If you're buying a new TV right now, it should really be a 4K one. We've picked the best 4K TVs and best UHD TVs for you to choose from.
You may be a little confused by the names used for 4K TVs. Some call them 4K, some say Ultra HD or simply UHD. All you need to know, though, is that they're one of the same. They're just different names for the same thing.
4K TVs have four times as many pixels, the things that make up the picture, than Full HD TVs. This means they're much sharper and you can really appreciate the extra depth and detail. Many say 4K TVs almost appear as if they're in 3D, even when they're not.
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Long-touted as the future of television, 4K/UHD is finally becoming mainstream and is at last making it into people’s homes. The likes of Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG are leading the charge, and their 2016 4K models are stunning.
The greatest benefit of making the leap from HD or Full HD to 4K relates to clarity. 4K TVs offer sharper, more detailed pictures, making them perfect for watching sport, wildlife documentaries and movies. What’s more, the 4K content on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube is constantly growing, so there’s loads to look forward to.
Believe us when we say that once you've experienced 4K, you won’t want anything else.
Understandably, manufacturers are keen to squeeze their Ultra High Definition panels into spectacular, super-slim bodies. We’ve therefore seen the grand rise of curved screen UHD TVs, which are real living room centre-pieces, though we think that flat screen UHD TVs are just as impressive.
Most 4K televisions offer 3D playback too, making the home cinema experience better than ever. We’re also beginning to see more and more 4K TVs with HDR support, which should make for an incredible experience when HDR content actually becomes available.
Better still, as 4K TVs become more widespread, prices have started to tumble. You can now pick up an outstanding 4K television for around £1,000, though you'll still need to shell out at least £3,000 for the best models.