9 of The Best 4K TVs of 2017 : You can buy for Gaming or Movies

Going TV shopping for a 4K TV ? Here’s a handy list of the best TVs out right now.

There’s nothing quite like sitting down at home to watch a film or TV show on a big-screen TV. And now that 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range) is becoming commonplace, upgrading your TV will mean that movies, sports and games look crisper, brighter and better than ever before.  Many of the 2017 models have been heavily discounted, However, when there are so many different models, sizes and resolutions to pick from, finding the best TV for your living room – and your budget – isn’t always easy.

But making a good 4K TVs isn’t just about how many pixels you can push to a screen; it’s about the quality of those pixels. To that end, there’s even newer technology that we’re excited about, like High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut, that promise to take all those new pixels and make them truly shine.

 

Without further ado, here are our ten best 4K TVs From 2017:

  1. LG E7 OLED
  2. Samsung Q9F QLED
  3. Sony XE90
  4. Sony BRAVIA A1 OLED
  5. Panasonic DX902
  6. LG B7 OLED
  7. Panasonic EZ1002 OLED
  8. Philips 65PUS7601
  9. Sony XE93
  10. Panasonic DX750

 




1. LG OLED E7

OLED isn’t done getting better just yet

55-inch: LG OLED55E7 | 65-inch: LG OLED65E7

Gorgeous picture quality
Thinness of OLED
Minor picture noise problems
LCD TVs are still brighter overall

Thanks to the thinness the technology affords, OLED televisions often look striking, but LG’s OLEDE7’s ‘picture on glass’ design looks especially fantastic.

Sure, the E7 might not have the same sexy allure as LG’s flagship from this year, the crazy-expensive OLED W7, but frankly the E7 offers a very similar level of quality at a much lower price. It still looks great, it’s still packing Dolby Atmos, and although it can’t boast the wallpaper thinness of the W7, it’s not far off.

If you want almost all the high-end features LG’s OLED series have to offer without taking out a second mortgage on your home, the E7 OLED is a worthwhile, cost-effective addition to any home theater.

 

 Sony XBR Z9D

No other TV delivers unlocks the full delirious beauty of HDR better than this ground-breaking Sony.

65-inch: Sony KD-65ZD9 in

Groundbreakingly good HDR pictures
HDR game mode
It’s not cheap
Android TV frustrates
This incredible TV uses new LCD backlight technology to deliver the brightest HDR pictures ever seen from a consumer television.This backlight technology finds every one of more than 600 LEDs behind the screen outputting its own light, independently of its neighbours. It can even combine the light from clusters of LEDs to enhance the brightest picture elements without causing excessive light pollution in dark areas. The result of all this is a ground-breaking contrast range tailor made to cope HDR’s extreme demands.Sony’s Triluminos colour technology, meanwhile, works in tandem with the huge brightness potential to pump out colours that look both more vivid but also more natural than those of any rival screen. Detail levels are out of this world too, ramming home the benefits of 4K resolution, and the 65Z9D is the only 2016 Sony TV so far to include a dedicated HDR Game picture mode. This lets you play games through a reasonably low input lag figure of around 40ms (input lag being the time a TV takes to produce images after receiving image data).The 65Z9D isn’t perfect. Its sound is only average, its Android TV smart system is sluggish and buggy, and even its cutting-edge backlight can’t remove every trace of light ‘haloing’ in the most extreme areas of HFR contrast. For sheer unadulterated 4K HDR spectacle, though, there’s nothing else that can touch it.

 Samsung Q9F QLED

Phenominally bright panels do wonders for HDR content

65-inch: Samsung QE65Q9FAM

Fantastic color levels
Very bright screen
HDR color banding can occur
Backlight clouding can be an issue

Samsung was the first brand to introduce an HDR-compatible screen back in 2015, but it’s not been resting on its haunches ever since.

Samsung’s latest flagship, the Q9F, is a perfect example of this. It ups the brightness to 1500 nits, 50% higher than the level required for UHD Premium certification, and the brightest TV we’ve ever tested.

Outside of an impressive-sounding number this brightness has a real impact on the set’s image quality. Detail is preserved in even the brightest areas of the image, and colors are exceptionally vivid and bright.

Even non-HDR content looks fantastic thanks to Samsung’s SDR upscaling technology.

No television is perfect, and the Q9F can occasionally suffer from some backlight clouding around bright objects. Additionally some settings cause colour striping with HDR, but minor flaws aside this is one of the best TVs around in 2017.




 

 Sony Bravia XE90 series

An fantastically sleek and capable set

49-inch: Sony Bravia KD-49XE9005 | 55-inch: Sony Bravia KD-55XE9005 |

65-inch: Sony Bravia KD-65XE9005

Excellent motion handling
Great contrast
HDR isn’t the brightest
Remote doesn’t feel as premium

Although LCDs haven’t quite achieved the same black levels as their OLED rivals like the LG E7 above, the Sony XE90’s HDR performance comes tantalizingly close.

