Looking for the best TV in price quality: purchase recommendations based on use and eight featured smart TVs

Unless you "study" the specifications and our analyzes until you find your ideal model, when choosing a television many are carried away by the diagonal combo and price, or what is the same: the largest TV that fits in the furniture and they can pay without neglecting the design, since at the end of the day this appliance is the star of the show.

But choosing a TV is a complex and variable mission. Be that as it may, if you are clear that you need a television and you are not very clear which one you want, but what you are going to use it for and what your budget is, in this smart TV with best value for money purchase guide we propose a careful selection of candidates.

How to be right when choosing a television

As we warned previously, when choosing a television many variables influence: size, panel technology, resolution, HDR, connectivity, operating system ... and if we want it to play regularly, movement management will also enter the equation , the HDMI 2.1 interface, the input latency, the game mode or the implementation of technologies such as NVIDIA Sync or AMD FreeSync. Below, we briefly outline these features and why they are important.

LCD or OLED?

The thickness of panels that we are going to find are going to be of the LCD type with LED backlight - and derivatives such as Samsung's QLEDs - and OLEDs, each with its characteristics, advantages and disadvantages with respect to the other.

As a consequence of their nature and operation, OLEDs generally offer purer and more realistic blacks, a better level of contrast and more striking colors, in addition to greater viewing angles. This makes OLEDs great candidates for those seeking a realistic, cinematic-style experience. Of course, they are exposed to further deterioration compared to continued use, something to keep in mind if the idea is to have it on for hours and hours every day ... for example if we are gamers.

If we opt for a versatile LCD, the next thing is to look at the backlight of the screen that they implement, essentially Edge LED, Direct LED and Full Array, the latter being the most ambitious (and expensive), sometimes coming to compete with you to you with OLEDs in terms of the reproduction of pure blacks thanks to the number and distribution of LED diodes arranged, which enables more precise lighting.

Nanocrystalline color enhancement technologies implemented by different manufacturers are a great ally in the image enhancement of LCD panels. Its mission is to modify the wavelength of light, which in practice has a positive impact on color rendering. Or what is the same, those that have these nanocrystals offer a wider range of colors and deeper blacks.

In practice, this choice between LCD and OLED is also determined by the budget - OLEDs are more expensive - and the size of the screen, since OLEDs are intended for larger diagonals. However, today it is possible to find a price range where the most demanding LCDs and the most basic OLEDs go hand in hand in terms of cost.

Brief notes on resolution and HDR

Although there are already 8K models, the reality is that currently, between the price of these models along with the shortage of content in this resolution on the one hand and the other, the wide offer of 4K models, make 4K the resolution most recommended if we are looking for the best value for money.

The high dynamic range - popularly known as HDR - gives almost a bible to write about what it is, what it translates to and what technologies we find on the market ... and we did. It is important to be clear that the objective of HDR is to offer images with a very wide luminance range and that on a television it is the ability to deliver a set of levels of different light intensity that are influenced by factors such as color and brightness.

In practice, we are going to find the basic HDR10, its improved iteration HDR10 +, the ambitious Dolby Vision, the complementary HLG and Technicolor HDR or Advanced HDR. If we are going to use our TV to watch series and movies, better bet on those models with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, since both standards use dynamic metadata to offer an improved experience.

Panel: 8 or 10 bits?

While the cheapest models bet on 8 bits or 10-bit emulation, the upper mid-range integrates native 10-bit panels, a difference that translates into depth when it comes to reproducing color. In practice, while the 8-bit ones go up to 16.7 million colors, the 10-bit ones manage to exceed the figure of 1,073 million colors, which offers a more realistic image and with greater chromatic precision. Straddling one and the other, those models that emulate the 10 bits with FRC techniques can be a good alternative if our budget is tight.

Latency and response time

These two values ​​are essential if we are going to use our TV to play. The input latency is the time between when we carry out an action on the remote control, it is processed by the PC or console and it is executed on the TV panel and we want it to be as low as possible. In games where precision and reflexes are important, all the more so. Although not all people have the same ability to perceive it, it is a factor that differs greatly from one TV to another.

The response time reflects the time it takes for a panel pixel to change the color it emits, something that is related to motion blur and that translates (if it is high) in the lack of sharpness when being able to see poorly defined edges. .

HDMI 2.1 interface

Another ideal feature for gaming is that it implements HDMI 2.1 for its high data transfer (reaches 48 Gbps), which opens the doors to using higher resolutions and refresh rates. Linked to HDMI 2.1 we find technologies such as low latency automatic mode ALLM and adaptive refresh rates VRR - both very interesting for gaming - or enhanced ARC to send multichannel digital sound

And the operating system?

