Best 4K TV Buying Guide: Looking to make the jump to a 4K TV? We have the definitive list of the eight best UHD TVs right now.
2018 already looks like a big year for TV tech. At CES 2018 it was revealed that Samsung has a three-way plan to take on OLED and Panasonic’s OLED line-up is Hollywood-approved. We’re looking at some serious improvements on 2017’s 4K HDR sets.
But this is a list of the best 4K TVs you can buy right now. These are the most advanced (and sometimes most expensive) sets on the market, and they represent the pinnacle of what’s possible in home cinema. Alternatively, take a look at our Best TVs page, which includes some of the older (but still excellent) models. Many of these have been significantly discounted and are now a bit of a bargain.
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Read on for a brief explanation of 4K TVs, or skip past to see our best 4K TV recommendations.
Upgrading your TV is a bit of a minefield. There are plenty of new terms and acronyms out there, none of which make your purchasing decision any easier. So here’s a handy guide to TVs – specifically the latest 4K models that are now in every TV store.
First, let’s talk about names. While most people say ‘4K’, some call it ‘Ultra HD’ (or UHD for short). For TV-buying purposes, they are just different names for the same thing.
4K TVs have four times as many pixels – the tiny dots that make up the picture – than Full HD TVs. When you cram more pixels into the same screen sizes, your picture ends up much sharper and clearer, and you can really appreciate the extra definition and detail. Many say 4K TVs can almost appear as if they’re in 3D, even when they’re not.
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- 65-inch OLED TV
- Native 4K UHD resolution
- HDR10 support
- Class-leading colour accuracy
Panasonic took a break from OLED in 2016, but it’s back with a vengeance in 2017. This year the company has two OLED TVs, with the EZ1002 being the flagship model. The market is a little more crowded these days, but Panasonic hopes to stand out with a Technics-tuned soundbar stand, plus class-leading colour accuracy.
It’s the latter that really steals the show. A lot of TV manufacturers bang on about getting close to the filmmaker’s vision, but Panasonic actually means it. That’s on top of the inherent strengths that come with OLED’s properly deep blacks, sumptuous contrast and very wide viewing angles. It’s great for gamers too, thanks to very low input lag.
It’s more expensive than comparable OLEDs, but £6999 gets you a TV that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood colour grading studio. If you like this, but want to save a little cash, check out the more affordable Panasonic EZ952. That’s almost the same TV, but minus the overkill features such as the USB 3D look up tables, extra reflection-catching filter and soundbar.
At the time of review, the Panasonic TX-65EZ1002B was available for £6999
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- 65-inch OLED display
- Native UHD resolution
- Wide HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Technicolor Advanced HDR
LG is the only manufacturer really pushing OLED technology right now, so it knows a thing or two. In fact, LG is even supplying its OLED panels to other TV makers, such as Panasonic, Sony and Philips. One big advantage of buying LG is that it has webOS, easily the best smart TV interface on the market.
LG is also offering a wider range of OLED TVs. While everyone else is putting out one or two models, LG is storming ahead with five. At £7000, the 65-inch LG G7 is one of the most expensive.
It’s also gorgeous, with a picture-on-glass display that’s only the thickness of seven credit cards, plus a big soundbase that can fold behind the screen for wall-mounting. The picture is great, too. Above-black performance is better than ever, as is colour reproduction. It’s also easily brighter than ever, so if you want an impactful HDR performance, you can expect a clear upgrade from last year.
Better still, all five of LG’s OLED models use the same panel and picture processing. That means you’ll get the same performance even if you prefer the other designs. The LG OLED65E7V is nearly identical, but is missing the folding soundbase and costs a little less. The LG OLED55B7V is the cheapest at £3000 and offers a curved Toblerone stand. If none of these are fancy enough for you, check out the £8000 ‘wallpaper TV’, the LG OLED65W7.
At the time of review, the LG OLED55C7V was available for £7000