This is achieved through the set’s direct LED backlight, which allows it to achieve a brightness uniformity that edge-lit displays often fall short of.

Add in fantastic detail and motion handling, and you’ve got yourself a set that strikes an excellent balance between price and performance, and is well worth a look, even if its Android TV interface can feel a little cluttered, and its remote a little cheap.

 

 Sony BRAVIA A1E OLED

Sony’s brand-new flagship TV for 2017 is returning to OLED

65-inch: Sony A1E OLED

Gorgeous picture quality
Innovative and excellent sound
It’s not very bright
Android TV is clunky

The 55A1 – and the A1 OLED series overall – are crowd pleasers in just about every way. Their ‘picture only’ design has been beautifully realized, managing to be simultaneously subtle and dramatic. Their vibrating screen delivers a far more powerful and effective sound performance than I’d thought possible, too.

The real stars of the show here, though, are the A1’s exquisitely detailed, contrast-rich and colorful pictures. These prove emphatically what we’ve long suspected: More brands using OLED technology can only lead to good things.

 

 Panasonic DX902 series

Brand new LCD screen technology and stellar processing helps the DX902 range deliver spectacular 4K and HDR impact

58-inch: Panasonic TX-58DX902B | 65-inch: Panasonic TX-65DX902B

Bright, contrast-rich pictures
Clever and usually effective local dimming technology
Chunky bodywork
Some motion blur

Panasonic was so obsessed with nailing high dynamic range picture quality on its flagship 4K TV series for 2016 that it came up with an all-new ‘honeycomb’ LCD panel technology. This puts physical dividers between the areas of the different ‘zones’ of picture illuminated by its direct-lit backlight system to cut down on the usual LCD problems of backlight clouding around bright HDR objects, and even introduces a new diffuser filter to try and stop the light ‘breaks’ between different LED zones looking too obvious.

Even this doesn’t completely solve LED’s light control issues with very extreme HDR content, but it certainly does enable the TV to deliver picture quality with HDR sources that for the majority of the time are second only to Samsung’s KS9500 TVs for their combination of dynamism, detailing and sheer spectacle – and the DX902s cost hundreds of pounds less than their Samsung rivals.

 

 LG OLED B7 Series

LG’s entry level OLEDs continue to impress

55-inch: LG OLED55B7V | 65-inch: LG OLED65B7

Excellent all-round image quality
Complete HDR support
            Great smart platform

 

No Dolby Atmos passthrough
Mediocre onboard audio

LG’s ‘B’ line of OLEDs has consistently offered a great entry point into the display technology without compromising on what makes it so exciting.

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The B7 series is no different. Contained within the TVs is exactly the same panel that’s powering the more expensive C7, E7 and yes even the W7 LG televisions, which means an exceptional bump over last year’s OLED panels at a much lower price.

So where has LG saved the money? In a word, sound. The B7’s downward firing speakers are the worst all the company’s OLED TVs. Not only that, but the set is also currently unable to pass Dolby Atmos to an external sound system over HDMI (although a firmware update to fix this is on the way).

If however, you’re content to put up with a standard surround sound experience, then the B7 is a fantastic entryway into a piece of TV tech that still feels futuristic in 2017.



 

 Panasonic EZ1002 OLED

Panasonic’s flagship TV takes OLED to another level

65-inch: Panasonic TX-65EZ1002

Stunning contrast performance
Unprecedented colour accuracy
No Dolby Vision support
Some occasional vertical banding

 

With a price tag of nigh £6,000, the 65EZ1002 needs to be special. Fortunately, it is. By implementing a number of features usually reserved for the professional mastering monitor world, Pana’s flagship OLED is able to deliver the most consistently beautiful and accurate pictures seen to date, with both HDR and SDR sources. It also offers a highly effective smart system, and a strong audio performance from its built-in soundbar.

For AV enthusiasts keen to reproduce their favourite directors’ vision at home with no expenses spared, the 65EZ1002 is simply as good as it gets.

 

Sony XE93 series

Bright HDR images and rich colors make this set one worth considering

55-inch: Sony KD-55XE9305 | 65-inch: Sony KD-65XE9305

Bright HDR with rich colors
Great HD upscaling
Issues with blooming around bright objects
Sluggish interface

The Sony XE93 range is the more premium range that sits alongside the XE90 above and it’s certainly a more ambitious set.

The XE93 features a Sony innovation known as ‘slim backlight drive’ which attempts to deliver areas of concentrated light in the screen while maintaining a slim form-factor.

For the most part this system performs admirably, and creates fantastically bright images that have real punch and intensity to them.

But the system does have it’s issues with keeping this brightness to the bright areas of the image, where it can occasionally see this light ‘bleed’ out into darker parts of the image.

Thankfully this set is also no slouch in the sound department; it’s happily one of the better sounding TVs out there.

So the XE93 is a great looking set, but while it may be much more premium than the XE90 listed above, it doesn’t quite go all the way in justifying its increased cost.

 





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