TV as a general entertainment center has in the operating systems the gateway to a range of applications such as Netflix, HBO, Amazon Video, YouTube, etc., but not all work the same. Thus, we can find less intuitive interfaces, absences in the form of apps or updates that never come.

Taking into account that a television is a household appliance that we renew less frequently than the mobile phone or the computer, it is foreseeable that sooner or later it will happen to us and, in this sense, it has an "easy" solution: buy a set top box.

But if we are going to buy a TV now, it is worth stopping and thinking about how important it is for us to access these streaming services, if we already have multimedia players or if we are considering buying them. Today the vast majority of televisions that we are going to find are already smart TVs, but while in the most affordable models it is common for manufacturers to implement simplified and / or proprietary operating systems, there are others that are committed to consolidated Android TVs, WebOS and Tizen (Samsung). Regardless of taste, all three offer the right experience.

Smart TV with high value for money: featured models

Samsung Crystal UHD 2020 50TU8005

This Samsung Crystal UHD 2020 50TU8005 (487 euros) is an interesting model for anyone looking for a balance between modernity, a good screen, a complete intelligent environment and care on a contained budget. It has details such as compatibility with assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa and One Remote Control.

Samsung Crystal UHD 2020 50TU8005 - 50 "Smart TV with 4K Resolution, HDR 10+, Crystal Display, 4K Processor, PurColor, Smart Sound, One Remote Control and Integrated Voice Assistants

Retail price on Amazon € 487.20 Price in Media Markt (+ expenses) € 609 Price in PC Components € 519 Samsung Crystal UHD 2020 50TU8005

Panel

VA 4K UHD LCD with Edge LED backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel (8 bit + FRC)

Size

50

HDR

HLG, HDR10 +

Operating system

Tizen 5.5

Latency / refresh rate

- / 60 Hz

HDMI ports

2 (2.0)

Price

487 euros

Panasonic Tx-58Gx710E

With the Panasonic Tx-58Gx710E (569 euros) we find a television that stands out in its price range for its image quality and contrast, with a very fine and attractive design with a premium touch on a diagonal quite large for its price. A very good option for those looking for image quality on a budget.

Panasonic ® - Led TV 146 Cm (58) Panasonic Tx-58Gx710E Uhd 4K HDR, Smart TV

RRP at Mielectro € 569 Today on Amazon for € 598.71 Panasonic Tx-58Gx710E

Panel

VA 4K UHD LCD with Edge LED backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel (8 bit + FRC)

Size

58

HDR

HDR10, HLG, HDR10 +

Operating system

My Home Screen 4.0

Latency / refresh rate

- / 60 Hz

HDMI ports

3 (2.0)

Price

569 euros

Philips 55PUS7504 / 12

Within the 2019 Philips mid-range there are several interesting series from the point of view of the quality-price ratio such as the 7304/12, the most affordable with Android TV. However, the PUS7504 / 12 family - slightly higher in terms of sound - is usually lower. Specifically this Philips 50PUS7504 / 12 (595 euros) offers a very attractive balance between benefits, diagonal and cost.

This is a highly recommended television for those who want a television to watch movies and series thanks to its 55 "panel with Ambilight on all three sides with its wide compatibility in high dynamic range, including Dolby Vision. It reinforces this commitment to technology viewing Dolby Atmos audio, which provides a spatial sound sensation.

And another interesting feature for the most techies- Comes with Google Assistant support and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Philips 55PUS7504 / 12, 55-inch TV

RRP in Mielectro 595 € Today on Amazon for € 606.03 Philips 55PUS7504 / 12

Panel

VA 4K UHD LCD with Direct LED backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel (8 bit + FRC)

Size

55

HDR

HDR10, HLG, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision

Operating system

Android TV

Latency / refresh rate

38 ms / 60 Hz

HDMI ports

2 (2.0)

Price

595 euros

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65 "

An interesting option if we are looking for a large screen within a tight budget is the versatile 65 "Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4S - also available in 55" (448 euros) and 43 "for 349 euros -, the latest launch in Spain of the firm China.

Although it lacks technologies such as VRR or ALLM for gaming, it offers a great gaming experience according to our analysis, since the game mode lowers latency and manages movement acceptably even in demanding titles, according to our analysis.

The same happens for content viewing, since although without Dolby Vision or HDR, it offers good results that are reinforced if we consume in streaming thanks to Android TV, Patchwall and Chromecast. In addition it also excels in design, achieving a very interesting television in quality price.

