Which 4K TV is right for me?

4K is certainly here to stay, with all the major brands offering these stunning Ultra HD TVs. Here’s what to look out for when choosing a 4K TV.

18 Jan 2019

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What is a 4K TV?

This year, 4K is set be become more mainstream than ever, as consumers are falling in love with the crystal-clear picture on-screen. With the increase in popularity, the cost has also dropped – now, it’s actually possible to pick up a 4K TV for less than £300.

What is a 4K TV?

In short, a 4K TV packs in 4 times more pixels than a Full HD screen, meaning the pixels are much smaller which gives a sharper picture.

Some TVs can even upscale standard HD to 4K by scanning the images on the screen and adding in the extra pixels.

 

What about UHD and HDR?

UHD (Ultra High Definition) and HDR (High Dynamic Range), are two technical terms you’ll notice a lot when reading about 4K TVs, so let us explain what they mean…

4K is often mentioned in the same breath as UHD, even though there is actually a difference between them. A UHD screen is made up of 3840 x 2160 pixels, whereas 4K is 4096 x 2160. However, when you hear talk about 4K TVs, it’s generally accepted they can be referring to either 4K or UHD resolution.

4k TV on the wall

HDR gives you a much higher colour contrast ratio, which is the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. This means that dark areas don’t just look dark - with HDR, you see all the detail in those dark areas.

Colours look more natural too. HDR expands the range of available light so the TV is much better at replicating real-life.

 

Stunning detail from Panasonic

Panasonic is putting some very clever tech into its latest TVs. The new HCX video processor automatically monitors the average brightness level of each scene and adjusts the settings in real-time to give you the best possible picture.

 

What’s it like to use?

Panasonic Smart TVs are really easy to use. You get shortcuts for apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video and moving between apps is fast and responsive too.

 

How will it look in my living room?

Many modern TVs use OLED technology, where the pixels light themselves up rather than rely on a backlight, which means manufacturers are able to make the screens as thin as 4mm. They also come with built-in cable storage to help you avoid those unsightly masses of wires.

OLED gives you a stunning colour range too. Instead of a backlight covering the whole screen, the pixels turn off individually during dark scenes, so you'll get the deepest blacks TVs can offer.

Panasonic 4k TV

Why not try: the Panasonic TX-55FX802B

The FX802 range is one of the best looking we’ve ever seen from Panasonic. The TV panel is incredibly thin and the panel that hides all of the processors and connectors is adds very little to the overall depth of the TV.

It comes with plenty of streaming services too. You get Netflix and Amazon Prime Video plus all the major TV catch-up services from like BBC iPlayer, All 4, Demand 5 and ITV Hub.

But it’s the picture quality that makes this TV stand out. The contrast ratio, thanks to its HDR and OLED technology, is truly impressive. Add in the true blacks and accurate colour recreation and you’ve got a TV that delivers vibrant and vivid colours, but is also able to create realistic skin tones.

Take a look at the Panasonic TX-55FX802

 

Get the cinema experience from LG

From incredible upscaling that turns an HD image into near 4K quality to Dolby Atmos for cinema-quality sound, LG is a brand that knows how to make incredible TVs.

 

What’s it like to use?

The operating system is super-simple to use, especially when it’s combined with the LG Magic Remote. Just point the remote at the TV to move the arrow around the screen, then click the thing you want – what could be easier?

The latest models also come with ‘thinQ AI’ which is a smart assistant built right into your TV. Just hold down the microphone button and say something like “Play The Grand Tour on Netflix” and you’ll be streaming in seconds.

 

How will it look in my living room?

LG makes some of the most stylish TVs out there with some of the thinnest OLED screens available. Use Gallery Mode to transform it into a beautiful framed picture, displaying stunning images from around the world – perfect for wall mounting.

LG OLED 4k TV

Why not try: the LG OLED B8

This is a TV that’s all about the cinematic experience. It comes with 4K Cinema HDR technology to give you a crystal-clear image with truly lifelike colours. It also comes with iconic Dolby Atmos audio and upward-firing speakers to create the type of surround sound that you’d get in a movie theatre.

Take a look at the LG OLED55B8PLA

 

Get the perfect TV for sport from Samsung

The latest Samsung TVs come with a feature called Auto Motion Plus which smooths out fast paced action and adds clarity – perfect for anyone who watches a lot of sport.

Perfect TV for watching sport

What’s it like to use?

Samsung’s Smart Hub operating system is fast and simple. Quick Settings gives you access to the types of things you’ll use most often so no more trawling through endless menus.

You also get all the major streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime video.

 

How will it look in my living room?

Samsung’s ‘360° Design’ gives its TVs a minimalist appearance that means they look great from any angle and in any environment.

Samsung TV

Why not try: the Samsung UE49NU7100

This is a TV that’s got all the features you’d expect to find on one from higher up the range, like smart features that let you control the TV from your phone.

HDR also means you’ll benefit from an impressive contrast ratio so you’ll be able to pick out all the detail in those darker scenes.

And if you watch a lot of sport, Samsung’s Auto Motion Plus feature makes you feel like you’re sat in the stands. It adds clarity to the picture and makes fast movement super-smooth.

Take a look at the Samsung UE49NU7100 49" Smart 4K Ultra HD TV

 

Have a look at our full range of 4k TVs

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