How far things have come in just a year. Last year at this time there were plenty of 4K UHD televisions on the market–but very little 4K content available to play on them. But over the last year 4K content has grown exponentially, with many major streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, offering more and more 4K content each month. Upcoming games consoles and digital media players like the new Chromecast Ultra and Amazon Fire TV also support 4K. This makes buying a 4K television a good decision now more than at any other time in the past.
But just what is a 4K “UHD” television? Most recent high-definition (HD) TV’s play video at 1080p lines of resolution–or 1920 vertical columns and 1080 horizontal rows of pixels. 4K UHD TV’s play content at four times that resolution at 2160p lines of resolution–or 4096 vertical columns and 2160 horizontal rows of pixels. This increased resolution is why you see the letters “UHD” after “4K”. UDH stands for Ultra High Definition (as opposed to 1080p’s standard High Definition resolution).
Now that there’s more 4K content out there, and people are buying more 4K televisions than ever, it means there’s also more choices than ever–from the super high-end expensive 4K UHD sets, to lower cost models. While this roundup is in no way inclusive of every 4K UHD set out there, it’s a good primer to the variety and choice we’re spoilt with now that 4K is coming of age. Most of the 4K UHD televisions listed here can be bought at places like John Lewis or on amazon, by the way.
Average price: £419
Features: I’ve owned several Samsung TV’s and have always been impressed with their quality to cost ratio. This entry level 4K TV from Samsung features a 40in display along with HDR technology. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it allows for a more vivid color pallet in video and games including brighter whites, deeper blacks and more natural colors. What’s great is its also includes Samsung’s Smart Hub platform technology–so it’s also a smart TV with built in apps, including Netflix. All around, this is a terrific choice for those who want 4K on a budget.
Average price: £1200+
Features: For those that want to spend a little more and stick with Samsung this television is a great choice. Like the Samsung above, the UE43KS7500 includes Samsung’s Smart Hub platform, but it also includes support for Playstation Now, which lets you lay PS3 games right through the TV (without a PS3 console) if you have a PS3 or PS4 controller. HDR is standard on this model, which also has a curved 43in display that gives you wider and more natural field of view.
Average price: £999
Features: Moving up the chart in price is the Sony Bravia 55XD8005. This 55in television offers HDR and is an Android TV, which means you can download plenty of Google Play apps and games right on the television itself. It also includes support for Playstation Now, which lets you lay PS3 games right through the TV (without a PS3 console) if you have a PS3 or PS4 controller.
Average price: £1,999
Features: Here’s where we start getting into pricier territory–but that’s the name of the game as display sizes grow. The Panasonic Viera 58DX902B features a 58in screen with full HDR support. It also offers the VR-Audio Master Surround 2.1 system which outputs sounds at 40W. It’s powered by Firefox OS, which like the other smart televisions on this list means you can install apps and games via its app store. Last but least, it also handles 3D.
Average price: £4,499
Features: The 65in LG OLED65E6V won’t be for most because of it’s price–but you get a lot for it. Besides HDR technology standard, its display is also OLED, which means it consumes less power, yet offers more vivid images. The large OLED display is why this TV costs so much. The set itself is powered by the webOS 3.0 Smart Platform, so you can download apps and games to your liking. A premium Harman / Kardon Soundbar Stand is included, which ensures video content will sound as good as it looks.
Average price: £9,999
Features: Have 10 grand to spend and a very, very large flat? Then pick up this massive 85in 4K UHD set from Sony. Like the other Sony TV listed above, this one offers HDR and is an Android TV, which means you can download plenty of Google Play apps and games right on the television itself. It also includes support for Playstation Now, which lets you lay PS3 games right through the TV (without a PS3 console) if you have a PS3 or PS4 controller. And at 85 inches it’s quite possible you’ll never go out to the cinema again.