The best LCD/LED TV
The Sony X950G TV offers wonderful image quality and a good user interface in a wide variety of sizes.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,400.
The Sony X950G 4K TV is our favorite LCD performer to date. It offers a great contrast ratio thanks to its full-array local-dimming backlight that allows the TV to produce deep blacks, along with a 120 Hz refresh rate for cleaner, smoother motion. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range content with bright peak highlights, as well as a wider color gamut that lets you see more (and richer) colors in Ultra HD content. Its superb video processing makes your streaming content look better, with fewer artifacts than we saw on competing TVs. The X950G comes in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 85-inch screen sizes. The two smaller sizes offer better contrast ratios, while the larger ones offer better viewing angles, but we recommend all of them. The Android smart-TV interface is better than on past Sony TVs, but the X950G doesn’t include some of the newer HDMI 2.1 features that are good for gaming.
Great for a very bright room
The Samsung Q80R handles light reflections better than the competition and has wide viewing angles. Plus, it’s superb for playing video games.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,580.
If the Sony X950G isn’t available, or if you have a large room with lots of natural sunlight, the Samsung Q80R is a great choice. This 4K TV offers full-array local dimming, and the screen’s anti-reflective filter works wonders at reducing reflections from sunlight or light fixtures, which keeps the image from looking washed out in a bright room. It also features Samsung’s wide viewing angle technology to better preserve image contrast when you’re sitting off to the sides. The Q80R is available in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 82-inch sizes, and it supports HDMI 2.1 features that make it great for gaming. It doesn’t do as well cleaning up image flaws as the Sony does, and its Tizen smart-TV platform lacks the wide app support that Android TV offers, but it’s still a great LCD.
Vizio P-Series Quantum
Good performance for less money
Vizio’s P-Series Quantum LCD TV offers full-array local dimming, a wider color gamut, and a 120 Hz refresh rate for a lower price, but it has fewer screen sizes and worse streaming performance.
The Vizio P-Series Quantum 4K TV packs the most image quality for your dollar, with full-array local dimming and the addition this year of quantum dots to deliver a wider color gamut, plus a 120 Hz refresh rate to produce cleaner, smoother motion. The video processing falls behind what others can do, so this TV can’t clean up the flaws in streaming content and other lower-quality sources as well as the Sony X950G can. With higher-quality HD and 4K sources, though, the Vizio P-Series Quantum looks superb. Vizio’s smart-TV interface is well behind the competition in speed and content selection, and this year Vizio chose to limit the P-Series to only 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. If you’re looking for an affordable 55-inch TV for less money, check out our guide to budget 4K TVs.