HOW WE CHOSE THE BEST TVs CHEAP …
From eye candy UHD visuals and superior sound to drop dead gorgeous design, these are the TV sets you should be shortlisting right now.
All demonstrably benefit from the extra clarity that 4K offers, a fact that will be particularly noticeable when upgrading from a 1080p telly. The good news is that there’s now less of a shortage of native UHD content to exploit this resolution boost. From iTunes and the burgeoning UHD Blu-ray catalogue, to Netflix, Amazon and Sky, there’s plenty of stuff to show off your new panel’s prowess.
And of course gaming is increasingly a source of spectacular 4K, thanks to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, although not every TV makes for a great gaming display, as we’ll see.
All these TVs feature HDR onboard. It’s worth noting that not all screens that claim to be HDR offer a genuine HDR experience, with properly bright spectral highlights. Many lower cost models are merely ‘HDR compatible’ (which means they know when they’re receiving HDR content, but they don’t have the wherewithal to do much with it). So, caveat emptor, as Maximus Decimus Meridius once said.
The other area where corners are inevitably cut with less flagship TVs is sound. You can always add a soundbar or soundbase to rectify this sorry state of affairs.
Right, that’s enough of this introductory banter. Let’s take a closer look at these big-screen beauties…
1. SAMSUNG QE55Q6FNA
4K QLED beast is the hottest TV deal in town right now
Screen size: 55-inchesHDR: HDR10 and HLGHDMI: 4USB: 3Dimensions: 710 x 1226 x 55mm
2. SONY KD-49XF9005
Best for crisp and colourful image quality
Screen size: 49-inchesOther sizes available: 43-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inchHDR: HDR10HDMI: 4USB: 3Dimensions: 1093 x 621 x 69 cm
3. SAMSUNG UE65NU7470
Superb value at just under 1,000
Screen size: 65-inchesOther sizes available: 49-inch, 65-inch, 75-inchHDR: HDR10, HDR10+HDMI: 3USB: 2Dimensions: 1457.5 x 837.3 x 59.7 mm
4. PANASONIC TX-49FX750B
A superb UHD TV with a beautiful design, inside and out
Screen size: 49-inchesOther sizes available: 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inchHDR: HDR10, HLGHDMI: x 4USB: x 3Dimensions: 1098 x 699 x 254mm
5. SAMSUNG UE55NU8000
Another great Samsung screen for film fans and gamers alike
Screen size: 55 inchesOther sizes available: 49-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 82-inchHDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLGHDMI: 4USB: 3Dimensions: 1227 x 787 x 322 mm
6. HISENSE U7A HE55U7A1WTSG
Not just the longest name for a TV ever, a top sub-£1000 TV
Screen size: 55-inchesOther sizes: 50-inch, 65-inchHDR: HDR10, HLG HDMI 4USB: 2Dimensions: 1382 x 877 x 187 mm
7. LG 49SK8500PLA
Super UHD TV quality at its best
Screen size: 49-inchesOther sizes: 55-inch, 65-inchHDR: HDR10 Pro, HLG, Dolby Vision HDMI 3USB: 2Dimensions: 1096 x 638 x 63 mm
8. HISENSE H65A6500
A superb value 65-inch 4K HDR10 DLED TV
Screen size: 65-inchesOther sizes available: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inchHDR: HDR10, HLGHDMI: 4USB: 3Dimensions: 1119x647x58 mm
9. PHILIPS 55PUS7803
The joy of Ambilight 4K in a television for under 1000
Screen size: 55-inchesOther sizes available: 49-inch, 65-inch, 75-inchHDR: HDR PlusHDMI: 4USB: 2Dimensions: 1234 x 713 x 48 mm
10. SONY KD65XF7002
The best larger Sony TV for under £1000
Screen size: 65-inchesOther sizes available: 55-inch, 75-inchHDR: HDR10, HLGUSB: 3Dimensions: 1461 x 907 x 355 mm