that offer similar picture quality to OLED55C7P, there is OLED55B7A. Nevertheless, LG OLED55C7P is not equipped with built-in subwoofer that certainly makes its sound performance is not as impressive as what offered by OLED 55C7P. But like other OLED TVs, both of them have bad images retention that certainly makes it is not too suitable contents with static image like games. As the alternative, there is Samsung QN55Q7F that offers excellent images retentions. But since QN55Q7F uses LED panel with VA technology, this certainly makes its viewing angle coverage is poor.
In middle class, there are a lot of options for you where performance and picture quality offered by each are not far different. There are Samsung UN55MU9000, UN55MU8500, UN55MU8000, Sony XBR55X900E, LG SJ8500, and more. But among them, overall, Sony XBR55X900E might be the best. Combination of strong native contrast ratio, wide color gamut, bright peak brightness, and good performance of other aspects make quality of the picture displayed on its screen looks fairly good. Input lags might not as low as the competitors, but still quite low to play any games. The drawback, its side viewing angle is poor. As the alternative for wider viewing angle, there is LG 55SJ8500 that comes with IPS panel.
At entry level TV, there are also a lot of options for you. But overall, for mixed usage, Samsung UN55MU6300 might be the best. Its native contrast ratio is stronger than the competitor and combination to its good renditions of color and peak brightness, makes its picture quality is good for its class. Additionally, it also has good motion handling and input lags, make it is a good TV for watching sports playing games. The other interesting thing that offered is about its attractive smart TV platform named “Tizen OS”.
Best 49 inch – 50 Inch 4K HDR TV for 2017
In this screen size, there is no high-end TVs and there is also no OLED TV which comes with this screen size. There are only middle to lower end TVs which come with this screen size. Overall, in the mid-end class, there is Sony XBR49X900E that might be the best. Combination of wide color gamut, deep black level, bright peak brightness, and other aspects that also have good performance makes the picture displayed on its screen looks really good, no matter it is playing SDR or HDR contents. Additionally, combination of its excellent motion handling and low input lags also makes it is very comfortable when used to watch sports or movies or play games. That is not less interesting is about its smart TV platform where it comes with Google Android TV that provide tons of attractive and useful apps and smart features. But as we have mentioned above, since Sony XBR49X900E uses VA panel, this certainly makes it also has poor side viewing angle. As the alternative, there is Samsung UN49MU8000 that sold cheaper, but its peak brightness and color gamut is not as good as XBR49X900. But like X900E series, Samsung MU8000 also uses VA panel that course makes its side viewing angle coverage is also poor. But even so, if you need a TV with wide viewing angle coverage, there is LG 49UJ7700 or Sony KD49X720E which come with IPS panel and sold hundreds dollar cheaper. But like most of IPS TVs, their contrast is not quite strong to make the picture look well when used in a dark room.
At entry level model, Sony KD60X690E or Samsung UN50MU6300 might be the best. As the entry level TV, its contrast is quite strong. They might not support wide color gamut, but for entry level TV, their colors rendition can be said well. Additionally, both of them also have good motion handling and low input lags which make them is comfortable when used for watching sports or games. But like other TVS with VA panel, their side viewing angle coverage is also poor. If you need a TV with wide viewing angle, there is LG 49UJ6300 or Sony KD49X720E as a best alternative for you.
Best 40 inch – 43 Inch 4K HDR TV for 2017
In this size, there is only middle to lower end TVs as your options. And overall, Samsung UN40MU7000 might be the best option for you. As a TV that priced with affordable price, what offered by UN40MU7000 is fairly good. The performance of other features which offered like motion handling, input lags, and others are also fairly good for its class. Nevertheless, if you want a cheaper model, there is also Samsung UN40MU6400, UN43MU6300, UN40MU6290, and UN43MU6290, as a best alternative for you. But as we often mentioned, since they use VA panel, poor side viewing angle becomes their major drawback. As the alternative for a TV with wide viewing angle coverage, there is Sony KD40X720E as the best solution for you.
We have chosen them as the best for each screen size by considering their performance of each aspect of picture quality, features, and the price. This is just a reference for you before you buy 4K HDR TV. This means, each TV does not have an absolute advantage on every aspect against the competitors. Although we have chosen them as the best for each screen size, on certain aspect, their performance might be weak and inferior to the competitor. Nevertheless, at least, this can give you an idea before you decide to buy a 4K HDR TV.