The Best 4K HDR TVs in 2018
Just like in last year, in 2018, there are also a lot of TV models which are launched, from budget TV to premium model where each of them offers some advantages to the other. The higher model of TV, of course, picture quality and performance offered is better, but on the other hand, its price is also more expensive. In middle to upper class, you have two options to choose, OLED TV and LED TV. AS we know, the advantages that offered by OLED TV, it has far better side viewing angle coverage and deeper black level. On the other hand, the advantages of LED TV, it usually has brighter peak brightness. LED TVs themselves are divided into two, with IPS panel and VA panel. A TV with IPS panel like LG SK9500, SK9000, Sony X850F usually offer better side viewing angle coverage, but on the other hand, their contrast ratio is poor, make them are not suitable when used in a dark room. On the other hand, TVs with VA panel like Samsung QLED TV, NU8000, Sony X900F and others usually have excellent native contrast ratio but its side viewing angle coverage usually is poor, makes them are not suitable when used in a wide room with wide seating. Meanwhile, in the middle to lower model, you only have LED TV option because there are no OLED TVs that sold with cheap price. Like on middle to upper class, there are also two options for you, IPS TV like LG SK8000, UK7700, UK6300, Sony X850F and others or VA TV like Samsung NU7100, NU7500, Sony X830F and others. Below are the best TVs by usage for each class that you can consider before you but TV.
Best TVs in 2018 for Movies
There are some major aspects that you should consider when your main purpose in buying TV is for watching movies. For this case, the TV should have excellent contrast ratio, bright highlights, rich colors and excellent 24p handling. If your main consideration in buying TV is for watching movies, we have some recommendation for you in below.
LG OLED C8
In premium model, there is Sony A8F that you should consider. In addition to it has cheaper price than other premium models, some aspects offered by A8F which required for watching movies are very strong. Since it uses OLED panel, almost all aspects of picture quality offered are strong like perfect black level, excellent black uniformity, great grey uniformity, bright peak brightness for OLED TVs, and others. Additionally LG OLED C8 also has excellent ability in handling judder when it is playing 24p movies. Some other models like LG OLED E8, Sony A8F, or even Sony A9F may have similar performance or even a bit better than OLED C8, but the advantage that offered by OLED C8, it is sold cheaper than other OLED TVs which has similar performance.
In mid range class, there is Sony X900F that offers excellent performance when playing movies. Its black level may be not as perfect as OLED C8, but for its class, black level produced by X900F is excellent, makes its dark room performance is excellent. Additionally, X900F also can produce very bright peak brightness. Its peak brightness can be even said the brightest in its class. It also has excellent performance in handling 24p movies. This means, no matter the frame rate of the movies, it can show them with judder-free. In its class, there is Samsung Q7FN that also has excellent performance, even some aspects of picture quality like color gamut, color volume, black uniformity, grey uniformity, and other which are offered are better, but with the same screen, Samsung Q7FN is sold a bit more expensive than X900F. Additionally, local dimming performance of Q7FN is also not as good as X900F and its performance in handling judder is also not as good as Q7FN, particularly for 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV.
In the entry level model, there is TCL R617 that offers excellence performance when used for watching movies. In addition to it has excellent black level that makes its dark room performance is also excellent, TCL R617 also has excellent peak brightness, even brighter than some TVs that sold more expensive. Not only that, it also already supports wide color gamut. And other advantages that offered, although it is entry level model, it also has good local dimming technology. Combination of deep black level, wide color gamut, bright peak brightness, and good local dimming performance certainly makes the picture produced will look very good. Additionally, TCL R617 also has excellence performance in removing the judder when it is playing 24p movies, no matter the frame rate of the source. Overall, for its class, picture quality produced by TCL R617 is above average, even better than some entry model from big names like LG UK6300, Samsung N1000 and others which sold more expensive than TCL R617.
Best TVs in 2018 for Sports
In addition to excellent picture quality, some criteria that you should consider when buying TV for watching sports is about their ability in handling motion blur, whether that caused by motion trail or persistence. Additionally, you should also consider their uniformity, and peak brightness. And for anticipating when you want watch sports with your friends, you should also consider their side viewing angle coverage. Below are the best TVs for watching sports in each class.
LG OLED B8
In middle to upper class, there is LG OLED B8. While performance of OLED B8 is actually almost similar than other OLED TVs model, the main consideration in choosing OLED B8 is about its price that is cheaper than other OLED TV models. Like other models of OLED TV, in addition to excellent picture quality with perfect black level and rich color, LG OLED B8 also has outstanding pixel response time that certainly make motion trail following fast moving object is almost no visible. Additionally, OLED B8 also has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode at 60 Hz that very helpful to minimize blur that caused by persistence, particularly when it is playing 60 fps contents. Some other models like LG OLED C8, Samsung Q8FN, Samsung Q9FN, Sony A8F, and others may also have good performance when used for watching sports, but overall, OLED B8 is better and that becomes the main consideration, it is sold far cheaper.