'Original Xiaomi Mi TV 4 65 inch Inchs Smart TV English Interface Real 4K HDR Ultra Thin Television 3d Dolby Atmos WiFi / BLE Connect

RRP in PC Components € 699 Today on Amazon for € 799.00 RRP at Media Markt € 699 XIAOMI MI TV 4S

Panel

IPS 4K UHD LCD with Edge LED backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel (8 bit + FRC)

Size

65

HDR

HDR10

Operating system

Android TV 9.0

Latency / refresh rate

33 ms / 60 Hz

HDMI ports

3 (2.0)

Price

699 euros

Sony KD55XF9005

High-end veteran model highly recommended in price quality - now it has a great discount - this Sony KD55XF9005 (829 euros), since it is a quality smart TV that measures up both in gaming and in series and movie viewing, as you can see in our analysis. In this sense, we were surprised by the depth of its blacks, the performance of its HDR and its contrast thanks to its Full Array backlight system.

Sony KD-55XF9005 - 55 "4K HDR LED TV with Android TV (X-Motion Clarity, 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, TRILUMINOS display, X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, Wi-Fi), black

RRP in PCComponetes € 829 Today on Amazon for € 869.00 Sony 55XF90

Panel

IPS 4K UHD LCD with FALD backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel

Size

55

HDR

HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system

Android 7.0 Nougat

Latency / refresh rate

25 ms / 120 Hz

HDMI ports

4 (2.0)

Price

829 euros

Samsung QLED 4K 2020 55Q60T

High-end model from Samsung, is the simplest QLED family this year, a smart TV with the latest technologies implemented by the Korean firm as Adaptive Picture, a technology that analyzes ambient light in real time or as Object Tracking Sound + aimed at improving the spatial sound of the television, Tap view, to connect the smartphone to the TV and Multi-View to clone the smartphone on television, among others.

A smart TV with a very fine design and that, despite giving rise to content viewing, stands out in its gaming features with technologies such as low-latency automatic mode.

Samsung QLED 4K 2020 55Q60T - 55 "Smart TV with 4K UHD Resolution, with Integrated Alexa, Artificial Intelligence 4K Wide Viewing Angle, Smart Sound, One Remote Control

Today on Amazon for € 750.18 RRP at FNAC € 839 Samsung QLED 4K 2020 55Q60T

Panel

VA 4K UHD LCD with Edge LED backlight and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel (8 bit + FRC)

Size

55

HDR

HDR10, HLG, HDR10 +, Quantum HDR

Operating system

Tizen 5.5

Latency / refresh rate

10 ms / 60 Hz

HDMI ports

2 (2.0)

Price

729 euros

Hisense H55O8B

If you want to make the jump to the OLED to enjoy that delivery of color and sharpness in series and movies, the Hisense H55O8B (1149 euros) is a very attractive model in relation to quality-price ratio. When we analyze it, we highlight precisely its global image quality and its good colorimetry.

It offers wide compatibility with high dynamic range modes, with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for spatial sound. The operating system is its own, although in our analysis we experienced a better experience compared to previous versions.

Hisense H55O8B - Smart TV OLED 55 "4K Ultra HD with Integrated Alexa, ultra slim design, HDR Dolby Vision, Audio Dolby Atmos, Ultra Dimming, Smart TV VIDAA U 3.0 with AI, remote with microphone

Today on Amazon for € 715.00 RRP in PC Components € 1149 Hisense H55O8B

Panel

OLED 4K and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel

Size

55

HDR

HDR10, HLG, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision

Operating system

VIDAA

Latency / refresh rate

- / 120 Hz

HDMI ports

4 (2.0)

Price

1149 euros

LG OLED55B9

And if the idea is to give a versatile OLED in terms of image quality but also solvent in gaming and with a consolidated operating system, the LG OLED55B9 (1199 euros) from last year is a great candidate.

To play, it includes the latest technologies - something that we will take advantage of both in the present and in the next generation of consoles -: variable refresh rate, low latency, good handling of movement and compatibility with Nvidia G-Sync. Regarding series and film reproduction, good color calibration and image treatment. Also, it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

LG OLED55B9ALEXA - 139 cm (55 ") 4K UHD OLED Smart TV with Artificial Intelligence (Alpha 7 Gen. 2 intelligent processor, Deep Learning, 100% HDR and Dolby Vision / ATMOS), black

RRP on Amazon € 1,099.00 RRP in PC Components € 1199 LG OLED55B9

Panel

OLED 4K UHD and 16: 9 aspect ratio. 10 bit panel

Size

55

HDR

HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG

Operating system

webOS 4.5

Input latency / refresh rate

14 ms / 120 Hz

HDMI ports

4, HDMI 2.1 type

Price

1,199 euros

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