In middle class, there is Sony X900F that offers best performance when used for watching sports. As we have discussed above, Sony X900F has excellent picture quality with strong native contrast ratio, excellent local dimming performance, wide color gamut, and very bright peak brightness. In addition to excellent picture quality for its class, it also has excellent reflection handling and pixel response time. The other excellence that offered, it also has almost flicker-free. But unfortunately, it doesn’t have 60 Hz BFI mode that can help motion looks blur when playing 60 fps content. Additionally, since it uses VA panel, it side viewing angle coverage is also poor. So, for you who often watch TV with a group of your friend, you should consider other TVs with IPS panel like SK9500 or SK9000.
If Sony X900F is too expensive for you, there is cheaper TV that also offers good performance for watching sports that is LG UK7700. Since it uses IPS panel, one of the advantages offered by UK7700 is about its good side viewing angle. This gives you a benefit particularly when you want watch sports with a group of your friends where although they watch TV from multiple angles, each of them will get similar quality. Additionally, it also has excellent pixel response time and gray uniformity, two of some aspects that required by a TV when used for watching sport. But unfortunately, since it has weak native contrast ratio, this TV is not suitable when used in a dark room. As an alternative for a dark room, there is Samsung NU8000 that has excellent native contrast ratio, but it is sold a bit more expensive and also has poor side viewing angle coverage.
Best TVs in 2018 for TV Shows
When the TV is used for watching TV shows like News, Talk Shows, The Series and others, the major aspects that you should consider is about their ability in handling reflection and side viewing angle coverage. This is due most people usually watch TV Shows in a bright room with lamp lighting and with a group of family. Below are the best TVs for watching TV shows.
LG OLED B8
In middle to upper class, there is LG OLED B8 as the best TVs for watching TV shows. As we have mentioned, its picture quality and performance may be still a bit worse than the higher model like OLED C8 or OLED E8, but the advantage that offered, it has far cheaper price while their difference in performance is not too significant. Like other model of OLED TV that sold much more expensive, LG OLED B8 also has excellent picture quality with perfect black level, good color rendition, adequate peak brightness, excellent viewing angle coverage, and excellent pixel response time. Additionally, it also has good reflection handling where combine to its adequate peak brightness, this makes the picture displayed on its screen when playing TV Shows look excellent in a moderately bright room.
If you think that OLED B8 is too expensive, there is Sony X900F that also has good performance when used for watching TV shows. Additionally, combination of deep black level and excellent peak brightness produced, make the picture displayed on its screen looks consistent, no matter the light condition of a room where it is used. But even so, since it has poor viewing angle coverage, you must set your seat in such away so it is still in its viewing angle coverage, so if you watch TV with a group of your family, no one of them is bothered.
In entry level, there is also LG UK7700 that also offers good performance when used for watching TV shows. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean the performance of the competitors like Samsung NU8000, NU7100, Sony X850F and others are poor. While their difference in performance when used for watching TV shows is not too significant, LG UK7700 offers cheaper prices. The good side viewing angle coverage offered by UK7700 also becomes the won consideration, particularly for those who often watch TV shows with a group of their family.
Best TVs in 2018 for Gaming
As we know, the major aspects that should consider before buy a TV for gaming is about their input lags and pixel response time. Let alone for fast paced games, in order to play game responsively, it requires extremely low input lags and good motion handling. Side viewing angle of a TVs also should be considered, particularly for you who often play game with a group of your family or friend.
LG OLED B8
In high class, there is OLED B8 that offers good performance when used for playing games. The reason is the same where its performance is similar to other models of OLED TVS that sold more expensive. What required by a TV to be a great TV for playing games are met by OLED B8. As we have mentioned, in addition to it has excellent picture quality, a near-instantaneous pixel response time, and excellent viewing angle coverage, LG OLED B8 also has low input lags. But even so, it is actually is not perfect for games. Since a game usually have static scene and OLED TV including OLED B8 has permanent burn in risk, play the same game for a long time is not recommended. As the alternative, there is Samsung Q7FN that also offer great performance when used for playing games. But since it has poor side viewing angle, when you play a game with a group of your family or friend, some of them may be bothered.
If LG OLED B8 is too expensive for you, there is Samsung NU8000 that sold cheaper and also has good performance when used for playing games. Although not as good as what offered by OLED B8, but at least, it also has excellent pixel response time and input lags. Additionally, it is also free from permanent burn-in, so you don’t need to worry when you play the same game for a long time. But even so, since it is VA TV, its side viewing angle coverage is poor, so you must set your seat in such a way in order to they are still in its viewing angle coverage.
In entry level model, there is TCL R617 that offers great performance when used for playing games. TCL R617 is cheap TV that has great performance, not only for games, but also for mixed usage. IN addition to it has excellent picture quality for its class, R617 also has low input lags, allow you to play any games so feel responsively. But a bit unfortunately, it has a bit issue in handling motion blur. The other shortcoming, like other VA TV, it has poor side viewing angle coverage. But overall, for playing games, TCL R617 has better performance than the entry level TV from some big name like Samsung NU7100, LG UK6300, or Sony X690E.